Lake Cascade State Park Ranger

State of Idaho - Cascade, ID3.8

Full-time
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The IDAHO DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION
is recruiting for 2 (TWO) full time Rangers for Lake Cascade State Park.

Lake Cascade, located about 75 miles north of Boise in Cascade, Idaho, has approximately 86 miles of shoreline, and covers 26,307 surface acres at full pool and is approximately 4.5 miles wide at its widest point. Lake Cascade State Park is a large complex park (operating under a partnership with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation) with 17 separate units that include:

Camping: There are 292 developed tent and RV sites located around the Lake in 10 separate campgrounds. There is one dispersed camping area and one dispersed tent area. Year-round group yurt facilities for up to 30 people is located at Osprey Point. The group camping area at Snowbank can accommodate groups up to 75 people. A reservation system is in place for the group use facilities, and 9 of the developed campgrounds.

Day Use; Six day use areas provide picnicking and lake access and two picnic shelters.

Water sports: Lake Cascade provides excellent water recreation opportunities including pleasure boating, wind surfing, sailing, and fishing. Six of the shoreline units provide boat ramps with handling docks.

Winter recreation: There are groomed cross-country ski trails within the park and ice fishing and snowmobiling on the frozen lake are popular winter activities.

Cascade Idaho is a small town located in Central Idaho. Although the local housing market has changed to reflect the general housing market nationwide, Cascade is still experiencing more housing challenges than other parts of the state.

Employees are required to work weekends, holidays and variable shifts. Occasional overnight travel may also be required. Working in adverse weather conditions will also be required.

PARK HOUSING MAY BE AVAILABLE
PLEASE INQUIRE IF INTERESTED

Example of Duties
RESPONSIBILITIES: The ranger position serves as one of the primary public contacts for both day and overnight users. This position's main focus is about 70% maintenance and 30%compliance as well as being responsible for a wide variety of duties, including:
Maintaining park facilities and grounds to ensure resource preservation and visitor safety.
Operating and repairing vehicles, trucks, mowers, tractors, hand and power tools.
Informing visitors of pertinent regulations of the Department.
Collecting fees and computer operation of the Centralized Reservation System.
Assisting supervision with hiring, training and preparation of work assignments for seasonal employees and volunteers.
Preparing and maintaining reports, records, logs and inventories.
Preparing research reports and procedure manuals.
Janitorial duties include cleaning restrooms and garbage collection.
Lawn maintenance and irrigation duties.
Answering visitor questions regarding park history, geology, plants and animals,
Conducting nature walks, interpretive and environmental awareness programs for park visitors, school groups and organizations.
Organizing and marketing special events.
Attendance at department required training that may require overnight travel.
Minimum Qualifications
Some knowledge of outdoor recreation and/or natural resource management.
Experience providing service to a variety of customers.
Supervising the work of others.
Supplemental Information

HELPFUL TIPS:
Knowledge of outdoor recreation and natural resource management can typically be met by successful completion of at least 9 college-level credits in a natural resource field AND at least 2 seasons experience working with natural resource issues.
Experience providing service to a variety of customers can typically be gained by at least 6 months of experience answering questions, providing direction, and asking questions to determine needs or purpose of the visit.
Experience supervising staff can typically be gained by at least 6 months work experience assigning work or training new or existing staff. Experience supervising seasonal and/or volunteer staff may qualify.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The following experience is not required for this position but may increase your score.
Experience performing basic construction and building maintenance. This can be typically met by experience performing basic carpentry and plumbing tasks such as roof repair, erecting dry wall, installing windows or doors, home repair and remodeling, repairing/replacing faucets, sinks, drains, and toilets.
Experience operating and maintaining vehicles/equipment. This can be typically gained by experience operating lightweight over-the-road type vehicles and equipment such as cars and pickups (manual shift not automatic), lawnmower, weed eaters, trimmers, etc. AND experience performing preventative maintenance on small engines, pumps, and vehicles and ensuring oil and filters are changed and tune-ups are performed as required.
Some knowledge of Interpretation/Environmental Education. This can typically be gained by successful completion of at least 1-college courses OR 1 agency-sponsored workshop that included park interpretation or environment education.

PREFERRED CANDIDATES WILL HAVE:
Experience operating and maintaining chainsaws as well as certifications.
Experience operating and maintaining snow related equipment (snow plows, snow machines, snow blowers, and grooming equipment).
SCUBA certification and related diving experience

These positions involve various skills including: public relations; natural resource management; park building and grounds maintenance; park and recreation rule compliance, and conflict resolution of visitor and user issues.

During peak use the park experiences high concentrations of visitors within the developed recreation sites. This results in the visitor competing for the sometimes limited recreation resource.

This position involves working nights, weekends, and many holidays, in all weather conditions, and with potentially caustic materials and pesticides.

This position MAY require the incumbent to obtain a Class "A", or "B", Commercial Driver's License (CDL), pass a pre-employment controlled substance screening test and participate in the Department's drug/alcohol testing program. Permanent employment may be contingent upon this requirement and if determined necessary, applicant must obtain license within 60 days of the hire date.

Requires successful passage of established professional requirements and a criminal background check including fingerprinting and completion of a personal history statement.

NOTE: This position will function as a compliance enforcement officer who will assist with maintaining the peace and enforces rules within state parks.
Compliance enforcement training generally occurs within the first 18 to 24 months of employment. Certification as a compliance enforcement officer