Washington State Parks is governed by a board of seven volunteer citizens appointed by the Governor. Commission members serve staggered six-year terms, setting public policy and guiding the agency. The Washington state park system includes more than 100 developed parks, recreation programs, trails, boating safety and winter recreation.
Our Mission The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission cares for Washington's most treasured lands, waters and historic places. State parks connect all Washingtonians to their diverse natural and cultural heritage and provide memorable recreational and educational experiences that enhance their lives.
Our Vision Washington's state parks will be cherished destinations with natural, cultural, recreational, artistic and interpretive experiences that all Washingtonians enjoy, appreciate and proudly support.
Washington State Parks employs more than 500 permanent staff and more than 350 seasonal and temporary staff throughout the state. The headquarters office is located in Tumwater, and region offices are located in Burlington, East Wenatchee and Tumwater.
We are currently looking to hire twofull-time Park Ranger 4 (Area Managers). One position is for the Goldendale Area, which includes: Maryhill, Goldendale Observatory, Brooks Memorial, Columbia Hills, Doug's Beach, Klickitac Trail, and Spring Creek State Park and The duty station for this position is Maryhill State Park. The other position is for the Upper Cowlitz Area, which includes: Ike Kinswa, Lewis& Clark, Mount St. Helens Visitor Center, Seaquest, and satellite parks including John Jackson Historic Court House, Matilda Jackson State Park, Packwood property , and the Tilton River property. The duty station is at Ike Kinswa State Park.
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If you have questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the manager listed in the "Supplemental Information" section of this publication.
State Parks cares for Washington's most treasured lands, waters, and historic places. Further, we connect Washington citizens to their diverse natural and cultural heritage and provide memorable recreational and educational experiences that enhance their lives. These positions directly support the mission managing the Goldendale or Upper Cowlitz Areas, developing, controlling, and ensuring all program activities for the area are accomplished.
These positions serve as leaders in the Operations Division and offers expert level opinions on projects, policy, procedure, rules and regulations from a front line operational perspective so that decision making includes a complete perspective of probable impacts. This position serves as a conduit between higher level operational decisions and front line staff, promoting and supporting operations policy, procedure, and strategy.
Duties include, but are not limited to:
Facilitate the identification, planning, and oversight of all park activities as required necessary to fulfill the mission/vision of the park area, division and agency:
Develop, submit for review, and maintain Operational Planning & Reports.
Manage area budget; ensure fiscal accountability and compliance with agency policies and procedures.
Provide direction and oversight for all maintenance functions in the area and coordinate with other Agency staff as needed:
Set maintenance priorities for area.
Develop and maintain biennial plan for area maintenance needs.
Construct and manage area equipment and develop project budgets in cooperation with Region and statewide priorities.
Ensure required maintenance safety training and procedures are met by all area staff and documented as required.
Oversee contract management.
Supervise direct reports: ensure they are following all applicable Agency policies and procedures, statewide rules and regulations and the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Provide leadership in park area and participate in leadership opportunities in the division and agency:
Understand and support Agency mission and vision.
Understand and support division mission and vision.
Create and maintain Area mission and vision in alignment with the Agency and Division goals.
Proactively communicate with staff in a positive and supportive manner.
Actively participate in agency wide peer group meetings.
Seek opportunities to demonstrate innovation and leadership within assigned area.
Represent State Parks at meetings, in collaboration with agency programs, and in all facets of public engagement.
Oversee Law Enforcement activities.
Four (4) years of professional experience as a Park Ranger, Commissioned Law Enforcement Officer, or equivalent experience in a Natural Resource field.
Two (2) years of supervision at the professional level.
Valid Driver's license.
** Experience in a Natural Resource or Recreation field will substitute year for year for education.**
Bachelor's Degree with 24 qtr/18 semester hours in Parks and Recreation, History, or Natural Resources.
Two (2) years project planning experience.
