COSA City of Westminster – Standley Lake FTE Park Ranger

The City of Westminster is currently accepting applications for a full-time Park Ranger stationed at Standley Lake Regional Park & Wildlife Refuge! This is a rare opportunity for a park ranger with experience to join a great team and organization. Please share with anyone who might be interested.

Park Ranger


$45,990.98 – $58,872.34 Annually


Westminster, CO

Job Type

Full-time Benefited, 40 hours/week (1.0 FTE)


Parks, Recreation and Libraries

Job Number



11/18/2019 8:30 AM Mountain


People choose Westminster, Colorado, because it is an extraordinary community with an honored past and an even more promising future. Our employees serve with a purpose and embrace our SPIRIT values of Service, Pride, Integrity, Responsibility, Innovation and Teamwork. We are known as a caring, team-oriented working environment with a commitment to excellence. Innovation and creativity are encouraged, where visionary people who want to see their projects and programs implemented thrive. Westminster’s work culture encourages passionate, positive and enthusiastic employees. Our mission is clear: We deliver exceptional value and quality of life to our citizens.

The Park Ranger position is responsible for park regulation enforcement at Standley Lake Regional Park. This position supervises the seasonal employees and oversees the hourly and seasonal Park Rangers, coordinates and delivers hourly and seasonal staff training, and responds to the more difficult and complex customer interactions. Additional responsibilities include patrolling park areas in vehicles, by boat and on foot, enforcing park rules and guidelines, ensuring compliance with the Aquatic Nuisance Species program (ANS), performing park maintenance, and providing information to the public.

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 trails.

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 take 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, and 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

· Demonstrate knowledge of safe powerboat operation, fence maintenance and upkeep as well as general maintenance skills, general park practices and techniques, first aid and rescue practices, wildlife management, and familiarity with local vegetation

· Objectively handle a wide variety of public contact situations

· Deal with emergency situations with prompt, calm, common sense action

· Learn applicable municipal codes and pertinent park regulations

· Effectively navigate all aspects of RecTrac including POS, reporting and rental functions


Essential Job Functions, Duties, Responsibilities, and Tasks

1. Supervises seasonal and hourly Park Rangers, ANS and gate staff

2. Coordinates and delivers training to hourly and seasonal employees

3. Ensures compliance with Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) control program, which includes inspecting boats for ANS detection, spraying and tagging boats for quarantine, and instructing seasonal and hourly staff

4. Enforces park rules and regulations, including, but not limited to:

o Patrols park areas in vehicles, by boat and on foot

o Provides excellent customer service and handles difficult customer interactions

o Issues citations and summonses as needed

o Monitors and secures park boundaries, maintains and repairs fences, and keeps maintenance reports on park facilities

o Maintains records, prepares daily reports, and performs other administrative tasks

5. Performs routine maintenance on park vehicles, patrol boat, and other equipment

6. Must possess a valid driver’s license, provide proof of a safe driving record, and maintain a safe driving record for continued employment

7. Maintains regular and punctual employment

Other Duties and Responsibilities

1. Provides information to the public

2. Collects fees

3. Performs general park maintenance including winterization of park facilities and equipment

4. Participates in rescue and first aid activities

5. Protects the park ecosystem, including vegetation and wildlife

6. Performs snow removal when necessary

7. Assists with nature education programming and interpretive programs.

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 at least 21 years of age

· High school diploma or GED

· Two years of Park Ranger and/or interpretive programming experience

· Ability to obtain State of Colorado Stage II Inspector and Decontaminator Certification for Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) within six (6) months of hire

· Valid driver’s license and maintenance of safe driving record


· Supervisory experience

· Law enforcement experience

· Minimum of two years of college-level coursework in Parks, Recreation, Natural Resources, or a related field

· Experience with vehicle and boat maintenance

· Experience in rescue or emergency medical field

· CIG (Certified Interpretive Guide) certification

· Volunteer Coordination experience

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 for:

· 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 stepping up and/or down from vehicles and stairs; constantly actuate mechanisms 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

· Frequent lifting and carrying of up to fifty (50) pounds to move and place water buoys and other equipment and supplies; constant pushing and/or pulling of up to twenty-five (25) pounds, frequent pushing and/or pulling of fifty (50) pounds

Work is constantly performed indoors and outdoors 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 four-wheel drive vehicle, pick-up truck with or without trailer, tractors for mowing operations, 150 HP 19-foot powerboat, two-way radios to communicate by voice to other lake personnel, cash register, telephone, oxygen bottles, other first aid equipment, personal computers, 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 license record, and education verification

· Drug screen

· Physical

· Must be legally entitled to work in the United States



Holly Walters
Lake Operations Coordinator
City of Westminster – Standley Lake

Standley Lake Regional Park

“A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.” – Aldo Leopold