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Park Ranger

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department – Florence, OR

Oregon State Parks are special places, and they need special people to keep them operating at their best. As a Park Ranger, you ll be on the front lines of park maintenance, resource stewardship and customer interaction. State parks will rely on you to help create memorable experiences for park guests. And the best part: you ll work with a team of rangers that are as committed to the outdoors as you are.
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department s mission is to provide and protect outstanding natural, scenic, cultural, historic and recreational sites for the enjoyment and education of present and future generations.
What you will do!
You will work at Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park near Florence Oregon. This recruitment is for one, full-time, seasonal , SEIU represented positions and may be used to fill future vacancies as they occur.

The salary is $2927 - $4016 monthly.


As a Park Ranger 1, you will perform and oversee a variety of tasks to protect, maintain, operate and repair state park lands, natural and cultural resources, structures, facilities, equipment and systems by using skills in building trades, including carpentry, electrical, plumbing, painting and landscape maintenance, as well as specialized program skills (e.g.: resource interpretation, cultural and natural resource restoration, utility infrastructure operation, park rule enforcement, etc.).
The following duties may be performed, but are not limited to:

Visitor Services (20%)

  • Process computerized campsite reservations;
  • Register overnight campers and prepare reports;
  • Accept payment, prepare end-of-shift reports and reconcile cash to receipts, research and resolve operator error and out-of-balance reports, prepare and make bank cash drops;
  • Provide information about local attractions and Oregon State Parks, park rules and regulations;
  • Conduct the operation of the campground and registration booth: train and oversee the work of seasonal employees;
  • Serve as coordinator for the Park Office (computerized camper reservation and registration) program.

Landscape Maintenance (20%)

  • Plant trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, turf-grass seed and sod;
  • Mow lawns and fields, trim turf edges with hand or power tools;
  • Irrigate lawns, trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals;
  • Maintain irrigation systems, including pumps, timers, pipes, wires and valves;
  • Prune trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and rough brush;
  • Apply fertilizers and pesticides manually or, if licensed, with power equipment.

Building Maintenance and Construction (15%)

  • Maintain and repair building plumbing systems requiring basic plumbing skills;
  • Maintain, repair or construct building structural elements requiring basic carpentry skills;
  • Maintain and repair building electrical systems requiring basic electrical skills;
  • Maintain and repair building fixtures;
  • Paint buildings and other structures.

Custodial Maintenance (15%)

  • Clean rest rooms, showers, bathhouses, observation buildings, maintenance shops and interpretive centers;
  • Keep toilet paper and paper towel dispensers filled;
  • Collect, separate and properly dispose of garbage and recyclable materials;
  • Clean fireplaces, tables, footpaths, parking areas, wastewater disposals, signs, drinking fountains;
  • Pick up and properly dispose of litter;
  • Replace burned-out light-bulbs and re-set circuit breakers in buildings and campsites.

Facility Maintenance and Construction (10%)

  • Use hand and power construction tools to construct, maintain and restore hiking trails, footbridges, footpaths, parking areas and curbs;
  • Construct, maintain and restore hiking trails, footbridges, foot paths, parking areas and curbs, repair signs, posts and cluster structures, water fountains, permanent and portable tables and benches, fireplaces and barbecue stoves, wastewater disposals, campsite utility (water, sewer and electrical) connections, bulletin boards;
  • Keep trails, footpaths, bridges and parking areas free of vegetation, sand, soil, rocks and snow.

General Park Operations (5%)

  • Give direction to individuals or teams composed of permanent, seasonal, and/or temporary State Park employees, Oregon Youth Corps, Department of Corrections inmates, juvenile inmates, court appointed volunteers, private employment agency clients, cooperating association members and other group or individual volunteers;
  • Attend and participate in crew meetings, safety meetings and training classes;
  • Maintain work site, maintenance shops, yards and storage areas in clean, safe condition. Clean and properly store equipment, tools, and vehicles. Perform minor repairs or adjustments. Lock out or tag out items needing repair or that are unsafe to use.
  • Enter maintenance and construction activity data in computer system.

