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Assistant Park Ranger - Ranger Station (1040) - City of Bellevue ( Job # 14-0011)

This job is closed.

Minimum Salary: $14.90 per hour
Maximum Salary: $20.56 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 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.  Coordinates activities associated with the operation of the Lake Hills Greenbelt Ranger Station and other Parks Natural Resource Division programs and events.  Implements programs, oversees the Summer Park Ranger Program, assists with the Community Garden Program and P-Patch Program, supervises up to eight seasonal and part-time staff as needed, coordinates visitor center and associated program marketing, interacts with other staff and service providers on various projects and programs, and performs other Parks Department job duties as assigned.


The position is a temporary, up to full time, 40 hours per week, and primarily responsible for staffing the Lake Hills Greenbelt Ranger Station and supervising associated staff, overseeing the Summer Park Ranger Program and supervising associated staff, overseeing dialy operations or the Community Garden Program and the associated partnerships, and coordinating operations of the facility.  The work schedule will include Monday - Friday and evenings/ holidays/weekends as needed. This schedule may vary to provide coverage for events and facility.

  • Provides program and service assistance to a diverse population of the community, including youth, physically disabled persons, and the elderly.
  • Oversees the daily operations and scheduling of the Summer Park Ranger Program.    
  • Provide training for seasonal and part-time employees as necessary.
  • Oversees daily operations associated with of the Community Garden Program.
  • Provides staffing and coordination of the daily operations of the LHGB Ranger Station.
  • Coordinates and delivers environmental education programs.
  • Assists with facility scheduling of the LHGB Ranger Station.
  • Assists with coordination of the Master Naturalist Training Program.
  • Assists with special event planning and implementation.
  • Provides information to the public concerning park facilities, historical sites, nature and wildlife.
  • Serves as liaison between the City and outside agencies, businesses and partners as needed.
  • Serve as the liaison between the Parks Department and Police Department.
  • Participates in team meetings and training sessions.
  • Orders and maintains equipment and supplies used for program delivery as needed.
  • Prepares and distributes program marketing; the trimester-driven program brochure, Connections brochure, program entries into CLASS, kiosks, etc.
  • Assists with other Parks Department programs, projects, events such as Natural Resource Week and Earth Day-Arbor Day, Strawberry Festival, the Lake to Lake Walk, and others as assigned.
  • Assists with facility scheduling and rentals of Garden Shelter.


Supervision Received and Exercised

  • Works under the supervision of the Lake Hills Greenbelt Park Ranger and/or the Natural Resource Division Environmental Programs Supervisor.
  • Exercises supervision over seasonal and/or part-time employees, as assigned.


 Education and Experience Requirements

  • Professional experience working with parks or other natural resource management agencies as well as liaison experience.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Current or ability to obtain City’s occupations level of training, including Blood Born Pathogens, Defensive Driving, and First Aid/CRP.  
  • Or any equivalent combination of education, experience, and training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of natural resource, environmental programs, park patrolling, public interaction, and customer service programs characteristics, theories and practices.
  • Knowledge of general office procedures; knowledge of buildings and program security practices.
  • Knowledge of safety practices and ability to recognize and eliminate unsafe situations or conditions.
  • Skill in conflict resolution; Skill in problem solving.
  • Ability to communicate in a concise and articulate manner with a wide variety of persons; ability to provide clear instructions.
  • Ability to be sensitive to the needs of staff, the general public, and program participants, and work with them in the most appropriate manner.
  • Ability to work well under pressure; Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.



  • Experience overseeing environmental programs.
  • Experience supervising non-commissioned patrol-based staff.
  • Experience working with volunteers.
  • Experience implementing various forms of environmental interpretive programs.
  • Experience with public speaking and delivering public outreach programs.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of public sector organization and program operations.
  • Knowledge of the park facility operations, programming, and security.
  • Knowledge of first-aid practices and ability to handle emergencies.
  • Knowledge about the functions and benefits of natural areas including indigenous fish, animal and plant life.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office application software.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with the Police Department.
  • Ability to communicate with the pubic in a courteous and diplomatic manner to tactfully enforce park rules and regulations.
  • Ability to maintain effective public relations with the general public, agencies, contractors, and City staff.
  • Ability to work non-traditional hours including evenings, weekends, and holidays.
  • Excellent research, written and oral communication skills.
  • 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.


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 reaching with hands and arms. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
  • 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 while in the office and moderately loud when in the field.
  • Work may routinely require the employee to climb, balance, bend, stoop, kneel, crouch, and/or crawl.
  • The employee may be required to work in outside weather conditions, in wet and/or humid  


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 the job, 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.


Lake Hills Ranger Station
15416 SE 16th St
Bellevue, WA 98007