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State Park Ranger

Posting Begin Date: 2024/05/16
Posting End Date: 2024/05/30
Category: Parks and Recreation
Sub Category: Natural Resources
Work Type: Full Time
Location: McCall, ID, United States
Minimum Salary: 21.00
Maximum Salary: 21.00
Pay Rate Type: Hourly

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NOTE: All applicants must apply by 4:59 PM MST on the closing date.

Are you passionate about preserving natural beauty and providing memorable outdoor experiences?

Ponderosa State Park is currently seeking two dedicated individuals to join our team as Park Rangers, where you'll play a crucial role in maintaining this scenic gem nestled in the heart of Idaho's breathtaking wilderness. Surrounded by the serene waters of Payette Lake and embraced by the majestic mountains, Ponderosa State Park beckons adventurers with its unparalleled natural beauty.

As a Park Ranger, you will have the opportunity to explore the Peninsula Unit with its picturesque shoreline or venture into the North Beach Unit, both offering an abundance of recreational opportunities year-round.

We are currently seeking two individuals to complete our multi-faceted team. While each Ranger will share generalist roles, we aim for each role to have an emphasis on either Natural Resource Management or Recreation Management. Strong consideration will be given to candidates with a robust background in one or both areas, as this will contribute to a well-rounded team at Ponderosa State Park.

Ponderosa State Park also offers shared staff housing for these positions, which consists of a three-bedroom/two-bath house. Shared staff housing may be available for these positions.

Learn more about Ponderosa State Park: Ponderosa State Park | Department of Parks and Recreation (
Join us in preserving and sharing the natural beauty of Ponderosa State Park while contributing to the enjoyment of visitors from near and far!

 Example of Duties: 

1. Visitor Services and Resource Protection. 

  • Provides information to visitors and the public regarding park history and geology, plants, and animals. 
  • Conducts nature walks. 
  • Develops and presents interpretive and environmental awareness programs for park visitors, school groups, and organizations. 
  • Performs research for programs and displays Informs visitors of pertinent regulations of the Department as well as other partner organizations such as the Department of Fish and Game and Department of Lands. 
  • Collects fees. 
  • Ensures compliance with outdoor recreation program and park rules and regulations. 
  • Works with local enforcement agencies to give warnings. 
  • Patrols park to protect and preserve park resources from vandalism and abuse. 
  • Promotes public safety. 
  • Serves as liaison between the park and other enforcement agencies.
  •  Administers first aid, organizes, markets, and implements special events. 

2. Administrative. 

  • Works with other park staff to hire, train, schedule, and supervise seasonal employees and volunteers. 
  • Prepares and maintains reports, expense transmittals, records, logs, and inventories. 
  • Purchases supplies and materials. 
  • Prepares research reports and procedure manuals. 
  • May represent the department at meetings with the public, user, and/or special interest groups and partner agencies. 

3. Park Maintenance. 

  • Maintains park facilities and grounds to ensure resource preservation and visitor safety. 
  • Performs a variety of basic craft activities including carpentry, plumbing, electrical, and masonry. 
  • Operates and repairs vehicles, trucks, mowers, groomers, backhoes, and hand and power tools. 
  • Fells and removes hazardous trees. 
  • Designs, modifies, and fabricates equipment; inspects the area and takes corrective action for hazardous conditions and defective equipment. 

These positions involve various skills including public relations; natural resource management; park building and grounds maintenance; park and recreation rule compliance, and conflict resolution of visitor and user issues. 

This position involves working nights, weekends, and many holidays, in all weather conditions, and with potentially caustic materials and pesticides. It also involves lifting items weighing 40 pounds and occasionally up to 100 pounds, bending, stooping, and climbing ladders. 

A background check by the Department will be required. 

Given the high volume of applications for the Ranger position, we strongly encourage applicants to submit comprehensive resumes and cover letters. To provide clarity on our desired expectations, we've prepared a sample resume and cover letter: Example Resume and Cover Letter for Ranger Position

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Some knowledge of outdoor recreation and/or natural resource management. Typically gained by completing at least 9 college-level credits in a natural resource and/or outdoor recreation field AND at least six months of experience working with natural resource issues and/or outdoor recreation; OR, at least twelve (12) months experience as a Ranger (or similar position) in a city, county, state or federal park and recreation system. 
  • Experience providing service to a variety of customers. Typically gained by at least 6 months of experience answering questions, providing direction, and asking questions to determine the needs or purpose of the visit. 
  • Experience supervising the work of others. Typically gained by at least six (6) months' work experience assigning work or training new/existing staff. 

Preferred Candidates will have:

  • Experience operating and maintaining vehicles/equipment. Typically gained by at least six months of experience skillfully operating lightweight over-the-road type vehicles and equipment such as cars and pickups (manual shift not automatic), lawnmowers, weed eaters, trimmers, etc., and operating heavy equipment and vehicles such as tractors, trucks, backhoes, front end loaders, etc.
  • Experience performing construction and building maintenance. Typically gained by at least six months of experience skillfully performing basic carpentry tasks such as roof repair, erecting drywall, installing windows or doors, minor home repair, and performing basic plumbing tasks such as repairing/replacing faucets, sinks, drains, and toilets. 
  • Some knowledge of Interpretation/Environmental Education. Typically gained by successfully completing at least three (3) college-level credits, one (1) agency-sponsored workshop, that included park interpretation or environmental education; OR, at least six (6) months of work experience creating and leading interpretive experiences such as campfire programs, school tours, and nature walks in a park and recreation or school system.


 WHY IDPR? We are innovators in outdoor recreation, committed to excellent service and resource stewardship. We foster experiences that renew the human spirit and promote community vitality. Our mission is to improve the quality of life in Idaho through outdoor recreation and resource stewardship. IDPR manages 30 state parks, trails and attractions throughout every region of Idaho and the registration programs for boats, snowmobiles and other off-highway vehicles (OHV). Money from these registration programs goes back to users to develop and maintain trails, facilities and programs. IDPR also provides free education courses for boaters and OHV operators. To learn more about Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation please visit:

BENEFITS: We offer a competitive benefits package which includes excellent medical, dental and vision insurance. There is generous vacation and sick leave accrual that begins as soon as you start. There are ten paid holidays in a year; participation in one of the Nation's best state retirement systems; multiple saving plans and optional 401K; life insurance; wellness programs; ongoing training opportunities and more. For additional information related to benefits and/or State programs, please visit*

EEO/ADA/Veteran: The State of Idaho is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, political affiliation or belief, sex, national origin, genetics, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws.

The State of Idaho is committed to access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities, auxiliary aids and services are available upon request. If you require an accommodation at any step in our recruitment process, you are encouraged to contact (208) 334-2263 (TTY/TTD: 711), or email [email protected].

Preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations.

*Benefits may not be applicable for temporary or seasonal positions.