Seasonal Law Enforcement
(information updated August 8, 2016)
The Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program (SLETP) was developed in 1977 to prepare the seasonal ranger to perform law enforcement in areas administered by the National Park Service. The training program is offered at various venues across the country. The core required program consists of over 650 class hours and lasts on average 17 weeks. Some programs may offer additional add-on classes to increase your potential for hire with the NPS.
A successful graduate becomes eligible to receive a Type II law enforcement commission once a background investigation, drug testing and medical screening has been completed. Questions regarding medical standards and physical fitness standards can be found in the Important Student Information on the left hand side of this page.
Once commissioned as a U.S. Park Ranger, the Ranger is authorized to carry firearms, make arrests, investigate crimes and assist in the execution of warrants as per NPS policy.
The cost of each school's program is set by the administration of that school. Prospective students should personally contact the directors of the schools being considered and inquire as to the availability of housing and meals, as well as the tuition costs and any additional fees for ammunition, targets or other items.We have attempted to offer the most recent information on class dates, but cancellations and changes in scheduling are not uncommon.
Colorado Northwestern Community College
500 Kennedy Drive (Cramer Building) | Rangely, CO 81648
August 15, 2017 - December 1, 2017
January 8, 2018 - April 27, 2018
(Applications will be accepted until one month prior to academy start date.)
CNCC has been holding NPS LE academies since 1990, has a staff made entirely of previous NPS personnel. Classes are limited to 22 students. This is a FLETC-accredited, 17-week academy that provides the student with 650 hours (30 credit hours) of training. Upon completion of the academy, students will receive a FLETA-accredited NPS/FLETC SLETP certification. This certification will allow you to be eligible for a seasonal Type II position with the National Park Service. This academy is for college credit but students are not required to be part of a degree program.
The academy is located in NW CO, within three hours of Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Moab, Canyonlands, Arches, Dinosaur, CO National Monument, and countless BLM and FS lands. CNCC routinely has class trips to these areas, and also rents out outdoor recreation equipment to students at no cost. Along with an on-campus climbing gym that provides free gear and lessons, the recreation center (including weight room and pool) in Rangely is available at no cost to students.
The CNCC tuition conveniently includes housing (single occupancy) and meals (19 per week). Additional certificates included with the academy curriculum include TASER, radar, patrol rifle, and NHTSA DUI/SFST/HGN with wet lab. During each academy is an optional 40-hour wildland firefighting class. This course covers National Wildfire Coordinating Group curriculum (S130, S180 and S190). Upon completion you are eligible to obtain a Red Card. Also, during or following the academy is offered an Emergency Medical Responder (40 hours) course and a NASAR FUNSAR/SARTech II (45 hours) course.
The CNCC Academy is now eligible under FAFSA for all students as of May 2017. It is also eligible under the Colorado College Opportunity Fund and the GI Bill.
Northern Arizona University
Park Ranger Training Program
Department of Geography, Planning and Recreation
P.O. Box 15016 | Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5016
Tentative Class Dates:
August 17 - November 20, 2015
Santa Rosa Junior College
Public Safety Training Center
5743 Skylane Blvd. | Windsor, CA 95492
August 22 - December 16, 2016
January 17 - May 11, 2017
SRJC’s Ranger Academy was the first of its kind. Since 1978 when NPS first set seasonal ranger law enforcement training standards, SRJC has hosted 130 classes with more than 3,200 graduates. In the last 12 years SRJC built completely new public safety classroom and field facilities in Windsor, California, including an indoor firing range, driver training track, and a full-scale scenario village and campground affording students varied and realistic settings for hands-on learning. The 16-week program is accredited and trains to NPS Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program standards, often with working rangers as instructors. Students are evaluated with supportive feedback in constitutional and criminal law, behavioral science, park patrol and enforcement, driving, firearms and officer safety. SRJC welcomes your further interest.
Skagit Valley College
Department of Criminal Justice
2405 E. College Way | Mount Vernon, WA 98273-5899
Southwestern Community College
Jerry Sutton Public Safety Training Center
225 Industrial Park Loop | Franklin, NC 28734
Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program
Department of Criminal Justice
523 Gladfelter Hall, 1115 W. Berks St. | Philadelphia, PA 19122
Vermilion Community College
Seasonal Park Law Enforcement Ranger Training
1900 East Camp St. | Ely, Minnesota 55731