Park Ranger Ii

County of San Luis Obispo
Permanent $57,636 - $73,569 Per year CA SLO County Parks & Recreation, 1144 Monterey St Ste. A, San Luis Obispo, CA 93408, United States Apply before 5/20/2024 11:59


Park Ranger II is part of a career series for Park Ranger Aide, I, II and III. Classes in this series perform a wide variety of unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled duties in the administration, operation and maintenance of county parks, beaches, open space areas, lakes and recreational areas, landscaped areas, buildings and other assigned facilities; and do other related work as required.

Typical Tasks and Representative Duties

(Not in order of importance)

  • Patrols assigned areas to provide assistance to the public in matters relating to their health, safety and welfare.
  • Checks visitors coming into the park; assigns appropriate use areas; collects fees as required; maintains records of park activities and prepares related reports.
  • Enforces Park rules and regulations to protect the public and the environment; protects and manages natural resources.
  • Performs a wide variety of maintenance tasks such as repairing benches, tables, plumbing, sprinkler and water systems, playground equipment; maintains lawns and landscaped areas.
  • Responds to emergency situations and provides first aid when required. Cleans and maintains swimming pools, park areas, buildings and related equipment; performs other light custodial maintenance as required.
  • Explains and interprets park features; develops, plans and implements recreation programs.
  • Organizes and coordinates operations and activities of assigned program area; may direct the work of subordinate and seasonal employees as required.
  • Performs administrative tasks as directed; operates standard office equipment and computer applications.
  • Communicates with a wide variety of staff and members of the public in the course of work; may be required to resolve conflicts between park guests.
  • Operates County vehicles and light equipment in the performance of assigned duties.
  • As assigned, supervises and evaluates the performance of assigned staff; interviews and selects employees and recommends appointments, transfers, reassignments, terminations and disciplinary actions; establishes work schedules, assigns employee duties and reviews work to ensure accuracy, completeness and compliance with established, standards, requirements and procedures.

This is the journey-level position in the series. Incumbents work under general supervision, and perform a wide variety of tasks as a member of a ranger crew; may have independent responsibility for the administration, operation, and routine maintenance of a developed park, day-use or recreation facility; may be designated as a leadworker is absence of supervisory staff.

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Effective July 1, 2024, the compensation for this position will increase by 2.50%.  This is a bargained across the board increase for this job classification. 

This recruitment may be used to fill future permanent, substitute, limited term, and temporary positions, both full-time and part-time throughout the County.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will have the ability to:

  • Deal tactfully and effectively with the public and work cooperatively with others
  • Understand and follow oral and written instructions
  • Learn the rules, regulations, policies and laws governing the operation of a County facility
  • Follow safety rules and work in a safe manner
  • Learn First Aid, CPR and use of Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
  • Perform medium to heavy physical labor and custodial work
  • Operate vehicles and light maintenance equipment
  • Maintain accurate records and complete standardized reports
  • Develop and implement recreation and interpretive programs
  • Supervise and evaluate the work of others as assigned
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action
  • Maintain a calm demeanor in stressful or emergency situations

Minimum Qualifications

A combination of education, training, and experience resulting in the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. An example of qualifying education and experience includes:

Either A: Two years of experience equivalent to a Park Ranger I. 

OR B: A Bachelor degree from an accredited college or university in Recreation, Park or Natural Resources Management, Environmental Studies, Horticulture, Forestry or closely related field. 

OR C: An Associate degree or 60 semester or 90 quarter units from an accredited college or university in any of the fields noted above AND two years of job-related experience.

Licenses and Certificates

Certain positions within this classification may require driving. When driving is an essential function of the position, a valid CALIFORNIA driver license will be required at the time of appointment and must be maintained throughout employment.

Must obtain and maintain valid Red Cross First Aid, CPR and AED certificates or their equivalent within six months from date of appointment.

Reasonable Accommodation Notice
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Veteran's Preference Points 
If you are applying for employment with the County of San Luis Obispo and you served in the United States Armed Forces, you may be eligible for veteran's preference points as part of the recruitment process. Some dependents and survivors of eligible veterans may also be eligible for preference points.   for more information and to learn how to apply for this benefit.  Please note that Veteran’s credits must be on file with the County of San Luis Obispo Veterans Services Office prior to the recruitment closing date indicated on the job announcement.

Equal Employment Opportunity 
The County is an equal opportunity employer. Objectives are directed toward assuring equal opportunity in selection / promotion, pay, and job assignments. Recruitment and selection procedures have been established to ensure non-discrimination on the basis of political or religious opinions or affiliations, age, sex, race, color, national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation or other non-merit factors. In addition, the County complies with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act in hiring and retaining employees. For more information contact the Human Resources Department at (805)781-5959.