Sworn Park Ranger Trainee

  • City of Chico, CA
  • Chico, California
  • Mar 03, 2021
Full Time Forestry Parks and Recreation
  • Salary: $39,416.00 - $54,350.40 Annually USD

Job Description

Position Information

This recruitment is to establish an eligibility list for the July 2021 Law Enforcement Academy. Park Ranger Trainees who successfully complete the Butte College Academy will subsequently roll to probationary Sworn Park Ranger status.

What is a "Sponsorship?": Being sponsored by the City of Chico means that the City pays full tuition for the candidate AND pays them a wage and provides benefits while they attend! Ranger Trainees sponsored by the City of Chico are required to sign a three-year commitment agreement.

Once candidates have applied, they will receive an email update listing their status within the recruitment and their testing eligibility.

This recruitment process will include completing a rigorous physical agility process and the P.O.S.T. Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB).

Candidates who hold a current (dated within the last year) T-score of 47, or higher, are encouraged to submit their T-score information along with their application. Valid and current T-scores will exempt candidates from the written examination.

Candidates who have successfully completed the City of Chico physical agility or standardized WSTB course within the last six months may be exempted from the required agility course.

Please contact Human Resources, at (530) 879-7905, for more information on exemptions, if needed.

NOTICE: The City of Chico is committed to inclusion and a diverse workforce and has made candidate applications anonymous to reduce implicit bias in the hiring process. Candidate names, addresses, and other Personally Identifiable Information (PII) are auto-redacted on applications sent to the department. Due to this redaction, resumes, certificates, or any other attachment with PII will not be forwarded until after an interview schedule is determined. AS SUCH, CANDIDATES SHOULD ENSURE THAT THE ENTERED "WORK EXPERIENCE" AND "CERTIFICATIONS" SECTIONS MATCH THE SUBMITTED RESUME.

Job Description

Under general supervision, to perform varied and routine sworn Ranger work with emphasis on park patrol, crime prevention, park protection and maintenance; to perform related record keeping and research; to perform related work as required.

Typical Duties:
Patrols the various City parks and public recreation areas to enforce applicable laws, rules and regulations; *Opens and closes City facilities, including park gates and public restrooms;*Issue citations and verbal warnings; *Provides information to the public about park use and permit requirements, resolves customer and/or park use disputes - review and approves park use permits; *Conducts investigations, writes incident and arrest reports, compiles and tabulates data, and provides reports to the applicable authorities; *Manages encampment cleanups in greenways and park; coordinates with applicable agencies and personnel; *Coordinates with or assist Police and Fire Department personnel regarding incidents and investigations involving City parks; *Provides hazmat response as necessary; *Collects and documents evidence, books evidence independent or in conjunction with a Police Officer; *Interviews and locates witnesses, apprehend suspects on foot, detain and/or arrest suspects until suspect can be transported by Police Department;*Utilizes physical restraints such as handcuffs, spray irritant, taser, or baton, when deemed necessary; *Oversees and coordinates lifeguard personnel at One Mile Pool; monitor pool active and maintenance needs; *Manage interpretive signage; *Routinely assess and make recommendations for trail and road closures due to inclement weather or unsafe conditions. May direct vehicular and pedestrian traffic;May testify in court and respond to requests for crime prevention services;May perform routine park maintenance responsibilities;May attend community and departmental staff meetings;May perform research and coordination responsibilities for park related projects and programs;May develop, conduct and present park interpretive programs for the public; Perform other park related work as assigned.
*Essential Function

Duties recorded above are representative of the duties of the class and are not intended to cover all the duties performed by incumbent(s) of any particular position. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the scope of work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this class; such assignments shall fall under the category of "other duties, as assigned."

Tools and Equipment Used:
Vehicle or pickup truck, police radio, pager, first aid equipment.

Physical Demands:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and talk and hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move more than 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works in outside weather conditions. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts; in high, precarious places; and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme cold, extreme heat, and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge of : Correct English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation, including the writing of reports; applicable laws, park rules and regulations; evidence collection and documentation techniques; CPR and first aid procedures; and park geology and biology.

Ability to : Deal tactfully and effectively with individuals and groups of a diverse nature; answer questions regarding and explaining park policies and regulations; interpret written and oral instructions; present effective park interpretive programs to the public; write clear and accurate reports; perform mathematical computations; operate radio, four-wheel drive pick-up, and bicycle; work effectively and safely without direct supervision; analyze situations and take effective action; successfully complete formal training courses on job-related responsibilities.


Minimum Qualifications:
Experience/Education : High school graduation or equivalent preferably supplemented by the successful completion of college level courses in natural resources, park administration, law enforcement or other related subject.

Certificates :
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, an American Red Cross Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation certificate (CPR) and a Standard First Aid certificate;
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a level three P.C. 832 Peace Officers Standards and Training (P.O.S.T) certificate within six (6) months of appointment;
Additional Requirement : Possession of a valid class "C" California Motor Vehicle Operator's Driver License.

Equivalency may be established pursuant to the City-Wide Classification Plan.

Additional Information

The City of Chico is looking for individuals who are results-oriented, possess great attitudes, demonstrate creativity and innovation, work efficiently, show a record of success and have a PASSION for public service. Having the best employees provides the best service to the community.


If this is the first time you are applying using the online job application, you will need to create an account and select a Username and Password. After your account has been established, you can build your application which can be saved and used to apply for other City of Chico employment opportunities.

Online applications are stored on a secure site. Only authorized employees and hiring authorities have access to the information submitted. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure applications are received by the City of Chico Human Resources Office.

Degree, Licenses, Certifications and/or Equivalencies: Candidates must include copies of items listed as a minimum qualification; failure to provide required certificates by the close of the recruitment will result in candidate disqualification. If this position requires a typing certificate: typing certificates must have been issued within one year and the net speed must match the minimum requirement listed in the job description. For standardization, net speed will be calculated by subtracting the number of errors from the gross WPM. Internet generated typing certifications are not accepted. Equivalency for experience and/or education listed within a job description may be established pursuant to the City-wide Classification Plan and through coordination with Human Resources. Candidates seeking an equivalency must contact Human Resources, at (530) 879-7900, for instructions on submitting an equivalency request. Being minimally qualified for a position does not guarantee a candidate progression through the full recruitment process.

Travel and Recruitment Related Expenses: The City of Chico does not reimburse applicants for any travel or expenses in connection with applying for employment, unless authorized by the City Manager.

Pre-Employment Processing: Applicants may be required to pass fingerprinting and a medical examination as a condition of employment or promotion. Medical exams may include a fitness exam, psychological exam, and a drug and alcohol screening, depending on the position. E-verify is used to determine candidate eligibility to work in the United States.

The City of Chico is an Equal Opportunity Employer and supports workforce diversity. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The City of Chico will consider individuals with disabilities based on their qualifications to perform the essential functions of the position for which they are applying and will provide reasonable accommodation in the application and/or testing process. If you require accommodation in the application and/or testing process, please notify the Human Resources Office within seven (7) days of the need for accommodation, so appropriate alternative arrangements can be made.

If you have any questions, or need additional assistance regarding City of Chico employment opportunities, please contact the Human Resources Department at (530) 879-7900 or jobs@chicoca.gov .
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