Park Program Assistant

County Of Sonoma   Santa Rosa, CA   Full-time     Other
Posted on June 17, 2022
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Become a Park Program Assistant!
 
Starting salary $25.11/hour ($52,407/year), plus a cash allowance of $600/month, and a competitive total compensation package!*  

 

Sonoma County Regional Parks is hiring multiple Park Program Assistants in their Community Engagement Division. In this division, Park Program Assistants (PPAs) support, develop, and/or deliver environmental education, interpretative, recreation, and outreach programs and special events for a variety of audiences. As a PPA, you may also assist with the oversight of recreational facilities, equipment, and visitor centers. You will also assist with program evaluation, serve as a lead for interns and/or volunteers, and perform other program and visitor center administrative duties.

Note: One or more years of experience providing programming in parks in the areas of outreach, environmental education, and/or recreational programs is required to become a PPA.

The ideal Park Program Assistant candidates will have experience coordinating, implementing, and leading quality educational and recreational programming for diverse audiences and have an understanding of principles related to equity, diversity, inclusion, and community engagement. The ideal candidates will also possess:

 

  • Organization skills necessary to manage multiple priorities
  • A positive and adaptable mindset and be self-motivated and goal-orientated
  • A passion for connecting people to parks and the outdoors with a multicultural perspective
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills including speaking in front of groups, on the phone, and via email
 
County of Sonoma's Regional Parks include more than 50 parks, trails, and beaches from Petaluma to Gualala and Sonoma to Bodega Bay. Many offer wild landscapes while others feature sports fields, playgrounds, campgrounds, boat launches, and an environmental education center. Regional Parks also offers a range of recreation, education, and natural resource programs that enhance the quality of life and well-being of individuals, families and communities. Please visit http://parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov to learn more about the various programs and resources offered by the Regional Parks Department.    
 

What We Offer

When you join the County of Sonoma, you become part of a challenging and rewarding work environment where you gain the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better your community. You can also look forward to excellent benefits* including:

  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range
  • County paid 100% premium contribution for the majority of employee-only and employee + family health plan options
  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $500 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment

*Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can found in the Service Employees International Union Local 1021 Memorandum Of Understanding (SEIU MOU).

The Sonoma County Regional Park's Department is currently recruiting for a Parks Program Assistant position. This employment list may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra-help (temporary) positions as they occur during the active status of the list. County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment.


 
APPLICATION SUBMISSIONS REQUIRE THE SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE BE COMPLETED.

 

Minimum Qualifications

 

Education and Experience: Any combination of education and work experience which would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed herein.  Normally, this would include coursework that directly relates to natural resource management, education, biology, forestry, behavioral/environmental/social science, recreation and leisure studies, community organizing and development, or a closely related field, AND one year of experience in educating or training about parks, the environment, or natural resources, and/or coordinating recreational programs, that included experience in performing clerical duties.

Required Certifications and/or Licenses: First Aid for Public Safety Personnel (Title 22) card, AND American Red Cross or American Heart Association Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) must be required during the six-month probationary period.  For certain assignments (e.g., aquatics), the American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer certificate is required within one year of employment.  Once obtained, these certifications must be maintained throughout employment in this classification.

License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.

 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

 

Working knowledge of: practices and principles of education recreation, and training; fundamentals of instruction and curriculum development; natural resource management; natural and environmental science; community engagement, organizing and outreach best practices; common office procedures and use of office equipment and computer applications, including desktop publishing programs; use of office equipment and office procedures; use of basic hand tools, power tools, and equipment used in routine maintenance of facilities; English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation; modern monetary and record keeping.

Ability to: work at remote locations and act independently; communicate orally and in writing in a clear, concise, and effective manner for varied audiences, to include the public, students, interns, and County employees; relate to a wide variety of individuals from different socio-economic, cultural and ethnic groups; ; work outdoors with staff and the public in all types of weather; tactfully enforce educational and recreational facilities' rules; follow written and oral instructions; assists with lead responsibility for interns and/or extra-help staff by coordinating and reviewing work and by conducting training; meet deadlines; use current office software, including desktop publishing programs; read and interpret reports; perform basic arithmetic calculations; comply with common safety practices and procedures; detect safety hazards and take corrective action; perform moderate physical labor; perform light maintenance on facilities and interpretative displays.

 

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying

 

  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application and should be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.