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DCNR Ranger Trainee (Seasonal)- Codorus State Park

Employer
State of Pennsylvania
Location
Hanover, Pennsylvania, US
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
Jun 15, 2024

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Sector
Government
Field
Conservation science
Discipline
Forestry
Salary Type
Salary
Employment Type
Temporary / Seasonal
THE POSITION

Are you an outdoor enthusiast who loves breathtaking scenery? Do you enjoy providing excellent service and being a positive influence? Join the team at Codorus State Park for a dynamic work environment with new challenges every day. Codorus State Park is hiring a seasonal full-time DCNR Ranger Trainee. Ensure visitors have a safe and memorable experience at the park's recreational offerings. Become a DCNR Ranger Trainee at Codorus State Park and work in a picturesque setting, interact with diverse people, and make a positive impact on the community. If you love the outdoors and want a fulfilling role with variety, this position is perfect for you.

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DESCRIPTION OF WORK

As a DCNR Ranger Trainee, you will participate in a one-year formal law enforcement and on-the-job training program. This position involves participating in a one-year formal and on-the-job training program to develop the necessary skills and techniques in the areas of public contact and customer service; current developments and issues in the areas of outdoor recreation and conservation; conservation principles; environmental education; public safety; departmental policies, procedures, rules, and regulations; and law enforcement, in order to perform the work of a DCNR Ranger. Specific duties will include assisting with patrols of the park and its facilities and responding appropriately to any situation that may arise. These situations may include safety issues, park visitors that require assistance, emergencies, and violations of Commonwealth or Park laws, rules, or regulations. Other duties may include completing monthly and daily logs, including the status and condition of campgrounds, facilities, equipment, visitor safety, incidents, citations, arrests, accidents, and attendance; preparing launching, mooring, and camping permits by entering the information into the Reservation and Revenue System; and collecting fees and assisting in the preparation of transmittals by checking daily receipts for accuracy and making bank deposits.

Interested in learning more? Additional details regarding this position can be found in the position description.

Work Schedule and Additional Information:

* Seasonal Full-time employment
* Shift hours and days vary due to operational need, 40 hours weekly.
* This position will require weekends and holidays.
* Salary: In some cases, the starting salary may be non-negotiable.
* You will receive further communication regarding this position via email. Check your email, including spam/junk folders, for these notices.

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE, TRAINING & ELIGIBILITY

QUALIFICATIONS

Minimum Experience and Training Requirements:

* Six months of experience providing visitor services in a public park, forest, recreation area, or a privately-owned and operated nature or outdoor education center; or
* Completion of 15 college credits in natural or environmental sciences, natural resource management, park management, parks or outdoor recreation, forestry, environmental education, ecology, wildlife management, or in a closely related field; or
* An equivalent combination of experience and training.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

* Must be at least 21 years of age at time of employment.
* All positions require possession of an active motor vehicle license.
* All employees must successfully complete a structured law enforcement training program to obtain authority in exercising the powers of arrest during the trainee period.
* All employees must obtain valid certification in standard first aid and adult, child, and infant CPR approved by the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, or equivalent during the trainee period.
* All employees must pass psychological testing (Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI). Failure to pass this test is a basis for removal from the position.
* All employees must pass Pennsylvania State Police and FBI Criminal Background Checks. A record of conviction of a criminal offense for which more than one year in prison can be imposed as punishment is a basis for removal from the position.

Other Requirements:

* You must meet the PA residency requirement. For more information on ways to meet PA residency requirements, follow the link and click on Residency.
* You must be able to perform essential job functions.

Legal Requirements:

* You must pass a background investigation.
* This position falls under the provisions of the Child Protective Services Law.
* Under the Law, a conditional offer of employment will require submission and approval of satisfactory criminal history reports including, but not limited to, PA State Police clearance, PA Child Abuse history clearance, and FBI Fingerprint clearance.

How to Apply:

* Resumes, cover letters, and similar documents will not be reviewed, and the information contained therein will not be considered for the purposes of determining your eligibility for the position. Information to support your eligibility for the position must be provided on the application (i.e., relevant, detailed experience/education).
* If you are claiming education in your answers to the supplemental application questions, you must attach a copy of your college transcripts for your claim to be accepted toward meeting the minimum requirements. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.
* Your application must be submitted by the posting closing date. Late applications and other required materials will not be accepted.
* Failure to comply with the above application requirements may eliminate you from consideration for this position.

Veterans:

* Pennsylvania law (51 Pa. C.S. §7103) provides employment preference for qualified veterans for appointment to many state and local government jobs. To learn more about employment preferences for veterans, go to www.employment.pa.gov/Additional%20Info/Pages/default.aspx and click the Veterans' Preference tab or contact us at ra-cs-vetpreference@pa.gov.

Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS):

* 711 (hearing and speech disabilities or other individuals).

If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodations due to a disability, please discuss your request for accommodations with the interviewer in advance of your interview date.

The Commonwealth is an equal employment opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workforce. The Commonwealth values inclusion as we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most qualified people to serve the citizens of Pennsylvania. The Commonwealth does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, ancestry, union membership, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, AIDS or HIV status, disability, or any other categories protected by applicable federal or state law. All diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.

