Park Ranger

City of Santa Ana - Santa Ana, CA4.3

The City of Santa Ana is looking for individuals who are results-oriented, possess great attitudes, demonstrate creativity and innovation, work efficiently, show a record of success and have a PASSION for public service. Having the best employees provides the best service to the community.

Candidates must speak fluent English. Candidates who are fluent in English and Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean, Hmong, Cambodian, or Samoan are highly desirable.

Under general supervision, performs guard and patrol duty on an assigned shift to safeguard persons and property in City-owned facilities and areas while carrying a firearm.

Patrols assigned stations or areas on foot and/or by vehicle to protect property against vandalism, unlawful entry, theft, fire and other dangers to enforce ordinances and regulations pertaining to use of public facilities, and to maintain order for the protection and safety of visitors, patrons, employees and others. Maintains order and enforces park rules and other laws by taking actions ranging from counseling, warning, issuing citations, or arresting persons whose behavior harasses or endangers others, disturbs the peace, or threatens damage to property. Provides information and assistance to the public, including answering questions regarding programs and services, directing persons to specific facilities and events, searching for lost children and administering first-aid assistance in emergency situations. Regulates traffic, enforces parking and other municipal regulations pertaining to public use facilities and areas, and issues notices of violation. Reports fires and performs emergency firefighting and/or rescue duties until arrival of fire department units. Maintains logs of patrol activities and prepares written reports of incidents, accidents or other occurrences. May be assigned to serve in a lead-supervisory capacity over a departmental unit of security guards. Performs other functions as assigned.


The work of this class involves responsible public contact, occasionally in emotionally tense situations, requiring maturity, an above-average degree of tact and responsiveness, and the use of considerable personal judgment in safeguarding public property and assisting and protecting visitors, patrons and employees at public use facilities and areas while carrying a firearm. In the enforcement of rules of conduct, incumbents must exhibit skill in identifying behavior potentially dangerous to others or destructive of property. Incumbents must exercise careful judgment in distinguishing between circumstances in which counseling and warning will serve to maintain order and those in which the powers of ejection, detention or arrest must be applied to prevent injury to others or damage to property. Incumbents are not sworn police officers, but are limited function peace officers while on duty and for the purpose of performing their primary function.

One year of experience involving extensive public contact in security, military police, probation, correctional or related work; or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities listed below:
Knowledge of: the methods, techniques, practices and procedures involved in safeguarding property against fire, theft, vandalism and illegal entry; and all related laws, rules, regulations, investigation and enforcement procedures and legal requirements.
Ability to: learn and interpret various laws and regulations, investigation and enforcement procedures, and report-writing requirements; obtain information through interview and observation; analyze situations quickly and objectively; cope with emotionally tense situations; control unruly or hostile individuals whose behavior threatens the peaceful pursuits or safety of others; express ideas clearly and concisely orally and in writing; keep records and prepare reports; and develop skill in the operation of radio receiving and transmitting equipment.
Skill in: identifying behavior potentially dangerous to others or destructive to property.

Additionally, all candidates must:
Be a U.S. Citizen or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship.
Be at least 20.5 years of age at time of application.
Be a high school graduate; or have passed the G.E.D. test; or have passed the CA High School Proficiency exam; or have attained a 2-year, 4-year or advanced degree from an accredited college or university.
Possess and retain a valid California Class C driver's license as a condition of continued employment.
Be free of any felony conviction or certain misdemeanor convictions that are disqualifying
Be of good moral character as determined by a thorough background investigation.
Be found free from any physical, emotional or mental condition that might adversely affect the exercise of the powers of a peace officer.

Must possess a high school diploma or acceptable educational equivalent, must be at least 21 years of age at the time of appointment, and must be of good moral character and sound psychological capabilities as determined by an extensive background investigation and psychological screening performed by the Santa Ana Police Department.

Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License; willingness to work any shift, rotating work schedules, or irregular duty assignments; satisfactory record as a law-abiding citizen; and a state of health and physical condition necessary to satisfactorily and safely perform assigned duties.

