Job Listing: Park Ranger Maintenance

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Sweet Run State Park - Hillsboro, VA

Closes - Open until filled

Position Title – Park Ranger Maintenance

Salary - $35,000 - $46,355

Job Type - Full Time

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The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation is the state’s lead conservation agency and it takes a diverse agency to work for a diverse commonwealth. DCR protects what people care about – access to the outdoors, natural habitats, open spaces, clean water and safe infrastructure. We manage 41 Virginia State Parks, which has thousands of campsites, hundreds of cabins, beaches, festivals, educational programs, more than 500 miles of trails … the list goes on.

If you’re someone who wants to love what you do, and make a difference, DCR is the place for you!

The Division of Virginia State Parks fulfills its mission “to conserve the natural, scenic, historic and cultural resources of the Commonwealth and provide recreational and educational opportunities consistent with the good stewardship of these lands, waters and facilities that leaves them unimpaired for future generations” by operating a system of 41 state parks that encompass over 75,000 acres; over 1200 buildings, almost 1700 campsites; over 300 cabins; over 700 miles of trails; nearly 500 miles of shoreline; 36 lakes and ponds; 11 swimming beaches; 4 international dark sky sites, and offers over 20,000 educational programs and workshops each year.

Managed by a full time staff of 275 and a wage staff of 1000+ during the prime season, Virginia’s award-winning state park system boasts an incredible and diverse array of natural, cultural, historical and recreational resources; including parks in the mountains; on the ocean; on the Chesapeake Bay; on 8 major rivers; on 4 major lakes; 4 rail trails; and 3 battlefield sites, and 32 sites listed on the National Historic Registry. It is our honor and privilege to play host to more than 10 million visitors annually and to offer recreational enjoyment that positively impacts local communities and the Commonwealth overall (to the tune of an economic impact that exceeds $324 million).

Sweet Run State Park consists of 884 acres on the East slope of Blue Ridge Mountain in Loudoun County Virginia. This park offers many opportunities for family fun. Miles of hiking and equestrian trails crisscross the meadows and steep terrain. Birding enthusiasts find the park an excellent site for spotting an array of song birds and raptors. There are two streams that hold significant populations of wildlife including native trout and endangered wood turtles. The park features primitive camping and the Demory House rental that accommodates 8-10 guests and is a restored 19th century farmhouse. The park has a rich history and numerous 18th and 19th century buildings. Environmental education and nature interpretation are a major focus for this site. In addition, the park features a leased organic farming operation that is used to both sustain the culture of farming in the region and interpret the site.

As the Park Ranger-Maintenance, you will join a winning team and be responsible for supervising the part-time operations of the maintenance staff to ensure facilities and grounds are safe and meet current standards. The incumbent will perform on-going routine maintenance and repairs to facilities, grounds, and equipment; provide daily supervision and assign work tasks to hourly employees, volunteers, and alternate work force; and perform duties related to fee collection, public relations, and visitor assistance. This position will also educate visitors on park rules and regulations.

Minimum Qualifications:

As it relates to MINIMUM qualifications, successful applicants will highlight in their applications:

  • Ability to lead, direct, and train others.
  • Ability to use a variety of tools, materials, and equipment to maintain facilities and grounds.
  • Experience in grounds maintenance such as mowing, landscaping, snow removal, tree work, and trail maintenance.
  • Skill in basic construction/maintenance trades such as carpentry, plumbing, electrical, masonry, finish carpentry/millwork, and painting.
  • Demonstrated experience providing customer service in public settings.

Preferred Qualifications:

As it relates to PREFERRED qualifications, successful applicants will highlight:

  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Experience in an agricultural setting or knowledge of agricultural practices.
  • Experience relating to workplace safety, OSHA compliance, and safety training.
  • Experience working with volunteers in a lead role.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

Special Instructions: 

Ability to work in diverse conditions including exposure to the outdoors, weather in all seasons, dust, animals and insects. Ability to perform heavy manual labor to include standing, bending, pulling, climbing, and frequent lifting up to 50 lbs.

Must possess or have the ability to obtain a valid driver’s license, certifications in CPR, First Aid, or other certifications as required.

This position requires shift work, which includes weekends and holidays.

You will be provided a confirmation of receipt when your application and/or résumé is submitted successfully. Please refer to “Your Application” in your account to check the status of your application for this position.

State applications will only be accepted as submitted online by 11:55 pm on the closing date through the Recruitment Management System (RMS). State applications submitted via email, postal mail, fax, or in person will not be considered. This website will provide a confirmation of receipt when the application is submitted successfully. Please refer to “Your Application” in your RMS Account to check the status of your application for this position. DCR is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and the highest ideals of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe that our greatest strength lies in the individual differences, experiences, and skillsets that our employees bring to the table. Because of this, we strongly encourage applications from all walks of life and we welcome all contributions in terms of age, beliefs, color, culture, disability, education, ethnicity, gender identity/expression, language, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and veteran’s status. 

Employment in all positions within the Virginia State Parks is contingent upon satisfactory completion of a background check.