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Natural Resources, Department of

Park Ranger - Multiple Openings in Parks 

Job Announcement Code(s): 17-01677

Classification Title: / JAC:
  Job Working Title:
Park Ranger 17-01677
    Park Ranger

Type of Employment:
Full Time (40 hrs/week)
Part Time (less than 40 hrs/week)
Starting pay is between $20.25 and $25.00 hour ($42,120 - $52,000 per annually) depending on qualifications, plus an excellent benefit package. Pay on appointment for current or former state employees may vary based on the applicable provisions in the State Compensation Plan. A 12-month probationary period may be required. This position is non-represented in Pay Schedule/Range 05-64.
Special Qualifications:
This position will require you to operate a state vehicle. You must be able to pass a driver’s license check that includes the following requirements: • Possession of a valid operator’s license, • At least two years of licensed driving experience, • No conviction for OWI, DUI or equivalent within the last year, • No more than three moving or at-fault violations within the last 2 years, • No revoked or suspended license, and • At least 18 years of age by 9/1/17.
Susan Schwarm, Human Resources Specialist, 608-267-7432,
Bargaining Unit:
Area of Competition:
Deadline to Apply:
Deadline to apply is Sunday, July 30, 2017 at 11:59pm. Applications received after this date will not be considered.
Assessment Information:
65400 -  003  Park Ranger 
Preview Assessment  

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has an exciting opportunity to work in the Wisconsin State Park System as a ranger.  If you have strong customer service experience, work successfully with others and you enjoy working with your hands by performing maintenance and repair duties, this job may be for you. This role will handle customer complaints, conflicts or other issues by problem solving using various resources, negotiate, and communicate effectively with others to ensure successful outcomes. Rangers are stationed at designated state parks, forests, trails and other lands managed by the WI State Park System. This is a non-law enforcement role but will work in cooperation with law enforcement and other emergency service entities to ensure the public’s safety and resource protection. Travels in assigned area. 
Important note: The WI DNR expects additional openings for this role within the next six to twelve months.  Apply NOW, if you have any interest! This recruitment will be used to fill Park Ranger opportunities, as they may occur throughout the state, for at least the next six months. Apply NOW! Select "statewide" opportunity in your application, if you want to be considered for each and every opening as they occur throughout the state.
The DNR is dedicated to working with the citizens and businesses of Wisconsin while preserving and enhancing its natural resources. In partnership with individuals and organizations, DNR staff manage fish, wildlife, forests, parks, air and water resources while promoting a healthy, sustainable environment and a full range of outdoor opportunities.

In addition to many appealing benefits, the DNR offers a fun, casual work environment, flexible scheduling (depending on the position), and opportunities for career development. The DNR is an inclusive and diverse agency that prides itself on its commitment to sustainability and giving back to the community.  Come join the Department of Natural Resources where you can contribute to rewarding, meaningful work!

Position Summary:   The Park Ranger is responsible for facilitating customer service and public safety within  designated parks, forests, trails and other lands managed by the WI State Park System, Bureau of Parks and Recreation. Specifically, this role will provide law/rule interpretation, education, recreation management, assistance with resource protection, manage public safety through maintenance/facilities management, cooperate with law enforcement entities, preventative enforcement, security and administrative activities within the assigned area. This position will establish and maintain internal/external partnerships (local government/interests, law enforcement agencies, and other stakeholders to establish/promote management, gain assistance with enforcement, and contribute to protection goals.

Note:  This position is a non-law enforcement position.

We encourage you to review the full position description by clicking here

Special Notes:   Employment will require the selected candidate to pass a background & driver's license check. Ability to meet the conditions of employment (preview assessment and see the attached position description above). The DNR does not sponsor work visas, in compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify eligibility to work in the United States, & to complete the required employment eligibility form upon hire.


Minimally qualified candidates will have the following*: 
•Experience with customer service handling customer complaints, conflicts or  problem solving issues
•Experience with grounds inspection, maintenance/repair and use of related equipment (such as lawn care, snow removal, trail maintenance/grooming,  public water supply, recycling programs)
•Experience with facilities/buildings inspection, maintenance/repair and use of related equipment (such as carpentry/wood working/masonry/basic plumbing for water distribution and basic electrical)
•Skills in oral and written communications, building/maintaining positive interpersonal relationships, team building, conflict resolution, negotiations, problem solving and decision making

Well qualified applicants will have the following background*: 
•A minimum of associate degree in facilities and grounds, repair/maintenance, park/recreation, natural resources or related field
•Work experience with natural resources ecosystems, specific flora/fauna species common to outdoor parks and recreational areas
•Work experience in an outdoor park and recreation setting
•Skills in the delivery of presentations
•Ability to work with diverse customers
•Ability to interpret policies/procedures and/or laws/rules

Special, physical requirements and environmental factors:  See position description for this important information.

*Important note:  Click and review the "preview assessment" for applicant instructions and what to specifically include in your resume and cover letter for the initial review of your materials. Please ensure your customized cover letter AND resume together adequately describe your qualifications.

How To Apply:   

Create an account, see green “Log In” button at the top of the main WiscJobs page. Click the “Create New Account” button and follow the directions. Once you have an account:
•Log in, view job
•Click "Preview Assessment" to make sure you have prepared everything you need to apply for this position.
•Click the “Apply Now” button located in the upper right corner of the screen
•Complete the job application and “Continue”
•Complete the Job Preferences screen and “Continue”
•Attach your cover letter and resume when indicated (both are required)
•Read and follow instructions and/or answer any question(s) and then insert your name on page 2 
•Click “Save and Finalize” to submit your application, cover letter and resume. You will be sent an automatic email confirming the application process has been completed.

 To be considered for this position applicants must complete the online process.  Application materials will not be accepted if received in an email, as a hard copy or a fax.  If you are unable to complete the materials or have any questions, please contact or 608-267-7432.
Submitted materials will be evaluated by a panel of subject matter experts and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process. Therefore, it is critical to adequately describe how you meet the minimally required qualifications shown above. Failure to submit a resume AND cover letter will result in an incomplete application and will not be considered for the position. 

Current permanent classified state employees outside of the DNR, or former permanent classified state employees who are eligible for consideration via transfer, voluntary demotion or reinstatement must apply through WiscJobs.

For more information about the application and selection process visit the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page on WISC.JOBS.

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


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