Park Patrol, Safety and Rule Enforcement (5%)

  • Patrol park areas for misuse and hazardous situations, and take appropriate action;
  • Inspect park grounds, buildings, facilities, vehicles, material and equipment for safety hazards and possible violations, and take appropriate action;
  • Maintain vehicles, work sites, buildings, maintenance shops, yards and storage areas;
  • Render emergency aide and assistance to park visitors and prepare related reports;
  • Maintain a current patrol log book and prepare patrol and enforcement action reports;
  • Explain park rules and regulations to park visitors;
  • Seek voluntary visitor compliance with park area rules and regulations; issue verbal and written warnings;
  • Issue citations for rule violations; prepare related reports; testify in court; issue notices of exclusion.

Utility System Maintenance and Construction (5%)

  • Maintain water distribution and treatment, and wastewater collection and treatment systems;
  • Isolate and remove pumps requiring repair; perform repairs within the limits of training, licenses and experience;
  • Winterize all park buildings and water lines;
  • Record water and sewer meter readings, take and report chlorine residual samples, prepare and submit distribution, collection and treatment plant reports;
  • Identify, correct and report water and sewage system failures;
  • Obtain water and sewage samples and submit to laboratories for tests;
  • Order and maintain appropriate stocks of treatment chemicals, equipment parts, testing supplies;
  • Identify and repair water and sewer system breakdowns;
  • Maintain and repair park electric systems within the limits of training, licenses and experience;
  • Maintain updated utility system maps, report changes to OPRIS.

Resource Conservation (5%)

  • Participate in approved, standard practices relating to the conservation, preservation and restoration, rehabilitation of archaeological, cultural or historic sites or structures;
  • Participate in approved, standard practices relating to the conservation, preservation and protection of significant natural or scenic resources.


Minimum Qualifications :

  • Two years of visitor services experience (e.g. rule enforcement; interpretation such as education and environmental awareness programs; special events and activities; etc.) AND/OR maintenance experience (e.g., construction trades, landscaping). OR
  • An Associate s degree in Park and Recreation Administration or Natural Resource Management or Environmental Studies and 6 months of visitor services experience (e.g. rule enforcement; interpretation such as education and environmental awareness programs; special events and activities; etc.) AND/OR maintenance experience (e.g., construction trades, landscaping).

NOTE : A higher level degree may substitute for the Associate s degree. There is no substitute for the 6 months experience.


Desired Attributes :

  • Skill in listening to what people say and asking appropriate questions to obtain needed information;
  • Skill in providing factual information based on observation, knowledge and understanding;
  • Skill in common courtesy while communicating with others;
  • Experience in maintaining composure and taking appropriate action during emergency or emotionally charged situations;
  • Knowledge in evaluating situations, applying rules and guidelines, determining and carrying out appropriate course of action to achieve desired results;
  • Experience in the safe use of tools, material and equipment associated with landscape, building, facility and utility system maintenance;
  • Experience in performing basic plumbing, carpentry, painting, grounds-keeping tasks.

Special Requirements :

  • Have a criminal history check and driving record check that meets OPRD criteria at the time of hire and throughout employment.
  • Must wear OPRD supplied uniform and comply with appearance code while on duty.
  • Obtain and maintain one or more of the following after appointment:
    • First Aid/CPR Certification
    • Valid Driver s License
    • Enforcement Officer Status


Application Instructions :
1. Click the Apply button and complete the online application. Do not attach extra documents; we will only review documents that we ask for.
2. Complete the questionnaire. The work experience section of your application must verify your responses to all questions.

IMPORTANT: Please monitor your Workday account as all communications will be sent there.

Only candidates who submit a complete application package and whose training and/or experience most closely match the requirements, needs and desired attributes of the position will be invited for an interview.
Work Authorization :
Oregon Parks & Recreation Department does not offer visa sponsorships. Within three days of hire, all applicants will be required to complete the US Department of Justice Form I-9, confirming authorization to work in the United States. Oregon Parks and Recreation Department uses E-Verify to confirm that applicants are authorized to work in the United States.

Questions/Need Help?
OPRD recruitment process: [email protected]

Specific position or location information: Justin Helberg, Park Manager, at [email protected] or call 541-999-0697.

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Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, committed to diversity and pay equity.

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