EXAMINATION INFORMATION

* Completing the application, including all supplemental questions, serves as your exam for this position. No additional exam is required at a test center (also referred to as a written exam).
* Your score is based on the detailed information you provide on your application and in response to the supplemental questions.
* Your score is valid for this specific posting only.
* You must provide complete and accurate information or:
* your score may be lower than deserved.
* you may be disqualified.

You may only apply/test once for this posting.Your results will be provided via email.

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Health & Wellness

We offer multiple health plans so our employees can choose what works best for themselves and their families. Our comprehensive benefits package includes health coverage, vision, dental, and wellness programs.*

Compensation & Financial Planning

We invest in our employees by providing competitive wages and encouraging financial wellness by offering multiple ways to save money and ensure peace of mind including multiple retirement and investment plan options.

Work/Life Balance

We know there's more to life than just work! Our generous paid leave benefits include paid vacation, paid sick leave, eight weeks of paid parental leave, military leave, and paid time off for most major U.S. holidays, as well as flexible work schedules and work-from-home opportunities.*

Values and Culture

We believe in the work we do and provide continual opportunities for our employees to grow and contribute to the greater good. As one of the largest employers in the state, we provide opportunities for internal mobility, professional development, and the opportunity to give back by participating in workplace charitable giving.

Employee Perks

Sometimes, it is the little "extras" that make a big difference. Our employees receive special employee-only discounts and rates on a variety of services and memberships.

For more information on all of these Total Rewards benefits, please visit www.employment.pa.gov and click on the benefits box.

* Eligibility rules apply.

01

Will you be at least 21 years of age at the time of employment?

If yes, please click the button below. If no, please do not apply at this time and exit out of this application.

* Yes
* No

02

Do you possess a valid driver's license which is not under suspension?

* Yes
* No

03

If you answered "Yes" to the previous question, please provide the issuing state and license number. If you answered "No" type N/A in the box.

04

How many semester credits of college coursework have you completed in natural or environmental sciences, natural resource management, park management, parks or outdoor recreation, forestry, environmental education, ecology, wildlife management, or in a closely related field?

If you are claiming credits/degree, you must upload a copy of your college transcript(s) for this education to be considered in the eligibility decision. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. You must attach your transcript(s) prior to the submission of your application by using the "Attachments" tab on the left. You will not be able to add a transcript(s) to the application after it has been submitted.

If your education was acquired outside of the United States, you must also upload a copy of your foreign credential evaluation. For more information on foreign education credentials, please visit https://www.employment.pa.gov/Additional%20Info/Pages/default.aspx#q3 and click on Other Information.

* 15 credits or more
* Less than 15 credits
* None

05

How much full-time paraprofessional/technical level experience do you possess providing visitor services in a public park, forest, recreation area, or a privately-owned and operated nature or outdoor education center?

* 6 months or more
* Less than 6 months
* None

06

If you are claiming experience in the above question, please list the employer(s) where you gained this experience in the text box below. The employer(s) and a description of the experience must also be included in the appropriate sections of your application if you would like the experience to be considered in the eligibility decision. If you claimed you do not have experience, type N/A in the text box below.

07

You must complete the supplemental questions below. These supplemental questions are the exam and will be scored. They are designed to give you the opportunity to relate your experience and training background to the major activities (Work Behaviors) performed in this position. Failure to provide complete and accurate information may delay the processing of your application, or result in a lower-than-deserved score or disqualification. You must complete the application and answer the supplemental questions. Resumes, cover letters, and similar documents will not be reviewed for the purposes of determining your eligibility for the position or to determine your score.

All information you provide on your application and supplemental questions is subject to verification. Any misrepresentation, falsification or omission of material facts is subject to penalty. If requested, you must provide documentation, including names, addresses, and telephone numbers of individuals who can verify the validity of the information you provide in the application and supplemental questions.

Read each work behavior carefully. Determine and select which "Level of Performance" most closely represents your highest level of experience/training. List the employer(s)/training source(s) from your Work or Education sections of the application where you gained this experience/training. The "Level of Performance" you choose for each work behavior must be clearly supported within the description of the experience and training information entered in your application or your score may be lowered. In order to receive credit for experience, you must have worked in a job for at least six months in which the experience claimed was a major function.

If you have read and understand these instructions, please click on the "Yes" button and proceed to the exam questions.

If you have general questions regarding the application and hiring process, please refer to our FAQ page.

* Yes

08

WORK BEHAVIOR 1 - CUSTOMER SERVICE

Communicate with the public or other personnel to gather and provide information. Respond to inquiries; explain rules, regulations, and policies; and refer individuals for additional assistance if necessary.

Levels of Performance

Select the "Level of Performance" which best describes your claim.

* A. I have experience communicating with others to gather or provide information related to LAW ENFORCEMENT or RECREATIONAL, ENVIRONMENTAL, OR NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT.
* B. I have experience communicating with others to gather or provide information. This was NOT related to law enforcement or recreational, environmental, or natural resource management.
* C. I have successfully completed college-level coursework related to communications or conflict resolution.
* D. I have NO experience or coursework related to this work behavior.

