Park Ranger
Sacramento County, CA 3 reviews - Sacramento, CA

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This is a limited continuous filing exam, which is scheduled to be open for one calendar year . During this one year timeframe, applications will be processed in batches after each cut-off date.

The scheduled cut-off dates are at 5:00pm on: 1/3/14, 4/4/14, 7/3/14, 10/2/14; with the final cut-off scheduled to occur at 5:00pm on: 1/2/15 .

Park Rangers are involved in law enforcement, visitor services, interpretive programs, resource and wildlife protection, safety enforcement, pollution control, habitat improvement, planning and development, public relations, fee collection, and related duties for the County Regional Parks System.

Park Rangers assist the public in the use of recreation facilities, protect the parks and their natural resources, and patrol the parks to ensure public safety. Park Rangers carry firearms and have the authority and responsibilities of peace officers. Under direction, they may be assigned leadwork responsibility over one or more Park Ranger Assistants and/or Park Maintenance Aides.

Examples of Knowledge and Abilities:

Knowledge of
  • Principles and practices of natural resources conservation, park operations and park visitor management
  • Philosophy of park patrol and visitor safety methods
  • Methods and materials used in preparing and interpreting historical and natural science displays and exhibits
  • Laws and regulations applicable to park management and visitor safety such as those pertaining to arrest, search and seizure; environmental protection; fish and game; and motor vehicle usage
  • Common procedures and methods associated with providing public security
  • Proper operation of communication equipment such as two-way radios, pagers and cell phones
  • Safety procedures related to using firearms, handcuffs and batons
  • First aid and CPR
  • Computer software applications such as word processing and e-mail
Ability to
  • Lead the work of others
  • Carry out programs in accordance with plans and specifications
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action
  • Prepare clear, concise and complete reports
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Present a neat appearance
  • Meet and deal with the public and others in a pleasant and effective manner
  • Perform calmly and respond quickly and appropriately in stressful or emergency situations
  • Speak, read, and write English at a level necessary for satisfactory job performance
  • Maintain proficiency in defensive techniques and firearms
  • Swim in swift waters to perform rescue and enforcement activities
  • Report emergencies by telephone, two-way radio, or other communication device
  • Provide first aid and CPR
  • Use computer equipment to enter, maintain and extract information

Employment Qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications

Possession of a State of California Peace Officers Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Basic Certificate, or satisfactory completion of a P.O.S.T. Basic Academy, or successful completion of P.O.S.T. Basic Academy within 12 months of appointment

a. Completion of all major coursework required for an Associate of Arts (A.A.) or an Associate of Science (A.S.) Degree in natural resources management or completion of a minimum of 12 semester or 18 quarter units at an accredited college or university in park administration, forestry, recreation administration, natural resource, criminal justice, or a field that is closely related to the intent of the class.
b. Two years of full-time paid or volunteer experience in natural resource management, park administration, forestry, recreation administration, criminal justice, or a field closely related to the intent of the class. (Completion of the above specified education and two years of experience performing duties of Recreation Technician or Park Maintenance Worker II, or a higher class in either class series in Sacramento County service, meets this requirement). (Note: 173.6 hours = 21.7 work days = 1 work month.)

Nine months of full-time experience performing the duties of a Park Ranger Assistant in Sacramento County service.

Completion of all major coursework from an accredited four-year college or university required for a Bachelor's Degree or higher, in park administration, forestry, recreation administration, natural resource management, criminal justice, or a closely related field.

Note: The word "experience" referenced in the minimum qualifications means full-time paid experience unless the job announcement states that volunteer experience is acceptable. Part-time paid experience may be accumulated and pro-rated to meet the total experience requirements.

Note: If the minimum qualifications include an educational or certificate/license requirement, applicants must submit proof of requirements with the application. Failure to submit proof of requirements may result in disqualification from the examination. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. For guidelines on submitting acceptable proof of educational requirements, please click here or speak to someone in our office before the cut-off date listed in this notice.

