COSA Job Posting City of Westminster Senior Park Ranger

The City of Westminster is currently accepting applications for a Senior Park Ranger stationed at Standley Lake Regional Park. This is a rare opportunity for a seasoned ranger with supervisory experience to join a great team and organization. Please share with anyone who might be interested.


Senior Park Ranger

$57,134.45 – $73,136.92
OPENING DATE: 07/15/19
CLOSING DATE: 08/19/19 08:30 AM
This is a responsible position with the Parks, Recreation and Libraries Department, involving park regulation enforcement work, routine park maintenance, park patrol, interpretation, and visitor safety at Standley Lake Recreation Area. Position will be responsible for supervising approximately 20 seasonal employees and three (3) full time park rangers. Will be required to work a varied schedule including weekends and holidays. This is a safety sensitive position.

In order to be considered for this position, all candidates must attach to their online application, a cover letter and resume (maximum of two pages).

The full salary range for this position is stated above. The starting range of pay is dependent on qualifications and experience of each individual candidate. The City of Westminster offers a bonus of up to $1,500 per year depending on the employee’s fluency in Spanish, Hmong, and/or Laotian.

The mission of every employee at the City of Westminster is to deliver exceptional value and quality of life through SPIRIT. Each employee is measured by the ability to adhere to the City’s core values of Service, Pride, Integrity, Responsibility, Innovation, and Teamwork.

This position supports the goals of the Parks, Recreation and Libraries Department, which enhances the quality of life for all Westminster citizens by providing diverse leisure, recreational and informational services and resources; and acquiring, developing and maintaining first-class parks, facilities, open space and recreational trails. This position works towards the accomplishment of the Departments mission: "Together we create exceptional opportunities for a vibrant community with a commitment to nature, wellness and literacy."

Every employee is accountable to:

  • Demonstrate a high level of customer service; encourage others to focus on the customer; foster an environment where customer service is a priority
  • Communicate with customers to ensure that, where possible, they are satisfied and that their needs are being addressed; solicit and evaluate customer feedback
  • Act as an ambassador by understanding and fostering the organization’s mission and vision
  • Exhibit pride in self, the department, the city and the community; conduct self in a professional manner
  • Demonstrate integrity and build trust through credibility, reliability, commitment, loyalty and ethical behavior
  • Address difficult or contentious issues in a constructive manner
  • Support/promote change; demonstrate flexibility and takes calculated risks when appropriate
  • Participate in personal growth opportunities and attend trainings designed to enhance capacity to bring new skills and ideas to the job and the organization
  • Work to continuously improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the service or product being delivered
  • Demonstrate support for team efforts by accepting new roles and responsibilities, and helping others achieve objectives
  • Value diversity; demonstrate an awareness of differences; demonstrate sensitivity and adapt behaviors and communication to accommodate these differences

Citywide – Every employee in this position is accountable to:

  • Establish effective interpersonal relationships through honest, open communication and follow-through on commitments
  • Recognize personal strengths and weaknesses and target areas for personal self-development
  • Demonstrate initiative in performing job tasks
  • Exhibit problem-solving skills leading to sound judgment and quality decisions
  • Achieve goals, handle assigned workload and new assignments effectively; demonstrate an ability to work independently
  • Communicate effectively with individuals and groups using clear and concise verbal and written communications
  • Demonstrate accountability for work and take ownership in job performance
  • Demonstrate concern for the accuracy and quality of work; take steps to correct mistakes and improve the overall product

Job Specific – Every employee in this position must be able to:

  • Work independently as well as with others
  • Objectively handle a wide variety of public contact situations
  • Deal with emergency situations in a prompt, calm manner, using common sense action
  • Demonstrate appropriate levels of sensitivity with staff and public in emergency situations
  • Demonstrate and utilize knowledge of:
    • general park practices and techniques
    • first aid and rescue practices
    • safe power boat operation
    • local wildlife management issues
  • Learn applicable municipal codes and pertinent park regulations for application in the field
  • Demonstrate thorough knowledge of RecTrac including POS, reporting and rental functions
  • Participate in cross functional teams within the organization

Leadership/Supervisory – Every employee in this position is accountable to:

  • Foster a participatory organizational climate that is open, positive, reinforcing and supportive
  • Encourage employees to be accountable for their work and take ownership in what they do
  • Demonstrate leadership and courage by making or supporting decisions that reflect the organizational mission and goals even when the decision may be unpopular to some Leader
  • Demonstrate collaboration and conflict resolution skills with other departments and employees
  • Help employees to see the value of developing their skills, and assist them in eliminating barriers to their development; encourage employees to step outside of their comfort zone to develop their skills
  • Provide meaningful, timely employee feedback and appraisals, and effectively address employee performance problems
  • Effectively supervise, mentor and motivate in a team environment
Essential Job Functions, Duties, Responsibilities and Tasks
1. Assists the Lake Operations Coordinator in the daily operations of the park, including:

