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Chief Park Ranger

Marin County Parks

Recruitment #1155-17-08

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The Marin County Human Resources Department and Marin County Parks are announcing a recruitment for the position of Chief Park Ranger.

CURRENT VACANCY: Currently, there is one full-time vacancy in Marin County Parks. The eligible list established from this recruitment will be used to fill the current vacancy and any future vacancies that may occur while the list remains active. Eligible lists remain active for a minimum of six (6) months.

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT:  Marin County Parks offers an extensive system of regional and community parks, open space preserves, and trails for public use and enjoyment. The Department consists of two divisions: the Parks and Landscape Division and the Marin County Open Space District (MCOSD). The Department is responsible for planning, acquiring, and managing the County’s open space system, which includes more than 16,000 acres of open space and more than 250 miles of public trails, as well as the County’s park system with five regional parks, eight neighborhood parks, and six paved multiuse paths. In addition, the Department works closely and collaboratively with private organizations and public agencies within the county that manage and preserve open space lands, parks, and protected environmental sanctuaries including Marin Municipal Water District, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, California State Parks, and National Marine Sanctuaries. The County’s park and open space systems are enjoyed by millions of visitors annually.

Position Information

Under the direction of a Park and Open Space Superintendent, the Chief Park Ranger is responsible for managing operations of several parks, landscapes, and open space preserves within Marin County Parks’ jurisdiction. Primary responsibilities are park operations and visitor services. The Chief Park Ranger plans, prioritizes, assigns, and coordinates the work of the teams; trains, leads, and motivates his or her teams; ensures individual and team accountability; ensures the teams’ services and work are consistent with approved policies, plans, established standards, and the agency mission; and ensures that the work of his or her teams is coordinated with other Marin County Parks programs.Other duties of the Chief Park Ranger include visitor assistance and education, patrol, facility maintenance, and enforcement of ordinances, rules and regulations. He or she also participates in internal multidisciplinary project teams, and assists the Park and Open Space Superintendent with development of annual budgets and performance planning. Administrative duties of the position include writing reports, creating and maintaining records, and responding to public inquiries by phone, mail, or e-mail.

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE: The ideal candidate will have personal and professional integrity, be highly organized, possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills, approach their work with enthusiasm, and demonstrate a strong commitment to customer service. He or she must be capable of leading and motivating teams of open space park rangers, park rangers, and landscape services workers in visitor services and maintenance operations. The ideal candidate has visitor services experience including enforcing rules and regulations and planning and managing events. He or she must also be proficient in the principles and practices of equipment, tools, maintenance and repair, plants and materials, open space maintenance, and land management related to park and recreation facility operations. The ideal candidate has experience in areas of employee performance evaluation, employee development, team building, and discipline.

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of education and experience that would provide the knowledge and skills listed in the class specification. Typically, equivalent to graduation from a four year college or university and two years of increasingly responsible experience in parks, open space and/or landscape maintenance and operation. One year of experience must have been at a supervisory level. Additional experience in parks operations and/or maintenance may be substituted for the education on a year-for-year basis.

CERTIFICATES & LICENSES: May be required to obtain California Pest Control Applicator's certificate within one year of appointment, depending on assignment. Ability to obtain standard first-aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certificate within one year of appointment. Ability to successfully complete POST Certified PC832 Powers of Arrest training or approved similar training within one year of appointment. Possession of a valid Class C California Driver's License and a satisfactory driving history as obtained from the Department of Motor Vehicle is required at time of appointment.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Must be willing to work independently for extended periods of time in remote locations, off-hours and weekend schedules and outdoors in any weather conditions. Work is usually performed in a typical office setting with moderate noise. Incumbents may be required to work off-hours and to travel to various sites.

For more detailed information about this position, click here: class specification

Testing Schedule

Depending on the number of qualified applications received, the examination process may consist of a highly qualified application review, supplemental application screening, online assessment, written examination, oral examination, performance examination, or any combination to determine which candidates’ names will be placed on the eligible list.