The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is
recruiting to fill one (1) Park Ranger 3 position for
Nisqually State Park. Park Ranger 3's lead routine operations
within a park or park area and serve as the primary catalyst for
implementing the area management plan from a concept or vision into
As a Park Ranger 3 you will be coaching, mentoring, supervising
and leading your park team while coordinating multiple long term
plans and projects important to the successful operation of the
park or area. You will be a part of a collaborative
environment where you'll be empowered to share your creative ideas
and support area operations through coordination, planning and
This recruitment will be used to fill one (1) full-time,
permanent, Park Ranger 3 position for the Nisqually State Park
located in Pierce County, Washington.
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If you have questions regarding this recruitment, please contact
the manager listed in the "Supplemental Information" section of
This posting will remain open until filled. It is in the
candidate's best interest to apply before May 28, 2021 when a first
review of applicants will be completed. The hiring authority
reserves the right to fill this position at any time after that
date without notice.
Under the direct supervision of the Area Manager, this position
directly supports State Parks' mission by providing oversight for
the daily operations at Nisqually and Tolmie State Parks within the
Millersylvania Area. The Park Ranger 3 will work with agency
staff, Nisqually tribal members, private contractors, and
stakeholder groups in the planning, development, and operation of
Nisqually State Park, our newest State Park! Work at
Nisqually will be focused around stewardship, restoration, and
interpretation while developing recreational opportunities at the
park. In addition, this position will be responsible for
daily operations at Nisqually and Tolmie State Parks and will work
in coordination with the Ranger 3 at Millersylvania to assist with
the operations at other parks within the area including
Millersylvania, Rainbow Falls, and the Willapa Hills Trail State
Park. The Park Ranger 3 will implement area strategies based
on the mission and goals as defined by the Area Manager and will
serve as an expert level Law Enforcement Officer for the area.
Duties include, but are not limited to:
- Perform administrative duties as the Operations Manager for
Nisqually and Tolmie State Parks, implementing area strategies
based on mission and goals as defined by Area Manager.
- Assess operational needs of park area; raise issues with Area
- Develop logistical plan for completion of park projects.
- Develop staff schedules in coordination with the other Park
- Emergency Management (First Responder: emergency oversight).
Ensure that all necessary plans are in place and up to
- Serve as the primary liaison with the Nisqually tribe,
promoting and developing a cooperative relationship to provide law
enforcement, stewardship activities, and educational opportunities
to the park.
Develop and manage special projects in collaboration with work
groups, weed boards, wildlife departments and other outside
- Perform duties as the lead Law Enforcement Ranger for park
- Maintain expertise of rules and regulations necessary to
perform Law Enforcement duties.
- Review all Incident Reports for correctness and
- Schedule appropriate Law Enforcement coverage based on
demonstrable park needs.
- Provide local Law Enforcement
outreach/coordination/communication (police agencies, courts,
tribal, fire department).
Assist area management in the creation and updating of Law
- Supervise routine maintenance functions within park area,
specifically Nisqually and Tolmie State Parks.
- Assign, schedule, and complete lower level maintenance projects
for park area, where journey level skills are not required.
- Assist with setting maintenance priorities for the area.
- Ensure all safety requirements are met on job site.
Ensure that all tools and equipment are in good working order
and safe for use.
- Ensure all permitting requirements are met prior to
commencement of job.
- Coordinate with Area Manager on budget needs regarding
maintenance and equipment.
Responsible for care and upkeep of park tools and equipment.
- Supervise staff and volunteers following all applicable Agency
policies and procedures; statewide rules and regulations; and
the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
- Timely complete Position Description form, as necessary.
- Provide oversight and instruction to staff.
- Ensure staff meet training requirements.
Supervise and provide oversight for work groups and
- Leadership to area staff as defined by Area Manager.
- Create an environment of collaborative teamwork and respect for
all employees. Address concerns in a timely and effective
Proactively communicate with staff in a positive and supportive
- Represent Area.
- Bachelor's Degree
- Two (2) years of professional experience as a Park Ranger,
Commissioned Law Enforcement Officer, or equivalent experience in a
Natural Resource field.
- Successful completion of a qualifying law enforcement academy
(BLEA, POST, PLEA, or SLETP).
Experience in a Natural Resource or Recreation field will
substitute year for year for education.
Every one year of experience as a commissioned Washington State
Park Ranger can be substituted for two years of education.
- Supervisory experience.
- Project planning experience.
NOTE: Applicants that are not currently employed as a
Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission Park Ranger, will
first be screened for the required qualifications. It is important
that you attach a copy of your qualifying law enforcement academy,
and ensure you include this on the education section of the
application form. (You must have graduated from a qualifying law
enforcement academy and must have worked as a Commissioned Law
Enforcement Officer or Commissioned Park Ranger within the last 24
months.) Qualified applicants who are selected to
move forward in the process will be emailed the required
Personal History Review questionnaire to complete and will be
required to submit a complete driving abstract (dated within the
last 30 days).
Job Suitability Determination: Successful external
applicants will have a history of law abiding behavior and must
pass a background investigation, drug and alcohol screening,
medical/psychological/polygraph examination, and a physical
ability test. Adverse background data may be grounds for immediate
JOB SPECIFIC COMPETENCIES:
- Ability to remain flexible to respond to park emergencies.
- Ability to use learned knowledge and understanding of the
organizational and political climate to make decisions and take
actions that satisfy diverse interests and contribute effectively
to organizational goals.
- Ability to focus on educating and influencing park users for
- Ability to consistently enforce governmental laws, rules, and
- Ability to initiate enforcement actions in a way that the
public perceives as fair, objective and reasonable.
