Senior Park Ranger

Senior Park Ranger
Organization Denver Parks and Recreation
Location Denver, Colorado
Job Type Full Time
Application Deadline Jan 30, 2023

Denver Parks and Recreation is seeking several Senior Park Rangers to protect public safety, park resources, enforce city ordinances, park rules, regulations, and provide educational programming and outreach to park visitors. These positions will lead the work of Park Rangers, on-calls, volunteers, and contractors and connect park visitors experiencing homelessness to emergency and long-term services. These are full-time, benefitted opportunities to work within one of the largest and most diverse park systems in the region consisting of both urban and mountain parks.

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 these positions include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Work to protect public safety. Act as first responder to emergencies 24/7 in Denver Parks. Respond and help coordinate safety and environmental protection emergencies
  • Patrol urban parks, trails, and facilities through motorized and non-motorized means to protect public safety and park resources, perform visual surveillance and assessment of the use of park facilities and carry out park security duties
  • Protect park resources by providing education to park visitors. Develop and deliver environmental educational and interpretive programming to support the public education and outreach activities of the Park Ranger Program
  • Issue warnings and citations for violations of municipal park ordinances and education codes, other rules, and regulations. Prepare documents and testimony for administrative hearings, including incident reports and narratives
  • Communicate with law enforcement personnel to provide information, request back-up and coordinate assistance related to the enforcement of park code enforcement issues and public safety emergencies
  • Function as a Field Training Officer (FTO) and train on-call Rangers
  • Perform lead work over program staff and others
  • Be responsible for city-wide tree emergency response on weekends and holidays and after hours. This includes decision making in public safety emergencies and responding to dangerous conditions, closing roads, and clearing debris
  • Lead efforts to connect park visitors experiencing homelessness to services. Investigate solutions to problems encountered such as mental illness, drug addiction, homelessness, and public health emergencies, such as syringes, feces, hazardous materials, drugs, and unsafe camps in parks
  • Collaborate across agencies on homeless outreach and service coordination. Work closely with DOTI, HOST, DPR, DDPHE, and other agencies to care for our unhoused neighbors
  • Act as dispatcher for all Park Rangers, typically 8-10 hours per week. Triage and assign 311 calls for city services in parks
  • Lead rangers, maintenance, and private hazardous material contractors on legal mandates related to the requirement to store belongings abandoned in Parks; maintain legal records
  • Assist management by implementing, overseeing, evaluating, and recommending improvements in the day-to-day operations of the Park Ranger Program
  • May administer Naloxone for opioid overdoses. May perform life-saving measures such as CPR and rescue breathing
  • May perform as a district ranger assigned to a specific park district or sub-district and work closely with other staff to accomplish objectives
  • Must be able to work nights, holidays, and weekends as needed

We are looking for seasoned and passionate park ranger professionals who are ready to take the next step into a leadership role. Sound judgment, decision-making skills, and an eye for ensuring safety are required. The ideal candidates will have strong skills in relationship building including teamwork and working well with diverse groups of people. These positions will also require someone with a well-balanced, sensible, and adaptable approach to solving problems. Additionally, our ideal candidates will have:

  • Professional experience in various Park Ranger related duties; experience with lead work or supervision, and park regulation compliance preferred
  • Possession of current CPR/First Aid Certification, Wilderness First Aid Certification, Wilderness First Responder Certification, Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG)
  • 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: Associate degree in Recreation, Forestry, Environmental Science, Environmental Education, Wildlife Management, Natural Resources Management, Park Management, or a related field
  • Experience: One (1) year or two seasons of park experience in public relations, natural science, open space, or regulations compliance
  • 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, First Aid, Naloxone Certifications by the completion of probation. Training in Vistelar or other designated training, verbal defense certification is a condition of employment, and must be obtained by the completion of probation. Licenses and certifications must be kept current as a condition of employment
  • Equivalency: A combination of appropriate education and experience may be substituted for the minimum education and experience requirements
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