State of Colorado
ATTENTION PARK RANGER APPLICANTS!
THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS DETAILED AND COMPREHENSIVE. PLEASE READ IT IN ITS ENTIRETY AND PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THE REQUIREMENTS, PHYSICAL FITNESS STANDARDS, CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT AND THE SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS.
TESTING WILL BEGIN JULY 14, 2020
If your goal is to invest in a career that makes a difference, consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Our professionals are committed to supporting state government and the citizens of Colorado.
Our mission is to develop, preserve, and enhance the state’s natural resources for the benefit and enjoyment of current and future citizens and visitors. In an effort to build diversity and inclusion, we welcome applications from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.
Customer service is a key component for every position across state government. We are focused on improving Efficiency (use of resources), Effectiveness (impact of our work), and Elegance (graceful service interactions).
COLORADO PARKS AND WILDLIFE (CPW)
Our Mission is to perpetuate the wildlife resources of the state, to provide a quality state parks system, and to provide enjoyable and sustainable outdoor recreation opportunities that educate and inspire current and future generations to serve as active stewards of Colorado’s natural resources. Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Description of Job
TESTING WILL BEGIN JULY 14, 2020
NOTE: Candidates offered a position must be willing and able to accept the assignment to a State Park by CPW and remain at that Park for a minimum of two years.
This position functions at a training classification level for entry into the Park Manager series:
Year One Working Title: “Park Ranger Trainee” Year 2 Working Title: “Park Ranger”
As a Park Ranger Trainee, this position attends a Colorado POST certified law enforcement academy and at the successful completion of this training, certified as a Colorado Peace Officer in accordance with the official duties and authority of Colorado Parks and Wildlife. After certification, additional training continues with regard to classroom education and field exercises to provide knowledge and ‘real-world’ experience in order to be successful as a Park Ranger and provide a future opportunity as a Park Manager. Park Ranger Trainees work within the Field Services Unit and trained in CPW park operations, application of the State’s laws, rules, regulations, statutes, beginning supervision, and park management techniques.
YEAR ONE (Examples Of Learning Objectives)
Participate in POST training to achieve certification and ultimately commissioned at the discretion of the Director of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and apply the knowledge and techniques in a field setting. Disseminate and communicate information concerning park management, data, regulations, public outreach, and conduct educational and interpretive activities to internal and external stakeholders (schools, civic groups, sporting clubs, etc.). Responsibilities and expectations of a Park Ranger to represent the Division in a professional manner. Apply Park Management techniques in a field setting. Apply natural resource management plans, stewardship plans, improvement projects, habitat assessment, inventories, and other field training in order to protect and preserve native wildlife, plants, and ecosystems in and around state parks. Participate in various certification training including Wilderness First Responder, Swift Water Rescue, and other valuable training. The operation of boats, Off-Highway Vehicles (OHV), and snowmobiles, and perform patrols with each. Under the leadership of a commissioned officer, enforce Park’s laws and regulations and investigates alleged law violations, seizes equipment and arranges for disposition of illegal activities. Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights
OPEN TO STATE OF COLORADO RESIDENTS ONLY
The Colorado Constitution, Article XII, Section 13 requires that applicants for state classified government jobs be residents of Colorado unless this requirement is waived by the State Personnel Board. This announcement does not include a residency waiver.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree. Transcripts must be submitted at the time of application.
IF YOU EXPECT TO GRADUATE DECEMBER 2020, PLEASE ANSWER THE RELATED QUESTIONS IN THE SUPPLEMENTAL SECTION.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in natural resources management, natural sciences, earth sciences, environmental science, history, biology, ecology, forestry, geology, range management, wildlife biology, wildlife management, zoology, *outdoor recreation management,*parks administration, or *parks management Strong written and oral communication skills Experience providing customer service Experience leading/mentoring others Experience with public speaking/presenting and/or facilitating meetings Knowledge of or experience with Wildlife Management techniques and/or principles Ability or experience working in a team environment Knowledge of or experience with working in outdoor conditions, including principles of safety in the outdoors
A combination of education and appropriate* work experience in natural resource management, outdoor recreation management, parks enforcement, or parks administration may substitute on a year-for-year basis towards meeting minimum qualifications.
Appropriate work experience includes the following:
Preparing and delivering environmental education and/or interpretation programs for park visitors on a regular basis, park enforcement (any title of the law, county or municipal code enforcement that applies to laws regulations) in a park (equivalent to a State, County or National park) or outdoor recreation setting. Applying the principles, practices, and techniques of natural resource management to resolve problems and effect improvements in habitat and/or environmental impact statements; supervising, planning, organizing, and/or directing a program for the development and utilization/protection of a park or outdoor recreation facility. Assisting in/overseeing the collection, recording, presentation, and/or analysis of research data (related to natural resources, recreation, forest management, etc.); professional forest or range management; designing, conducting, analyzing and interpreting the results of resource management experiments; and protecting the quality of natural resources/the environment.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
IMPORTANT – FEDERAL LAW MAINTAINS PROHIBITION OF ILLEGAL DRUGS
Must be willing and able to submit to, and pass a background investigation, which includes the following:
Conviction of any Felonies Domestic Violence charges/convictions/restraining orders Driving under the Influence/Impaired and/or boating under the Influence/Impaired convictions Misdemeanor convictions that preclude being P.O.S.T certified as a Colorado Peace Officer. Submit to being fingerprinted Polygraph Must be willing and able to submit to a suitability interview, and psychological examination (administered by a third party professional organization). Drug Screening (marijuana and/other illegal drugs) Moral turpitude If you receive a conditional job offer, you must pass the POST Academy and CPW’S Field Training Program within the probationary year (12 months). Must be willing and able to relocate to the Denver metro area at your own expense. Must be willing and able to obtain a State of Colorado drivers’ license no later than the first day of employment. Must be willing and able to complete and pass a medical physical exam from a medical professional. Former employees of the State of Colorado MUST have concluded employment in good standing to be eligible for rehire.
If you have used marijuana within the past 12 months (December 31, 2019, and forward) or any illegal drugs within the past 36 months (December 31, 2017, and forward) been convicted of a felony, been convicted of any domestic violence charge, or been convicted of any misdemeanors which preclude POST certification as a Colorado Peace Officer you will be disqualified from the process and will not advance further in the process.
Decertifying Misdemeanors Colorado POST
It is recommended that you contact the Human Resources Specialist listed below to resolve issues related to your possession of minimum qualifications. However, if you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination.
Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.
Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures are available at www.colorado.gov/spb.
A standard appeal form is available at www.colorado.gov/spb. If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.