Park Ranger: Careers in the WI State Park System - View the video

Jason Fritz

Jason Fritz
Chief Ranger
WI DNR State Parks System

101 South Webster St.
Madison, WI 53707


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Jason Fritz is the Chief Ranger for the Wisconsin State Parks System under the DNR’s Bureau of Parks and Recreation, a post he’s had since 2002. He is responsible for administering the statewide law enforcement, safety, and employee development programs for state park staff. Jason graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater with a Bachelor of Science in Education and with Biology and Coaching Minors. During his college years in 1995 he started as a LTE laborer with the state park system at Browntown – Cadiz Springs State Recreation Area in Green County. Upon graduation, he continued to work with the DNR as a Fisheries Technician doing creel census work and eventually was hired full time into the DNR as a park ranger in 1998. Early in his early career, Jason served as the ranger at Blue Mound State Park, the property manager at Nelson Dewey State Park, and the Assistant Superintendent at the Northern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest. In March of 2002, he came to Madison as the Chief Ranger. Jason is very active in the outdoors, where he loves to hunt, fish, and camp. He enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons at their New Glarus, WI home that they share with a German Wirehaired Pointer named Greta. Jason also has a particular interest in state and national history and spends time re-enacting pre-1840 life at various rendezvous events around the state.

Wisconsin has one of the oldest state parks systems in the country and with it a vast array of career opportunities. As the Chief Ranger of the Wisconsin State Parks System, Jason Fritz has a bird’s eye view of all positions and duties involved in the running the 66 state park units. Hear what kinds of skills are needed and what a career in parks and recreation looks like in Wisconsin’s great outdoors. (Running Time 24:19)