Department of Parks & Recreation - State of California

State Park Peace Officer Cadets -
(Ranger & Lifeguard)

The California Department of Parks and Recreation is now accepting applications for the 2022 State Park Peace Officer (SPPO) Cadet Academy. 

Help us protect California’s precious resources and keep our visitors safe. Become a Ranger or Lifeguard in the nation’s largest state park system. Career opportunities available throughout the entire state.
Deadline to apply: Tuesday, June 15, 2021.

Key salary and retirement highlights:

  • SPPO Cadets earn $3,741-$5,045 per month in the academy. After graduating, Rangers or Lifeguards can earn up to $6,977 plus benefits, retirement, and differentials.
  • California State Parks offers diverse opportunities for patrols, including K-9, off-highway vehicle, beach, boat and others.

We are excited for the opportunity to reach potential candidates who are reflective of California’s diverse population. For more information on our academy and minimum requirements, please visit us at