Park Ranger

City of San Jose

About the organization

Are you ready to join a team that is "Building Community Through Fun?" Are you ready to make a difference? San José’s Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services Department (PRNS) is looking for people who want to make San José a better place to live. Our mission is to build healthy communities through people, parks, and programs, and our vision is to be a national leader in cultivating healthy communities through quality programs and dynamic public spaces. We are guided by the principles of accessibility, inclusiveness, affordability, equity, diversity, sustainability, and flexibility.

We create and activate quality places where people want to live, work, play, and learn: 50 community centers, 200 parks, Happy Hollow Park & Zoo, and more. We take a fun approach to public service, and value the public’s trust. Our team is collaborative, supportive, and innovative. We are a fast-paced organization that acts decisively after thoughtful planning.

Duties

The Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services Department is looking for highly motivated, personable individuals with strong leadership skills and innovative ideas to become part of a dynamic team of employees with a strong commitment to providing excellent service to our diverse community. Bilingual applicants speaking a second language such as Spanish or Vietnamese are encouraged to apply.

Under supervision, this classification performs duties of moderate difficulty including performing overall work in park operations and visitor services; resource and environmental protection; greeting visitors and explaining/interpreting park features; performing rescue and fire suppression activities; administering first aid as needed; patrolling parks; enforcement of state and local laws; performing conservation programs and projects; providing lead direction to other park personnel; coordinating and leading volunteer and internship programs; providing traffic and parking control; and preparing written and oral reports and other communication.

WORK SCHEDULES FOR MOST POSITIONS MAY FLUCTUATE TO MEET PARK OPERATIONAL NEEDS AND WILL INCLUDE WORK DURING LATE AFTERNOONS/EVENINGS, WEEKENDS AND HOLIDAYS. ASSIGNMENTS CAN BE MADE TO ANY AREA OF THE CITY'S REGIONAL PARKS, TRAILS SYSTEM, OR OTHER DEPARTMENT FACILITY.

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Qualifications

Education and Experience

Two (2) years of undergraduate course work from an accredited college or university. This is equivalent to at least 60 semester units or 90 quarter units. Veterans and active military personnel may substitute this requirement if they:

Have served in the Air Force, Army, Marines, Navy, or Coast Guard AND
Have completed four (4) years of active military duty AND
Have received an honorable discharge from the United States Military.
2. Licenses/Certificates

Possession of a valid State of California driver's license.
Possession of current Red Cross First Aid and CPR Certificates within the first six (6) months of employment.
Appointment as a Peace Officer is required.

3. Employment Eligibility: Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San Jose will NOT sponsor, represent or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.

4. PELLET-B: Complete the California P.O.S.T. Reading & Writing Test (PELLETB). Pass Point is a T-Score total of 50 or higher. Applicants taking the PELLETB test will be responsible for submitting proof for verification of his/her results. Verification must be on an agency letterhead, listing where the test was administered, test date, type of test administered and test results. Results valid for three years.

Salary

$30.67/hour

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Applications must be submitted on-line through the City of San Jose web site.
Selection Process

The selection process will consist of an evaluation of the applicant's training and experience based on the application and responses to the Job Specific Questions. Only the candidates whose backgrounds best match the position will be invited to proceed in the selection process. Additional phases of the selection process will consist of one or more interviews, one of which may include a practical/writing exercise.

Applicants deemed the most qualified after application screening, oral interviews, and/or practical/written exercise will be required to pass a background investigation, polygraph test and medical examination prior to appointment.

For more information on the selection and screening process please click the link listed below:

http://www.sanjoseca.gov/index.aspx?NID=3264

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