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Assistant Park Ranger/Park Patrol Officer (1040) - City of Bellevue ( Job # 13-0023)

This job is closed.

Minimum Salary: $13.34 per hour
Maximum Salary: $18.42 per hour
Employment Type: Part Time
Department: Parks & Community Services
Closes: September 10, 2014 at 3:05 PM
(Open to current employees and the general public.)


The Assistant Park Ranger is a seasonal 1040 position offered through the Bellevue Parks & Community Services Department Natural Resource Division.  This position is a front line customer service position directly in contact with the public on a daily basis.  The position reports to the Lake Hills Greenbelt Park Ranger.

* Salary will be dependent upon experience.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Conduct daily patrols throughout the city’s Park and Open Space System, including nightly evening patrols to lock gates, restrooms, and facilities at dusk, providing customer service to park patrons, educating patrons regarding park rules and regulations, maintaining visitation and patrol logs, conducting park/trail inspections, issuing notices to park patrons in violation of park rules, and cleaning up transient camps and litter within parks property.
  • Respond quickly and effectively to emergency situations in the Park System and assistant the Parks Dept. liaison to the Police Dept.
  • Communicate park rules and policies to park patrons in a professional and courteous manner.
  • Responsible for maintaining visitation and park patrol logs and reports, responding to public comment reports, and conducting trail/park inspections as needed.
  • Communicate in a professional and courteous manner to all park patrons and City staff.
  • Provide support at Natural Resource facilities, Visitor Centers, the Ranger Station and other sites as needed.  Duties may include facility staffing, responding to customer inquiries, and interpretive program delivery including nature walks, education programs, facility tours, and canoe trips, workshops support, attending special events, other outreach programs and other operational duties as assigned.  Tasks may include opening/closing facilities, answering phones, greeting visitors, conducting surveys, monitoring rentals, working on assigned projects and keeping a neat and clean Visitor Center, and other miscellaneous projects and tasks as assigned.
  • The position may also provide administrative support and programming assistance to other Parks Department and Natural Resource Division program areas as needed.
  • Provides information to the public concerning park facilities, historical sites, nature and wildlife.
  • Participates in team meetings and training sessions
  • Prepares and distributes program marketing; quarterly program brochure, Natural Resource updates on website, etc.
  • Assists with facility scheduling and rentals.



  • Must be at least 18 years of age with a high school diploma or GED equivalent.
  • Completion of at least two years of college in natural resource management, environmental education, or other closely related field or two years experience preferred. 
  • Strong customer service and written and oral English communication skills essential.  
  • Experience in developing and presenting natural history environmental education programs desired.
  • Experience in developing interpretive media including flyers and brochures desired.
  • Good computers skills with experience in Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint a necessity.   
  • Previous experience working in the public sector beneficial.
  • Previous experience working with partner and non-profit organizations beneficial.
  • Must be willing to work non-traditional hours, including weekends, evenings, and holidays.
  • Ability to communicate with the public in a courteous, diplomatic, and professional manner essential. 
  • Experience delivering public outreach programs, preferably on environmental topics, desirable.
  • Must be able to work with minimal supervision and make decisions independently.
  • National Criminal History check required on all applicants.
  • Ability to drive a city vehicle in a safe manner and maintain a good driving record essential.
  • Required to possess a valid Washington driver’s license by date of hire.  Must have and maintain a good driving record according to City standards.  Current original drivers abstract required at time of interview.
  • Ability to obtain or currently hold Lifeguard Certification.


Physical Demands

  • The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Work involves walking, talking, hearing, using hands to handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms.  Vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Work involves driving or riding in a City vehicle for up to eight hours per day to access patrol sites.
  • The employee may be required to push, pull, lift, and/or carry up to 40 pounds.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderately quiet.
  • Work may periodically require the employee to climb, balance, bend, stoop, kneel, crouch, and/or crawl.
  • Employee must be willing and able to work outside in all weather conditions.


Definition of a 1040

There is no specific end date for employees in this status. Therefore, working in this status can be on going for as long as required by business necessity. However, employees in this status cannot work more than 1,040 hours per calendar year, from January 1 to December 31.

  • On-Going Work of the City - Hired to work a maximum of 20 hours or fewer per week on an on-going basis, as long as 1,040 hours within a 12-month period of time are not exceeded.
  • On-Call – Hired to work on a substitute or on-call basis with no guaranteed minimum hours of work, as long as 1,040 hours within a 12-month period of time are not exceeded.
  • Combination Jobs - Can be hired to fill a combination of jobs as long as 20 hours per week or 1,040 hours within a 12-month period of time are not exceeded.
  • Periods of Full Time - Can be assigned to work more than 20 hours per week up to full time on a temporary basis without transforming the assignment to a benefited position, as long 1,040 hours within a 12-month period of time are not exceeded.
  • If the employee exceeds working 1,040 hours within a 12-month period of time in any capacity described above, the employee must be off payroll until January 1 of the new year.
  • Must be hired through the Informal Selection Process.
  • At-will for the duration of the 1040 Part Time status.


How to Apply

Click "Apply Now" to complete the application for this position.  For further information about this position, please contact Laura Harper via email at or at 425.452.7225.  If you need technical assistance with the online application, please contact our IT helpdesk at 425.452.4340.


Natural Resources Division/Parks

Bellevue, WA