Sacramento County is forming a volunteer parks ranger program to help fill the enforcement gap caused by budget cutbacks to staff.
Once formed, the reserve rangers would not be paid but would perform similar duties as salaried rangers.
A county staff report notes that the number of paid rangers has been reduced from 25 to 14 positions. At the same time, the public has continued to call upon rangers for safety and enforcement needs.
Resources are stretched thin with the public concerned about the lack of rangers, especially along the American River and Dry Creek parkways.
Candidates that will be considered include entry level candidates looking to start a career in law enforcement, journeyman-level officers with another agency or retired officers who want to perform public service.
Candidates must be graduates of a police academy and complete field training. Reserve rangers must work 15 hours a month.