Park Ranger I/ii

County of Riverside
28.03 per week $42,848 - $63,086 Per year CA Parks and Recreation Dept - City of Riverside, 6927 Magnolia Ave #2, Riverside, CA 92506, United States Apply before 6/23/2024 11:59
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Overview

ABOUT THE POSITION


The Riverside County Regional Park and Open-Space district seeks a Park Ranger who will support multiple locations in the Riverside Area. The Park Ranger will be based out of the Natural Resources Management office located at Hidden Valley Wildlife Area, but will work on lands conserved by the county as part of its Multi-species Habitat Conservation Plan (MSHCP). Park Ranger duties include: patrolling MSHCP properties, interacting with the public to educate and enforce county ordinances and conserved land regulations, assisting with fence instillations and maintenance, and participating in habitat restoration projects and trash cleanups.

The ideal candidate should have a background in open-space reserve, forestry, and parks, along with experience in County ordinances and conserved land regulations, as well as state and federal regulations. Prior working experience within criminal justice/law enforcement, working with invasive species removal and habitat restoration strategies, park maintenance, ecology, conservation, biology, geography (ArcGIS), environmental science, or a closely related field is highly desired.

Work locations include the following areas:
  • Hidden Valley Wildlife Area
  • Goodhart Ranch
 Work Schedule
 9/80, Tuesday-Saturday: Every other Tuesday off, 7:00am to 4:30pm (Schedule subject to change based on department needs). This role demands flexibility in work hours, including days, evenings, weekends, and holidays.
 
Incumbents are expected to progress to the Park Ranger II level upon meeting the minimum qualifications for the higher level and satisfactory job performance.
 
The level at which the position will be filled is at the Department's discretion and contingent on the candidate's experience and qualifications. 
 
Park Ranger I$20.60 to $28.03 hourly
 
Park Ranger II$22.26 to $30.32 hourly
 
Meet the Team!
The is a nationally accredited agency who strives to be the regional leader in improving lives through people, parks, places, and programs. Their mission is to acquire, protect, develop, manage, and interpret for the inspiration, use, and enjoyment of all people, a well-balanced system of areas of outstanding scenic, recreational, and historic importance.    

 

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EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES

Park Ranger I ($20.60 to $28.03 hourly)

• Explain park policies, rules, regulations, and County ordinances; oversee the registration of park visitors, the collection of fees, the issuance of camping permits, and the assignment of the general public to various camping areas within the parks. 


• Participate in custodial duties and the maintenance and cleanup of park structures and grounds; work with park maintenance personnel on minor construction, maintenance, repair, and improvement of park structures, facilities, and grounds.

• Answer public inquiries and complaints concerning park operations and maintenance.

• Provide assistance in emergency situations; maintain fire prevention standards and practices as established by the State Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention and the United States Forest Service. 

• Patrol park areas to promote an orderly and congenial atmosphere among park visitors, and to resolve problems; issue warnings and citations under appropriate laws or ordinances for non-compliance of park regulations, and if needed, utilize law enforcement agencies to achieve compliance; may make appearances in court.

• Patrol open-space, wildlife habitat reserves, and conservation land to communicate and ensure compliance with park regulations, laws, and ordinances; work with maintenance personnel to maintain signs and access controls. 

• Plan and participate in habitat creation and restoration; assist in the planning of prescribed burns with County, state, and federal fire agencies.

• Monitor and participate in court referral/ work release programs. 

• Maintain records and prepare reports.  

Park Ranger II ($22.26 to $30.32 hourly)
• Train assigned staff in the safe and effective promotion, protection, and utilization of park resources at assigned parks and open-space and wildlife preserves.

• Interpret and explain park policies, rules, regulations, and County ordinances; oversee the registration of park visitors, collection of fees, issuance of camping permits, and assignment of the general public to various camping areas within the parks. 

• Assist in reviewing plans and specifications for park site projects and recommend modifications. 

• Answer public inquiries and complaints concerning park and open-space operations and maintenance; provide assistance in emergency situations; maintain fire prevention standards and practices as established by the State Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and the United States Forest Service. 

