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Become A Park Ranger

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Working As A Park Ranger

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Make Decisions

  • $19,500

    Average Salary

What Does A Park Ranger Do At Maine Admin & Financial Services

* supervising park volunteers; directing staff; park operations; assisting park visitors and campers; community relations; conducting park maintenance and repair; interpreting and promoting the park; collection of park fees; enforcement of park rules and regulations; managing emergency operations.
* Work is performed under general supervision; however, the person in this position often works independently at the park.
* The person in this position will be trained and certified in First Aid, CPR, boating safety, ATV/UTV safety, snowmobile safety, general safety, and chain saw operation as a requirement of this position.
* Maintenance and operation of a plow vehicle and ski trail grooming equipment is an integral part of the winter duties of this position.
* Enforcement of park rules and state laws to protect the natural and cultural resources of the park is required.
* This position has functional responsibility to ensure that daily operations are in accordance with park procedures and policies.
* Other park area duties near Sebago Lake State Park are assigned as needed

What Does A Park Ranger Do At Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks

* The Park Ranger (Generalist) job purpose is to assist park managers in all daily operations of a unit or units of the State Park System and the state trails programs
* This work will primarily encompass board administrative, interpretation, operational, maintenance, and public relations activities
* This position will also be tasked with conducting park rule compliance duties within the scope of their training, and providing operational support to the park manager for daily park operations, employees, visitor behavior, facilities, and grounds within the State Parks.
* This position provides essential services and tasks as they arise, such as building and grounds maintenance and cleaning, park rule compliance, fee collections and remittance, interpretation and education, and other various responsibilities,.
* The Park Ranger position will work under the immediate supervision of the Park Manager, and will provide direction for other park staff and volunteers.
* In the absence of the Manager the incumbent may be assigned acting Manager

What Does A Park Ranger Do At Equity Lifestyle Properties

* Monitoring the facility for any issues
* Ensuring property is properly secured
* Advising company rules and policies
* Responding to areas of concern
* Contacting law enforcement if necessary
* Utilizing quick and reasonable judgment
* Monitor all incoming guests through the campground gate
* Validate if access is acceptable
* Perform routine patrolling & site inspections
* Golf Cart Inspections
* Rental Inspections
* Must be dedicated to working in a team atmosphere
* Able to make guest satisfaction a priority
* Detail Oriented
* Check in members
* Maintain financials in PMS system

What Does A Park Ranger Do At U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

* checking progress and completion of service contractor's work, informing contractor of inspection results and reporting findings; observing contractor activities to ensure adherence to safety practices and requirements and explaining standard requirements when deficiencies are found; discussing contract terms and conditions with contractors that reflect change to basic scope of work, safety practices or schedules; and utilizing a personal computer to enter, retrieve, compile and transmit data.
* Travel Required
* Not required
* Supervisory status
* No
* Who May Apply
* This job is open to…
* US Citizens
* Questions? This job is open to 1 group.
* Job family (Series)
* Park Ranger
* Requirements
* Help
* Requirements
* Conditions of Employment

