In February 2006 the Sedona City Council approved the creation of an all volunteer City park ranger program to be administered under the City’s Department of Parks and Recreation. The Sedona Volunteer Park Rangers began operation in 2007 with three primary goals:
1. Supporting the City’s Department of Parks and Recreation needs. Rangers provide periodic park patrols checking buildings, assisting park users and acting as a uniformed deterrent to inappropriate activity in the parks. Rangers also assist at Park and Recreation sponsored events and occasionally perform light trail and maintenance work in Sedona’s parks.
2.Providing Uptown roving visitor contact acting as “city ambassadors.” This involves talking to visitors and merchants in the “Main Street District” in Uptown, providing accurate visitor information, dealing with complaints and concerns, and responding to emergencies.
3. Assisting at community events. Rangers are also asked to help at community events by providing parking and traffic control and assisting event planners and participants. They are also available to assist police and fire personnel during times of emergencies.
Applicants are required to undergo fingerprinting, a thorough background check and provide 4 to 6 hours of volunteer time a week. New volunteers received formal and on-the-job training in dealing with the public, area orientation, traffic control, park patrol procedures, avoidance of blood borne pathogens, EMS “first responder,” CPR and the use of automated external defibrillators.
Rangers are also required to wear a uniform which is provided by the City and maintain a high level of public service, patience, integrity and ethics.
If you would like to learn more about the Sedona Volunteer Park Rangers or receive an application, informational packets are available at the Department of Parks and Recreation office located at Posse Grounds Park, 525 Posse Ground Road, Sedona.
Read about the Volunteer Park Rangers year in review.