ATTENTION PARK RANGER APPLICANTS!
THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS DETAILED AND COMPREHENSIVE. PLEASE READ IT IN ITS ENTIRETY AND PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THE REQUIREMENTS, PHYSICAL FITNESS STANDARDS, CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT AND THE SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS.
TESTING WILL BEGIN JULY 14, 2020
If your goal is to invest in a career that makes a difference, consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Our professionals are committed to supporting state government and the citizens of Colorado.
Our mission is to develop, preserve, and enhance the state's natural resources for the benefit and enjoyment of current and future citizens and visitors. In an effort to build diversity and inclusion, we welcome applications from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.
Customer service is a key component for every position across state government. We are focused on improving Efficiency (use of resources), Effectiveness (impact of our work), and Elegance (graceful service interactions).
COLORADO PARKS AND WILDLIFE (CPW)
Our Mission is to perpetuate the wildlife resources of the state, to provide a quality state parks system, and to provide enjoyable and sustainable outdoor recreation opportunities that educate and inspire current and future generations to serve as active stewards of Colorado's natural resources. Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Description of Job
TESTING WILL BEGIN JULY 14, 2020
Candidates offered a position must be willing and able to accept the assignment to a State Park by CPW and remain at that Park for a minimum of two years.
This position functions at a training classification level for entry into the Park Manager series:
Year One Working Title:
"Park Ranger Trainee"
Year 2 Working Title:
As a Park Ranger Trainee, this position attends a Colorado POST certified law enforcement academy and at the successful completion of this training, certified as a Colorado Peace Officer in accordance with the official duties and authority of Colorado Parks and Wildlife. After certification, additional training continues with regard to classroom education and field exercises to provide knowledge and 'real-world' experience in order to be successful as a Park Ranger and provide a future opportunity as a Park Manager. Park Ranger Trainees work within the Field Services Unit and trained in CPW park operations, application of the State's laws, rules, regulations, statutes, beginning supervision, and park management techniques.
YEAR ONE (Examples of learning objectives):
Participate in POST training to achieve certification and ultimately commissioned at the discretion of the Director of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and apply the knowledge and techniques in a field setting.
Disseminate and communicate information concerning park management, data, regulations, public outreach, and conduct educational and interpretive activities to internal and external stakeholders (schools, civic groups, sporting clubs, etc.).
Responsibilities and expectations of a Park Ranger to represent the Division in a professional manner.
Apply Park Management techniques in a field setting.
Apply natural resource management plans, stewardship plans, improvement projects, habitat assessment, inventories, and other field training in order to protect and preserve native wildlife, plants, and ecosystems in and around state parks.
Participate in various certification training including Wilderness First Responder, Swift Water Rescue, and other valuable training.
The operation of boats, Off-Highway Vehicles (OHV), and snowmobiles, and perform patrols with each.
Under the leadership of a commissioned officer, enforce Park's laws and regulations and investigates alleged law violations, seizes equipment and arranges for disposition of illegal activities.
Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights
OPEN TO STATE OF COLORADO RESIDENTS ONLY
The Colorado Constitution, Article XII, Section 13 requires that applicants for state classified government jobs be residents of Colorado unless this requirement is waived by the State Personnel Board. This announcement does not include a residency waiver.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree. Transcripts must be submitted at the time of application.
IF YOU EXPECT TO GRADUATE DECEMBER 2020, PLEASE ANSWER THE RELATED QUESTIONS IN THE SUPPLEMENTAL SECTION.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in natural resources management, natural sciences, earth sciences, environmental science, history, biology, ecology, forestry, geology, range management, wildlife biology, wildlife management, zoology, *outdoor recreation management,*parks administration, or *parks management
Strong written and oral communication skills
Experience providing customer service
Experience leading/mentoring others
Experience with public speaking/presenting and/or facilitating meetings
Knowledge of or experience with Wildlife Management techniques and/or principles
Ability or experience working in a team environment
Knowledge of or experience with working in outdoor conditions, including principles of safety in the outdoors
A combination of education and appropriate* work experience in natural resource management, outdoor recreation management, parks enforcement, or parks administration may substitute on a year-for-year basis towards meeting minimum qualifications.
- Appropriate work experience includes the following:
Preparing and delivering environmental education and/or interpretation programs for park visitors on a regular basis, park enforcement (any title of the law, county or municipal code enforcement that applies to laws regulations) in a park (equivalent to a State, County or National park) or outdoor recreation setting.
Applying the principles, practices, and techniques of natural resource management to resolve problems and effect improvements in habitat and/or environmental impact statements; supervising, planning, organizing, and/or directing a program for the development and utilization/protection of a park or outdoor recreation facility.
