Park Ranger 2 (Silver Falls State Park)
Parks & Recreation-Operations - Sublimity, OR

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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.

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  • There is one (1) Permanent , position with Oregon Parks and Recreation Department at Silver Falls State Park located in Sublimity, Oregon.
  • This position is represented by the Service Employee International Union (SEIU).
  • This recruitment announcement will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates to fill the current vacancy and may be used to fill future vacancies as they occur.
Please be aware that due to the economic downturn and subsequent state budget short-fall the Governor has ordered mandatory furloughs for employees. This position will be required to take furloughs in the biennium 2011-2013.
Applicants are subject to both a Computerized Criminal History and Driver & Motor Vehicle Services check. Adverse background data may be grounds for immediate disqualification. Information obtained in this process will remain confidential.

Duties & Responsibilities:

The primary purpose of this position, is to independently carry out i nterpretation tasks to protect, maintain, operate, repair and improve state park lands, natural and cultural resources, structures, facilities, equipment and systems within the Silver Falls Management Unit.

General Park Operations

  • Conduct teams 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 in completing park resource and facility maintenance tasks within overnight camps and day use areas. Specific tasks may include: prioritizing the work to be accomplished and planning the means for its completion; developing work schedules, assigning and reassigning tasks to accomplish the prescribed work; giving direction concerning work procedures and transmitting established standards of performance to workers; insuring that materials and equipment to complete the tasks are on hand; reviewing the work of employees for conformance to standards and assessing workers' performance.
  • Independently plan and complete interpretation tasks related to the protection, maintenance, operation and repair of state park lands, natural and cultural resources, structures, facilities, equipment and systems.
  • Maintain work site, maintenance shops, yards and storage areas in clean, safe condition. Clean and properly store equipment, tools, and vehicles after use. Perform minor repairs or adjustments as needed. Lock out or tag out items needing repair or that are unsafe to use.
  • Attend and participate in crew meetings, safety meetings and training classes;
Custodial Maintenance
  • Clean rest rooms, showers, bathhouses, observation buildings, maintenance shops and interpretive centers by sweeping, washing, disinfecting and mopping floors, walls, ceilings and fixtures with approved chemicals;
  • 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 and other small fixtures;
  • Pick up and properly dispose of litter;
  • Replace burned-out light bulbs and re-set circuit breakers in buildings and campsites as needed;

Park Patrol, Safety and Rule Enforcement
  • Patrol park areas to protect and preserve resources and facilities by checking for misuse, undesirable activities and hazardous situations, and take appropriate action as dictated by training and experience;
  • Inspect park grounds, buildings, facilities, vehicles, material and equipment for safety hazards and possible violations, and take appropriate action as dictated by training and experience; prepare inspection reports, job hazard analyses, incident investigation and other reports as required;
  • Render emergency aid and assistance to ocean shore or park visitors as provided for in OPRD Policy OP 50-7 and prepare related reports;
  • Maintain a current patrol log book and prepare patrol and enforcement action reports for park management;
  • Explain park rules and regulations to park visitors;
  • Seek voluntary visitor compliance with park area rules and regulations; issue verbal and written warnings as necessary;
  • Issue citations for rule violations as necessary; prepare related reports; testify in court as required;
  • As authorized, issue notices of exclusion;

Resource Conservation
  • Approved, standard practices relating to the conservation, preservation, restoration and/or rehabilitation of archaeological, cultural or historic sites or structures.
  • Approved, standard practices relating to the conservation, preservation and/or protection of significant natural or scenic resources.
  • Design and implement ecological restoration projects, coordinate and direct staff and volunteer efforts to control invasive exotic plants.
  • Consultation with cultural, historic, natural or scenic resource specialists to determine appropriate prescriptions and actions.

