Park Ranger Supervisor

City of Seattle, WA
September 7, 2023
Seattle, WA
Job Type


Position Description
About Seattle Parks and Recreation:
Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) is a national leader and innovator in the services and programs we provide to our residents who enjoy our public spaces such as parks, community centers, specialty gardens and swimming pools. Our mission is to equip employees and the public for well-being as we support healthy people, a thriving environment and vibrant community. We provide safe and accessible spaces for residents and visitors to work, recreate, rejuvenate and enhance quality of life and wellness for children, teenagers, adults and seniors. Delivering excellent customer service to all is a core value.

Equity & Inclusion:
Seattle Parks and Recreation commits to advancing equity and social justice in our department and in every neighborhood by growing a dynamic and diverse workforce, developing strong investments, growth opportunities and beneficial partner strategies as we acknowledge and pledge to close disparities created by historical practices which often hindered workforce development, environmental justice, access to quality open spaces, programs, and facilities. #OneSeattle

About the Position:
The Park Ranger, Supervisor will serve as the first-line supervisor to the Park Rangers and will report to the Security Services Manager 1 & Manager 2.. They will be responsible for creating and maintaining work schedules for staff, monitoring, tracking, and reporting on the performance of programs and work orders, performing inspections of park properties and buildings to recommend safety and security enhancements, and overseeing response and dispatch to emergency situations within city parks, community centers, natural areas, and boulevards.

The Park Ranger, Supervisor will train, assign, and coordinate work activities of Park Rangers, carry out supervision of parks through regular patrols, and employ basic customer service skills, while providing education and interpretation of park rules and regulations. Specific guidelines such as laws, regulations, City policies, and procedures exist, however, the employee must exercise judgment in determining the appropriate guideline to apply. The Park Ranger, Supervisor will establish and maintain effective public relations with the general public, law enforcement agency staff, and park supervisors. Knowledge of the principles and methods of grounds patrol and security is required including permissible and impermissible activities within park areas and facilities. This position will monitor special events and conduct first aid as needed. Knowledge of two-way radio procedures and practices, and area natural, recreational, and operational amenities is necessary.
Job Responsibilities

  • Oversee and supervise the work of Park Rangers and Parks Dispatchers stationed in various locations throughout the city and ensure responsibilities are aligned to metrics, key performance indicators, and program goals.
  • Plan, organize, create, and maintain weekly work schedule for three (3) shifts.
  • Recommend, monitor, track, document, and issue citations as warranted and approved by the Superintendent's Office.
  • Perform inspections of parks property and buildings to identify, problem-solve, and make recommendations regarding security issues.
  • Oversee response to and assist with emergency situations during off-hours.
  • Train and evaluate the work of Park Rangers in the areas of compliance with park ordinances, laws, rules, and regulations; safety; security; and customer service interfaces.
  • Perform other related duties of a comparable level/type as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Three (3) years of experience as a Park Ranger or equivalent experience including one (1) year of lead or supervisory experience (or a combination of education and/or training experience which provides an equivalent background required to perform the work of the class).

Desired Qualifications:

  • 2-Year Degree in Park Ranger Academy, Parks and Recreation, Public Administration, or related fields

License, Certification and Other Requirements :

  • Current Washington State driver's license.

Work Environment/Physical Demands:

  • Work in all weather conditions including wet and/or humid.
  • Lifting, pushing, pulling, and carrying equipment, supplies, or materials weighing more than fifty (50) pounds.
  • Standing, sitting, bending at the waist, reaching overhead above the shoulders, or kneeling for extended periods of time.
  • Regularly unload and ride bicycle and/or walk as assigned area dictates.

Additional Information
Please note this job advertisement is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice .

The full salary range for this position is $35.22to $42.86 per hour.

Application Process
Please submit the following with your online application:

  • A cover letter in which you clearly describe how your knowledge, experience, skills, and abilities prepare you for the job responsibilities and qualifications outlined in the job announcement
  • A current resume of your educational and professional work experience.

Who May Apply: This position is open to all candidates who meet the qualifications. Seattle Parks and Recreation values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Seattle Parks and Recreation encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experiences.

Job offers are contingent on the verification of credentials and other information required by the employment process, including the completion of a background check. The background check will involve a criminal history check, which includes conviction and arrest records in compliance with the Seattle's Fair Chance Employment Ordinance , SMC 14.17 and the City of Seattle Personnel Rule 10.3 . A driving history review may be conducted in compliance with SMC 4.79.020 . Applicants will be provided an opportunity to explain or correct background information.

The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation time, 12 paid holidays, and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents. More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at: .

Want to know more about Parks and Recreation? Check out our web page: Seattle Parks and Recreation - Parks |

SPR's Core Competencies are:

  • Accountability & Action: Holding yourself accountable for achieving goals, completing tasks, and delivering quality work. Demonstrating thoughtful initiative in actions and decision-making, and promoting high-quality standards.
  • Equity and Inclusion: Supporting the goals of the Race and Social Justice Initiative and the City's commitment to workforce equity.
  • Communication: Sharing and exchanging information and ideas with people in a variety of ways to help them understand and remember the information.
  • Service: An ongoing commitment to base decisions and actions on the needs and priorities of the City.
  • Teamwork: Participating as an engaged member of a team to achieve group goals. Effectively working with internal and external people to complete tasks and achieve work group goals.

The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents.

More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at:
"Most" Employees Plans - Human Resources |

Closing Date/Time: 9/12/2023 4:00 PM Pacific

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