About this Opportunity!
(Full Time, Non-Exempt)
Salary: $38,400 - $46,000 per year
Under the supervision of the Senior Park Ranger, this position is
responsible for enforcement of District park rules and regulations as
well as working in wildlife and resource management, environmental
education, public relations, property inspections, and routine patrol.
Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to: assisting
with District user permits and special events and South Platte Park
maintenance and resource projects.
- Directs and supervises the daily work activities of part-time
staff and volunteers as assigned.
- Administers and adheres to District policies.
- Is knowledgeable in law enforcement as it pertains to park and
- Applies knowledge of ecological principles and resource management techniques.
- Supervises District volunteers, seasonal crews, youth work
projects, and plans and organizes any pertaining to those groups as
assigned by the Senior Park Ranger.
- Performs long hours of patrol in District parks, trails, open spaces.
- Communicates effectively with District staff, the public and other
agencies regarding any issues, concerns, needs or requests that are present.
- Skillfully operates a vehicle and/or bicycle for patrol purposes.
- Develops positive public rapport by directing and assisting park
visitors in the proper use and enjoyment of the parks, trails and
- Accountable for all patrol functions and inspection of District
use permits and enforcement of all park rules and regulations
through courtesy contact.
- Inspect, monitor and enforce rules and regulations as it pertains
to District user permits involving special events and temporary
- Responsible for encroachment inspections on District property and
following up through contact and removal evaluation.
- Prepares a variety of written reports including but not limited to
daily logs, incident reports, graffiti reports and chemical data forms.
- Must be able to exercise good judgment and proper safety
precautions and practices at all times.
- Attends pepper spray and baton use training through local law
- Participates in field work pertaining to required maintenance in
South Platte Park and other District parks including but not limited
to vegetation, wildlife management, playground and park inspections,
environmental assessments, trail maintenance, traffic control, and
general construction or maintenance.
- This position is required to work shifts ranging from morning to
evening hours, weekends and holidays.
- Attend and participate in staff meetings, trainings, and orientations.
- Attend work on a regular, reliable and punctual basis
This job description should not be construed to imply that these
requirements are the exclusive duties of the position. Incumbents
may be required to follow any other instructions, and to perform any
other related duties, as may be required.
Education and/or Experience:
- Requires an Associate's Degree in Resource management or related
field. Related work experience or past ranger experience may be
substituted for some education. A Bachelor's Degree is preferred.
- A minimum of one (1) year of experience in Resource Management and
Licenses, Certifications, and Other Requirements:
- CPR/ First Aid Certification or the ability to obtain upon hire.
- A Chemical applicator license from the Colorado Department of
Agriculture within one (1) year of hire is optional. In house
training for certification in Collapsible Baton and OC Pepper spray.
- Must possess a valid Colorado Driver License or obtain upon hire
and maintain an acceptable driving record.
Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- A general knowledge of ecological principles and resource
management techniques is necessary.
- Must be able to communicate effectively to the public and other
agencies and be skilled in the area of patrol on bicycle and vehicle use.
- Knowledge of safety and emergency first-aid procedures and the
ability to perform First Aid and/or CPR.
- The ability to successfully establish and maintain a safe environment.
- Ability to resolve customer complaints and escalated problems.
- Ability to effectively manage employees and volunteers.
- Must be highly motivated and take direction well with excellent
communication skills, both written and verbally.
- Ability to provide outstanding customer service and get along with
coworkers, patrons, and supervisors and interact with employees and
vendors in a professional manner.
- Ability to work independently and with a team in a fast-paced and
high volume environment with emphasis on accuracy and timeliness.
Material and Equipment Used
To successfully perform the required job duties, this position
regularly uses a phone, computer, printer, fax, TV projector, and
other common office equipment. Use of a police radio, mule work cart
with dump bed, ATV and implement pull behind mower, 200 gallon truck
sprayer, backpack sprayers, ATV with 30 gallon chemical sprayer, chain
saws, line trimmers with saw blades and other hand and power tools,
pesticides, hand-held data collection and GPS tools and software,
water tanks and trailers, walk behind mowers and live animal traps.
This position also uses, operates, and instructs on first-aid supplies
and equipment. This position may need to drive a personal vehicle to
various District facilities.
This position requires work in a variety of settings including
working indoors and outdoors, daytime and night-time including in dark
areas, subject to variable weather conditions, ecosystems, landscape,
and wildlife. This position will be working with pesticide chemicals
(when needed), power equipment moving mechanical parts and animal
traps, and will be subject to the inherent stresses of law enforcement
and riding extended hours in a patrol vehicle. Outdoor working
environments can be wet, humid, extreme in temperature variations, and
loud background noises and may also require biking, canoeing, wading,
or swimming in moving water, and handling small animals. Indoor work
takes in a busy nature center/office environment subject to continuous interruptions.
Stand, walk/hike long distances, and sit for extended periods.
Handles and operates objects and equipment, reaches outward and above
shoulder to carry, pull, push or lift up to 50 lbs. and operate a
motor vehicle and/or ATV. Pick up small plants and animals. May
occasionally climb, crawl, squat, kneel and lift up to 100 lbs. Must
be able to see close up and at a distance with vision acuity and the
ability to adjust focus allowing a broad field of vision. Must
communicate clearly and effectively, must understand and be understood.
This list is not all-inclusive and represents examples of the work
environment and physical demands.
Employee Benefits & Perks at
- Comprehensive Medical, Dental and Vision package
- Medical and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts
- Retirement packages with employer contribution/match
- Free Employee Assistance Program
- Paid time off including vacation time, sick leave, personal leave
- District paid life insurance and long term disability
- FREE use of District fitness centers and swimming pools
- Discounts on recreation classes and golf
- Opportunities for training and promotion from within
- To view a complete listing of the District’s most current benefit
package, please visit http://careers.ssprd.org
Our mission is to foster healthy living through stewardship of the
environment, parks, trails, and open space by providing recreational
services and programs.
We serve residents in Bow Mar, Columbine Valley, Centennial west of
I-25, Littleton, Lone Tree and Sheridan and unincorporated portions of
Douglas, Jefferson and Arapahoe counties. We operate four full-service
recreation centers, golf courses, outdoor pools and restaurants, two
ice centers and miniature golf courses, and a BMX track, a sports
dome, batting cages, an entertainment center, a hotel and a nature
center. In addition, we maintain nearly 3,800 acres of developed and
open space land, including 119 multi-purpose athletic fields, more
than 100 parks, nearly 80 miles of trails, 60 playgrounds, 56 tennis
courts, and the 880-acre South Platte Park.