Resource Interpretation
  • Meet and greet park visitors, provide information related to the natural, cultural or historic features of the park.
  • Conduct, coordinate and oversee the interpretive program within the management unit, provide direction to seasonal and volunteer interpreters, program and Junior Ranger hosts, provide presentation evaluation and program recommendations to park management;
  • Research information, assemble materials and resources for the development of interpretive presentations;
  • Develop and present evening campground presentations, lead hikes and walk & talk presentations, give Junior Ranger presentations and living history presentations;
  • Participate in organizing, coordinating and facilitating park-sponsored special events, activities or programs.
Other Duties
  • Conduct and coordinate volunteer activities within the management unit: recruit, schedule and train park hosts, individual volunteers and volunteer groups, ensure that required forms, records and reports are completed, coordinate volunteer projects and activities to meet park needs, provide management with information relating to volunteer performance;
  • Assist in the hiring interviews for permanent and seasonal employees;
  • Participate in organizing, coordinating and facilitating OPRD-partnership, sponsored or special events, activities or programs
Qualifications & Desired Attributes:

Minimum Qualifications
  • Four years of visitor services experience (e.g. rule enforcement; interpretation such as education and environmental awareness programs; special events and activities; etc.)
  • A Bachelor's degree in Park and Recreation Administration, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Studies and 1 year of visitor services experience (e.g., rule enforcement; interpretation such as education and environmental awareness programs; special events and activities; etc.)
  • An Associate's degree in Park and Recreation Administration or Natural Resource Management or Environmental Studies and 2.5 years of visitor services experience (e.g., rule enforcement; interpretation such as education and environmental awareness programs; special events and activities; etc.)
Desired Competencies
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Experience working with, coordinating and training volunteers.
  • Background check and driving record must meet OPRD standards at the time of hire and throughout employment.
  • Must possess a valid driver's license at the time of hire.
  • Must wear OPRD-supplied uniform and comply with appearance code when on duty.
  • Must comply with and adhere to applicable federal, state, local, and agency rules, laws, standards, and policies.
  • Must obtain Oregon Driver’s License, First Aid/CPR Certification and OPRD Enforcement Officer Status after appointment.

Work is performed in, on and around buildings, facilities and grounds, inside and outside in all weather conditions. Occasionally works in office operating computers and other office equipment. Needs adequate vision and hearing, manual dexterity, communication and motor skills to perform the duties of the position, including emergency response situations. Walks up and down inclines and stairs, over rough, uneven, and slippery terrain or paved surfaces and over distances up to 5 miles. Works in stairwells and on ladders, scaffolds, and rooftops. Reaches above shoulder level and occasionally works on hands and knees. Bends, stoops, crouches, kneels, crawls, climbs, twists, pushes and pulls in regular performance of duties. Drives a variety of motorized vehicles. Maneuvers, manipulates, and operates hand and powered tools and heavy equipment. May sit or stand for long periods of time. May lift and move up to 50 pounds on a regular basis and up to 100 pounds or more with assistance. May work in congested work areas, confined spaces and remote locations. Frequently interacts with the public. Occasionally works alone, within phone or radio communication. May work irregular shifts (split, evenings, weekends, and holidays) and overtime. May travel overnight to other parks, headquarters, or other agency facilities for training and meetings. May be exposed to environmental and chemical hazards, allergens, and odors standard to area of assignment, such as high noise, chemicals, and fumes requiring safety controls. Cleans up and disposes of human-generated waste, animal waste and carcasses. May be exposed to hostile and offensive language and actions from the public. Uses appropriate safety and personal protective equipment and follows established safety policies, practices and procedures. Performs duties of position with or without reasonable accommodation.

Additional Information:


If you qualify, follow the "Apply" link above and complete the Oregon Employment Application online. All application materials must be received by the closing date/time posted on this announcement.

This announcement has supplemental information required for submission. Please see the SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS section of this announcement.

If you require an alternate format in order to complete the employment process, you may call Recruitment Services at 503-986-0626, or email . Please be prepared to leave a message describing the alternate format needed.

Only complete applications will be considered. Be sure to answer all supplemental questions and attach all required documents. Responses to the supplemental questions will determine if you meet the minimum qualifications, any special qualifications and/or desired attributes for the position. Qualified applicants whose responses most closely match the minimum qualifications and desired attributes for this position will be invited to interview. Transcripts must be submitted to receive credit for education coursework at the time of application.

If you have a disability and need assistance completing the application materials, call the OPRD Human Resources Division at (503) 986-0626 or e-mail at .

OPRD is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer committed to a diverse work place.
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