Park Ranger 2

State of Washington in Kirkland, WA

  • Industry: Government - Animal/Forestry/Environment
  • Type: Full Time
  • Compensation: $39,000.00 - 62,760.00 / Year*
position filled
Description
Here's an opportunity for you to apply for what many consider to be a "dream job" - working as a Park Ranger for Washington's beautiful state parks. As a Park Ranger, you get to work outdoors, share your passion for the outdoors with the public, protect the public and the state's natural resources, and do this with a fantastic group of like-minded co-workers! There are so many opportunities for learning and growth, and advancement options for those with strong leadership abilities. While law enforcement is not the only work you'll be performing, these positions at the Park Ranger 2 level, are fully commissioned and armed. This recruitment is for candidates who have already successfully completed a law enforcement academy or are currently enrolled or attending(Group A), and for candidates who have not (Group B). Group B candidates, who have not enrolled or completed a qualifying law enforcement academy,may still apply. Successful Group B candidates will gain the law enforcement training required for the position WHILE being employed with Washington State Parks!

We are looking for future Park Rangers that have astrong work ethic, are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment for all customers and co-workers, and represent a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. If this sounds like your ideal job we would like for you to consider applying. Duties Park Ranger 2's are responsible for protecting, preserving, and enhancing our state parks and natural resources, while ensuring the safety and welfare of park visitors; theycommunicate with the public including providing public information; they identify, improve and protect wetlands, archeological sites and other sensitive or endangered sites; they prepare and present interpretive and educational talks to the public regarding parks resources and related topics; they complete law enforcement activity, vehicle and equipment usage, attendance and incident reports; they educate the public on park rules, issue citations, conductinvestigations, and otherroutine law enforcement duties;they perform grounds and facilities maintenance; they schedule, prioritize, and evaluate the work of staff, and special program workers (community service workers, volunteers, etc.). The specific duties will have some variation by park location.

This recruitment will be used to fill current and futurefull-time, permanent, Park Ranger 2 positions across Washington State. The specificPark locations will be determined after the incumbent has successfully passed all of the required testing. Applicants must bewilling to accept a Park location or assignment atany Washington State Park location.

For more information on Washington State Parks and Recreation, including location informationfor all Washington State Parks, click here. Qualifications

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS (Group A& B):

  • High schooldiploma or GED.
  • United States citizen or lawful permanent resident.
  • A valid driver's license (unrestricted, other than corrective lenses).
  • Must be 21 years of age by date of hire (approx.6 months from submitting application).
  • Two (2) years of college (Military experience, Commissioned law enforcement experience, Natural Resource, or Recreation field experiencewill substitute year for year for education).
  • Group A ONLY: Successful completion OR Currently attending a qualifying law enforcement academy (BLEA, POST, PLEA, or SLETP).**

  • **Must have graduated from a qualifying law enforcement academy (or currently attending)or must have worked as a commissioned law enforcement officer within the last 24 months from date of hire or worked as a commissioned ParkRanger with Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission within the last24 months.**

    Candidates who have previously worked in a fully commissioned law enforcement capacity but haven't done so within the past 24 60 months can apply. Applications will be screened and reviewed by subject matter experts to determine if the candidate may be considered further.

    DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS (Group A & B):
  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Previous work experience in a State or National Park.
  • Completed college coursework in Natural Resources or Recreation.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish with the ability to converse fluently in both English and Spanish.
  • Knowledge of, experience and awareness of Native American tribal culture, perspective, history, language, traditional arts or cultural practices.

  • EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT POSITIONS (Validated through Psychological & Polygraph examinations and fitness testing):
    1. No criminal activity while working in the criminal justice system.
    2.No marijuana consumption within the past12 monthsfrom the date of application received.
    3. No possession or use of illegal drugs in the last ten years.
    4. No crime committed as an adult, prosecutable under the statute of limitations.
    5. No intentional deception in any stage of the testing process.
    6. No intentional deception in the selection process of any law enforcement agency.
    7. No domestic violence convictions.
    8. No driving under the influence within the last five years.
    9. Must meet the minimum fitness standards for law enforcement positions. Physical Ability Test (PAT) Information.
    10. Possess sufficient physical stamina and dexterity to work arduous manual tasks over extended periods.
    11. Willing to work Saturdays, Sundays, holidays, and long and/or irregular hours and during inclement weather conditions.
    12.Refrain from excessive alcohol consumption.
    13.Must not have a substantial amount of driving violations that indicate a disregard for rules or laws.