NOTE: Some recruitments may require bilingual capability in English and one other language as an added minimum qualification for some positions.

Upon selection, successful candidates must complete a law enforcement training program approved by the Chief of Police, an in-house training program, and must obtain and retain PC 832 Arrest and Firearms Course certification.


Successful performers possess strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate with a wide variety of individuals from diverse ethnic backgrounds. These employees demonstrate a genuine concern for the safety of park visitors and the public's enjoyment of recreational facilities. They perform duties while carrying a firearm. They are calm, alert individuals who quickly and logically evaluate situations and act as necessary.

All applicants are required to complete and submit a City application form and supplemental questionnaire online. Resumes/faxed copies will not be accepted in lieu of application. To apply, click on the "Apply" link located at the top of this page. New users must create an account first. Click on this link for instructions on how to set up your account and apply for the first time: Online Employment Application Guide.

If you pass the initial application, supplemental questionnaire, and background screenings, and possess the most pertinent qualifications, in order to be placed on the eligible list, you must pass each of the following components (except the bilingual fluency exam):

Please note, all dates listed below are subject to change depending on organizational needs.

1. WRITTEN EXAMINATION: (qualifying) this written examination is designed to measure skills associated with reading and writing: clarity, vocabulary, spelling, and reading comprehension (there is no Math section). A video simulation portion may also be included.

The next three selection components (Physical Agility Exam, Oral Interview Examination and Background Orientation) are all consolidated in one full day of testing. Further details will be provided at the written exam.

2. PHYSICAL AGILITY EXAM IS TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, MARCH 16, 2019 AT 7:00 A.M.: (qualifying) will evaluate each applicants physical strength, agility and endurance in the following timed components:
1.5 MILE RUN The 1.5 mile run must be completed within 14 minutes to pass the City of Santa Ana physical agility test.
500 YARD RUN Run 500 yards
SOLID FENCE CLIMB Run 5 yards to a 6-foot solid fence, climb over fence, and continue running another 25 yards
CHAIN LINK FENCE Run 5 yards to a 6-foot chain link fence, climb over fence, and continue running another 25 yards
OBSTACLE COURSE/AGILITY RUN Run a 99-yard obstacle course consisting of several sharp turns, a number of curb-height obstacles, and a 34-inch high obstacle
BODY DRAG Lift and drag 165 pound lifelike dummy 32 feet
Each of the above 5 events are timed. Candidate's performance times are converted to points and summed. Candidates must successfully complete the 1.5 mile run AND accumulate a minimum total score of 384 points in the remaining five events to pass the physical agility test.

3. ORAL INTERVIEW EXAMINATION IS TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, MARCH 16, 2019 AT 7:00 A.M.: (weight of 50%) will evaluate experience, training and personal qualifications for the position. Candidates need a score of 70% or higher to pass this examination.

4. BACKGROUND ORIENTATION: (qualifying) prepare personal statement, receive background packet, meet with background investigator.

5. BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: (qualifying) candidates will be investigated regarding employment, neighborhood conduct, references, financial stability, criminal history, driving history, educational history, and other related factors.

6. BACKGROUND ORAL INTERVIEW EXAMINATION: (weight of 50%) will evaluate each candidate's background, experience, training and personal qualifications for the position. Candidates need a score of 70% or higher to pass this examination.

7. POLYGRAPH EXAMINATION: (qualifying) candidates will take a polygraph examination designed to determine the truthfulness of the candidate's responses about his/her qualifications and suitability as a Park Ranger.

8. PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION: (qualifying) candidates will be interviewed by a licensed psychologist to assess the candidate's behavior and character to determine if an individual is at significant risk for employment problems as a Park Ranger.

NOTE: Prior to appointment, a medical examination will also be conducted.

The City of Santa Ana is an equal opportunity employer. If you consider yourself a person with a disability, you may contact us regarding providing reasonable accommodation.