Seasonal Park Ranger (evening/overnight shifts)

Seasonal Park Ranger (evening/overnight shifts)
Organization Denver Parks and Recreation
Location Denver, Colorado
Job Type Full Time
Application Deadline Jan 30, 2023

This posting will accept applications until January 30, 2023.

These are seasonal positions which typically work 40 hours per week but are not eligible for benefits. These positions typically work 40 hours for ten months with possible extensions, depending on budgets and department needs. All applicants should be able to work all holidays and most weekends. We are hiring multiple people for two distinct districts:

  • The first is working with our overnight ranger team that focuses on enforcing park curfew in urban parks. These positions report to our 3375 Park Avenue West facility and typically work a four ten-hour shift schedule work week from 7:00 p.m.-5:30 a.m. These positions receive a 12% shift differential when working the standard work shift.
  • The second is working with our Red Rocks concert egress ranger team. This team focuses heavily on supporting Red Rocks concerts and ensuring safe and enjoyable experiences for concert goers. These positions report to our 300 Union Avenue Morrison facility and typically work a four ten-hour shift schedule work week from 3:30 p.m.-2:00 a.m. These positions receive a 7% shift differential when meeting the standard work shift.

Seasonal Park Rangers provide visitor services, protect park resources, and enhance use through enforcement, education, maintenance, work on natural resource projects, and assistance with medical and other incidents. Because our Rangers wear many different hats such as educators, officers, and medics, Rangers need to exercise good judgment and be comfortable with low-key to highly stressful and challenging situations. Some positions will focus on natural resources education or outreach to people experiencing homelessness.

Denver Parks and Recreation has one the largest and most diverse park systems in the region serving our communities in meaningful ways! We are an expanding program and regularly add new full-time positions. This is a great opportunity to start your career with the Denver Park Ranger Program.

DPR recognizes the importance of diversity in the representation of our organization to best serve our customers and community. To that end, DPR is committed to:

  • Examining department policies and processes that value diverse perspectives and eliminate barriers to inclusion
  • Identifying where inequities exist and implementing strategies to ensure equitable outcomes
  • Strengthening diversity in Parks and Recreation services by transforming policies to institutionalize equity
  • Reinvesting in resources aimed at ensuring DPR is an equitable and just organization

Job duties and responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Patrol parks (urban or mountainous) through motorized and non-motorized means (i.e., vehicles, boat, ATV) to protect public safety and park resources; perform visual surveillance and assessment of the use of park facilities to ensure compliance
  • Ensure permit compliance and manage conflicts between visitors; issue warnings and citations for violations of municipal park ordinances; may need to appear in court if required
  • Protect parks and their natural resources through resource management practices
  • Provide outreach and options for people experiencing homelessness
  • Monitor parks facilities to ensure that both natural and manufactured hazards are identified and corrected
  • Interpret rules and regulations relative to the facility/park and its condition and interpret information about the park system and natural resources; assure public safety, park security and resource protection by providing education to park visitors to encourage the proper use and enjoyment of urban and mountain parks
  • Report hazardous conditions which might interfere with safe usage of facility/park, report accidents to proper authorities and respond appropriately to coordinate and assist with medical emergencies and other incidents
  • Provide information to the public about facility and park resources; assist facility users in resolving problems and complaints concerning facility/park quality, availability, and the actions of other users
  • Interact with the public to increase awareness of parks rules and regulations and act as a community advocate; communicate with diverse and multi-lingual community members, represent the department at various public events
  • Perform daily park operation requirements, which may include park maintenance (e.g., trash, bathrooms, landscaping), natural resource projects and signage; safely operate powered equipment (e.g., chainsaws, weed eaters) and hand tools (e.g., sledgehammers, pick mattocks, round point shovels, rock bars, loppers, mini sledge)
  • Work collaboratively and cooperatively with teams to accomplish large and small tasks (e.g., agencies, partners, law enforcement, fire/EMS, wildlife agencies); lead volunteers, youth corps, or staff on work projects (e.g., trail work)
  • Use various computer programs to create logs and reports; use GPS units to track and document field work
  • Work long days while remaining safe, positive, and focused; work in inclement weather conditions and stand/walk continuously for long periods of time

We are looking for park ranger professionals with a passion for engaging with and educating the public and an interest in all aspects of natural resource management. Sound judgment and decision-making skills with an eye for ensuring safety are required. The ideal candidate will possess strong skills in relationship building to include teamwork and working well with diverse groups of people. This position will also require someone with a well-balanced, sensible, and adaptable approach to solving problems. Additionally, our ideal candidate will have:

  • Currently pursuing or possession of an associate degree or higher in Parks and Recreation, Natural Resource Management, Wildlife Management, Criminal Justice, or another related field
  • Previous experience performing various Park Ranger duties
  • Bilingual skills (Spanish is preferred)
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications and/or GPS units (to track/document field work)

We realize your time is valuable so please do not apply if you do not have at least the following required minimum qualifications:

  • Education: Graduation from high school or the possession of a GED, HiSET, or TASC Certificate
  • Experience: One (1) year or two seasons of park experience in public relations, natural science, open-space or regulation compliance experience
  • Licensures/Certification(s): Requires a valid Driver’s License at the time of application. Must possess a valid Denver Parks and Recreation Enforcement Official Certification by the end of the Ranger Training Program. Possession of CPR and First Aid Certifications by the completion of probation. Licenses and certifications must be kept current as a condition of employment
  • Equivalency: Additional appropriate education may be substituted for the minimum experience requirement
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