You must be 18 years old and a high school graduate. You also must be in good standing in the community, provide proof of U.S. residency and pass a background investigation. Other qualifications include:

  • Ability to perform outstanding customer service;
  • Desire and ability to learn concepts of natural and cultural history;
  • Provide public service in a variety of situations;
  • Learn and apply management techniques to facilities, natural and cultural resources;
  • Write clear and concise reports, memos and correspondences;
  • Volunteer a minimum of 18 hours of service per month, including weekends and holidays;
  • Possess a valid California Driver's License, Class C or higher, before the date of appointment.
  • Must be an OC Parks General Volunteer for a minimum of six months before joining the Park Ranger Reserves.

Volunteer Hours

Volunteer must be able to complete 16 hours of service per month, including weekends and holidays at appointed facilities and the Reserve must also be able to attend a 2 hour nightly meeting every third Wednesday of the month.


Any combination of education or experience that demonstrates possession of the above abilities and qualifications.


The department will provide training for the required first aid/CPR.