09

In the text box below, please describe your experience as it relates to the level of performance you claimed in this work behavior. Please be sure your response addresses the items listed below which relate to your claim. If you indicated you have no work experience related to this work behavior, type N/A in the box below.

* The name(s) of the employer(s) where you gained this experience.
* Your experience providing customer service, to whom, and the subject(s).
* Your level of responsibility.

10

If you have selected the level of performance pertaining to college coursework, please provide your responses to the items listed below. If you indicated you have no education/training related to this work behavior, type N/A in the text box below.

* College/University
* Course Title
* Credits/Clock Hours

11

WORK BEHAVIOR 2 - WRITTEN COMMUNICATION

Write various reports and entries into logbooks regarding topics such as the condition of the campground, facilities, equipment, or incidents. Ensure that all information is accurate, coherent, and complete in accordance with policies, standards, and legal requirements.

Levels of Performance

Select the "Level of Performance" which best describes your claim.

* A. I have experience writing reports AND completing logbook entries.
* B. I have experience writing reports OR completing logbook entries.
* C. I have successfully completed college-level coursework related to report writing or English composition.
* D. I have NO experience or coursework related to this work behavior.

12

In the text box below, please describe your experience as it relates to the level of performance you claimed in this work behavior. Please be sure your response addresses the items listed below which relate to your claim. If you indicated you have no work experience related to this work behavior, type N/A in the box below.

* The name(s) of the employer(s) where you gained this experience.
* Your experience writing reports or logbook entries and the subject(s).
* Your level of responsibility.

13

If you have selected the level of performance pertaining to college coursework, please provide your responses to the items listed below. If you indicated you have no education/training related to this work behavior, type N/A in the text box below.

* College/University
* Course Title
* Credits/Clock Hours

14

WORK BEHAVIOR 3 - PATROL PROPERTY

Patrol the park or other property to inspect structures and grounds for damage, safety hazards, fire and litter; ensure proper signage throughout the park or property to inform visitors of rules, regulations, directions, special events, or programs; and ensure equipment and work areas are maintained.

Levels of Performance

Select the "Level of Performance" which best describes your claim.

* A. I have experience patrolling or inspecting structures or grounds for damage, safety hazards, fire, or litter; ensuring rules, regulations, or directions are displayed; AND ensuring equipment and work areas are organized to prevent hazards. This experience was in a RECREATIONAL FACILITY OR PARK.
* B. I have experience patrolling or inspecting structures or grounds for damage, safety hazards, fire, or litter; ensuring rules, regulations, or directions are displayed; AND ensuring equipment and work areas are organized to prevent hazards. This experience was NOT in a recreational facility or park.
* C. I have experience patrolling or inspecting structures or grounds for damage, safety hazards, fire, or litter; ensuring rules, regulations, or directions are displayed; OR ensuring equipment and work areas are organized to prevent hazards.
* D. I have successfully completed college-level coursework or training related to property, structure, or equipment inspections.
* E. I have NO experience, coursework, or training related to this work behavior.

15

In the text box below, please describe your experience as it relates to the level of performance you claimed in this work behavior. Please be sure your response addresses the items listed below which relate to your claim. If you indicated you have no work experience related to this work behavior, type N/A in the box below.

* The name(s) of the employer(s) where you gained this experience.
* Your experience patrolling, ensuring proper signage, and organizing equipment/work area and the type(s).
* Your level of responsibility.

16

If you have selected the level of performance pertaining to college coursework, please provide your responses to the items listed below. If you indicated you have no education/training related to this work behavior, type N/A in the text box below.

* College/UniversityTraining Source
* Course Title
* Credits/Clock Hours

17

WORK BEHAVIOR 4 - READING COMPREHENSION

Read and interpret law enforcement, and recreational, environmental, and natural resource management related laws, rules, regulations, procedures, and processes.

Levels of Performance

Select the "Level of Performance" which best describes your claim.

* A. I have experience reading and interpreting LAW ENFORCEMENT, OR RECREATIONAL, ENVIRONMENT, or NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT related laws, rules, regulations, procedures, or processes.
* B. I have experience reading and interpreting laws, rules, regulations, procedures, or processes. This was NOT related to law enforcement, or recreational, environmental, or natural resource management.
* C. I have successfully completed college-level coursework related to reading comprehension.
* D. I have NO experience or coursework related to this work behavior.

18

In the text box below, please describe your experience as it relates to the level of performance you claimed in this work behavior. Please be sure your response addresses the items listed below which relate to your claim. If you indicated you have no work experience related to this work behavior, type N/A in the box below.

* The name(s) of the employer(s) where you gained this experience.
* Your experience reading and interpreting laws, rules, regulations, procedures, or processes and the type(s).
* Your level of responsibility.

19

If you have selected the level of performance pertaining to college coursework, please provide your responses to the items listed below. If you indicated you have no education/training related to this work behavior, type N/A in the text box below.

* College/University
* Course Title
* Credits/Clock Hours

Required Question

Agency Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Address 613 North Street

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 17120

Website http://www.employment.pa.gov

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