JOB SPECIFIC COMPETENCIES: • Ability to remain flexible to respond to park emergencies. • Ability to use learned knowledge and understanding of the organizational and political climate to make decisions and take actions that satisfy diverse interests and contribute effectively to organizational goals. • Ability to focus on educating and influencing park users for voluntary compliance. • Ability to consistently enforce governmental laws, rules, and regulations. • Ability to initiate enforcement actions in a way that the public perceives as fair, objective and reasonable. • Ability to work with the public, employees and other staff in a friendly, positive and approachable manner in order to create a positive work environment. • Ability to make independent decisions that achieve desired results. • Ability to collect data, make sound decisions from data gathered, and evaluate consequences. • Have the demonstrated knowledge, skills, abilities, and attitudes required to effectively supervise and lead personnel. • Ability to establish clear performance expectations, coach and mentor employees, provide regular feedback, and correct behavior when necessary. • Ability to adapt to changing business needs, conditions, and work responsibilities. • Ability to orally communicate effectively on a one-on-one basis and in small groups. • Ability to write clearly and succinctly.
CORE COMPETENCIES: Accountability -Accepts personal responsibility for the quality and timeliness of his/her work. Can be relied upon to achieve excellent results. Communication Effectiveness - Conveys clear, timely and persuasive messages that positively influence the thoughts and actions of others. Customer Focus - Builds and maintains internal and external customer satisfaction with the services offered by the organization. Ethics and Integrity -Earns the trust, respect and confidence of coworkers and customers through consistent honesty, forthrightness and professionalism in all interactions. Inclusiveness - Actively contributes to a work environment that embraces building relationships and recognizing the value of cultural, ethnic, gender and other individual differences, to enhance the attainment of organizational goals.
HOW TO APPLY To ensure consideration, please complete the online job application and profile at www.careers.wa.gov. Use reference number 11576 for Goldendale Area, and 11525 for Upper Cowlitz Area when searching for the job announcement. You must attach in your application the following:
Letter of interest specifically addressing the qualifications listed in the announcement.
Three professional references.
**All requested materials must be submitted. Incomplete or late application materials will not be accepted. Failure to follow the application process may disqualify you from further consideration.**
The information provided in your application must support your selected answers in the application questions. Answers will be verified and documentation may be required. Responses not supported in your application will disqualify you for consideration fo employment from this recruitment.
NOTE: Prior to a new hire, a background check, including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude you from employment, but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.
This position is included in the supervisory bargaining unit represented by the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE). For more information: https://wfse.org/
Diversity Policy Statement The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is committed to creating an equitable, hospitable, appreciative, safe, and inclusive park environment – one that embraces the full spectrum of all community members' contributions. The Commission makes this commitment because:
Diversity strengthens the workforce in competence and ability;
Celebrating diversity appreciates and values individual differences;
Diversity serves an increasingly heterogeneous society;
Diversity helps ensure the relevance of a state park system, its mission, properties, and programs to the people of this state today and in the future; and
Diversity is crucial to our ability to serve all citizens.
The Commission encourages and supports staff efforts to reach out to people of all races, national origins, abilities, religions, sexual orientations, veteran status, ages, and genders who use the parks and who live in communities nearby parks. This outreach is to focus on engaging in partnerships that expand programs and services in a way that is meaningful and of value to all people. The Commission is dedicated to offering quality experiences to all visitors through a workforce and volunteer corps that reflects the diversity of Washington State.
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam veterans and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application process or this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the human resources office at (360) 902-8565. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.
Internal Number: 11576 or 11525
About Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
State Parks is governed by a board of seven volunteer citizens appointed by the Governor. Commission members serve staggered six-year terms, setting public policy and guiding the agency. The Washington state park system includes more than 100 developed parks, recreation programs, trails, boating safety and winter recreation. Our Mission The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission cares for Washington's most treasured lands, waters and historic places. State parks connect all Washingtonians to their diverse natural and cultural heritage and provide memorable recreational and educational experiences that enhance their lives. Our VisionWashington's state parks will be cherished destinations with natural, cultural, recreational, artistic and interpretive experiences that all Washingtonians enjoy, appreciate and proudly support. Washington State Parks employs more than 500 permanent staff and more than 350 seasonal and temporary staff throughout the state. The headquarters office is located in Tumwater, and region offices are located in Burlington, East Wenatchee and Tumwater.
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