Parks, Lakes & Trails Ranger - Temporary
Dakota County - Dakota County, MN

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HOURS: Various
HIRING RANGE: $13.60/hour
LOCATION: Various Throughout Dakota County
CLOSE DATE: This posting will remain open until all Ranger positions are filled. The first round of applications will be reviewed on Friday, February 1, 2013.

This position reports to the Sergeant supervising the Parks, Lakes and Trails Unit. Rangers are expected to assist County Park visitors and citizens using County waterways and public trails. Provide security for Park visitors and property. Provide information and instruction to Park Visitors. Educate Park visitors and citizens using the waterways and trails of rules and regulations. Enforce County ordinances and State Statutes applicable to these areas of responsibility. Flexibility in scheduling is available to students and the position can be used for college internship programs.

This is a temporary position with no guarantee of hours or length of the temporary employment. Depending on departmental needs, this position may work up to 40 hours per week for a period of up to six months. An extension of employment may be granted for up to six months if approved by the Employee Relations.

Minimum Qualifications:

· Completed high school diploma or equivalent (G.E.D.) at the time of appointment AND
· Currently enrolled in OR recently completed an accredited law enforcement program.
· Applicants must be 18 years of age or older at the time of appointment.
· Applicants must be able to pass a background check, be able to lift 100 pounds and pass a physical examination.

Required license(s):
· Possess a valid driver's license

Duties & Responsibilities:

These examples do not include all possible tasks in this work and do not limit the assignment of related tasks in any position of this classification. Regular attendance according to the position's management approved work schedule is required for all positions.

1. Patrol County parks, lakes and trails in vehicles, on foot, mountain bike, skis, and snowmobile.
2. Function as a public relations representative of the Sheriff's Department by providing information and assistance to park, lake, and trail users.
3. Guide users to park, lake and trail facilities and provides access and instructions to users of special use rental facilities. Secures facilities after usage.
4. Monitor shelter reservations and special events; check permits and provides assistance with discrepancies or problems.
5. Enforce county ordinance #107 within the County Parks System and other ordinances, rules, State Statutes related to the operation of boats, snowmobiles and ATV's.
6. Advise appropriate law enforcement agency of crimes in progress, serious traffic violations or other events requiring a police response.
7. May assist other agencies as directed by a licensed Deputy.
8. Provides first aid.
9. Perform visual checks of the Lake Byllesby Dam. Record and report Lake Levels.
10. Comply with county and departmental policies. Wear prescribed uniform
11. Performs other duties as directed.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: Duties 1 through 6, 8 and 9 are essential functions.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities and Work Environment:

· Ability to work effectively under minimum supervision.
· Ability to analyze situations accurately and employ effective courses of action
· Ability to communicate positively and effectively with the general public
· Ability to operate motor vehicles, including ATV's, boats, and snowmobiles safely under a variety of climatic conditions
· Ability to swim, mountain bike, and cross-country ski
· Ability to lift 100 pounds
· Ability to pass a physical examination

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work is performed outdoors within the Dakota County Park System, on Dakota County Trails, and on Dakota County waterways. Hiking long distances, mountain biking, cross-country skiing and other vigorous outdoor activities are routine. Working in an environment with a variety of climatic conditions and difficult geography is necessary

SELECTION PROCESS: The examination/selection process for this classification will consist of rating applicants based on their answers to the supplemental questions and work experience listed on application materials. The top scoring candidates will be forwarded to the hiring department for further consideration and interviews.

Dakota County Employee Relations
Main Number 651.438.4435
(contact 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday)

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