COSA Lead Park Ranger opening

Hello to all!

South Suburban Parks and Recreation District has an awesome opportunity in the form of a Lead Park Ranger Position open! This position is full time and is focused on hiring, training, and developing our part time seasonal rangers each year; in addition to performing typical job duties of a limited commission park ranger (rule enforcement, natural resource mgmt., interp, minor maintenance, etc) . The anticipated hiring salary is $50,000. Thanks!

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Job description below

Lead Park Ranger

(Full Time, Non-Exempt)

Salary: $44,510 – $53,638 per year

Position Summary:

Under the supervision of the Senior Park Ranger, this position is responsible for enforcement of District park rules and regulations as well as working in wildlife and resource management, environmental education, public relations, property inspections, and routine patrol. Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to: assisting with District user permits and special events and South Platte Park maintenance and resource projects.

Essential Duties:

Directs and supervises the daily work activities of part-time staff, contracted staff and volunteers as assigned.

Assists the Senior Ranger with the initial hiring and training of part time staff and volunteer staff.

Develops and manages program needs within area(s) of responsibility or as assigned. May develop District wide programs.

Reviews, develops, and/or modifies work plans, methods, and procedures for staff within assigned areas of responsibility.

Assists the Senior Park Ranger in scheduling part time staff members and volunteers. Ensures assigned areas of operations are adequately staffed at all times and coordinates replacement coverage as needed.

Develops and coordinates strategies for rule compliance and education in areas of responsibility.

Plans, assigns, and evaluates the work of part time staff members and provides timely and continual on the job training to staff as needed or assigned.

Generates weekly and monthly ranger operation reports.

Establishes relationships and formal means for communication with partnering agencies essential to the operations in assigned areas.

Administers and adheres to District policies.

Is knowledgeable in law enforcement as it pertains to park and resource management.

Applies knowledge of ecological principles and resource management techniques.

Supervises District volunteers, seasonal crews, youth work projects, and plans and organizes any pertaining to those groups as assigned by the Senior Park Ranger.

Performs long hours of patrol in District parks, trails, open spaces.

Communicates effectively with District staff, the public and other agencies regarding any issues, concerns, needs or requests that are present.

Skillfully operates a vehicle and/or bicycle for patrol purposes.

Develops positive public rapport by directing and assisting park visitors in the proper use and enjoyment of the parks, trails and open spaces.

Accountable for all patrol functions and inspection of District use permits and enforcement of all park rules and regulations through courtesy contact.

Inspect, monitor and enforce rules and regulations as it pertains to District user permits involving special events and temporary access permits.

Responsible for encroachment inspections on District property and following up through contact and removal evaluation.

Prepares a variety of written reports including but not limited to daily logs, incident reports, graffiti reports and chemical data forms.

Must be able to exercise good judgment and proper safety precautions and practices at all times.

Attends pepper spray and baton use training through local law enforcement agency.

Participates in field work pertaining to required maintenance in South Platte Park and other District parks including but not limited to vegetation, wildlife management, playground and park inspections, environmental assessments, trail maintenance, traffic control, and general construction or maintenance.

This position is required to work shifts ranging from morning to evening hours, weekends and holidays.

Attend and participate in staff meetings, trainings, and orientations.

Attend work on a regular, reliable and punctual basis

This job description should not be construed to imply that these requirements are the exclusive duties of the position. Incumbents may be required to follow any other instructions, and to perform any other related duties, as may be required.

Education and/or Experience:

Requires an Associate’s Degree in Resource management or related field. Related work experience or past ranger experience may be substituted for some education. A Bachelor’s Degree is preferred.

A minimum of two (2) year of experience in Resource Management and Visitor Services with at least one year of experience within a parks regulation compliance role.

A combination of education and experience may be considered.

Licenses, Certifications, and Other Requirements:

CPR/ First Aid Certification or the ability to obtain upon hire.

A Chemical applicator license from the Colorado Department of Agriculture within one (1) year of hire is optional. In house training for certification in Collapsible Baton and OC Pepper spray.

