Veteran Recruitment Program

at Missouri State Parks

Veteran Hiring at Missouri State Parks

Missouri State Parks values the contributions of veterans, current service members and their families. To honor their dedication to service, we make it a priority to hire veterans and to support their work. In accordance with state law, if you are a veteran, a family member of a veteran or a survivor of a veteran, you are given preference in the employment selection process when you are similarly qualified to other applicants for the same position.

If you are a veteran, we encourage you to ensure that your military experience is included in every application you submit for employment at Missouri State Parks.

Why We Hire Veterans

Missouri State Parks seeks employees who have demonstrated their commitment to protecting public resources, and our veterans have demonstrated their commitment while also developing valuable skills that we need. That is why we encourage veterans to submit applications for all positions for which they are qualified.


Veterans are encouraged to apply for positions within Missouri State Parks when they become available. Jobs that may be of interest to veterans include:

  • Park/historic site specialist
  • Park/historic site supervisor
  • Park ranger recruit
  • Park ranger
  • Park ranger corporal
  • Park ranger sergeant

To find information about these and other positions, such as salary range, job duties and qualifications, go to

Employment Application and Benefit Information

Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. To learn how to apply for jobs, which job class titles to apply for based on your education and experience, what to expect after you’ve applied, and what happens when a vacant position opens, go to

Find more information and resources available to Missouri veterans and their families online at and at

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources offers generous family-friendly and veteran-friendly employee benefits.

Benefits of Working for Missouri State Parks
  • Family-friendly policies.
  • Paid annual leave.
  • Paid sick leave.
  • Paid holidays.
  • Life insurance.
  • Health insurance.
  • Missouri Cafeteria Plan.
  • Vision service plan.
  • Dental insurance.
  • Deferred compensation program.
  • State retirement plan.
  • Employee Assistance Program.
  • Missouri Saving for Tuition (MO$T) Program.
  • Potential tuition reimbursement.
  • Professional development opportunities.
  • Flexible schedule.
More information about employee benefits is available at

From Serving Our Nation to Serving Our State

"Exiting the military, I needed to find a career that would best utilize my military skills. I knew that I wanted to apply my education benefits from the military to get my degree in Wildlife and Natural Resources Conservation. I was passionate about the outdoors but wanted to tie in my military skills. After obtaining my degree, I decided the best fit for me would be the Missouri State Park Rangers. Being a paramilitary structure, the Ranger Program provided me the security I wanted in a career where I could best use my military skills in a law enforcement setting. Law enforcement felt like a natural fit and being a Missouri State Park Ranger gave me the opportunity to also use my degree and my passion for the outdoors. The Missouri State Park Rangers helped me in my transition to attend a law enforcement academy. The skills I obtained in the academy were very similar to what I had learned in the military. The benefits provided by the State of Missouri are very comparable to what the military provided me. The Missouri State Park Rangers gave me the comfort and security I was looking for when it came to searching for a new career."

Jacob Rash, park ranger recruit
Missouri State Park Rangers
Pomme de Terre State Park