The Delaware State Parks rangers are law enforcement officers who work to keep the public safe and protect Delaware’s natural and cultural resources. Our rangers work in some of the most beautiful locations in Delaware while enforcing public safety and promoting the mission of Delaware State Parks.
What’s it like to be a Delaware State Parks Ranger? Watch this video to find out!
Delaware State Parks Natural Resources Rangers are responsible for:
Job duties for Delaware State Parks Natural Resources Rangers include:
What’s it like to be a Delaware State Parks ranger? Here is what some of our rangers have to say about their job:
It is my job to keep the public safe and ensure that Delaware State Parks are places that people want to come every day where they can feel safe and have an enjoyable time. The most rewarding aspect of my job is being a K9 officer. My K9 partner, Leo, and I assist the public in many ways, which goes back to our mission of keeping the public safe while they’re in our natural resource areas.
~ Trevor Ditmore
I’ve been working in the southern region of Delaware State Parks for over 11 years. I decided to become a natural resources officer because I have always had an interest in law enforcement, but I also have a great interest in the the outdoors. My job is to protect Delaware’s citizens, natural resources, and recreation areas. I find my job rewarding because I get to handle different situations every single day. I also enjoy the diﬀerent roles that the department has to offer. I currently function as part of the Division’s Honor Guard Unit where we serve as the face of the agency and honor those who came before us. I am also a K9 officer with my partner, Vos.
~ John Lister
I decided to be a ranger for Delaware State Parks because I love the outdoors and I wanted to preserve the outdoors for my children and for future generations. What a better police job than to be out with the general public and getting to protect and conserve the resources that I’ve always loved to participate in throughout my life. I find this job is rewarding because I know that I can keep people safe while also helping them enjoy their visit to the park and learn to understand the natural and cultural resources at the parks.
~ Katie Nelson
I decided to be an officer with the Delaware Natural Resources Police because I enjoy keeping Division lands safe for recreational use. It is my goal to keep the Division properties in Kent County as safe as possible for Delaware residents and visitors. I find my job rewarding because no two days are the same. I enjoy working outdoors and the physical component of the job. This unique work environment was an important factor in my decision to be an officer with the Delaware Natural Resources Police.
~ Dan Gobel
Being a ranger is a demanding yet rewarding job. Our experienced staff will prepare you to meet every challenge. If you have any questions about Delaware State Parks Ranger positions, contact our Chief of Enforcement: