Park Ranger Recruit

County of Sacramento
Full Time, Permanent $62,264 Per year CA 10361 Rockingham Dr, Sacramento, CA 95827, United States Apply before 12/23/2024 5:00


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This is a limited continuous filing exam. Next filing cut-offs are at 5:00 pm on: 
  5/28/24, 6/11/24, 6/25/24, 7/9/24, 7/23/24, 8/6/24, 8/20/24, 9/3/24, 9/17/24, 10/1/24, 10/15/24, 10/29/24, 11/12/24, 11/26/24, 12/10/24, 12/23/24 (final cut-off)

Under close supervision, the Park Ranger Recruit participates in a basic law enforcement training program including a State of California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) approved Basic Academy.

Examples of Knowledge and Abilities

Ability to 

  • Read and understand departmental policies, rules, instructions, laws and ordinances and general literature pertaining to the County park system and law enforcement activities
  • Analyze and interpret legal codes and ordinances
  • Adopt quick, effective and reasonable courses of action, giving due regard to surrounding hazards and circumstances of each situation
  • Develop keen powers of observation
  • Obtain information through interview and interrogation
  • Understand and follow written and oral direction
  • Keep accurate records and prepare clear, concise and understandable reports
  • Make arithmetical computations rapidly and accurately
  • Learn the use and care of small firearms
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships as necessitated by work assignments
  • Read, write, and speak English at a level necessary for satisfactory job performance

Employment Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications  

Either: Graduation from high school.

Or: Satisfactory completion of an acceptable General Education Development (GED) test.

Note: Completion of the P.O.S.T. Entry Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) test with a passing score is required prior to appointment to this class

General Qualifications

Compliance with Government Code:In accordance with California Government Code, Section 1031, each employee shall meet the following minimum standards:

  1. Be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship.  Any permanent resident alien shall be disqualified from holding a position if his/her application for citizenship is denied.
  2. Be at least 18 years of age.
  3. Be fingerprinted for purposes of search of local, state, and national fingerprint files to disclose any criminal record.  In addition, a classifiable set of fingerprints shall be furnished to the Department of Justice and to the Federal Bureau of Investigations.
  4. Be found to be free from any physical, emotional, or mental condition which might adversely affect the exercise of the powers of a peace officer.  For purposes of this section, a medical examination, including psychological screening, shall be required prior to appointment.
Criminal History and Background Checks: The County shall access criminal history information on candidates who have accepted a conditional offer of appointment for this class consistent with the provisions of Board of Supervisors Resolution No. 82-602, Personnel Policies, and applicable federal and state laws. The County shall not consider for employment any candidate who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor that relates to or impacts the candidate’s ability to perform the job duties of this class unless it is determined that mitigating circumstances exist. For purposes of accessing criminal history information, the candidate will be fingerprinted. A subsequent arrest notification shall be obtained.

The County may also conduct a background check on the candidate prior to appointment to a position within this class. The background check may include personal and professional reference checks, credit history checks where authorized by Labor Code section 1024.5, Social Security Number verification, professional license/registration verification, military service information and driving history. Information obtained in the course of this background check will be considered by the appointing authority in the selection process. In obtaining such information, the County will comply with applicable consent and disclosure practices in the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the California Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act.

The background check may include a Computerized Voice Stress Analyzer (CVSA) examination, and shall include psychological and physical examinations conducted according to P.O.S.T. specifications. Pursuant to CA Government Code, Section 1029, the conviction of a felony is grounds for disqualification from an appointment except if the individual has been granted a full and unconditional pardon for the felony.

License Requirement: A valid California Driver License, Class C or higher, is required prior to appointment to this class. Failure to obtain or maintain the appropriate California Driver License may constitute cause for personnel action in accordance with Civil Service Rules or applicable bargaining agreement. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Certification Requirement: Successful completion of the P.O.S.T. Basic Academy is required within 12 months of appointment.

Physical Requirements: Positions in this class require the incumbents to:
  •  Be able to meet medical standards as prescribed by P.O.S.T. and detailed in the P.O.S.T. Medical Screening Manual
  • Possess sufficient physical ability to perform the full scope and functions of the job, including the ability to climb barriers, jump obstacles, and perform strenuous physical activities and control resisting subjects with a minimum of force necessary to effect an arrest
Individuals who do not meet these requirements due to disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Working Conditions: Positions in this class require the incumbents to:
  • Work various shifts to provide 24-7 coverage, including nights, weekends and holidays
  • Work outside in all types of climatic conditions including inclement or very hot weather
  • Work around dust, dirt, noise, and odors
  • Work alone for extended periods of time
  • Work in areas of low illumination
  • Wear and maintain a designated Park Ranger uniform; including department issued safety equipment such as a duty/gun belt, ballistic vest, respirator, etc.
Probationary Period 

The probationary period for this classification is twelve (12) months.

Application and Testing Information

Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. All applicants must complete and submit an online County of Sacramento employment application by on the posted cut-off date. Click to apply.  

  • Employment applications and all documentation requested in this announcement must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date. 
  • Employment Services is not responsible for any issues or delays caused by an applicant's computer or web browser. Applicants will be automatically logged out if they have not submitted their applications and all documentation prior to 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date.
  • Your application should highlight all relevant education, training, and experience, and clearly indicate how you meet the minimum qualifications for the position as of the cut-off date.
  • Application information must be current, concise and related to the requirements in this job announcement. You may only apply for this recruitment once. Duplicate and incomplete applications will be disqualified.
  • A resume may be included with your application, however it will not substitute for the information requested on the application.

Applicants are required to provide a full and complete response to each supplemental question. The Supplemental Questionnaire is located in the tab marked "Supplemental Questions". Please be descriptive in your response.  Responses of "See Resume" or "See Application", or copy and paste of work experience are not qualifying responses and will not be considered.All candidates meeting the minimum qualifications by the cut-off date will have their Supplemental Questionnaire scored in the Formula Rate Examination. This examination will evaluate the relevance, level, recency, progression and quality of candidate's education, training and experience. The candidate's application or other materials will not be included in this examination. Therefore, the candidate's responses to the supplemental questionnaire should be thorough, detailed and complete. The score from the Formula Rate Examination will determine the ranking on the eligible/employment list for this job. All candidates competing in the testing process will receive written notice of their examination results by email. Notices can also be accessed in their inbox. Applicants achieving a passing score will be placed on the eligible list in rank order. The rank is determined by the test score attained from the examination. Click for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)  For more information, please review the and submit an Employment Exam Reasonable Accommodation