  • provides information to public collects fees and sells permits
  • enforces park rules and regulations
  • issues summonses
  • patrols park areas in vehicles, boat and on foot
  • performs routine maintenance on park vehicles, infrastructure and patrol boat
  • prepares daily and weekly reports for staff and supervisor
  • assists with park interpretive programs and special use permits

2. Schedules and supervises park ranger and seasonal staff to provide adequate patrol for park operations
3. Assists park visitors to create a guest friendly, well-informed environment that is safe and enjoyable
4. Handles visitor contacts with an emphasis on creating a first impression of a friendly, courteous and professional park ranger, with enforcement of rules and regulations still being important
5. Works independently when Lake Operations Coordinator is not present
6. Possesses a valid driver’s license and maintains a safe driving record
7. Maintains regular and punctual attendance
Other Duties and Responsibilities
1. Collects fees, performs general park maintenance, clean-up and participates in rescue and first aid activities
2. Protects park eco-system including vegetation and wildlife
3. Maintains records and patrol logs
4. Performs snow removal of park facilities, roads and parking lots
Incumbent is accountable for all duties of this job and other projects and responsibilities may be added at the City’s discretion.

Education, Experience, Skills, Formal Training, Licenses and Certifications

  • Must be 21 years of age
  • Graduation from high school or G.E.D. required
  • Three (3) years of enforcement experience in a parks and recreation setting
  • Two (2) years of experience serving in a supervisory capacity
  • Experience with scheduling multiple employees with varied shifts
  • State certification in Aquatic Nuisance Species inspections and decontamination with a minimum of two (2) years of experience supervising and training employees in ANS prevention
  • Must possess first responder level first aid certification level or be able to obtain certification within the first year of hire
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license, provide proof of a safe driving record and maintain a safe driving record for continued employment
  • Successful candidates will be required to participate in random drug testing per the City’s Substance Abuse Screening Policy: Designation of Safety Sensitive Positions, in which, "Staff is licensed to carry Tasers and is responsible for performing emergency response operations, including vehicle operation at high speeds during emergencies. "Staff action or inaction can directly impact the safety and well-being of the public."


  • Two (2) years of college-level coursework in Parks, Recreation, Natural Resources, or related field; a four (4) year degree in one of the above fields is highly desirable
  • Experience in park area operations

Any equivalent combination of education, training and experience, which would provide the required knowledge and skills, may be considered.
Physical Requirements
Due to the nature of work, the ability to swim and sufficient physical stamina and strength are needed to:

  • Frequent sitting to perform designated office tasks and to survey park for hazards and potential problems from a vehicle; Constant standing and walking over uneven terrain in all weather conditions to address hazards and potential park violations with public; Occasional running to address emergency situations
  • Frequent squatting, bending, kneeling, balancing on a patrol boat, reaching overhead and below shoulder and twisting to perform park maintenance and other related duties; Occasional crawling and climbing to perform various park duties
  • Frequent light and firm grasp to safely use tools and equipment; Constant fine manipulation and handling to perform maintenance and other duties
  • Occasional step up/down from vehicles and stairs; Constant actuate mechanism to safely operate vehicles and heavy equipment; Normal near and far acuity to observe park for potential hazards and maintenance issues and hearing to communicate with public, groups, and staff
  • Constantly lift up to fifty (50) pounds to move and place water buoys; Frequently lift up to 100 pounds to move equipment; Constantly carry up to fifty (50) pounds and occasionally carry up to 100 pounds of equipment and supplies; Constantly push/pull up to twenty-five (25) pounds, frequently push/pull fifty and occasionally push/pull greater than 100 pounds of equipment, supplies and material

Work is constantly performed indoor and outdoor with constant exposure to extreme temperatures. Position performs related duties and maintenance year round at a highly public, municipal park. This is a highly active, visible position within a multi use municipal park, where periods of high activity and stress may exist.
Required Materials and Equipment
Operates a 4-wheel drive vehicle, pick-up truck and trailer, tractors and chainsaws, 150 HP 18 ft. power boat, ATV, two-way and marine radios to communicate by voice to other lake personnel, cash register, telephone, oxygen bottles and other first aid equipment, personal computers, 10-key, fax machine and other standard office equipment. Earplugs, face masks, goggles, waders, and bulletproof vests may be used at times.


  • Background checks will include employment references and criminal history and when applicable, credit check, driver’s license record, education verification
  • Pre-employment drug screen
  • Pre-employment physical
  • Must be legally entitled to work in the United States

Joe Reale

Open Space Superintendent

City of Westminster

4800 W. 92nd Avenue * Westminster, CO 80031

Office 303-658-2142

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