What Does A Park Ranger Do At City and County of Denver

* Patrols parks (urban and mountainous) through a variety of motorized and non motorized means (i.e. vehicles, boat, ATV) to protect public safety and park resources, perform visual surveillance and assessment of the use of park facilities.
* Ensures visitor compliance with park use rules and regulations..
* Monitors parks facilities to ensure that both natural and man-made hazards are identified and corrected.
* Protects parks and their natural resources through resource management practices.
* Interprets rules and regulations relative to the facility/park and its condition.
* Responds to and helps coordinate response to emergencies.
* Reports hazardous conditions which might interfere with safe usage of facility/park.
* Reports all accidents to proper authorities.
* Assists facility users in resolving problems and complaints concerning facility/park quality, availability and the actions of other users.
* Provides information to the general public about facility and assistance to the general public about park resources.
* Patrols park-lands ranging from highly developed and accessible to remote backcountry.
* Interacts with the public to increase awareness of parks rules and regulations.
* Acts as a community advocate; communicates with diverse and multi-lingual community members.
* Interprets information about the park system and natural resources.
* Assures public safety, park security and resource protection by providing education to park visitors and enforcing park use rules and other measures to encourage the proper use and enjoyment of urban and mountain parks.
* Issues warnings and citations for violations of municipal park ordinances. ; may need to appear in court if required.
* Ensures permit compliance.
* Manages conflicts between visitors.
* Works with diverse populations and addresses issues.
* Responds to, coordinates, and assists with medical emergencies and other incidents.
* Performs daily park operation requirements, which may include park maintenance, natural resource projects and signing.
* Leads volunteers, youth corps, or staff on work projects (trail work).
* Correctly and safely uses hand tools such as sledge hammers, pick mattocks, round point shovels, rock bars, loppers, mini-sledge, etc.
* Exercises safe practices when using powered equipment such as chainsaws and weed eaters.
* Works with teams to accomplish large and small tasks
* Works long arduous days while remaining safe, positive, and focused
* Uses GPS units to track and document field work
* Provides maintenance services such as; trash pick-up, clean bathrooms, etc...
* Represents Denver Parks and Recreation at various public events
* Communicates and coordinates with other local law enforcement, fire, EMS, wildlife agencies and other agencies and partners.
* Uses various computer programs to create logs and reports.
* Must be able to work nights, holidays and weekends as needed.
* Works in inclement weather conditions and stands/walks continuously for long periods of time.
* Performs other duties as assigned or directed.
* This position may be reporting to one or more of the following locations (please indicate on your application which locations you are willing to report to):
* Urban Parks, Denver City Limits
* The Denver Mountain Parks Headquarters, 300 Union Ave., Morrison CO, 80465
* Chief Hosa Campground, 27661 Genesee Drive, Golden CO, 80401
* This is an on-call position which will typically work no more than 39 hours per week and is not eligible for benefits.
* On-call positions may have routine or variable work schedules.
* These positions will last generally 6 to 11 months and will work an average of 16
* hours per week, depending on department needs.
* Assignments may vary depending on weather and events, and will focus on high use times including nights, holidays, and weekends.
* All applicants must be able to work nights, holidays and weekends.
* The Seasonal Park Ranger position can be physically demanding, working in all weather conditions and standing, walking, or biking continuously for long periods of time.
* If incumbents meet requirements per CSA rules, Seasonal Park Rangers have the opportunity to earn a shift differential in pay for working during night hours or evening hours at 12% of current hourly pay rate and 7% of current hourly pay rate, respectively.
* About You
* We are looking for seasoned park ranger professionals with a passion for engaging with and educating the public and interest in all aspects of natural resource management.
* Sound judgment and decision-making skills with an eye for ensuring safety is required.
* The ideal candidate will possess strong skills in relationship building to include team work and working well with diverse groups of people.
* This position will also require someone with a well-balanced, sensible and adaptable approach to solving problems.
* Additionally, our ideal candidate will possess the following:
* Bachelor's Degree or higher in Parks and Recreation, Natural Resource Management, Wildlife Management, or a directly related field.
* Previous professional experience in various Park Ranger related duties.
* Possession of current: CPR / First Aid Certification, Wilderness First Aid Certification, Wilderness First Responder Certification, Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG), or Certificate of Park Ranger Technology from an Accredited College
* Bilingual skills (Spanish is preferred).
* Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications and/or GPS units (to track/document field work

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Park Ranger Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • German

  • French

  • Russian

  • Chinese

  • Japanese

  • Carrier

  • Swedish

  • Hawaiian

  • Korean

  • Arabic

  • Italian

  • Dakota

  • Braille

  • Occidental

  • Welsh

  • Armenian

  • Polish

  • Mandarin

  • Hmong

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Top Park Ranger Skills

  1. Public Safety
  2. Interpretive Programs
  3. Law Enforcement
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Enforced park rules and regulations to ensure public safety of patrons.
  • Presented formal and informal interpretive programs to the public on a daily basis.
  • Assisted Law Enforcement Rangers by documenting and investigating illegal and irresponsible activities conducted within the district.
  • Responded to emergency situations and assisted to visitor complaints.
  • Conducted interpretive programs explaining park history and wildlife

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