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Park Ranger

The State of Florida

Micanopy ,  Florida

Paynes Prairie State Park is looking for a self-motivated park service professional to fill a park ranger position, providing visitor services, maintenance, protection, administration, and resource management. The applicant must possess good visitor service and administrative skills, be able to work independently and have the ability to perform a variety of skilled trade functions using assorted equipment and tools. The applicant must be able to work rotating shifts including evenings, weekends and holidays.


VISITOR SERVICES - Explains facilities and services provided for public use, enjoyment and education; meets visitors, answers questions, provides information and directions in an accurate and professional manner. Attempts to resolve visitor complaints while maintaining good public relations. Provides natural and cultural history interpretive programs and services via presentations, walks and other programs and unit specific services as directed.

RESOURCE MANAGEMENT – Participates in the execution of all facets of prescribed fire. Recognizes biological communities and the natural processes required for their maintenance. Observes, maintains and protects the natural, cultural, historic and archaeological resources of the park. Implements vegetation and wildlife management plans, maintains optimum species control via natural and chemical means. Implements site restoration projects such as reforestation and erosion control. Implements water resources management plans. Collects and records resource management data.

MAINTENANCE - Maintains park structures, facilities, equipment and grounds through routine, preventive, and corrective maintenance practices. Conducts routine inspections to ensure proper maintenance standards are met. Maintains cleanliness of grounds and facilities.

ADMINISTRATION - Prepares forms and reports on a wide range of subjects including visitation, vehicle usage, purchase requests and accidents. Answers telephone, operates park radio, computer and various office equipment. Conducts purchasing and fiscal activities in compliance with established procedures. Collects fees, performs cash register transactions and reconciles receipts. Orders, sells and inventories resale merchandise. Answers correspondence and maintains park files.

PROTECTION - Performs routine patrols and security checks; ensures adherence to the Park Protection Plan. Opens and/or secures park facilities as appropriate. Interprets and enforces park rules pertaining to all natural and cultural resources and facilities and use thereof for the safety and enjoyment of the visitor. Responsible for security of cash fund.

OTHER – Performs other related duties as required.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Successful completion of annual moderate pack test. Prior to being hired, applicant will be given a single opportunity to take and successfully complete a supervised moderate pack test at a date and location to be announced. Pack test requires applicant to complete a two mile walk while carrying 25lbs in under 30 minutes.

Knowledge, skills and abilities, including utilization of equipment, required for the position:

KNOWLEDGE OF: Florida’s natural and cultural resources; basic arithmetic; good public relations;

SKILL IN: communicating effectively verbally and in writing; operating a cash register and reconciling receipts; accurately preparing reports; interacting with all internal and external customers and the general public in a professional, tactful and courteous manner; performing grounds and building maintenance which includes but is not limited to mowing, weed eating, pressure washing, and painting; utilizing power tools, including but not limited to, chain saws and drills; basic plumbing, including but not limited to, repairing hose bibs, waterline repair; basic electrical work, including but not limited to, replacing outlets and circuit breakers; basic carpentry, including but not limited to, boardwalk and fence repairs; utilize a computer including, but not limited to software programs such as Microsoft Office Suite.

ABILITY TO: successfully meet position-specific DRP Burn Standards for Prescribed Fire; participate in resource management tasks, including but not limited to, prescribed fire, non-native plant removal which may include application of herbicide; follow verbal and written instructions/directions; work independently with minimal supervision; establish and maintain effective working relationships; speak in public: understand and apply rules, directives, policies, laws and regulations; conduct routine inspections, identify and investigate problems; clean park facilities, including but not limited to, cleaning restrooms and picking up trash; work outdoors in inclement weather; perform physical labor; lift 40 pounds and assist in transporting items or other supplies 100 pounds or more; work rotating shifts including nights, weekends and holidays; successfully complete ranger academy; maintain a valid driver's license; successfully complete background & fingerprint check; properly wear uniform; comply with male and female hair grooming standards and body art and piercing restrictions.

Other job-related requirements for this position: Successful completion of annual moderate pack test.

PREFERRED Knowledge, skills and abilities:

KNOWLEDGE OF: natural and cultural resource management; volunteer organizations and program management,

SKILL IN: developing and conducting interpretive programs; operating heavy equipment, including but not limited to, tractors and backhoes; repairing small engines

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