Must possess a valid Colorado Driver License or obtain upon hire and maintain an acceptable driving record.

Must possess a National Safe Boating Council’s Boat Marine Officer Training Certification or have the ability to obtain upon hire.

Must possess a Colorado Parks and Wildlife Aquatic Nuisance Species Inspector Certification or have the ability to obtain upon hire

Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

A general knowledge of ecological principles and resource management techniques is necessary.

Must be able to communicate effectively to the public and other agencies and be skilled in the area of patrol on bicycle and vehicle use.

Knowledge of safety and emergency first-aid procedures and the ability to perform First Aid and/or CPR.

The ability to successfully establish and maintain a safe environment.

Ability to resolve customer complaints and escalated problems.

Ability to effectively manage employees and volunteers.

Must be highly motivated and take direction well with excellent communication skills, both written and verbally.

Ability to provide outstanding customer service and get along with coworkers, patrons, and supervisors and interact with employees and vendors in a professional manner.

Ability to work independently and with a team in a fast-paced and high volume environment with emphasis on accuracy and timeliness.

Material and Equipment Used:

To successfully perform the required job duties, this position regularly uses a phone, computer, printer, fax, TV projector, and other common office equipment. Use of a police radio, mule work cart with dump bed, ATV and implement pull behind mower, 200 gallon truck sprayer, backpack sprayers, ATV with 30 gallon chemical sprayer, chain saws, line trimmers with saw blades and other hand and power tools, pesticides, hand-held data collection and GPS tools and software, water tanks and trailers, walk behind mowers and live animal traps. This position also uses, operates, and instructs on first-aid supplies and equipment. This position may need to drive a personal vehicle to various District facilities.

Working Environment:

This position requires work in a variety of settings including working indoors and outdoors, daytime and night-time including in dark areas, subject to variable weather conditions, ecosystems, landscape, and wildlife. This position will be working with pesticide chemicals (when needed), power equipment moving mechanical parts and animal traps, and will be subject to the inherent stresses of law enforcement and riding extended hours in a patrol vehicle. Outdoor working environments can be wet, humid, extreme in temperature variations, and loud background noises and may also require biking, canoeing, wading, or swimming in moving water, and handling small animals. Indoor work takes in a busy nature center/office environment subject to continuous interruptions.

Physical Requirements:

Stand, walk/hike long distances, and sit for extended periods. Handles and operates objects and equipment, reaches outward and above shoulder to carry, pull, push or lift up to 50 lbs. and operate a motor vehicle and/or ATV. Pick up small plants and animals. May occasionally climb, crawl, squat, kneel and lift up to 100 lbs. Must be able to see close up and at a distance with vision acuity and the ability to adjust focus allowing a broad field of vision. Must communicate clearly and effectively, must understand and be understood.

This list is not all-inclusive and represents examples of the work environment and physical demands.

Employee Benefits & Perks at South Suburban

Comprehensive Medical, Dental and Vision package

Medical and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts

Retirement packages with employer contribution/match

Free Employee Assistance Program

Paid time off including vacation time, sick leave, personal leave and holidays

District paid life insurance and long term disability

FREE use of District fitness centers and swimming pools

Discounts on recreation classes and golf

Opportunities for training and promotion from within

To view a complete listing of the District’s most current benefit package, please visit

About Us

Our mission is to foster healthy living through stewardship of the environment, parks, trails, and open space by providing recreational services and programs.

We serve residents in Bow Mar, Columbine Valley, Centennial west of I-25, Littleton, Lone Tree and Sheridan and unincorporated portions of Douglas, Jefferson and Arapahoe counties. We operate four full-service recreation centers, golf courses, outdoor pools and restaurants, two ice centers and miniature golf courses, and a BMX track, a sports dome, batting cages, an entertainment center, a hotel and a nature center. In addition, we maintain nearly 3,800 acres of developed and open space land, including 119 multi-purpose athletic fields, more than 100 parks, nearly 80 miles of trails, 60 playgrounds, 56 tennis courts, and the 880-acre South Platte Park.