Park Ranger Assistant

County Of Sonoma   Santa Rosa, CA   Full-time     Other
Posted on November 23, 2022
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Starting salary $22.36hour ($46,668/year) plus a cash allowance of approximately $600/month* 
Note: If you do not have experience working as a Park Aide, or working in similar park-related roles, we highly encourage you to consider applying for our open Park Aide recruitment.

As a Park Ranger Assistant, you will be responsible for maintaining and monitoring park resources, and engaging with the public to promote visitor safety and the protection of our County's diverse natural resources. In addition to assisting the Park Rangers with day-to-day operations, responsibilities will also include:

  • Reaching out to vendors to coordinate services pertaining to operations
  • Collecting and reporting on camping and park day-use fees
  • Supporting visitors in following park rules
  • Performing park maintenance and janitorial work
  • Assisting with special park events and festivals
  • Providing direction to Park Aide staff, extra-help employees, volunteers, and interns
The Ideal candidate for this position will possess:


  • A passion for parks and serving the community
  • Experience providing customer service and point-of-sale to a diverse population
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience leading, training, and/or supervising staff or volunteers
  • The ability to be flexible in order to meet changing priorities throughout the workday
  • Organization skills necessary to manage multiple priorities
  • Valid Basic First Aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, and Emergency Cardiac Care cards
  • Bilingual skills (Spanish), which are desired but not required

Work locations may vary, and candidates should be available to work weekdays, weekends, holidays, and irregular hours. Park Ranger Assistants are required to wear a County issued uniform and will receive a voucher towards the purchase of safety boots. 

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 to learn more about the various programs and resources offered by the Regional Parks Department.  

What We Offer 
When you join the County's challenging and rewarding work environment you become a valuable team member and gain the satisfaction of knowing you're working together 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
  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance of 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 paid 100% premium contribution for the majority of employee-only and employee + family health plan options
  • 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 salary range. Benefits herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can be found in the Service Employees International Union Local 1021 Memorandum Of Understanding (SEIU MOU) and our Employee Benefits directory. 

This recruitment is being conducted to fill a Park Ranger Assistant position in the Regional Parks Department. 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. Qualified County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment. 



Minimum Qualifications


Education: The ability to read and write English and make basic arithmetic calculations at a level for successful job performance is required.

Enrollment in a college or university with major course work emphasis in park management, natural resources, forestry, environmental studies or closely related field would be helpful.

Special Qualifications: Possession of a valid Basic First Aid card and a valid Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiac Care card is desirable at time of employment and required after the first six months of employment.

Experience: Any experience that directly relates to the above knowledge and abilities. Normally, one season's experience as Park Aide would provide such an opportunity.

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


Knowledge of: park practices and operations such as fee collection, park patrol, and park law enforcement; and ability to use hand tools, work aides, power tools and light machines; principles of supervision; basic first aid including cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Ability to: follow oral and written instructions; apply first aid to park visitors; perform moderately heavy physical manual labor; detect safety hazards within a park area and report problems to supervisor; deal effectively and tactfully with the public and county personnel; tactfully enforce rules, regulations, laws and ordinances, safely drive and operate light motorized vehicles; work during weekdays, weekends, holidays, and irregular hours, and to wear a uniform.


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. 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.