- Ability to work with the public, employees and other staff in a
friendly, positive and approachable manner in order to create a
positive work environment.
- Ability to make independent decisions that achieve desired
- Ability to collect data, make sound decisions from data
gathered, and evaluate consequences.
- Have the demonstrated knowledge, skills, abilities, and
attitudes required to effectively supervise and lead
- Ability to establish clear performance expectations, coach and
mentor employees, provide regular feedback, and correct behavior
- Ability to adapt to changing business needs, conditions, and
- Ability to orally communicate effectively on a one-on-one basis
and in small groups.
- Ability to write clearly and succinctly.
Accountability- Accepts personal responsibility for the
quality and timeliness of his/her work. Can be relied upon to
achieve excellent results.
Communication Effectiveness - Conveys clear, timely and
persuasive messages that positively influence the thoughts and
actions of others.
Customer Focus - Builds and maintains internal and external
customer satisfaction with the services offered by the
Ethics and Integrity- Earns the trust, respect and
confidence of coworkers and customers through consistent honesty,
forthrightness and professionalism in all interactions.
Inclusiveness - Actively contributes to a work environment
that embraces building relationships and recognizing the value of
cultural, ethnic, gender and other individual differences, to
enhance the attainment of organizational goals.
EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT POSITIONS (Validated
through Psychological & Polygraph examination and fitness
No criminal activity while working in the criminal justice
No marijuana consumption within the past 12 months from the date
of application received.
No possession of illegal drugs in the last ten years.
No crime committed as an adult, prosecutable under the statute
No intentional deception in any stage of the testing
No intentional deception in the selection process of any law
No domestic violence convictions.
No driving under the influence within the last five years.
Must meet the minimum fitness standards for law enforcement
positions. Physical Ability Test (PAT) Information.
Possess sufficient physical stamina and dexterity to work
arduous manual tasks over extended periods.
- Willing to work Saturdays, Sundays, holidays, and long and/or
irregular hours and during inclement weather conditions.
12. Refrain from excessive alcohol consumption.
13. Must not have a substantial amount of driving
violations that indicate a disregard for rules or laws.
FITNESS STANDARDS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT POSITIONS:
Applicants that are not currently employed as a Washington State
Parks and Recreation Commission Park Ranger will be required to
pass a Physical Abilities Test (PAT). For more information click
To ensure consideration, please complete the online job
application and profile at www.careers.wa.gov. Use reference
number 03507 when searching for the job announcement.
ALL APPLICANTS MUST ATTACH THE FOLLOWING:
Cover Letter specifically addressing the qualifications
listed in this announcement.
- Current resume.
3. Three professional references.
EXTERNAL APPLICANTS MUST ALSO ATTACH:
- Copy of your qualifying law enforcement certificate.
All requested materials must be submitted. Incomplete or late
application materials will not be accepted. Failure to follow
application process may disqualify you from further
The information provided in your application must support your
selected answers in the application questions. Answers will be
verified and documentation may be required. Responses not supported
in your application will disqualify you for consideration of
employment from this recruitment.
This position is included in the non-supervisory bargaining unit
represented by the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE).
For more information: https://wfse.org/
Diversity Policy Statement
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is
committed to creating an equitable, hospitable, appreciative, safe,
and inclusive park environment - one that embraces the full
spectrum of all community members' contributions. The Commission
makes this commitment because:
- Diversity strengthens the workforce in competence and
- Celebrating diversity appreciates and values individual
- Diversity serves an increasingly heterogeneous society;
- Diversity helps ensure the relevance of a state park system,
its mission, properties, and programs to the people of this state
today and in the future; and
- Diversity is crucial to our ability to serve all citizens.
The Commission encourages and supports staff efforts to reach
out to people of all races, national origins, abilities, religions,
sexual orientations, veteran status, ages, and genders who use the
parks and who live in communities nearby parks. This outreach is to
focus on engaging in partnerships that expand programs and services
in a way that is meaningful and of value to all people. The
Commission is dedicated to offering quality experiences to all
visitors through a workforce and volunteer corps that reflects the
diversity of Washington State.
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is an equal
opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment
that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual
orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic
minorities, persons with disabilities, persons over 40 years of
age, disabled and Vietnam veterans and people of all sexual
orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons
needing accommodation in the application process or this job
announcement in an alternative format may contact the human
resources office at (360) 902-8565. Applicants who are deaf or hard
of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service by dialing
7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.
For information about the recruitment process and
qualifications, please contact Amy Zurfluh
at Amy.Zurfluh@parks.wa.gov or (360) 902-8569.
For information about the position, please contact Janet Shonk
at Janet.Shonk@parks.wa.gov or (360) 956-4834.
Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
State Parks is governed by a board of seven volunteer
citizens appointed by the Governor. Commission members serve
staggered six-year terms, setting public policy and guiding the
agency. The Washington state park system includes more than 100
developed parks, recreation programs, trails, boating safety and
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission cares for
Washington's most treasured lands, waters and historic places.
State parks connect all Washingtonians to their diverse natural and
cultural heritage and provide memorable recreational and
educational experiences that enhance their lives.
Washington's state parks will be cherished destinations with
natural, cultural, recreational, artistic and interpretive
experiences that all Washingtonians enjoy, appreciate and proudly
Washington State Parks employs more than 500 permanent
staff and more than 350 seasonal and temporary staff throughout the
state. The headquarters office is located in Tumwater, and
region offices are located in Burlington, East Wenatchee