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Park Ranger 3 (Nisqually) 04336

Company: State of Washington
Location: Olympia
Posted on: June 7, 2021

Job Description:

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 operation.


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 execution.


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.  

For more information about Washington State parks, click here. 

If you have questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the manager listed in the "Supplemental Information" section of this publication.

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 Manager.
  • Develop logistical plan for completion of park projects.
  • Develop staff schedules in coordination with the other Park Ranger 3.
  • Emergency Management (First Responder: emergency oversight).  Ensure that all necessary plans are in place and up to date.
  • 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 entities.

  • Perform duties as the lead Law Enforcement Ranger for park area.
  • Maintain expertise of rules and regulations necessary to perform Law Enforcement duties.
  • Review all Incident Reports for correctness and completeness.
  • 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 Enforcement plan.

  • 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 volunteers.

  • 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 manner.
  • Proactively communicate with staff in a positive and supportive manner.

  • 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 disqualification.


  • 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 voluntary compliance.
  • Ability to consistently enforce governmental laws, rules, and regulations.
  • 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 results.
  • 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 personnel.
  • Ability to establish clear performance expectations, coach and mentor employees, provide regular feedback, and correct behavior when necessary.
  • Ability to adapt to changing business needs, conditions, and work responsibilities.
  • 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 organization.

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 testing):

  1. No criminal activity while working in the criminal justice system.

  2. No marijuana consumption within the past 12 months from the date of application received.

  3. No possession of illegal drugs in the last ten years.

  4. No crime committed as an adult, prosecutable under the statute of limitations.

  5. No intentional deception in any stage of the testing process.

  6. No intentional deception in the selection process of any law enforcement agency.

  7. No domestic violence convictions.

  8. No driving under the influence within the last five years.

  9. Must meet the minimum fitness standards for law enforcement positions.  Physical Ability Test (PAT) Information.

  10. Possess sufficient physical stamina and dexterity to work arduous manual tasks over extended periods.

  11. 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.


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 here.

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.


  1.  Cover Letter specifically addressing the qualifications listed in this announcement.

  2.  Current resume.

3.  Three professional references.


  1.  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 consideration.

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 ability;
  • Celebrating diversity appreciates and values individual differences;
  • 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  

AGENCY PROFILE                                                                                                                                               

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 winter recreation.

Our Mission

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. 

Our Vision 

Washington's state parks will be cherished destinations with natural, cultural, recreational, artistic and interpretive experiences that all Washingtonians enjoy, appreciate and proudly support.

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 and Tumwater.

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