Assisting in/overseeing the collection, recording, presentation, and/or analysis of research data (related to natural resources, recreation, forest management, etc.); professional forest or range management; designing, conducting, analyzing and interpreting the results of resource management experiments; and protecting the quality of natural resources/the environment.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
IMPORTANT - FEDERAL LAW MAINTAINS PROHIBITION OF ILLEGAL DRUGS
Must be willing and able to submit to, and pass a background investigation, which includes the following:
Conviction of any Felonies
Domestic Violence charges/convictions/restraining orders
Driving under the Influence/Impaired and/or boating under the Influence/Impaired convictions
Misdemeanor convictions that preclude being P.O.S.T certified as a Colorado Peace Officer.
Submit to being fingerprinted
Must be willing and able to submit to a suitability interview, and psychological examination (administered by a third party professional organization).
Drug Screening (marijuana and/other illegal drugs)
If you receive a conditional job offer, you must pass the POST Academy and CPW'S Field Training Program within the probationary year (12 months).
Must be willing and able to relocate to the Denver metro area at your own expense.
Must be willing and able to obtain a State of Colorado drivers' license no later than the first day of employment.
Must be willing and able to complete and pass a medical physical exam from a medical professional.
Former employees of the State of Colorado MUST have concluded employment in good standing to be eligible for rehire.
If you have used marijuana within the past 12 months (December 31, 2019, and forward) or any illegal drugs within the past 36 months (December 31, 2017, and forward) been convicted of a felony, been convicted of any domestic violence charge, or been convicted of any misdemeanors which preclude POST certification as a Colorado Peace Officer you will be disqualified from the process and will not advance further in the process. View link:
Decertifying Misdemeanors Colorado POST
It is recommended that you contact the Human Resources Specialist listed below to resolve issues related to your possession of minimum qualifications. However, if you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination.
Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.
Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at www.colorado.gov/spb.
A standard appeal form is available at www.colorado.gov/spb. If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.
The Colorado Constitution requires all appointments and promotions in the state personnel system to be made according to merit and fitness. Your online application will be reviewed by a Human Resource Specialist and/or Subject Matter Expert to determine if you meet the minimum requirements for the position.
The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, a medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to eligible military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.
The Department of Natural Resources is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our ADAAA Coordinator, Janice Santistevan, at Janice.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-866-2667 x 8647.
Upon meeting the minimum qualifications, the next phase of the assessment process will consist of a Structured Application/Resume Reviews. Utilizing your detailed on-line application, resume, cover letter and transcripts the review is a comparative analysis against the listed required competencies, job duties and/or preferred qualifications, conditions of employment in this announcement to determine educational/technical competence, depth and breadth of experience and job fit and in comparison to all other applicants for this position. You must provide adequate detail on your application, resume, and cover letter to describe how you meet and/or exceed the requirements for this position. "See Resume" or "See Attached" will not substitute for the completed and detailed on-line application.
Comparative analysis factors to be assessed:
Education/Technical Experience - evaluated to determine how it relates to or aligns with the scope of duties outlined in this job announcement.
Depth and Breadth of Experience – varied and not one dimensional; and demonstrates a progressively higher level of responsibility with a wide range
Job Fit – Experience evaluated to determine how well your experience aligns with and meets the business needs of this position. Current/recent experience is preferred.
Leadership – Excellent leadership and team-building skills
Upload additional pages if necessary to detail your experience and accomplishments. Failure to include adequate information or follow instructions by the deadline for application may result in your application not being accepted for this position and may affect your inclusion in future steps in the assessment process.
UPON PASSING THE STRUCTURED APPLICATION REVIEW (COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS) YOU WILL BE INVITED TO THE FOLLOWING TEST/EXAM:
Physical Fitness Test/ Written Exam
The week of July 14, 2020 (Anticipated)
All candidates must successfully pass and complete each without exceeding the time limit to continue in the selection process. Candidates provided one opportunity per selection year.
YOU ARE ENCOURAGED YOU TO START YOUR PREPARATION FOR THE PHYSICAL FITNESS EXAM NOW! TRAIN AND TRAIN SOME MORE so that you can complete each of the fitness standards below in succession. Do not assume that you will be able to meet these requirements because you are "in shape" it is much more rigorous than it may look or sound. MAKE SURE YOU CAN!
The Physical Fitness standards apply to all candidate's facilitated in order and as follows:
Run 300 meters in 72 seconds
21 push-ups in one minute = rest in "up" position only; no knees, arms flex to 90 degrees, stay flat.
28 sit-ups in one minute = back completely off the ground when sitting up.
Walk/run 1.5 miles in 17:00 minutes.
If you do not pass the physical fitness exam, you do not advance to the next step of the written exam and WE HOPE TO SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!
This multiple-choice exam will assess foundational/educational knowledge, knowledge of Colorado Parks & Wildlife (navigate website), outdoor recreation, critical thinking, and familiarity with the State of Colorado:
Notification of Written Exam Results
Candidates will receive email notification of exam results and passing candidates will be invited to Phase II of an Interactive Oral Panel Assessment
Interactive Oral Panel Assessment
Week of August 10, 2020 (Anticipated)
The Interactive Oral Panel Assessment will include a question and answer session from a panel of subject matter experts who are at various levels in their career as Parks and Wildlife Managers, regarding broad outdoor recreation issues, CPW priorities, and problem-solving exercises.
