PARK RANGER / INTERPRETER
GENERAL STATEMENT OF JOB: Under limited supervision, coordinates and administers a comprehensive program of environmental interpretation and leisure programs, activities, services and events that promote environmental awareness and a lifestyle of wellness and physical activity for citizens of all ages, interests and abilities; ensures a safe environment for park visitors and staff. Performs related administrative and professional work as required. Reports to the Park Director or designated lead supervisor.
SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:Plans, implements, administers, monitors, and evaluates environmental education classes and curriculum and recreation and leisure events, programs, activities, camps and services in assigned program areas.
Plans, coordinates, schedules and implements the daily activities of the park, including various group visits, camps, new and existing programs, and special events with particular emphasis on environmental education and outdoor recreation.
Teaches environmental education to school groups.
Develops and submits program budgets; monitors expenditures in assigned areas; assists with the preparation of grant applications for additional program funding, and maintains equipment inventory tracking.
Takes appropriate steps to ensure the safety of all program participants.
Assists Lead Ranger or Park Director with various programs and projects as requested.
May be responsible for Park operations in the absence of the Park Director.
Represents the Park on a professional level with the public, affiliated agencies and groups; may serve on community boards and committees.
Receives and responds to public inquiries, requests for assistance and complaints regarding Park programs and activities.
Opens, closes and patrols the park during hours of operations.
ADDITIONAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Performs general administrative / clerical duties as required, iRemoves trash and debris from park grounds as necessary.
Performs related duties as required.
MINIMUM TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
Requires a Bachelor's degree in leisure services, parks and recreation, or related field supplemented by one to two years of recreation programming and teaching experience, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Must possess a valid state driver’s license.
TO PERFORM ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Physical Requirements: Tasks involve the regular and at times sustained performance of moderately physically demanding work, typically involving some combination of climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching and crawling, and the lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of moderately heavy weight (up to 20 pounds), and occasionally heavier objects and materials (up to 100 pounds). Must be able to paddle and maneuver a canoe in strong current, and swim with skill.