$24.90 per hour
Posting Date: 
Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 4:00pm
Open until filled. First review of applications on Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The Open Space District Seasonal Ranger is a challenging position offering a wide variety of responsibilities and opportunities to exercise independent judgment while working on District preserves. Rangers patrol on foot, in all terrain vehicles, on motorcycles and in four wheel drive patrol trucks. Rangers ensure safe public use of preserves and provide visitors information while enforcing District land use regulations and applicable laws. Rangers also respond to emergency calls and perform maintenance and resource management work on District properties and facilities. For additional information about Seasonal Ranger duties, see the job description.

The Open Space District is a regional greenbelt system in the Santa Cruz Mountain region comprised of over 62,000 acres of land in 26 open space preserves, protected for public enjoyment and recreation. As a small organization that’s mission driven, every employee at the District makes an impact. If you are looking for a challenging opportunity to contribute to the legacy of open space preservation, we invite you to apply.

Basic Requirements

Peace Officer Standards for Rangers: Applicants must meet the standards for being a Peace Officer as outlined in Government Code Section 1031. Applicants for Seasonal Ranger positions must have successfully completed a police or ranger law enforcement academy (such as the Santa Rosa Ranger Law Enforcement Academy), or have been employed as a California Peace Officer within the last three years.  In addition, the candidate must have a current (obtained within the last three years) PC 832 (Arrest) certificate (or the ability to successfully complete a PC 832 course before the Seasonal Ranger start date). 

Basic Job Requirements: Must have the ability to enforce pertinent laws and regulations; administer first aid and CPR; operate and maintain various power tools and equipment; operate emergency patrol vehicles and two-way radios; communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing; and perform other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience: High school diploma or G.E.D. with some exposure to coursework in law enforcement, resource management, natural sciences, or a related field and six months of experience in the protection, operation, or maintenance of a park, forest, public recreation area, or equivalent.

Required Certification and Licenses: Applicants for Seasonal Ranger must have proof of successful completion of a law enforcement academy, a valid professional rescuer CPR certificate and Medical First Responder or equivalent; a PC 832 (Arrest) Certificate (or the ability to successfully complete a PC 832 course before the Seasonal Ranger start date), and a valid California driver license.   Possession of, or the ability to obtain, the level of certification in the Incident Command System courses as specified under the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

Working Conditions

Most work is outdoors within the District’s open space lands with exposure to inclement weather conditions. This requires the ability to patrol on foot, off trail, and in rugged terrain.  Also requires the ability to perform all related emergency services and maintenance and construction work on District lands. Shift schedules may include evening, weekend and holiday hours.


This is a non-benefited position.

How to Apply

Open until filled. First review of applications on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.  The application window could close at any time after January 3rd without further notice.

Apply online via the public agency job board  Answers to supplemental questions must be submitted with the application.  Applicants with the most relevant experience and qualifications suitable for the position will be invited for an interview.

Applicants who are invited to interview must bring copies of the required certificates to the interview in order to be considered for the position:

  • National Park Service Seasonal Law Enforcement Academy Completion Certificate (Santa Rosa Academy or other Federally accredited academy) or certificate of completion from a California POST accredited police academy  
  • Current Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) certificate (American Red Cross or other Federal Department of Transport accredited program)
  • Current CPR for the Professional Rescuer certificate (American Red Cross or American Heart Association)
  • PC 832 (arrest) Certificate (or must successfully complete the course before start date)

Interviews are tentatively scheduled for Thursday, January 12, 2017.

Hiring Process: Candidates selected to move forward after the interview process will be required to successfully complete the Peace Officer Standards & Training Personal History Statement, as well as an in depth background investigation and psychological and fitness testing. It is recommended to review the 27 page Personal History Statement and the required documents on the POST website at select "Background/Hiring" and form 251, Personal History Statement.

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants with disabilities may request reasonable accommodation by contacting the Human Resources Department.