Park Ranger Trainee

Park Ranger Trainee
Organization Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority
Location Beverly Hills, California
Job Type Full Time
Application Deadline Apr 13, 2023

Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority is recruiting for a Park Ranger Trainee to provide visitor services and resource protection on MRCA owned and/or managed parkland. This position performs a wide variety of duties including park maintenance, law enforcement, first aid, wildland firefighting, and public safety patrol. The Ranger assists the public in natural resource interpretation and performs other duties as needed.

Applications for this position are only accepted online at https://www.calopps.org/mountains-recreation-conservation-authority/job-20333467.  Please contact us at [email protected] if you need an accommodation in the recruitment process. Learn more about joining the MRCA team at https://mrca.ca.gov/about/employment/.

This is a professional position that requires a highly motivated, responsible, and organized individual. Candidate must be a self-starter who can handle an array of tasks, has good judgement, and can work independently or as part of a team.

Supervision

This position reports to a Supervising Ranger. Assorted tasks may be supervised directly by Division Chief or other Executive Staff. The position may provide technical and/or functional direction to volunteers and other groups.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

  • Provide a wide range of law enforcement and public safety services including, but not limited to wildland firefighting, search and rescue, and first aid.
  • Respond to emergency situations on parkland to protect life and property.
  • Make physical arrests, issue citations, and write reports.
  • Conduct criminal and administrative investigations.
  • Perform traffic control.
  • Use, wear, and maintain protective equipment which includes various types of firearms, batons, chemical agents, body armor, and handcuffs.
  • Perform routine maintenance and repairs on agency vehicles and various equipment.
  • Perform a variety of maintenance, restoration, and repair duties.
  • Remove graffiti as necessary, empty trash cans, clean restrooms, clean up litter, and remove illegal dumping.
  • Conduct interpretive programs, such as leading hikes, kayak trips or campfire programs.
  • Operate with substantial independence and coordinate work with others in completing assignments.
  • Coordinate with organized public groups utilizing park facilities.
  • Coordinate with vendors and other government entities.
  • Maintain good habits of answering and responding to incoming telephone calls and correspondence, as well as when communicating and providing customer service to citizens who seek assistance.
  • Maintain positive relationships with coworkers, representatives of other government agencies, non-profit organizations, homeowner’s associations, and the public at large.
  • Perform related duties as required.

JOB SPECIFICATIONS

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to hike, run, bend, lift, stoop, kneel, reach, and climb, lift and carry items weighing up to 60 pounds for a distance up to 50 feet both indoors and outdoors, constantly work in outdoor weather conditions, and frequently move about work sites.

Incumbents should have physical strength, endurance, and agility; be mentally alert and physically sound; and have hearing and vision sufficient to perform the essential functions of the job.

Required Hours and Location

40 hours per week or in an alternative schedule (9/80 or 4/10 program), must be available to work nights, weekends, holidays and overtime. Must be available to work at various locations.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the essential functions. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Applicants must meet the following training or experience via one of the two pathways to Ranger (A or B).

PATHWAY A:

1. Possession of High School Diploma conferred by a US Department of Education recognized High School OR General Education Certificate.

AND

2. Possession of a certificate showing graduation from a California Peace Officer Standards & Training (POST) Regular Basic Academy.

PATHWAY A CANDIDATES WILL BEGIN THE RANGER TRAINING & ASSESSMENT PROGRAM (RTAP) UPON HIRE.

PATHWAY B:

1. Possession of High School Diploma conferred by a US Department of Education recognized High School OR General Education Certificate.

AND

2. Current or previous employment by the Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority as a Seasonal Ranger Assistant or Public Officer pursuant to California Public Resources Code § 5786.17.

PATHWAY B CANDIDATES WILL BE APPOINTED AS A TEMPORARY RANGER ASSISTANT UNTIL SUCH TIME AS THEY CAN BE ENROLLED IN A POST BASIC ACADEMY.

 

Knowledge of: 

  • Common Windows-based programs including word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.
  • Proficiency in basic mathematics; basic grammar and spelling as required in preparing reports and records.

Ability to:

  • Prioritize varying tasks, projects, and manage multiple projects at once.
  • Work independently to handle multiple tasks under deadlines.
  • Revise work approach and/or tactics to address changing conditions.
  • Complete projects and follow oral and written directions.
  • Quickly change tasks and focus.
  • Exercise discretion and sensitivity to confidential information.
  • Maintain the ability to possess, carry, and qualify with agency issued firearms.

Competencies:

  • Excellent oral and written English language skills.
  • Bilingual skills in English, and other locally common language, such as Spanish, Korean, Farsi, Chinese, Armenian, Yiddish, or Tagalog is desired.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relations with those contacted in the course of work including the general public.
  • Emotional maturity; tact and diplomacy; poise and self-confidence.

All appointment offers are contingent upon the following:

  • A thorough background check including submission of fingerprints to the Department of Justice and FBI, including a firearm background check, and a record clean of violent crimes or felonies.
  • Psychological examination.
  • Successful completion of a physical examination including a drug test.
  • Meet requirements of the Government Sections 1031 for employment as a California Peace Officer.
  • Written Test.

 

This job announcement is not intended to, and does not, create an employment contract of any kind and does not create any express or implied contractual obligations. Employment at MRCA is at-will without exception. The employee and MRCA may terminate employment at any time with or without advance notice and with or without cause.

Any provision contained in this job announcement may be modified or revoked at any time without notice.

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