Performs a variety of professional work in providing ranger services to the public including ranger natural resource management and interpretation, ranger and volunteer operations, enforcement of park & open space regulations, supervision of seasonal & volunteer staff, minor maintenance tasks, and projects as required.
The following statements are illustrative of the duties and responsibilities of the job. The organization retains the right to modify or change the duties and responsibilities of the job at any time.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
- Receives immediate supervision from Park Manager or Senior Ranger and general supervision from Park Ranger II staff.
- May exercise direct and indirect supervision over seasonal employees or other assigned staff.
- Responsible for the development, implementation, and operation of a park visitor program such as boating safety, trail use, interpretation, volunteers, entrance stations, revenue, etc.; develop accompanying program procedures as appropriate.
- Implement resource management regulation enforcement duties to meet the resource protection and visitor use goals of specific open space properties per the adopted management plan.
- Provide information and directions to the public; investigate and resolve visitor complaints; ensure public safety; protection of natural resources and the enjoyment of open space and park areas.
- Explain applicable rules and regulations to park visitors for the purpose of protecting and preserving natural, historic, and cultural features, sites, and structures.
- Perform park & open space regulation enforcement in an assigned park(s) or open space by foot, by vehicle, by mountain bike, and by boat.
- Issue warnings and citations to violators; conduct investigations of reported non-criminal offenses/incidents to collect evidence, statements, and other relevant information; may be required to provide testimony in court regarding investigations and/or citations.
- Comply with the policies and procedures of the Natural Resources Department.
- Assist in the development and implementation of projects at assigned open lands areas in accordance with area resource management plans.
- Respond to and perform effectively in emergency situations until relieved by appropriate agency or appropriate supervisor; respond to park problem situations after normal scheduled hours as required.
- Respond to public and staff inquiries and problems related to visitor services and park and open space properties; represent the Natural Resources Department at public meetings, seminars, and trainings.
- Prepare and maintain records and reports for the Ranger and Volunteer Program; Keep daily records of observations, activities, incidents, public contacts, unusual wildlife and plant sightings, resource damage, safety hazards, etc.
- Assist in the development and implementation of volunteer programs and interpretive programs throughout the entire park system.
- Sell and issue permits to other staff for purposes of sale to the public and account for collected monies; collect and handle donations from donation vaults.
- Assist in the development of program policies and procedures as assigned.
- Perform maintenance and repairs to property amenities such as fences, gates, signs, trails, restrooms (including occasional cleaning), and other structures as required.
- Provide lead accountability for other employees within work unit which may include scheduling, assigning and reviewing work, instructing/training in work methods, and providing input into hiring and performance evaluation processes.
- Work under varying degrees of stress for extended periods of time in an outdoor environment.
- Assist, train, plan, direct the work of, and supervise less experienced personnel and volunteers; obtain, arrange, and interpret data pertaining to specimens and historic objects and artifacts.
- Effectively enforce park regulations.
- Perform other duties as appropriate or necessary for performance of the job.
- Principles and practices of effective visitor, recreation, natural resource management, and park environment conservation for the benefit of the park user and for the protection of the park resources and facilities.
- Area eco systems and related native plants and wildlife; biology, wildlife management, geology, environmental sciences, local and state history, and related subjects.
- Basic recreational activities of the park user including boating, fishing, hiking, camping, mountain biking, horseback riding, nature study, etc.
- Wildlife, geology, environmental sciences, local and state history, and related subjects required for preparation and presentation of park interpretive programs.
- Record keeping and reporting procedures including principles and practices of basic accounting and record keeping required to supervise and direct revenue collections and accounting at a County park.
- Park maintenance practices and safe use of power tools.
- General principles of personnel supervision and training.
- Strong public relations and communications skills.
- Regulations and enforcement procedures, protocol, and appropriate corrective actions.
- County and state laws, rules, regulations, and policies regarding park operations.
- Basic principles of First Aid and CPR to the First Responder level.
- Hazards associated with operations work and safe work practices and precautions.
- Make immediate, important, and critical decisions related to enforcement and emergency situations in the absence of supervision; work independently with little direct supervision.
- Articulate and follow management plans and directives; work in partnership with area managers, department staff, and other resource agencies to complete management objectives.
- Learn to use safety equipment in a safe and appropriate manner.
- Communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally, in writing, and over a radio.
- Address audiences effectively and prepare written materials for reports and publications.
- Operate personal computers including standard office applications.
- Complete light maintenance and use hand and power tools.
- Work a variety of weekends, weekdays, holidays, and evenings as assigned.
- Work outside in all weather conditions including temperature extremes.
- Effectively respond to conflict situations and people in conflict.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other County employees, representatives of other agencies and organizations, and members of the community.
- Two years of experience in a directly related field or in the performance of similar duties and responsibilities.
- Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Natural Resource Management, Park and Visitor Services Management, General Ecology and Biology, or a related field.
- Possession of, or ability to obtain, valid First Responder and CPR certifications.
- Applicants are subject to a background check and adherence to a substance abuse policy.
- Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Colorado Driver's License.
- Lift (up to 30 lbs.), kneel, carry (including a backpack up to 15 lbs.), push, stoop, squat, crawl, twist, grasp, walk, run, ride a mountain bike, and balance in the performance of park regulation enforcement and other assigned tasks.