General Qualifications

Certificates/licenses: Possession of a valid first aid and CPR Certificate are required within twelve months of appointment to the class.

State of California Peace Officers Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Basic Certificate:
  • Applicants hired prior to June 1, 2007 are not required to possess a State of California Peace Officers Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Basic Certificate or have satisfactorily completed a P.O.S.T. Basic Academy, or to successfully complete P.O.S.T. Basic Academy within 12 months of appointment.
  • If a period of three years has elapsed since employment as a full-time peace officer in California, successful completion of the California Basic Course Equivalency Examination administered by P.O.S.T will be required before employment. The three year time period referred to above is computed from the last day of the last applicable full-time paid law enforcement employment and the date of appointment in this class.
All certificates must be kept current while employed in the classes for which they are required; failure to obtain or keep current these certificates is a cause for termination from the class in accordance with Civil Service Commission Rules.

Minimum Age and Citizenship Requirements: Compliance with Government Code: In accordance with California Government Code, Section 1031, each employee shall meet the following minimum standards:
  • Be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship. Any permanent resident alien shall be disqualified from holding a position if his/her application for citizenship is denied.
  • Be at least 18 years of age. Driver's License: Possession of a valid California Driver's License, Class C or higher, is required prior to appointment to this class. Failure to maintain a valid license may constitute cause for personnel action in accordance with Civil Service Rule 11.4. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to a physical disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

    Working Conditions:
    • Work outside in all types of climatic conditions including inclement or very hot weather
    • Work around dust, dirt, noise, and odors
    • Work alone for extended periods of time
    • Work in areas of low illumination
    Physical Requirements:
    • Perform tasks requiring manual dexterity
    • Lift, pull, push and carry equipment and material weighing up to 40 pounds without assistance; lift heavier items with assistance
    • Walk and run on uneven terrain
    • Swim in swift water conditions
    • Demonstrate color vision sufficient to distinguish colors in order to describe events in an accurate manner
    • Have normal (or corrected to normal) sense of vision in order to operate a vehicle safely and perform other duties of this class
    • Have normal (or corrected to normal) sense of hearing in order to operate communication equipment required for this class
    • Walk and stand for long periods of time
    • Physical strength and agility to use security equipment such as firearms, handcuffs and batons and to restrain and arrest an individual
    Shift, Weekend, and Holiday Work: Park management is a 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, operation. All employees in this class will be subject to working irregular hours, shifts, weekends, holidays, overtime and standby.

    Uniform Requirements: Persons in these positions are required to buy, wear, and maintain a uniform to conform to departmental standards.

    Background and Criminal History Check: The County may access criminal history information on applicants for this class consistent with the provisions of Board of Supervisors Resolution No. 82-602, Personnel Policies and Procedure B-5 and applicable federal and state law. The County shall not consider for employment any applicant who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor that relates to or impacts the applicant's ability to perform the job duties of this class unless it is determined that mitigating circumstances exist. For purposes of accessing criminal history information, the candidate will be fingerprinted. A subsequent arrest notification may be obtained.

    The County may also conduct a background check on candidates prior to appointment to a position within this class. The background check may include personal and professional reference checks, credit history check, Social Security Number verification, professional license/registration verification, military service information and driving history. Information obtained in the course of this background check will be considered by the appointing authority in the selection process. In obtaining such information, the County will comply with applicable consent and disclosure practices in the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the California Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act.

    Medical Examination: Persons in these positions must meet the legal requirements of peace officers, including, but not limited to, Section 1031(f) of the California Government Code which requires all peace officers to be free from any physical, emotional, or mental condition which might adversely affect exercise of peace officer powers. For purpose of this section, a medical examination including psychological screening shall be required prior to appointment.

    Probationary Period
    The probationary period for this classification is twelve (12) months.

