State of Arizona - Payson, AZ

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T onto Natural Bridge State Park

1 0 mi N. of Payson, Hwy 87

P ayson, AZ 85547

Tucked away in a tiny valley surrounded by a forest of pine trees, Tonto Natural Bridge State Park has been in the making for thousands of years. It is believed to be the largest natural travertine bridge in the world. The bridge stands 183 feet high over a 400-foot long tunnel that measures 150 feet at its widest point.

The discovery of the small and beautiful valley between Pine and Payson was documented in 1877 by David Gowan, a prospector who stumbled across the bridge as he was chased by Apaches. Gowan hid for two nights and three days in one of several caves that dot the inside of the bridge. On the third day, he left the cave to explore the tunnel and green valley surrounding it. Gowan then claimed squatter's rights.

In 1898 he persuaded his nephew, David Gowan Goodfellow, to bring his family over from Scotland and settle the land permanently. After a week of difficult travel from Flagstaff, the Goodfellows arrived at the edge of the mountain and lowered their possessions down the 500 foot slopes into the valley by ropes and burros.

Today, visitors can stand on top of the bridge or hike down below to capture the true size and beauty of this geologic wonder.

The following certification is required to be obtained for this position:

The selected candidate will be required to possess or have the capacity to obtain a Grade 1 Water Treatment Operator License.


The purpose of the Park Ranger II position at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park is to assist in the operation of the park. The Park Ranger II position is essentially the third in charge - the employee is responsible for overall park operations in the absence of the park manager and assistant manager. This position is a multi-faceted position requiring a wide range of knowledge and responsibilities. This position is required to perform a wide assortment of tasks including but not limited to fee collection, reconciliation of revenues, daily reports, and in some circumstances the direct responsibility of safely handling all cash revenues and deposits. The Park Ranger II spends considerable time doing regular park maintenance, working on development projects, interaction with customers and vendors, enforcing park rules and regulations, patrol of trails and public areas, and facility maintenance and repair. The position requires working in sometimes hazardous conditions to include possible danger of falling rock and debris, tree and brush removal, possible risks of rock slides on steep rocky trails and roads and inclement weather situations including snow, ice, flash flooding, and icicle dangers. Able to obtain Water Treatment and Distribution certifications, grade 1.


Knowledge of basic construction – electrical, carpentry, plumbing, welding. Knowledge of vehicle and equipment operation and maintenance. Knowledge of Park and Agency rules and policies. Knowledge of basic use of hand tools and power tools. Knowledge of landscaping. Knowledge of custodial functions. Knowledge of basic first aid. Knowledge of basic computer usage, web-based applications.

Skills in basic plumbing, electrical and carpentry. Skills in effective public contact including interpretation skills, customer interaction. Skills in oral and written communication. Skills to understand and be able to use a wide variety of tools and equipment related to the position. Skills to perform basic repair and maintenance of equipment, grounds, and buildings. Skills to operate office equipment, maintain records and reports.

Ability to work in extreme outdoor conditions and natural hazards. Ability to enforce park rules and regulations unilaterally. Ability to operate all park equipment items and the ability to seek assistance when needed to effectively operate equipment. Ability to maintain a high degree of professionalism in both appearance and demeanor. Ability to physically perform the requirements of the job including heavy lifting, trail work, and heavy equipment use. Ability to uniformly and consistently interpret and enforce rules and regulations. Ability to communicate effectively both in writing and verbally with staff members, volunteers, customers, violators, vendors and a wide variety of people in a courteous and professional manner. Ability to work weekends, holidays and night shifts. Ability to work independently. Ability to work as a member of a team. Ability to obtain and maintain Arizona Drivers License. Ability to drive and operate park construction equipment and power tools. Ability to obtain and maintain Water Treatment and Distribution certification, grade 1. Ability to relocate to another state park seasonally and /or permanently.

Employment is contingent upon completion of a post-offer medical/physical examination and the agency's ability to reasonably accommodate any restrictions.

Requires possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver's license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver's license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.)

An ideal candidate would possess or have the capacity to obtain at minimum a Grade I Water

Treatment operator license.

Automotive and equipment maintenance and repair experience is desirable.

Have a basic knowledge how to work and operate a variety of small hand tools: drills, saws, nail guns, channel locks, etc.

Basic knowledge of construction, plumbing, electrical, and carpentry.

All newly hired employees will be subject to the E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification Program.

Arizona State Government is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer

The State of Arizona offers an outstanding comprehensive benefits package including:
*Up to 21 days vacation
*12 sick days with accumulation benefits
*10 paid holidays
*Participation in the state retirement system
*Deferred Compensation
*Superior health care options
*Vision care, dental care, pharmacy benefits, and flexible spending account (options available)
*Life, long-term disability, and short-term disability insurance options are available
*Discounted auto and/or home insurance
*Employee Assistance Program
*Wellness Program
*Many more benefit programs are available