PARK RANGER - 37000784

The State of Florida - Hobe Sound, FL3.6

Requisition No: 67063

Agency: Environmental Protection

Working Title: PARK RANGER - 37000784

Position Number: 37000784

Salary: $26,000.04

Posting Closing Date: 07/24/2019


Jonathan Dickinson State Park is looking for a self-motivated, hard-working individual to help our team deliver a high-quality visitor experience while protecting and restoring our natural and cultural resources. Jonathan Dickinson State Park manages roughly 10,000 acres of natural habitat representing a diverse mosaic of 16 natural communities, including rare coastal sandhill upland lakes, and scrub. The park has an active fire management program and protects most of the Loxahatchee National Wild and Scenic River corridor, Florida's first federally designated scenic river. The protected portions of the river offer residents and visitors the opportunity to experience one of the remaining outstanding blackwater rivers in the state. Several cultural resources including the Trapper Nelson Zoo Historic District, a National Register site; the World War II remnants of Camp Murphy, a radar operation training base used by the United States Army during the formative years of the technology; and numerous prehistoric and historic archaeological sites. The park offers a wide variety of resource-based recreational opportunities including 147 campsites, 12 small cabins, paddling, boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking. The applicant must be able to work rotating shifts including evenings, weekends and holidays.

This is moderately independent work providing Visitor Services, Resource Management, Maintenance, Administration and Protection of Jonathan Dickinson State Park and Atlantic Ridge Preserve State Park.



Explains facilities and services provided for public use, enjoyment and education; meets visitors, answers questions, provides information and directions in an accurate and professional manner. Attempts to resolve visitor complaints while maintaining good public relations. Provides natural and cultural history interpretive programs and services via presentations, walks and other programs and unit specific services as directed.


Recognizes biological communities and the natural processes required for their maintenance. Observes, maintains and protects the natural, cultural, historic and archaeological resources of the park. Implements vegetation and wildlife management plans, including a very active prescribed fire program, maintains optimum species control via natural and chemical means. Implements site restoration projects such as reforestation and erosion control. Implements water resources management plans. Collects and records resource management data.


Maintains park structures, facilities, equipment and grounds through routine, preventive, and corrective maintenance practices. Conducts routine inspections to ensure proper maintenance standards are met. Maintains cleanliness of grounds and facilities.


Prepares forms and reports on a wide range of subjects including visitation, vehicle usage, purchase requests and accidents. Answers telephones, operates park radio, computer and various office equipment. Conducts purchasing and fiscal activities in compliance with established procedures. Collects fees, performs cash register transactions and reconciles receipts. Orders, sells and inventories resale merchandise. Answers correspondence and maintains park files.


Performs routine patrols and security checks; ensures adherence to the Park Protection Plan. Opens and/or secures park facilities as appropriate. Interprets and enforces park rules pertaining to all natural and cultural resources and facilities and use thereof for the safety and enjoyment of the visitor. Responsible for security of cash fund.

Performs other related duties as required.


Knowledge of: Florida's natural and cultural resources; basic arithmetic; good customer service and relations. Skill in: communicating effectively verbally and in writing; operating a cash register and reconciling receipts; accurately preparing reports; interacting with all internal and external customers and the public in a professional, tactful and courteous manner; performing grounds and building maintenance, including but not limited to, mowing, weed eating, pressure washing and painting; utilizing power tools, including but not limited to, chainsaws and drills; basic plumbing, including but not limited to, repairing hose bibs and waterline repair; basic electrical work, including but not limited to, replacing outlets and circuit breakers; basic carpentry, including but not limited to, boardwalk and fence repairs; utilizing a computer, including but not limited to, software programs such as Microsoft Office Suite. Ability to: participate in resource management tasks, including but not limited to, prescribed fire activities, non-native plant removal which may include application of herbicide; follow verbal and written instructions/directions; work independently with minimal supervision; establish and maintain effective working relationships; speak in public; understand and apply rules, directives, policies, laws and regulations; conduct routine inspections; identify and investigate problems; clean park facilities, including but not limited to, cleaning restrooms and picking up trash; work outdoors in inclement weather; perform physical labor; lift 40 pounds and assist in transporting items or other supplies 100 pounds or more; work rotating shifts including nights, weekends and holidays; successfully complete ranger academy; successfully complete background and fingerprint check; maintain a valid driver's license; properly wear uniform; comply with male and female hair grooming standards and body art and piercing restrictions; successfully meet position-specific DRP Burn Standards for Prescribed Fire.


Florida Class E driver's license or an out-of-state class equivalent driver's license is required.

Incumbent of this position, in accordance with sections 110.1127 and 435.07, F.S. and DEP directive 422 (Background Investigation) is required to successfully complete a background and fingerprint check.

Successful completion of annual moderate pack test. Prior to being hired, applicant will be given a single opportunity to take and successfully complete a supervised moderate pack test at a date and location to be announced.

For additional information, please contact Assistant Park Manager Matt Phifer at (561) 744-9814.

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE. Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply. Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code. Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here. All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement.

Nearest Major Market: Port Saint Lucie