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Interpretive Ranger Posted Apr 11
Maricopa County , Peoria, AZ
OPENING DATE: 04/04/18

CLOSING DATE: 04/10/18 11:59 PM

DEPARTMENT: Parks and Recreation

JOB TYPE: Unclassified/Full-Time


SALARY: $16.70 - $23.67 Hourly


The Interpretive Ranger provides interpretive/educational/recreational information to park visitors.

This position is located at the Desert Outdoor Center, 41402 N. 87th Ave. Peoria, AZ 85383.


Minimum education and/or experience:
Bachelor's degree in a Biological Science, Natural Resources, Education, Parks and Recreation or a closely related field and one (1) year experience providing educational or natural resource interpretation duties. A combination of job related post-secondary education and/or experience may substitute for the required education on a year for year basis.

Specialized training, certifications, or other special requirements:
Must possess, or have the ability to obtain by the time of hire, a valid Arizona driver's license. Prior to an offer being made, placement in this position is contingent upon applicant completing a thorough background/fingerprint check.

Knowledge, skills, and abilities:
Knowledge of:
Theories, principles, and techniques of education and effective curriculum-based programs.
Scientific subject matter covered by the program.

Skill in:
Strong written communication, presentation, organization, time management, and interpersonal skills.
Computer and information management skills.
Microsoft Office Programs (i.e. Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

Ability to:
Produce newsletters, brochures, teaching aids and other miscellaneous documents.
Provide work direction.
Teach people of all age groups.
Self-manage such as independent decision making and self-direction.
Learn the Department's Point of Sale/Reservation and Maintenance Management/Work Order System.

Preferred education and/or experience:
Experience in natural sciences, natural resources management, and/or park and recreation educational programs and management.

Preferred training, certifications and/or other special requirements:
Certified through the National Association for Interpretation (NAI).

Working conditions:
This position requires working nights, overnights, weekends and holidays.

-Plans, organizes, promotes, and conducts outdoor recreation and educational programs focusing on natural resources, recreation/fitness, youth involvement, historical features, including events, displays, classes, lectures, campfire talks, hikes, demonstrations, rides, tours, and outreach presentations.
-Evaluates programs; keeps accurate records of program attendance, preparation materials, and provides various reports on program performance, attendance, etc.
-Educates and provides guidance regarding park rules, safety activities, and operations.
-Answers questions, assists and provides information to park visitors, interprets park features, natural resources such as, geography, flora, fauna, geology, and archeology.
-Communicates with the general public, County departments, other agencies, volunteers, and community groups in order to administer and coordinate park programs, special events, and facility use.
-Maintains an open facility such as entry station and information counter in nature centers.
-Handles and cares for the native animals on display.
-Obtains interpretive and resource information for use in media development of brochures, articles, audio-visual, newsletters, and displays.
-Monitors supply and equipment needs; occasionally removes litter, empties trash cans, clean restrooms, maintains park areas in a clean and orderly.
-Collects park fees, reconciles receipts, and makes bank deposits.
-Responds to emergency situations and notifies the appropriate law enforcement/emergency organization.
-Conducts overnight youth and family camping events that include overnight stays to develop nature skills.
-Communicates with adult chaperones to understand the needs and skill level of the youth campers.
-Maintains a status of awareness and responds to deal with unforeseen emergencies or complications in a swift and professional manner while ensuring the safety of every visitor.
-Completes other duties as assigned.

The Maricopa County Human Resources Department reserves the right to admit to the selection process only those candidates considered to be the most highly qualified. Those selected will be assessed based on evaluation of listed education and experience. The hiring authority will interview and select the successful candidate from a list provided by Human Resources.

All offers of employment made to new hires and rehires at Maricopa County are contingent upon successful completion of a post-offer, pre-employment thorough background investigation. A background investigation is conducted on a current employee who changes to a Safety Sensitive Position or one having the potential for serious adverse impact on the integrity or efficiency of the County. These requirements do not pertain to employees of elected officials who undergo background investigation processes administered through their respective offices.

Typically, successful candidates are hired at a salary rate up to midpoint of the range, based on applicable experience, internal equity and budgetary allowances.


301 W Jefferson
Suite 200
Phoenix, AZ 85003
602-506-3755 (staffed Mon-Fri, 8am – 5pm MST, excluding holidays)

Job #300INTRAN040418

It is the policy of Maricopa County not to discriminate in employment or the provision of services. Maricopa County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We provide reasonable accommodation in the application and/or testing process to eligible individuals requesting assistance under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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