Park Ranger I (Resource Specialist)

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - San Antonio, TX4.1

General Description
Under the direction of the Natural Area Superintendent, this position is responsible for the resource management of Government Canyon State Natural Area. Duties involve planning and carrying out various assignments of both natural and cultural resource management which may include, plant and animal analysis, inventory, monitoring and management – including endangered avian and karst species; research; prescribed burning, sensitive site management and monitoring, invasive plant management and feral animal control. Leads volunteers for resource-related projects and activities. Provides demonstrations to the public by using a variety of natural and cultural items, artifacts and/or replicas, and gives interpretive tours as needed. May plan and implement outreach and educational programs for all ages. Provides customer service by providing information and assistance to the public. Serves as an Administrative Officer on Duty and may perform fee collection duties. Performs facility, grounds and equipment maintenance. Other duties include site promotion, marketing, volunteer recruitment, preparation of assigned reports, training of staff and volunteers, and assisting in other areas of the park as may be deemed necessary. Must be able to work in confined spaces and caves. Works under moderate supervision, with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Performs additional duties as assigned. Complies with all Agency, Division and Branch rules, regulations and procedures.


Qualification Guidelines

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in Wildlife/Fisheries Science, Natural and/or Cultural Resource Management, Forestry, Biology, Anthropology, Archeology or History.

One year experience with Natural and/or Cultural Resource Management;
One year experience with threatened/endangered species management and/or monitoring.

If driving is required, applicant must possess a valid State driver's license;
Must possess or be able to obtain, within one year of employment, the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) Fire Fighter Type II certification;
Must possess or be able to obtain within one year of employment, a Non-Commercial Political Pesticide/Herbicide Applicators license issued by the Texas Department of Agriculture.
NOTE: Retention of position is contingent upon obtaining and maintaining required licenses and certifications.

Must be able to pass, within one year of employment, the FFTII moderate duty physical fitness standard (walk 2 miles with a 25 lb pack in 30 minutes or less) or the arduous duty physical fitness standard (walk 3 miles with 45 lb pack in 45 minutes or less).
NOTE: Retention of position contingent upon meeting and maintaining physical requirements.

One additional year of experience in Natural and/or Cultural Resource Management may substitute for 30 hours of the required education, with a maximum substitution of 120 semester hours.

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in Wildlife/Fisheries Science, Natural and/or Cultural Resource Management, Forestry, or Biology.

Experience as a supervisor or team leader;
Experience with recruiting and leading volunteers;
Experience in revenue or budget management;
Experience with Customer Service;
Experience in general maintenance, public safety, promotions or public relations or marketing;
Experience caving or experience working in potentially claustrophobic conditions;
Experience with grounds maintenance and/or brush control;
Experience with use of a GPS unit and GIS software.

CPR/First Aid/AED Certification;
ATV Rider Course Certification;
ORV Rider Course Certification.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of both natural and cultural resource management;
Knowledge of cultural traditions, historic practices and experiences;
Knowledge of environmental education;
Knowledge of Karst and Cave Management principles and practices related to endangered species habitat;
Knowledge of invasive plant species management in relation to plant community and habitat restoration;
Knowledge of native plant communities and natural landscapes;
Knowledge of exotic/feral animal management techniques;
Knowledge of general facility and grounds maintenance;
Skill in using MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook;
Skill in effective verbal and written communication;
Skill in utilizing Adobe Acrobat and/or ArcVIEW software;
Skill in facility/equipment/grounds repair programs, repair techniques and trail maintenance;
Skill in all phases of prescribed burning;
Skill in providing quality customer service in a courteous and professional manner;
Skill in presenting environmental education programs;
Ability to work independently with little or no supervision;
Ability to work as a member of a team;
Ability to promote professionalism in the workplace;
Ability to manage multiple, changing priorities in a fast-paced environment;
Ability to train and lead staff, volunteers, and community service workers;
Ability to work well with diverse groups and age ranges;
Ability to plan and conduct natural resource surveys and inventories, compile study data, and prepare reports;
Ability to develop a sound management program for the natural area's natural and cultural resources;
Ability to effectively and properly present resource management topics to staff, volunteers and the general public;
Ability to use GPS unit and interface with personal computer;
Ability to work in confined spaces;
Ability to perform manual labor including, lifting supplies and materials up to 50 lbs.;
Ability to conduct work activities in accordance with TPWD safety program.
Additional Information

Required to work in a public natural area with overnight camping and day use;
Required to work 40 hours per week, includes various schedules with hours other than 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and days off other than Saturdays, Sundays and holidays;
Required to perform work outdoors, occasionally in adverse weather conditions;
Required to work in confined spaces, i.e. caves;
Required to work in and around natural, outdoor insects, animals, and poisonous plants;
Required to perform manual labor including, lifting supplies and materials up to 50 lbs.;
May be required to operate a State vehicle;
Required to travel 5% with possible overnight stays;
Must conform to TPWD dress and grooming standards, work rules and safety procedures;
Non-smoking environment in State buildings and vehicles.

In order to be considered for this position, the following information is required:
Submittal of a completed online application;
Work history experience MUST be completed in the online application;
A scanned copy of official college transcript(s) issued from the registrar must be attached to the online application (if applicable);
Applicants must attach a DD214 or other supporting documentation to the online application to claim Veterans Preference.
NOTE: Resume and professional references may be attached to the online application, but not in place of the completed application. A skills test may be conducted at time of interview.

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