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Seasonal Park Ranger

Full Time Temporary
  • Full Time
  • Temporary
  • Bend, OR
  • Salary: $3,080 - $4,429/month

Website Oregon Parks and Recreation Department

Are you great at working with customers and have knowledge of park operations? Nestled in the heart of sunny central Oregon, Tumalo rests along Oregon’s spectacular Deschutes River. Come join our team at Tumalo State Park near Bend, Oregon, and support one of Oregon’s greatest resources – our state parks!

Our Mission

The mission of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is to provide and protect outstanding natural, scenic, cultural, historic and recreational sites for the enjoyment and education of present and future generations.

Our Operating Principles

OPRD believes Operating Principles are core values that, if mutually accepted and supported by all employees, will create a connected, respectful, and trusting work environment. Our Operating Principles are: Accountability, Commitment, Empathy, Empowerment, Fun, Integrity, Respect, & Well-being.

What you will do:

As a seasonal Park Ranger 1, you’ll be on the front lines of visitor services, park operations, and custodial maintenance and will perform the following duties:

Visitor Services

  • Process online campsite reservations, process payments, and register overnight campers.
  • Provide information about local attractions to visitors.
  • Train and oversee the work of seasonal employees, ensuring compliance with policies and procedures related to campground operation and cash handling.

General Park Operations

  • Provide direction on work procedures and standards to individuals and teams to accomplish tasks and achieve goals.
  • Make sure work sites, maintenance shops, yards, and storage areas are maintained, clean, and in safe condition.
  • Enter and track maintenance and construction activity data electronically.

Custodial Maintenance

  • Clean park facilities including restrooms, showers, maintenance shops, interpretive centers, etc.
  • Ensure supplies are stocked in restrooms, collect garbage and recycling, clean fireplaces, etc.
  • Replace burned-out lightbulbs and reset circuit breakers in buildings and campsites.

Additional Duties

  • Perform building, facility, and utility maintenance and construction.
  • Patrol the park to ensure visitor safety and enforce rules.
  • Perform landscape maintenance such as planting, mowing, irrigating, pruning, and fertilizing.
  • Provide resource interpretation and conservation assistance.

What we are looking for (Desired Attributes):

These are the attributes we are looking for in our top candidate. If you have these skills, please let us know in the Work History section of your application.

  • Skill and knowledge of basic park operations and maintenance including fee collection/reconciliation and visitor registration.
  • Skill in delivering customer service and resolving customer complaints related to day use, overnight camping, and park rule interpretation.
  • Skill in performing basic janitorial, plumbing, carpentry, painting and grounds-keeping tasks and knowledge of the safe use of associated tools, materials and equipment.
  • Skill in evaluating situations, applying rules and guidelines, determining and carrying out appropriate course of action to achieve desired results.
  • Skill in giving direction to individuals or teams of volunteers, youth crews or correctional facility inmates to accomplish a variety of tasks.
  • Skill and experience with working in a small team to achieve desired goals.
  • Skill in common courtesy while communicating with others.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Two years of visitor services experience (e.g. rule enforcement; interpretation such as education and environmental awareness programs; special events and activities; etc.) AND/OR maintenance experience (e.g., construction trades, landscaping)
  • OR​ an Associate’s degree or higher in Park and Recreation Administration, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Studies and 6 months of visitor services experience (e.g., rule enforcement; interpretation such as education and environmental awareness programs; special events and activities; etc.) AND/OR maintenance experience (e.g., construction trades, landscaping)

Special Requirements:

  • Have a criminal history check and driving record check that meets OPRD criteria at the time of hire and throughout employment
  • Posses a valid driver’s license at time of hire and throughout employment
  • Must wear OPRD supplied uniform and comply with appearance code while on duty
  • Ability to obtain one or more of the following within 90 days of hire:
    • First Aid/CPR Certification
    • Enforcement Officer Status
    • Pesticide Applicators License
    • Commercial Driver’s License

Application Instructions:

  • External Applicants: Click on the “Apply” link and submit your application. View this video for help.
  • Internal Applicants (this includes Current State of Oregon employees): Apply via your employee Workday account. View this job aid for help.
  • Ensure that your application materials reflect how your experience and education meet the desired attributes, job duties, and minimum qualifications for the position.
  • Attachments such as resumes and cover letters are not requested for this application process and therefore will not be considered during review.

After You Apply:

  • Log in to your Workday account before the job announcement closes to see if you have any pending tasks or actions. These can be found under the “My Applications” section.
  • Make sure to complete these tasks or actions before the job announcement closes. Be sure to check both your email and Workday account for updates regarding this recruitment.
  • Eligible veterans will be given veterans’ preference. If claiming veterans’ preference please be sure to check your Workday account for pending tasks or actions under your “My Applications” section – this is where you will be asked to upload your qualifying preference documentation after you apply.

Additional Information:

  • This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time, seasonal Park Ranger 1 position.
  • This position is represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).
  • This recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies as they occur.
  • Oregon Parks & Recreation Department does not offer visa sponsorships. Within three days of hire, all applicants will be required to complete the US Department of Justice Form I-9, confirming authorization to work in the United States. Oregon Parks and Recreation Department uses E-Verify to confirm that applicants are authorized to work in the United States.

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