Park Ranger

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department - Umpqua, OR

Full-time | Contract
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 the Umpqua Lighthouse State Park near Winchester Bay, Oregon. This recruitment is for one, full-time, permanent , SEIU represented position and may be used to fill future vacancies as they occur.

The close date of this posting has been extended. If you already applied, there is no need to reapply.

As a Park Ranger 3, you will conduct a specific, major program or facility at the management unit, park district or region level with a high degree of independence and technical expertise in specialized park skills (e.g.: resource interpretation, cultural and natural resource restoration, complex utility operations or maintenance programs, park rule enforcement, visitor services, etc.). The person in this position will coordinate activities across management unit boundaries and will mentor permanent and seasonal employees throughout the park region in specialized skills related to the maintenance and operations of OPRD programs and properties.

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

Visitor Services (20%)

Patrol park areas throughout the region to protect and preserve resources and facilities by checking for misuse, undesirable activities and hazardous situations;
Inspect park grounds, buildings, facilities, vehicles, material and equipment throughout the region for safety hazards and possible violations;
Render emergency aid and assistance to ocean shore or park visitors as provided for in OPRD Policy OP 50-7 and prepare related reports;
Maintain a current patrol log book and prepare patrol and enforcement action reports for park management;
Explain park rules and regulations to park visitors;
Seek voluntary visitor compliance with park area rules and regulations; issue verbal and written warnings as necessary;
Issue citations for rule violations as necessary; prepare related reports; testify in court as required;
As authorized, issue notices of exclusion;
Review each management unit’s written safety and emergency plans annually. Seek information from OPRD’s Safety and Risk Manager, OR-OSHA and other sources. Inform park managers and the region manager of compliance needs;
Participate as a member of the Visitor Safety Academy leadership team; develop and present curriculum material; coordinate academy logistics, trainers, certification, testing, etc.;
Provide in-service training to region employees in verbal judo, scene assessment and officer safety, Park Area Rules, quality customer service; provide role playing opportunities, evaluate and coach for improvement;
Provide opportunities for and actively seek volunteer participation in park operations and programs.
Project Oversight (20%)

Independently complete or oversee the completion of the most exacting and complex park resource and facility maintenance, restoration, rehabilitation and construction projects throughout the region. Such projects may require advanced knowledge and skills in carpentry, plumbing, electrical wiring, painting, equipment operation, landscape maintenance, concrete or asphalt work, and water, sewer and irrigation systems; reading and following blueprints and drawings;
Assist in the completion of projects by overseeing teams 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 in completing the most exacting and complex park resource and facility maintenance, restoration, rehabilitation and construction projects within overnight camps and day use areas;
As a member of the region leadership team, determine the priority, preparation, cost evaluation and coordination of Facility Investment, dedicated fund and maintenance projects;
Coordinate region material and supply orders, surplus equipment disposal, hazardous waste disposal, and small capital equipment purchases. Prepare related records and reports;
Prepare written material and work specifications, obtain quotations, purchase materials or authorize work based upon state purchasing policy, obtain permits and schedule inspections;
Follow the OPRD compliance manual to insure that project plans are appropriate and have the required approvals;
Coordinate people, material and equipment resources with the park managers, volunteers and cooperating associations to accomplish the agreed-upon projects;
Inspect state-force, volunteer and contract projects to insure compliance with plans and specifications;
Research and recommend the most cost efficient, effective and sustainable methods to complete projects, maintenance and operations while meeting OPRD's quality standards;
Keep the region management team members informed of project progress;
Complete special projects, reports or assignments related to park maintenance and operations; present information and lead discussions at region management meetings.
Building Maintenance and Construction (20%)

Independently plan and carry out personally, or conduct others in completing complex park maintenance and operation work related to park building maintenance and construction;
Maintain and repair building plumbing systems requiring basic plumbing skills, including: unclogging toilets, sinks, drains, water and sewer lines; repairing or replacing sinks, toilets, urinals, faucets, hose bibs, flush-o-meters, washers and gaskets; repairing ABS, PVC, Pex, copper, iron and transite pipes and fittings; connecting pipe with solvent cements, solder, compression, flange and threaded connections;
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 including: mirrors, paper product dispensers, electric hand-dryers, shelves, windows and doors, door closers, hinges and locks, eave troughs and downspouts;
Paint buildings and other structures using brushes, rollers and spray equipment, properly clean tools and dispose of cleaning solutions.
General Park Operations (15%)

