Park Ranger

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department - Wallowa Lake, OR4.1

Oregon State Parks are special places, and they need special people to keep them operating at their best. As a Park Ranger, you'll be on the front lines of park maintenance, resource stewardship and customer interaction. State parks will rely on you to help create memorable experiences for park guests. And the best part: you'll work with a team of rangers that are as committed to the outdoors as you are.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department's mission is to provide and protect outstanding natural, scenic, cultural, historic and recreational sites for the enjoyment and education of present and future generations.

What you will do!
You will work at Wallowa Lake State Park near Joseph, Oregon. This recruitment is for one , full-time , permanent , SEIU represented position and may be used to fill future vacancies as they occur.

As a Park Ranger 2, you will independently plan and carry out personally, or by conducting others, complex park maintenance, operation, facility and resource conservation and/or interpretation tasks to protect, maintain, operate, repair and improve state park lands, natural and cultural resources, structures, facilities, equipment and systems.

The following duties may be performed, but are not limited to:

Resource Interpretation (25%)

Oversee the Interpretive Program;
Meet and greet park visitors, provide information related to the natural, cultural or historic features of the park;
Research information, assemble materials and resources for the development of interpretive presentations;
Develop and provide presentations, lead hikes, give Junior Ranger presentations, give historic building tours;
Participate in organizing, coordinating and facilitating park-sponsored special events, activities or programs;
Volunteer Coordination (20%)

Conduct and coordinate volunteer activities within the management unit: recruit, schedule and train park hosts, individual volunteers and volunteer groups, ensure that required forms, records and reports are completed, coordinate volunteer projects and activities to meet park needs;
Assist in the hiring interviews for permanent and seasonal employees;
Organize, coordinate and facilitate OPRD-partnership, sponsored or special events, activities or programs.

General Park Operations (10%)

Give direction to individuals or teams composed of permanent, seasonal, and/or temporary State Park employees, Oregon Youth Corps, Department of Corrections inmates, juvenile inmates, court appointed volunteers, private employment agency clients, cooperating association members and other group or individual volunteers;
Plan and complete complex park maintenance, operation, facility and resource conservation and/or interpretation tasks;
Analyze disruptions in park operations;
Maintain work site, maintenance shops, yards and storage areas in clean, safe condition. Clean and properly store equipment, tools, and vehicles. Perform minor repairs or adjustments. Lock out or tag out items needing repair or that are unsafe to use;
Attend and participate in crew meetings, safety meetings and training classes;
Enter maintenance and construction activity data in computer system.
Visitor Services (10%)

Process computerized campsite reservations;
Register overnight campers and prepare reports;
Accept payment, prepare end-of-shift reports and reconcile cash to receipts, prepare and make bank cash drops;
Provide information about local attractions and Oregon State Parks, park rules and regulations;
Conduct the operation of the campground and registration booth: train and oversee the work of seasonal employees;
Facility Maintenance and Construction (5%)

Construct, maintain and restore hiking trails, footbridges, footpaths, parking areas, curbs, signs, posts and other structures;
Keep trails, footpaths, bridges and parking areas free of vegetation, sand, soil, rocks and snow;
Custodial Maintenance (5%)

Clean rest rooms, showers, bathhouses, observation buildings, maintenance shops and interpretive centers;
Keep toilet paper and paper towel dispensers filled;
Collect, separate and properly dispose of garbage and recyclable materials;
Clean fireplaces, tables, footpaths, parking areas, wastewater disposals, signs, drinking fountains;
Pick up and properly dispose of litter;
Replace burned-out light-bulbs and re-set circuit breakers in buildings and campsites.
Utility System Maintenance and Construction (5%)

Maintain water distribution and treatment, and wastewater collection and treatment systems;
Isolate and remove pumps requiring repair; perform repairs within the limits of training, licenses and experience;
Winterize all park buildings and water lines;
Record water and sewer meter readings, take and report chlorine residual samples, prepare and submit distribution, collection and treatment plant reports;
Identify, correct and report water and sewage system failures;
Obtain water and sewage samples and submit to laboratories for tests;
Order and maintain appropriate stocks of treatment chemicals, equipment parts, testing supplies;
Identify and repair water and sewer system breakdowns;
Maintain and repair park electric systems within the limits of training, licenses and experience;
Maintain updated utility system maps, report changes to HUB.
Building Maintenance and Construction (5%)

