Park Ranger 1 Information

Duties


Park rangers are responsible for protecting, preserving and enhancing our state parks and natural resources, while ensuring the safety and welfare of park visitors. The specific duties will have some variation by park location, but below are standard duties of the park ranger 1 position.

Law enforcement: Limited commissioned, issues non-traffic civil infraction notices such as Discover Pass violations, boat launch violations and overnight parking violations. May assist with investigations. Protects park properties and exercises limited commissioned police power. Must have knowledge of WAC, RCW, policies and directives. Educates the public on park rules and directs traffic. Prepares written reports. This position does not carry a firearm as part of his/her duties.

Public administration:
Communicates with the public both orally and in writing, including providing public information, giving presentations to groups of various sizes, answering questions and giving directions. Informs the local community of park changes. Registers park visitors and assigns them to appropriate areas; collects and accounts for fees; answers questions and explains park policies and regulations.

Maintenance: Performs grounds and facilities maintenance. Assists with road and trail maintenance. Operates light maintenance equipment, such as power tools. Performs maintenance and repair of park structures and facilities; performs grounds keeping activities. Performs clean-up work and ensure standards for cleanliness and sanitation within park areas.

Administrative: Updates manuals; records traffic counter readings; completes law enforcement reports, vehicle and equipment usage reports, attendance reports, incident reports, cash receipt transmittals, purchasing requisitions, employee timesheets, and other reports as assigned or needed; and performs expenditure reconciliations. Maintains records of park activities; and prepares reports.

Resource stewardship: Recognizes, understands, values, manages and protects natural resources. Identifies, improves and protects wetlands, archaeological sites and other sensitive or endangered sites. Enforces rules and laws to prevent unauthorized access or damage to park property.

Supervision: Supervise or serve as a lead worker for less-trained park employees, volunteers, special program workers and temporary employees. Schedules, prioritizes and evaluates the work. Promotes teamwork, crew diversity and a safe and respectful working environment.

Interpretation: Prepares and gives interpretive and educational talks to the public regarding park resources and related topics.

Qualifications:
  • Two years of college; AND
  • High school graduation or GED; AND
  • A valid driver's license; AND
  • Must be 21 years of age by date of hire.

**Military experience or in a natural resource or recreation field will substitute year for year for education.


Employment standards for law enforcement positions


  • No criminal activity while working in the criminal justice system.
  • No use of illegal drugs in the last three years.
  • No possession of illegal drugs in the last ten years.
  • No crime committed as an adult, prosecutable under the statute of limitations.
  • No intentional deception in any stage of the testing process.
  • No intentional deception in the selection process of any law enforcement agency.
  • No domestic violence convictions.