• Patrol park areas to promote an orderly and congenial atmosphere among park visitors, and to resolve problems; issue warnings and citations under appropriate laws or ordinances for non-compliance of park regulations, and if needed, utilize law enforcement agencies to achieve compliance; may make appearances in court. 

• Maintain records and prepare reports; requisition equipment and supplies; inform supervisor on progress of work and on observed performance and attendance of subordinates. 

• Patrol open-space, wildlife habitat reserves, and conservation land to communicate and ensure compliance with park regulations, laws, and ordinances; work with maintenance personnel to maintain signs and access controls. 

• Plan and participate in habitat creation and restoration; assist in the planning of prescribed burns with County, state, and federal fire agencies.

• Monitor and participate in court referral/work release program.

• Participate in custodial duties and the maintenance and cleanup of park structures and grounds. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

PARK RANGER I ($20.60 to $28.03 hourly)

Experience: Two years of interacting with the public that included conflict resolution and customer service or customer support. (College coursework from an accredited college or university in public administration, park or recreation management, forestry, botany, environmental science, or a closely related field to the assignment may substitute for the required experience on the basis of 30 semester or 45 quarter units equaling one year of full-time experience.) 

Knowledge of: Principles and practices of natural resources conservation, park management, and general law enforcement; principles and practices of first aid and safety; methods and materials used in park interpretive programs. 

Ability to: Read, interpret, and enforce appropriate laws and regulations in accordance with County policy; maintain records and prepare clear, complete, and concise reports; speak and write effectively; establish and maintain cooperative relationships with the public and other employees.  

PARK RANGER II ($22.26 to $30.32 hourly)

Option I
Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in public administration, park or recreation management, forestry, botany, environmental science, or a closely related field to the assignment.

Option II
Experience: Three years of working in the operations, maintenance, development, or protection of a park, forest, or public recreational or historical area. (College coursework from an accredited college or university in public administration, park or recreation management, forestry, botany, environmental science, or a closely related field may substitute for up to three years of the required experience on the basis of 30 semester or 45 quarter units equaling one year of full-time experience.)

Option III
Experience: One year as a Park Ranger I with the Riverside County Regional Park and Open-Space District.

All Options
Knowledge of: Principles and practices of natural resources conservation, park management, and general law enforcement; principles and practices of first aid and safety.

Ability to: Read, interpret, and enforce appropriate laws and regulations in accordance with County policy; train subordinates in park and open-space procedures; maintain records and prepare clear, complete, and concise reports; speak and write effectively; establish and maintain cooperative relationships with the public and other employees.

PARK RANGER I/II REQUIREMENTS

License/Certificate: Possession of a valid California Driver's License.

Incumbents must possess valid certificates in First Aid and CPR/AED. Within the first six months of employment, incumbents must successfully complete P.C. 832. Within one year of employment, incumbents must possess a valid certificate in Basic Water Rescue issued by the American Red Cross or YMCA.
 
Assessment: Candidates will be required to take an online general abilities assessment prior to being considered for any Park Ranger I/II position.

For those positions designated by the Department of Transportation (DOT) as safety-sensitive, applicants are required to complete a DOT mandated alcohol and drug-screening. (A positive test or refusal to test during the past two years will disqualify an applicant from consideration for County employment). Reference checks from former DOT regulated employers are also required. Applicants must submit a Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) driving record prior to hire.

Employees in safety-sensitive positions are subject to DOT alcohol/drug testing in the following situations: random, reasonable suspicion/cause, return-to-duty, and post-accident


Physical Requirements:
Ability to patrol parks and perform maintenance.
Exposure to extreme hot, cold, and wet weather for long periods of time. The position requires extensive hiking, prolonged kneeling/bending, ability to lift or carry, and move or manipulate objects/equipment.
 
Exposure to living and dead wild and domestic animals and noxious plants including rattlesnakes, bees/wasps, mountain lions, dogs, poison oak, and stinging nettle.

GENERAL APPLICATION INFORMATION:

Please read and follow any special application instructions on this posting. Click the 'Apply' link located on this page to submit your application. For instructions on the application process, examinations, Veteran's preference, pre-employment accommodation or other employment questions, please refer to our web site, . A pre-employment physical examination and background check may be required.

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