Conduct teams 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 in completing park resource and facility maintenance tasks within overnight camps and day use areas;
Perform or conduct others in performing complex Landscape Maintenance tasks, Custodial Work, Building Maintenance and Construction, Facility Maintenance and Construction tasks, Utility System Operation and Maintenance, Visitor Services, Park Patrol, Safety and Rule Enforcement, and Resource Interpretation;
Represent the Region on OPRD committees, teams and working groups for ADA, sustainability and resource protection and other programs. Seek input from and share information with the Region management team;
Participate with the Region Manager, District Managers and Park Managers in regular and special region management team meetings;
Represent OPRD on local civic committees, organizations and boards relating to natural resources, facility maintenance, etc.;
Foster cooperation, shared resources, information exchanges, and effective working relationships with government agencies, local groups and organizations;
Provide input which will assist in the completion of performance evaluations for seasonal and permanent employees, based upon their success in having completed agreed-upon objectives;
Participate in hiring interviews and recommend hiring;
Assist in the orientation and training of new employees, park hosts, and volunteers;
Encourage co-workers in obtaining continuing education in resource management, technical knowledge, safety, communication and inter-personal skills;
Resource Interpretation (5%)

Serve Park Managers, park interpreters and program hosts in the region at the primary resource for park interpretation. Attend region leadership team meetings. Represent the interests of the region as a member of the OPRD Statewide Interpretive Committee;
Evaluate “ready-made” interpretive programs for potential use in region parks. Modify such programs to increase their value to visitors in specific parks throughout the region. Insure such programs are consistent with the OPRD Strategic Interpretive and Region Interpretive Plans;
Provide leadership in the development of interpretive plans for parks and management units throughout the region: perform research, facilitate meetings, compile and analyze data and other information, coordinate graphics, write progress reports, complete final interpretive plans; prepare RFPs and manage contracts for work related to park interpretive plans;
Develop interpretive programs which can be used at multiple parks throughout the region, including: the Oregon Plan for Salmon Recovery; Snowy Plover Recovery, Clean Watersheds, Sustainability, etc.;
Assist park managers and park interpreters in creating appropriate, original interpretive opportunities for park visitors;
Provide training to park interpreters and program hosts to insure uniform, high-quality presentations of OPRD programs such as JR Beaver, Whale Watch, etc. as well as adapted ready-made presentations and original, local presentations;
Develop and update a curriculum for training seasonal interpreters that can be used at parks throughout the region;
Provide leadership to the region’s cadre of park interpreters. Plan and conduct an annual pre-season meeting to discuss individual park program plans, share ideas, receive training, etc. Plan and conduct a post-season evaluation meeting. Provide a report of each season’s interpretive activities to the region, district and park managers and state interpretive coordinator;
Using an evaluation form for presentations by park interpreters and program hosts, observe the interpretive activities of park interpreters and program hosts throughout the region and evaluate the quality of their presentations. Provide feedback to interpreters, hosts and their respective district and park managers;
Represent the interests of OPRD on inter-agency interpretive working teams, local interpretive groups and associations. Participate in school outreach presentations promoting resource protection and interpretation;
Advocate the values of interpretation through presentations to ORPD staff, friends groups, local governments and civic organizations;
Develop and maintain a library of interpretive resources and make the materials available to region interpreters and hosts;
Serve as the region coordinator for Whale Watch, Beach Clean-up, Down by the Riverside Clean-up, etc.;
Participate in the recruitment, selection and training of seasonal and year-round park interpreters throughout the region.
Resource Conservation (5%)

Serve as the region-wide resource for approved, standard practices relating to the conservation, preservation and restoration, rehabilitation of archaeological, cultural or historic sites or structures;
Serve as the region-wide resource for approved, standard practices relating to the conservation, preservation and protection of significant natural or scenic resources;
Obtain and maintain certification as the Region Arborist. Conduct periodic hazard tree inspections and prepare related reports. Assist park managers in preparing and carrying out vegetation management plans;
Conduct annual boundary inspections on OPRD properties within the Region for trespass violations; inspect properties for negative impacts to natural and cultural resources;
Cooperate with other natural resource agencies and citizen groups to protect resources within OPRD guidelines and in a manner which will demonstrate our effective stewardship of resource and facility values.

Minimum Qualifications :
Five 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 or a related field and 2 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
An Associate's degree in Park and Recreation Administration or Natural Resource Management or Environmental Studies and 3.5 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 and/or resource interpretation;
Skill in “Verbal Judo” or similar tactical communications method;
Experience in evaluating situations, applying rules and guidelines, determining and carrying out appropriate course of action to achieve desired results;
Experience in mentoring, coaching and training employees in park maintenance and campground reservation software;
Skill in teaching quality customer service techniques to employees;
Knowledge in teaching basic plumbing, carpentry, painting, grounds-keeping tasks to employees;
Experience in teaching employees how to diagnose maintenance and operation problems, breakdowns and disruptions, and how to initiate and carry out solutions.

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: oprd.workday@oregon.gov

Specific position or location information: Ryan Warren, Park Manager, at Ryan.Warren@oregon.gov or call 541-271-4118.

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