Job: Park Ranger II (Open and Promotional)

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Job Title:Park Ranger II (Open and Promotional)
Closing Date/Time:Tue. 09/05/17 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Salary:$29.34 - $36.69 Hourly
$2,347.20 - $2,935.20 Biweekly
$5,085.60 - $6,359.60 Monthly
$61,027.20 - $76,315.20 Annually
Job Type:Full-Time
Location:San Mateo County, California
San Mateo County Parks Department is seeking experienced Park Rangers II to provide a variety of public services to preserve, protect and enhance the natural, historical, recreational and educational resources of the County. Under supervision, Park Rangers II are responsible for maintaining trails and picnic, camping and boating facilities; performing facility maintenance; assisting the public in taking full advantage of the facilities and grounds; and assisting with interpretive and recreational programs. Incumbents also supervise temporary employees and provide guidance and training to staff.

The ideal candidate will have:
  • At least two years of experience in park management, forestry, natural resource conservation, law enforcement, construction, emergency response or a closely related field.
  • Practical experience in trail building and maintenance; facility cleaning and maintenance; customer service; working with volunteers; handling complaints; performing First Aid, CPR and other safety procedures; interpreting and enforcing laws, rules and regulations; and performing basic construction and carpentry work.
This position requires outdoor physical labor and may include exposure to hazards, sun, bees, ticks, poison oak, nettles, pollen, etc.

Currently, there is one vacancy.  However, the eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help, term, unclassified, and regular classified vacancies.

Education and Experience: Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to qualify is two years of experience in park management, forestry, natural resources conservation or a closely related field.

Licensure/Certification: Possession of a class C California driver license or equivalent at the time of hire. Acquire within the first six months of employment a Red Cross First Aid Certificate and a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certificate. Acquire within the first year of employment a POST 832 Law Enforcement certificate.

Knowledge of:  Safety procedures, regulations and hazards related to parks; First Aid and CPR practices; appropriate responses to emergency situations; business and construction arithmetic, including percentages and decimals; computer operations for preparing reports and keeping records; principles and practices of quality customer service; basic supervisory principles and practices; park operation practices and procedures; principles and practices related to basic carpentry, plumbing, and electrical repair and construction; use of hand, electric and pneumatic power tools; practices and procedures of trail building and maintenance; natural resource management practices including erosion control, habitat protection, non-native plant control and incompatible land use; diverse habitats and their primary plants and animals; landscaping and ground maintenance practices including pruning, lawn and plant care; tree conservation practices and procedures including repair and removal; land use map symbols for the purpose of identifying elevation and trails; regulations and practices of protecting endangered species; diverse habitats; principles and practices of natural resources protection and conservation; effective instructional methods for a diverse customer population; practices and procedures of preparing and presenting interpretative programs; principles and practices of resource monitoring and data collection; biology or science related to the specific assignment.

Skill/Ability to: Maintain cleanliness of park and marina facilities; interpret information for the public; perform custodial, light construction, repair and maintenance work on facilities and equipment; use hand, electric and pneumatic power tools; respond appropriately in emergency situations including administering CPR and First Aid; perform administrative tasks including keeping accurate records, making simple arithmetic calculations, handling cash, and filing; drive, operate and maintain automobiles, light trucks, safety equipment and other motorized equipment safely; communicate effectively orally and in writing; tactfully and effectively enforce rules and regulations governing facilities and resources; follow oral and written instructions including safety rules, procedures and practices; work courteously and effectively with the public and with co-workers; establish and maintain effective work relationships with those contacted in the performance of required duties; lead, assign work to, coach and counsel staff in a variety of parks, naturalist and marina activities; stand, walk, and bend for extended periods of time and have sufficient strength to lift items weighing up to 60 pounds.
Open and Promotional. Anyone may apply. Current San Mateo County and The Superior Court of California, San Mateo County employees with at least six months (1040 hours) of continuous service in a classified regular, probationary, SEIU or AFSCME represented extra-help/term position prior to the final filing date will receive five points added to their final passing score on this examination.

Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the 'Apply Online' button above or below. If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply.  A supplemental application form must be submitted in addition to the standard County employment application form.  A resume will not be accepted as a substitute for the required application materials.

The examination process will consist of a training and experience application evaluation (weight: pass/fail) and a performance test (weight: 100%). The application evaluation will be based solely on the applicants' application materials and responses to the supplemental questions. Because of this process, not all applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are guaranteed advancement through the examination process. Only those applicants whose training and experience most closely match the needs of the department will be invited to the performance test. All examinations will be given in San Mateo County, California and applicants must participate at their own expense.

Application Deadline:  September 5, 2017
Training and Experience Evaluation:  September 6, 2017
Performance Test (tentative): September 19 and September 20, 2017
Departmental Interviews (tentative): TBD

The County of San Mateo does not require job applicants to disclose conviction history information until after the applicant successfully completes all examination phases for the recruitment. All passing applicants will receive instructions by email only from Human Resources staff to complete and submit a conviction history questionnaire online within a specified deadline of two business days. Failure to do so within the timeframe will disqualify you from the rest of the process. Please visit this link at to find out more information about the conviction history questionnaire so that you can prepare accordingly.

Note: Positions in criminal justice agencies currently required by law to pass background checks are exempted from this bill, and applicants may be required to submit conviction information at the time of application.
County of San Mateo is an Equal Opportunity Employer 

Analyst: Arlene Cahill (08212017) (Park Ranger II - L041)

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