Park Ranger 1 – Deschutes River

  • Oregon Parks and Recreation
  • Wasco, OR
  • Nov 04, 2021
Full time Security Maintenance Other

Job Description

Title: Park Ranger 1 – Deschutes River

Job Number: REQ-80007

Salary: $3,080 – $4,441 per month

Deadline: 11/18/2021 at 11:59 Pacific Time



Would you enjoy working on a team where you can use your excellent customer service skills and develop hands-on experience in park maintenance and operations? Do you have landscaping or custodial experience, and wonder what it would be like to have a State Park as your work space?


If this sounds like you, come join our leadership team as a Park Ranger and support one of Oregon’s greatest resources – State Parks!


This position falls under the classification Park Ranger 1.


Our Mission

OPRD’s mission is to provide and protect outstanding natural, scenic, cultural, historic and recreational sites for the enjoyment and education of present and future generations.


Our Operating Principles

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) believes Operating Principles are core values that, if mutually accepted and supported by all employees, will create a connected, respectful, and trusting work environment. Our Operating Principles are: Accountability, Commitment, Empathy, Empowerment, Fun, Integrity, Respect, & Well-being.



What you will do:

As a Park Ranger at Deschutes River State Recreation Area, you will perform, conduct and oversee a variety of tasks in order to protect, maintain, operate and repair state park lands, natural and cultural resources, structures, facilities, equipment and systems by using skills in building trades, including carpentry, electrical, plumbing, painting and landscape maintenance, as well as specialized program skills (e.g.: resource interpretation, cultural and natural resource restoration, utility infrastructure operation, park rule enforcement, etc.) related to the maintenance and operations of agency programs, properties within the Management Unit.



Minimum Qualifications:

(a) Two (2) years of visitor services experience (e.g. rule enforcement; interpretation such as education and environmental awareness programs; special events and activities; etc.) AND/OR maintenance experience (e.g., construction trades, landscaping).

(b) An Associate's degree in Park and Recreation Administration or Natural Resource Management or Environmental Studies and 6 months of visitor services experience (e.g. rule enforcement; interpretation such as education and environmental awareness programs; special events and activities; etc.) AND/OR maintenance experience (e.g., construction trades, landscaping).


The State of Oregon requires all executive branch employees to complete their COVID-19 vaccination series or have an approved exception to the requirement due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief. Successful candidates for this position must submit vaccination documentation or be approved for an exception prior to their first day of employment. Failure to provide proof of full documentation or receipt of an approved exception will lead to withdrawal of the job offer. For more information, visit our policy listed here.



What we are looking for (Desired Attributes):

  • Knowledge of basic park resource and facility operations and maintenance and/or resource interpretation.
  • Ability to listen to what people say and ask appropriate questions to obtain needed information.
  • Ability to provide factual information based on observation, knowledge and understanding.
  • Demonstrated common courtesy while communicating with others.
  • Ability to maintain composure and take appropriate action during emergency or emotionally charged situations.
  • Basic computer skills.
  • Experience evaluating situations, applying rules and guidelines, determining and carrying out appropriate course of action to achieve desired results.
  • Experience giving direction concerning work procedures to individuals or teams composed of volunteers and correctional facility inmates in accomplishing different and varied tasks to achieve goals.
  • Experience developing and delivering presentations and products within established resource interpretation programs.
  • Experience in park rule enforcement.
  • Experience resolving customer complaints related to overnight camping and park rule interpretation.
  • Experience safely using of tools, material and equipment associated with landscape, building, facility and utility system maintenance.
  • Experience performing irrigation, basic plumbing, carpentry, painting, grounds-keeping tasks.
  • Knowledge of practices relating to conservation, preservation and protection of significant natural or scenic resources.
  • Experience in promoting a culturally competent and diverse work environment.



What's in it for you:

This is a fantastic opportunity to support millions of visitors connecting with the best state park system in America. You will work with a team of supportive, talented and highly motivated professionals. And, you’ll receive a fantastic benefits packaging including:

  • Comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans for the employee and qualified family members
  • Paid sick leave, vacation, personal leave and 10 paid holidays per year
  • Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP).





Other, Janitorial & Cleaning, Landscaping, Plumbing-Pipefitting



$3,080 – $4,441 per month

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