Description / Position Overview
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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:
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)
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
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.
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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If hired, you will be required to provide proof of your eligibility to work in the United States.
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