    REQUIRED TRAINING FOR ALL CANDIDATES (GROUP A & B):
    Ranger Training Program (RTP)

    The RTP is a standardized training program to ensure the Rangers attain the training required of their position, both formal and on the job training. The Ranger will have to demonstrate specific awareness, knowledge, skills, and ability in a wide range of areas and duties that reflect the varied job duties of the Ranger job class. These duties include, but are not limited to, supervision, performing interpretive tasks, grounds and facility maintenance, resources, stewardship, administrative duties, customer service, and public administration. The RTP contains a law enforcement component described in more detail below.

    Field Training Program (FTP)
    TheFTP is a required component of the RTP designed to facilitate the Rangers transition from academic learning to actual law enforcement duties in the field. During the FTP, the Ranger will ride with multiple Field Training Officers over the course of 14-20 weeks, until it has been determined that the Ranger can perform law enforcement independently.

    Internal Mandatory Law Enforcement Training
    ParkRangers will be required to attend and successfully pass this trainingwhich will include a curriculum ofdefensive tactics certifications,firearms qualifications, radio communications, legal updates, and other duties and responsibilities specific to the role of a Park Ranger 2, such as:
  • Chain-of-command structure
  • Supervision, employees/volunteers
  • Role and authority
  • Discover Pass enforcement
  • Issuing of infractions
  • Crime recognition and incident reporting
  • Tactical communications
  • Must possess or obtain a valid First Aid and CPR certification (provided by Agency).
  • A commissioning ceremony will conclude the training session.

    IN-TRAINING PLAN -GROUP A (with previous Law Enforcement Training or Expired Credentials)*
    Park Rangers will initially be hired at the Park Ranger 1 classification, as a training step. Incumbents will remain at the Ranger 1 level for a minimum six (6) month period. Incumbents must successfully complete all training requirementsto advance to the Park Ranger 2 classification within 12 months of the initial date of hire. All Park Ranger 2's will serve a minimum 6-month trial service period** after completion of the RTP and FTP.

    * Expired credentials only- Credentials are considered expired 24 months after last working in a commissioned law enforcement capacity. For the purpose of recruitment, to be eligible for the equivalency course, candidates must have worked in a commissioned law enforcement capacity within the previous 60 months, at the time of application. Candidates must successfully complete a two (2) week equivalency training program specific to Washington State.

    **Trial Service periods may be extended, not to exceed 12 months.

    IN-TRAINING PLAN GROUP B (WITHOUT previous Law Enforcement Training)
    Agency sponsored enrollment- Entry level Rangers will be required to attend a720-hour, 4-5monthBasic Law Enforcement Academy (BLEA) at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center in Burien, WA or the Parks Law Enforcement Academy (PLEA) at Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon, WA. While attending BLEA or PLEA, the candidatewill bepaid as a Park Ranger 1. Washington State Parks will cover the cost of tuition, meals and lodging while the candidate is at the Academy.

    Park Rangers from GroupBwill initially be hired at the Park Ranger 1 classification, as a training step. Incumbents will remain at the Ranger 1 level for a minimum 12-month period. Incumbents must successfully complete all training requirementsto advance to the Park Ranger 2 classification within 18 months of the initial date of hire. All Park Ranger 2's will serve a minimum 6-month trial service period** after completion of the RTP and FTP. This level of incoming Ranger must be willing accept any location, state-wide.

    The salary range of the Park Ranger 1job classis $3,346.00- $4,378.00 monthly. The salary range of the Park Ranger 2job classis $3,774.00 - $4,953.00 monthly. Most newly hired Park Rangers will start at Step A (depending on qualifications) in the Park Ranger 1 job class salary range. After successful completion of the In-Training plan, candidates will advance to the Park Ranger 2 job class salary range.
    Associated topics: animal, burro, environment, environmental, forestry, hydrologic, nature, rangeland, water quality, wildlife

    * Estimated salary


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