Colorado’s system of 42 state parks is among the most admired in the country, with more than 11 million visitors each year.

Maintaining all those natural resources requires a great deal of manpower, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife is hiring.

CPW posted job openings this week for the 2018 class of park rangers and wildlife managers.

“We’re a national leader,” said Luke Stucker, a park ranger at Cherry Creek State Park in Aurora. “I very much feel that we set the bar on a lot of things, and other state park systems look towards us… and copy what we’re doing.”

Stucker joined Colorado Parks and Wildlife after working several years as a park ranger in Texas.

From selling passes at gates, to checking people in at campgrounds and teaching visitors about different plant species and wildlife in the park, he says a primary focus for park employees is customer service.

“I think the main thing that you need to be good at is you need to have the ability to talk to people,” Stucker said. “If you can’t do that, then it makes it tough. Other than that, have the willingness to help people and the willingness to want to be outside and share the passion that all of us park rangers have for the environment.”

Once recruits are chosen and their training is complete, they will be assigned to different parks and wildlife districts in Colorado, depending on which ones have openings.

Located near Colorado’s biggest cities, Cherry Creek State Park and Chatfield State Park are the state’s most visited.