Park Ranger

City of Colorado Springs, CO - Colorado Springs, CO4.1

Description / Position Overview

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Park Ranger

As a Park Ranger, you will ensure the City's natural and historical resources are maintained, preserved, and protected according to pertinent laws, ordinances, and regulations; enforce safety and environmental regulations; uphold the specific requirements set forth by Master Plans of specific properties; and monitor the activities of assigned park and recreation facilities.

Essential Job Functions - the basic job duties an employee must be able to perform:
  • Patrol throughout the day to address natural resource assessments and public safety/health issues
    • Perform morning patrol and inspection, monitoring for hazards, trash removal needs, and law enforcement concerns; create daily and weekly work plans
    • Maintain communications with staff and the public; address concerns
    • Provide response to sick and/or injured animals as necessary; remove carcasses of dead animals; and contact wildlife agencies as needed
  • Respond to emergency situations occurring on park property; contact public safety personnel as needed
    • Serve as liaison between the public and inter-governmental agencies
    • Communicate closely with Colorado Springs Police Department, Colorado Springs Fire Department, Colorado Springs Utilities, Division of Parks and Wildlife, and Humane Society; address and respond to their needs and inquiries
  • Participate in the planning and implementation of master plans, management plans, stewardship plans, trail rehabilitation, trail construction, erosion control, and reclamation projects
    • Assess needs related to park health and resource protection
    • Calculate materials, equipment, man hours, crew leaders, and volunteers
    • Perform site coordination with inter-governmental agencies, department staff, volunteer groups, contractors, the public, and special event staff
    • Assist in implementation of project, work day, or special event; assess, evaluate, and provide feedback regarding the project, work day, or special event
  • Coordinate with Friends groups, non-profits, or local organizations to effectively accomplish maintenance goals on assigned properties
    • Set up and facilitate meetings regarding projects
    • Serve as department representative for project work days
  • Utilize and maintain a large fleet of light to heavy equipment
    • Adhere to a scheduled preventative maintenance program
  • Prepare park facilities for special events and monitor approved uses of park property including, but not limited to, filming, stable operations, and athletic events
    • Acquire special event calendars to ensure park facilities are safe, clean, and ready for events
    • Provide support for needs that may arise before, during, or after events
    • Ensure the proper permits have been requested and issued and dates are valid for park use
    • Assess, evaluate, and provide feedback regarding special events
  • Participate in the selection of seasonal employees; provide and coordinate staff training
    • Participate in pre-employment interviews
    • Train new employees regarding policies and procedures, safety standards, use of personal protective equipment (PPE), and daily key duties
    • Assess and evaluate job performance
    • Make recommendations to increase efficiencies
We are looking for candidates who demonstrate:

Knowledge of:
  • Operation and basic maintenance needs of equipment utilized in park patrol
  • Proper transport and tie down requirements
  • Digital camera equipment
  • Operations, services, and activities of park facilities and programs
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Outlook)
Ability to:
  • Coordinate care for sick and/or injured animals
  • Use current technology such as smart telephones and associated technology
  • Safely use assigned tools, equipment, and vehicles
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing
Successful candidate will have:
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Three years of full-time experience as a park ranger or related field
  • Possess and maintain a valid, non-probationary Colorado driver's license not subject to restriction related to alcohol and/or drug violations or pending charges
  • Possess, or obtain within three months of hire, CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and First Aid certifications
  • Pass a post-offer physical
Ideal candidates will also have:
  • Associate's degree in natural resources, outdoor recreation or a related field
  • Three years of experience in natural resources management or a related field
  • Possess Wilderness First Responder certification
Machines, Tools, Equipment, and Work Aids: Weather appropriate clothing for extreme hot or cold temperatures, sunglasses, gloves, sunscreen, safety vest, sterile gloves, work/hiking boots, light vehicles, telephone, radio, infrared heat thermometer, and AED unit

Additional Information

Physical Demands: This position requires the ability to lift up to 50 frequently and 100 pounds occasionally with assistance. The ability to sit, stand, run, or walk for prolonged periods is also required.

Environmental Conditions
Primary Work Environment - Outdoors with possible exposure to high altitudes up to 10,000 feet
Extreme Temperature - Seasonally (inclement weather)
Wetness and Humidity - Seasonally (inclement weather)
Respiratory Hazards - Frequently (fumes, odors, and gases)
Noise and Vibrations - Frequently
Physical Hazards - Frequently (possible exposure to aggressive and/or diseased wildlife)
Mechanical and/or Electrical Hazards - Frequently (moving vehicles and machinery)
Exposure to Communicable Diseases – Frequently

This job announcement is not intended to include a complete listing of all responsibilities, knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with the position.

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