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Park Ranger Assistant Seasonal
March 13, 2018
State of Oregon, Department of Parks & Recreation-Operations


The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department's Mission is to provide and protect outstanding natural, scenic, cultural, historic and recreational sites for the enjoyment and education of present and future generations.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) invites members of all diverse communities to join our workforce as we endeavor to best serve Oregonians from every background. We believe that by welcoming differences, encouraging new ideas and views, listening to and learning from each other, and providing opportunities for professional enrichment we are better able to serve those around us. We thank you for considering this employment opportunity.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department hires Park Ranger Assistant Seasonal positions each year. These positions generally work April through September; however, the duration of the season and job condition varies by each park location.

Please note:* *This recruitment is open until May 31, 2018; your immediate response is requested as interviews could be scheduled at any time and positions may become filled before the close date of May 31, 2018. For best consideration, apply as soon as possible.

As of June 15, 2018, the minimum monthly salary will increase to $2,507.

  • This recruitment is for multiple, seasonal, full-time Park Ranger Assistant positions with Oregon Parks and Recreation Department at Detroit Lake State Recreation Area located near Detroit, Oregon.
  • These positions are represented by the Service Employee International Union (SEIU).
  • This recruitment will be used to establish a list of qualified applicants and may be used to fill future vacancies as they occur.

The Park Ranger Assistant assists year-round State Park staff in the protection, maintenance, operation and repair of state park lands, natural and cultural resources, structures, facilities, equipment and systems. Park Ranger Assistants typically perform basic tasks in a single area of park operations (e.g.: janitorial work, landscape maintenance, interpretation or visitor services), although some positions will require performing tasks in a variety of areas. Some work may require the most elementary skills in building trades, including carpentry, electrical, plumbing, painting and landscape maintenance. In addition, specialized skills in basic park maintenance and operations may be required. Park Ranger Assistants, on a task specific basis, may guide the work of individuals or teams composed of volunteers, seasonal, and/or temporary state park employees.

The following duties may be performed, but are not limited to:
Landscape Maintenance

  • Plant trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals.
  • Mow lawns and fields with large and small riding and power mowers, trim turf edges with hand or power tools.
  • Irrigate lawns, trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals with hoses, sprinklers, turf valves or automatic systems.
  • Prune trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and rough brush with hand and power tools.
  • Manually apply fertilizers and pesticides under direct supervision.

Custodial Maintenance

  • Clean rest rooms, showers, bathhouses, observation buildings, maintenance shops and interpretive centers by sweeping, washing, disinfecting and mopping floors, walls, ceilings and fixtures.
  • Fill paper product dispensers.
  • Collect, separate and properly dispose of garbage and recyclable materials.
  • Clean fireplaces, tables, footpaths, parking areas, wastewater disposals, signs, drinking fountains and other small fixtures.
  • Pick up and properly dispose of litter.
  • Replace burned-out light-bulbs and re-set circuit breakers in buildings and
    campsites as needed.

Facility Maintenance

  • Assist in the construction, maintenance and restoration of hiking trails, footpaths, footbridges, parking areas and curbs.
  • Assist in painting buildings and other structures using brushes, rollers and spray equipment, properly clean tools and dispose of cleaning solutions.
  • Assist in the maintenance and repair of park utilities, including water, sewer and electric systems.
  • Assist in the maintenance and repair of building plumbing, including: unclogging toilets and sinks, changing faucet washers, stopping pipe leaks.
  • Assist in the maintenance, repair or construction of building structural elements, including walls, floors, ceilings, partitions and roofs using use hand and power carpentry tools as directed.
  • Record traffic counter and water and sewer meter readings.

Visitor Services

  • Process computerized campsite reservations.
  • Register overnight campers by computer or self-registration systems and prepare related reports.
  • Accept payment for camping, day-use parking and miscellaneous sales items (firewood, ice, etc.) by cash, check or credit card; make change and issue receipts; prepare end-of-shift reports and reconcile cash to receipts; prepare and make bank cash drops.
  • Seek voluntary visitor compliance with park area rules and regulations.
  • Provide information about local attractions and Oregon Parks.
  • Assist during visitor related emergencies and prepare related reports.

Resource Interpretation

  • Assist in assembling materials and resources for the development of interpretive presentations.
  • Present evening campground presentations, lead hikes and walk & talk presentations, give Junior Ranger presentations, rocky shores interpretive presentations, lighthouse and historic building tours.

Other Duties

  • Attend and participate in crew and safety meetings and training classes.
  • Clean and properly store equipment, tools, and vehicles after use.
  • Maintain vehicles, work sites, maintenance shops, yards and storage areas in clean, safe condition.
  • Assist in patrolling park areas by checking for misuse, undesirable activities,
    hazardous situations and reporting findings to park rangers or management.


  • Six (6) months of experience (paid or unpaid) performing public contact or customer service duties (e.g. Teacher, Customer Service Representative, Salesperson, Receptionist, etc.) and/or maintenance experience (construction trades, landscaping, custodial, etc.); OR
  • Six (6) months of college in any discipline (24 quarter hours/16 semester hours)


  • have a criminal history background check that meets OPRD criteria at the time of hire and throughout employment.
  • have a driving record that meets OPRD standards.
  • possess a valid driver's license at time of hire and throughout employment.
  • wear OPRD-supplied uniform and comply with appearance code when on duty.
  • comply with and adhere to applicable federal, state, local, and agency rules, laws, standards, procedures, and policies.


  • Experience providing exceptional customer service.
  • Skill in providing rule information and asking for compliance.
  • Skill in using computerized registration equipment and programs.
  • Skill in making change and preparing simple cash reconciliation reports.
  • Skill in the safe use of tools, material and equipment associated with landscape and building maintenance.
  • Skill in assisting with the performance of basic plumbing, carpentry, painting, grounds keeping tasks.
  • Ability to adjust to shifting priorities and emerging issues.
  • Ability to work in a team setting. 

How To Apply:
We will consider only complete application packets received by 11:59 p.m. on the close date listed on this announcement.

1. Complete E-recruit application: You must apply online, no paper applications will be accepted.

2. Supplemental Questions: The work experience section of your application must verify your responses to all the supplemental questions and show you meet the minimum qualifications.

Email Address
You must have a valid e-mail address to apply for jobs with the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department. All communication regarding your application and status will be done by e-mail. To ensure clear communication, please unfilter emails from and

NEOGOV Help Line
If you have application login problems, get an error message during the application process, or are experiencing other technical (computer related) difficulties, please call the NEOGOV help line for assistance at 1-855-524-5627. You can also e-mail NEOGOV for support at

Work Authorization
Oregon Parks & Recreation Department does not offer visa sponsorships. Within three days of hire, all applicants will be required to complete the US Department of Justice Form I-9, confirming authorization to work in the United States.

Criminal Records/DMV Check
Applicants are subject to both a Computerized Criminal History and Motor Vehicles check. Adverse background information may be grounds for disqualification. Information obtained in this process will remain confidential.

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department uses E-Verify to confirm that applicants are authorized to work in the United States.

Alternate Format
If you have a disability and need an alternative format to complete the employment process, you may email recruitment at Please describe the format needed.

Veterans Preference
Eligible veterans who meet the qualifications will be given veterans preference. To receive preference you MUST attach appropriate documentation as outlined by the Department of Administrative Services at the following website: Veterans Resources. You may also call the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs at 1-800-692-9666.

Application Reference Number: OPRD18-0048OC

Informational Links
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Help and Support for the E-Recruit System
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