Job Opportunity: Park Ranger I, Nevada

May 16, 2023

Vacancy Announcement:  Park Ranger I, Fallon, NV

Nevada DCNR - Parks Division



Posting Close Date: 6/6/2023



Requisition Id: 18448


Recruitment Type: Open Competitive

Posting Close Date: 6/6/2023

Geographical Location: Silver Springs, Lahontan, Fernley



Business Unit: HR-STATE PARKS


*Pay Grade: GRADE 32

Salary Range: $45,601.92 - $67,296.24

Full-Time/Part-Time: Full Time


Phone: 775 684-0116


Position Description

Park Rangers (Commissioned) participate in operations, law enforcement, resource management, interpretation and maintenance activities at an assigned State park. Under the direct supervision of a Park Supervisor, incumbents receive training in performing the duties described in the series concept. This is the trainee level in the series and progression to the next level in the series may occur upon meeting the minimum qualifications, satisfactory performance and with the recommendation of the appointing authority.

Lahontan State Recreation Area encompasses 25,000 acres and 69 miles of shoreline around Lahontan Reservoir. The primary duty station, Silver Springs Beach receives approximately 300,000 visitors each year. Typical activities are camping, boating, and fishing. Lahontan is a Desert climate with 90-to-100-degree summers and some snow in winter.

Park Rangers assist in overall park management and are responsible for specific areas of management such as Supervision of fee collection, seasonal maintenance employee supervision, and resource management. Public safety and Law Enforcement is a major part of summer. As a state park peace officer, incumbents write citations, make arrests, handle accidents and incidents, resolve disputes, keep peace, and respond to emergency situations as required. Law enforcement academy training will be provided.

Nevada State Park Rangers are generalists, typical duties include clean and maintain park buildings/grounds. Other duties include but are not limited to gathering visitor information/statistics, collecting and accounting for fees, responding to visitor inquiries, preparing reports, and handling correspondence. Incumbents prepare and present interpretive programs. At Lahontan, intense summer visitation requires extended periods of fast paced work. After hours call outs are common. The schedule will vary by season. This position will be required to work various hours and shifts including holidays and weekends. Night shift rotations are required during summer.

Park residency is required in the provided housing at this duty location.

Incumbents have the opportunity to progress to a Park Ranger II after one year. Park Ranger positions provide qualifying experience for advancement to the Park Supervisor series.

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Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major or minor in park management, outdoor recreation management, ecology, forestry, biology, agriculture, education, natural or environmental sciences, horticulture, history/folklore, wildlife management, museum management, park interpretation, business or public administration, criminal justice, or related field; OR two years of experience which provided experience in organizing, overseeing and performing park maintenance, interpretive programming, visitor services, and resource management duties; OR one year of experience as a Park Ranger Technician III in Nevada State service; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience as described above.

The Examination

Application Evaluation Exam

  • The exam will consist of an application and resume evaluation. It is essential that applications/resumes include detailed information with time frames regarding education and experience. The most qualified applicants will be contacted by the hiring agency for interview. The hiring agency may require specific skills related testing as part of the interviewing process.

Informational Notes

  • Incumbent must complete a P.O.S.T. academy within 18 months of appointment.
  • The physical agility exam consists of: a) Vertical jump of no less than 14 inches; b) The Illinois Agility Run in 19.5 seconds or less; c) complete not less than 30 sit-ups in 1 minute; d) complete not less than 23 consecutive push-ups; e) 300 meter run in 68 seconds or less; f) 1.5 mile run/walk in 16 minutes and 57 seconds or less; g) lift and carry a 70-90 pound bag of cement/sand from the ground and carry 10 feet to tailgate of a standard pick-up truck and then return, repeated three times; h) 100 yard swim in 5 minutes

Special Requirements

  • Pursuant to NRS 284.4066 positions in this series have been identified as affecting public safety. Persons offered employment must submit to a preemployment screening test for controlled substances.
  • Positions are subject to call back and must work various hours and/or shifts.
  • Positions require Statewide travel.
  • Positions require work on evenings, weekends and/or holidays.
  • A valid driver's license is required at time of appointment and as a condition of continuing employment.
  • A pre-employment criminal history check and fingerprinting are required. Persons offered employment in this position will be required to pay for fingerprinting.
  • As part of the selection process, the Division of State Parks required: a) Physical agility exam; b) Comprehensive background investigation which will include urinalysis, polygraph and a psychological examination; c) Physical examination. The cost will be covered by the hiring agency.
  • Applicant is required to submit to a background check and physical agility examination prior to appointment.
  • Applicants must meet current Peace Officer Standards & Training (P.O.S.T.) requirements as established in the Nevada Revised Statutes and Nevada Administrative Code, in order to attend a law enforcement academy and become P.O.S.T. certified.

This recruitment may close at any time based on the number of applications received. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

*The salary range indicated in this announcement is based on the Employee/Employer retirement compensation schedule. An employer-only option is available at a reduced salary range.

The State of Nevada is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action in recruitment of its employees and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion or belief, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, domestic partnership, genetic information (GINA), or compensation and/or wages.

Nearest Major Market: Reno

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