There is no guarantee of the same format each year.
You must be available for one complete day to participate in the Oral Panel Assessment.
The optimum approach to prepare for the Oral Assessment is to:
Be prepared to give a five-minute presentation to the panel on a Natural Resource topic of your choice.
Visit the CPWs' website to learn more about Park Managers and their role within CPW.
Be prepared to answer questions from panel members thoroughly, thoughtfully, and in a logical format
Notification of Oral Assessment Results
Candidates will receive email notification of exam results and candidates who pass will advance to Phase III (Final Interview).
Prior to Phase III/Final Interview, candidates will participate (and must pass) a thorough background investigation including a polygraph and have NO felony offenses, serious misdemeanors, recent DUI or loss of driving privileges, domestic violence or restraining orders, or crimes of moral turpitude on their record.
November 2020 (Anticipated)
Following the final interview, successful candidates advance to Phase IV of a Conditional Job Offer.
IMPORTANT RECOMMENDATION FOR THE REMAINING STEPS IN THE SELECTION PROCESS: IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT YOU ARE HONEST WITH YOUR ANSWERS. LYING OR PROVIDING FALSE INFORMATION WILL DISQUALIFY YOU FROM THE ENTIRE PROCESS.
Conditional Job Offers
December 2020 (Anticipated)
Following the final interview, as stated previously under the "Conditions of Employment" candidates who receive conditional job offers must have completed and passed a thorough background investigation.
Again, If you have used marijuana within the last year or illegal drugs within the past three years, been convicted of a felony, been convicted of any domestic violence charge, or been convicted of any misdemeanors which preclude POST certification as a Colorado Peace Officer, you will be disqualified from the process and the conditional job offer will be revoked.
In addition, following the final interview, as stated under "Conditions of Employment", candidates who receive conditional job offers must pass a psychological test, a drug test, and a medical physical exam. The psychological test evaluates mental health and required by Colorado POST. At the same time, any other psychological exams taken up to this point are scored/considered. The polygraph exam confirms statements made and information gathered throughout the hiring process. The medical physical exam identifies ailments that would prohibit a person from performing the functions of the job and is different from the physical fitness test.
Last, following the final interview, as stated under "Conditions of Employment", candidates who receive conditional job offers must pass the POST Academy and CPW'S Field Training Program.
At this time, the vacancies have not been determined and there is no guarantee that hiring will occur as expected. Park Rangers will work on special projects if vacancies are not immediately available.
PROJECTED HIRE/START DATE:
January 2, 2021
As stated under "Conditions of Employment", candidates must relocate to the Denver metro area (or to a location, which is easy to commute to the Denver metro area and the Denver Head Quarters (Littleton, CO) at their own expense and time daily prior to the projected hire/start date. There is no reimbursement for relocation expenses.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
Peace Officer's Standards and Training (POST):
January 2021 to May 2021 [19 weeks] mandatory training will be in the Denver metro area. Training includes Colorado Criminal Code: laws of arrest; search and seizure; officer survival; use of force; civil liability; suspect/witness interview and interrogation. CPW pays 100% of the tuition and provides training materials and equipment. Training includes physically demanding exercises to develop proficiency in firearms, arrest control, and overall law enforcement activities.
Park Ranger Skills and Field Training Program:
May 2021 to December 2021 [8 months] includes classroom and field training (outside) about park-related public relations, customer service, and overall law enforcement. Field training requires extended travel away from Denver and CPW provides per diem and vehicles.
Upon Successful Completion of Training:
Park Ranger must accept any park location assigned to them.
Park Ranger must remain in the initial assigned location for a minimum of 2 years from the date of placement.
Park Rangers who fail to relocate as a "conditions of employment" will be terminated and reimburse the CPW for all training expenses.
Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Mary Vigil by email at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and the type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.
The Department of Natural Resources participates in E-Verify in accordance with the program's Right to Work for all newly-hired employees. Employees are queried through the electronic system established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to verify identity and employment eligibility. You may complete section 1 of the I-9 form upon your acceptance of a job offer letter, but no later than your first day of employment and in addition, on your first day, but no later than the third day, you are required to submit original documents to verify your eligibility to work in the U.S. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.
Toll–Free Applicant Support - Technical Help
If you experience technical difficulty with the NEOGOV system (e.g. uploading or attaching documents to your online application) call NEOGOV at 855-524-5627, Mon-Fri between 6 AM and 6 PM (Pacific Time). The Human Resources Office will be unable to assist with technical issues.
If you are having difficulty uploading or attaching documents to your application, ensure your documents are PDF or Microsoft Word files and close the document before you attempt to upload (attach) it.