813 - Senior Ranger

Job Purpose

This position provides quality recreational programs and daily services to ensure that the public has a safe, clean, educational and enjoyable experience while visiting the forest preserves.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintain public safety, including providing searches, wildfire response, storm response, and critical incident support
  • Direct recreational programming and Volunteers Administration, training and instruction
  • Perform preserve inspections including general daily inspections, boundaries/encroachments, gates, and trails
  • Preserve maintenance, including cleaning preserves and special use areas
  • Manage recreational facilities including operation and administration duties
  • Perform campground operation, intern/seasonal/RFA staffing and hiring, training, financial weekly/yearly reports, administration and working guidance to RFA and seasonal staff members
  • Coordinate special events
  • Perform natural resources management
  • Senior rangers may have a primary assignment with one of the District's Site Operations Hubs (at Blackwell or Churchill locations) but may be required to work at either location as needs arise
  • Perform other duties as required

Education and Experience Required

Education:  BS/BA in Parks Management, Forestry, Resource Management, Wildlife Management, Outdoor Recreation, or related field.

Related Experience:  Two (2) years experience in park/preserve management or maintenance; or equivalent combination of training and experience.

Special training or other licenses, certification,etc.:  USA Archery Level 1, Chicago Wilderness Burn Crew Member; valid Driver's License; ability to obtain and maintain certifications in CPR and First Aid within one (1) year of employment; ability to obtain and maintain herbicide applicator’s license within one (1) year of employment.; ability to complete and pass S-130 Firefighter Training and S-190 Introduction to Fire Behavior as developed by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group or equivalent within two (2) years of employment.

Knowledge of:  District preserves and facilities; Federal, State, local, and District rules, regulations, policies, and procedures; methods, materials, tools, and equipment used in the maintenance and operation of preserves; occupational hazards and proper safety precautions; basic principles and techniques of supervision; office word processing, database, and spreadsheet software packages.

Skills In:  Natural resource and park management techniques; planning, assigning, and supervising the work of others; prioritizing and managing multiple tasks and projects; dealing effectively with the public; communicating effectively, verbally and in writing; establishing and maintaining effective working relationships.

Onboarding/Training Requirements:        Criminal Background Check

                                                                      Driver’s License Check

                                                                      Drug Screen

                                                                      HBV Series/Hepatitis B (Candidate can refuse)

                                                                      Hearing Audio Baseline

                                                                      Mandated Reporter – Abused and Neglected Child Reporting

                                                                      National Sex Offender Registry Check


                                                                      Respirator Evaluation


                                                                      Youth Protection Standards Training

                                                                      CPR/1st Aid Training

Hours & Schedule: Variable hours including weekends and holidays

Comments: Uniforms provided, safety boot and safety glasses allowance.

Working Environment: Work outdoors in all weather conditions.

Equal Employment Policy: As an Equal Opportunity Employer, the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County complies with Federal, State, and local laws prohibiting discrimination in employment. The Forest Preserve District makes all employment-related decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, sex (wages), genetics, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, retaliation, or other unlawful considerations.

*Applications must be filled out to their entirety, including the electronic signature, to be considered for this position. Resumes may be included but are not accepted in lieu of the application.

Forest Preserve District of DuPage County RP089 is an EEO employer - M/F/Vets/Disabled
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