Maintain and repair building plumbing systems requiring basic plumbing skills;
Maintain, repair or construct building structural elements requiring basic carpentry skills;
Maintain and repair building electrical systems requiring basic electrical skills;
Maintain and repair building fixtures;
Paint buildings and other structures.
Landscape Maintenance (5%)

Plant trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, turf-grass seed and sod;
Mow lawns and fields, trim turf edges with hand or power tools;
Irrigate lawns, trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals;
Maintain irrigation systems, including pumps, timers, pipes, wires and valves;
Prune trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and rough brush;
Apply fertilizers and pesticides manually or, if licensed, with power equipment.
Park Patrol, Safety and Rule Enforcement (5%)

Patrol park areas for misuse and hazardous situations, and take appropriate action;
Inspect park grounds, buildings, facilities, vehicles, material and equipment for safety hazards and possible violations, and take appropriate action;
Render emergency aide and assistance to park visitors and prepare related reports;
Maintain a current patrol log book and prepare patrol and enforcement action reports;
Explain park rules and regulations to park visitors;
Seek voluntary visitor compliance with park area rules and regulations; issue verbal and written warnings;
Issue citations for rule violations; prepare related reports; testify in court; issue notices of exclusion.
Resource Conservation (5%)

Conservation, preservation and restoration, rehabilitation of archaeological, cultural or historic sites or structures.
Conservation, preservation and protection of significant natural or scenic resources.

Minimum Qualifications :
Four years of visitor services experience (e.g. rule enforcement; interpretation such as education and environmental awareness programs; special events and activities; etc.) AND/OR maintenance experience (e.g., construction trades, landscaping) OR ;
A Bachelor's degree in Park and Recreation Administration, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Studies and 1 year of visitor services ex perience (e.g., rule enforcement; interpretation such as education and environmental awareness programs; special events and activities; etc.) AND/OR maintenance experience (e.g., construction trades, landscaping) OR
An Associate's degree in Park and Recreation Administration or Natural Resource Management or Environmental Studies and 2.5 years of visitor services experience (e.g., rule enforcement; interpretation such as education and environmental awareness programs; special events and activities; etc.) AND/OR maintenance experience (e.g., construction trades, landscaping).

Desired Attributes :
Experience in basic park resource and facility operations and maintenance;
Skill in written and verbal communication and the ability to communicate effectively with team members, visitors and the general public;
Skill in the use of a personal computer;
Knowledge in planning and carrying out interpretive programs in park units with a high level of complexity;
Experience in park rule enforcement;
Experience in the safe use of tools, material and equipment associated with landscape, building, facility and utility system maintenance;
Knowledge in volunteer management and coordination;
Skill in practices relating to conservation, preservation and protection of significant natural or scenic resources.

Special Requirements :
Have a criminal history check and driving record check that meets OPRD criteria at the time of hire and throughout employment.
Must wear OPRD supplied uniform and comply with appearance code while on duty.
Obtain and maintain one or more of the following after appointment:
First Aid/CPR Certification
Valid Driver's License
Enforcement Officer Status
Pesticide Applicators License

Application Instructions :
1. Click the "Apply" button and complete the online application. Do not attach extra documents; we will only review documents that we ask for.
2. Complete the questionnaire. The work experience section of your application must verify your responses to all questions.

IMPORTANT: Please monitor your Workday account as all communications will be sent there.

Only candidates who submit a complete application package and whose training and/or experience most closely match the requirements, needs and desired attributes of the position will be invited for an interview.

Work Authorization :
Oregon Parks & Recreation Department does not offer visa sponsorships. Within three days of hire, all applicants will be required to complete the US Department of Justice Form I-9, confirming authorization to work in the United States. Oregon Parks and Recreation Department uses E-Verify to confirm that applicants are authorized to work in the United States.

Questions/Need Help?
OPRD recruitment process:

Specific position or location information: Mac Freeborn, Park Manager, at or call 541-432-8855 extension 23.

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