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Park Ranger Assistant - Extra Help

County of Sonoma
Kenwood, California, US
Closing date
Jun 20, 2024

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Consultancy/Private Sector
Conservation science
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
Position Information

Join Regional Parks as the next Park Ranger Assistant - Extra Help!

Multiple positions available!

Starting salary $27.56 per hour!

Join Our Team

At Regional Parks, we have a passion for the outdoors, public lands and parks. We love helping people get outside, have fun and be healthy. Sonoma County Regional Parks includes more than 50 parks and beaches from Petaluma to Gualala and Sonoma to Bodega Bay. Many offer wild landscapes and miles of trails. Others feature sports fields, playgrounds, boat launches, and campgrounds. Regional Parks also manages the County's largest ocean marina. As a Park Ranger Assistant you will be enthralled with Sonoma County's rolling hills, rugged coastline and meandering rivers while contributing to their stewardship. Your responsibilities will include:

* Collecting and reporting on camping and park day-use fees
* Performing park maintenance and janitorial work, including cleaning restrooms and trash pickup
* Providing direction to extra-help staff and volunteers
* Supporting visitors in following park rules
* Assisting with special park events and festivals

As the ideal candidate, you possess the following:

* Excellent communication and teamwork skills
* Basic Microsoft Office skills
* Experience with providing customer service and point of sale cash handling
* The ability to shift gears quickly and effectively
* Experience leading, training, and/or supervising staff or volunteers
* Valid basic First Aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), and First Responder Certification is highly desired
* Trainings related to Park Interpretation, emergency skills, fire protection and safety skills are highly desired, but not required
* Bilingual skills (English/Spanish), are desired but not required

Note: These positions work in variable weather conditions, wear a uniform, and may be assigned work during weekends, holidays, and irregular hours.

* Salary is negotiable within the established range.

This recruitment is being conducted to fill multiple extra-help positions in the Regional Parks Department. This employment list may also be used to fill future extra-help openings as they occur during the active status of this list.


Extra-help employees relieve or augment permanent staff. Intermittent, extra-help employees are not in the classified civil service and do not have property rights to permanently allocated positions. In addition, they do not receive most regular employee benefits such as: long-term disability insurance coverage; accrual of vacation; participation in the County retirement program; or eligibility to take promotional examinations. Intermittent, extra-help employees are limited in their employment to a maximum of 1,380 hours within any twelve month consecutive period. Extra-help employees who meet the eligibility requirements may qualify for a County contribution toward medical coverage.


Minimum Qualifications

Experience: Any experience that directly relates to the above knowledge and abilities. Normally, one season's experience as Park Aide would provide such an opportunity.

Education: The ability to read and write English and make basic arithmetic calculations at a level for successful job performance is required.

Enrollment in a college or university with major course work emphasis in park management, natural resources, forestry, environmental studies or closely related field would be helpful.

Special Qualifications: Possession of a valid Basic First Aid card and a valid Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiac Care card is desirable at time of employment and required after the first six months of employment.

License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of: park practices and operations such as fee collection, park patrol, and park law enforcement; and ability to use hand tools, work aides, power tools and light machines; principles of supervision; basic first aid including cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Ability to: follow oral and written instructions; apply first aid to park visitors; perform moderately heavy physical manual labor; detect safety hazards within a park area and report problems to supervisor; deal effectively and tactfully with the public and county personnel; tactfully enforce rules, regulations, laws and ordinances, safely drive and operate light motorized vehicles; work during weekdays, weekends, holidays, and irregular hours, and to wear a uniform.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying

* Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
* You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application. Be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
* You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
* Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.

Please visit Getting a Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the hiring process, including the application process, examination steps, and department selection process.


Responses to supplemental questions are used to evaluate your qualifications. Please provide sufficient information to allow for a thorough evaluation of your qualifications.

The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

An Application and Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (pass/not pass) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant's combination of educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities that relate to this position to ensure satisfaction of the minimum qualifications for this position. Candidates who possess the minimum qualifications for the position will be placed on an extra-help employment list and referred to the department. The department may contact candidates from the employment list who possess the most appropriate job-related qualifications for further consideration.


A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer is contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.


Applications are accepted online at Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.

The County of Sonoma values diversity and is dedicated to creating a workplace environment that provides individuals with a sense of belonging. We are committed to having a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. The County is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer where all aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance, and business need.

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