    Application and Testing Information:

    APPLICATION Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. All applicants must complete and submit a County of Sacramento employment application online, in person, or by mail, by 5:00 PM on the posted cut-off date. Click here to apply on-line

    County of Sacramento
    Department of Personnel Services
    Employment Services Division
    700 H Street, Room 4667
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    Phone 916-874-5593; 7-1-1 California Relay Service
    Inter-Office Mail Code: 09-4667

    • Employment applications and all documentation requested in this announcement must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date. Employment Services is not responsible for the untimely delivery of materials sent via U.S./specialized mail, or County interoffice mail. Postmarks will not be accepted.
    • Your application should highlight all relevant education, training, and experience, and clearly indicate how you meet the minimum qualifications for the position as of the cut-off date.
    • Application information must be current, concise and related to the requirements in this job announcement. You may only apply for this recruitment once. Duplicate and incomplete applications will be disqualified.
    • A resume may be included with your application, however it will not substitute for the information requested on the application.
    SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE Applicants are required to provide a full and complete response to each supplemental question. The Supplemental Questionnaire is located in the tab marked "Supplemental Questions" or attached to the paper job application. Please be descriptive in your response. Note: Responses of "See Resume" or "See Application", or copy and paste of work experience are not qualifying responses and will not be considered.
    • Supplemental Questionnaires must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date. Employment Services is not responsible for the untimely delivery of materials sent via U.S./specialized mail, or County interoffice mail.
    • The supplemental questions are designed to elicit specific information regarding a candidate's experience, education, and training. Responses should be consistent with the information on your application and are subject to verification.
    • Please provide place of employment, pertinent dates, and concise, descriptive and detailed information for each question.
    • If a job included responsibilities applicable to several questions, separate the different functions of the job to answer all the questions completely.
    • Resumes or referral to the application or other questionnaire responses will not be accepted in lieu of completing each question.
    • If you have no experience, write "no experience" for the appropriate question.
    • For many individuals, it is more efficient to develop responses to the supplemental questions in a word processing document and then paste them into the final document to be submitted. Changes or corrections to your Supplemental Questionnaire cannot be made once your application packet has been submitted.
    • If the Supplemental Questionnaire is used in the Formula Rate or Credentials Screening Panel exam, failure to complete all of the questions or incomplete responses will result in a lower score. While scoring the Supplemental Questionnaire, the candidate's application and/or attachments will not be reviewed , therefore, a candidate's responses to the questions should be accurate, thorough, detailed, and complete.
    FORMULA RATE EXAMINATION (Weighted 100%) All candidates meeting the minimum qualifications by the cut-off date will have their Supplemental Questionnaire scored in the Formula Rate Examination. This examination will evaluate the relevance, level, recency, progression and quality of candidate's education, training and experience. The candidate's application or other materials will not be included in this examination. Therefore, the candidate's responses to the supplemental questionnaire should be thorough, detailed and complete. The score from the Formula Rate Examination will determine the ranking on the eligible/employment list for this job. All candidates competing in the testing process will receive written notice of their examination results either by email or mail based on their notification preference. Applicants achieving a passing score will be placed on the eligible list in rank order. The rank is determined by the test score attained from the examination. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Click here for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) For information regarding County jobs:
    • Call 916-874-5627 and you will be provided with a recorded message, accessible 24 hours a day.
    • Applications are available at the Employment Services Division Office, however we encourage all applicants to apply on-line.
    FOR APPLICANTS WITH DISABILITIES ONLY Applicants with disabilities requesting an applicable ADA testing accommodation must complete a Reasonable Accommodation Request Form filled out and signed by the applicant and their doctor. This form must be submitted to the Disability Compliance Office by the cut-off date as listed in this job announcement. Download the Reasonable Accommodation Request Form by clicking here or contact by mail or in person the Sacramento County Employment Services Division or Disability Compliance Office. Failure to submit this request by the cut-off date may result in the County being unable to provide the requested accommodation in a timely manner for this administration of the examination. Sacramento County Disability Compliance Office
    700 H Street, Room 5720
    Sacramento, CA 95814

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