Park Ranger Assistant - Extra-Help

  • Sonoma County, CA
  • Sonoma County, California
  • Jan 01, 2022
Variable Shift Clerical and Administrative Support Forestry Parks and Recreation
  • Salary: $21.76 - $26.45 Hourly USD

Job Description

Position Information

Sonoma County Regional Parks has an exciting opportunity for experienced Park Aides!

If you have one or more seasons of experience as a Park Aide, join the team as a Park Ranger Assistant - Extra-Help!

Note: If you do not have experience working as a Park Aide, or working in similar park-related roles, we highly encourage you to consider applying for our open Park Aide - Extra-Help recruitment.

The Sonoma County Regional Parks Department is seeking qualified applicants to fill multiple temporary, extra-help Park Ranger Assistant positions. These positions are responsible for:
  • Engaging with the public to promote visitor safety and protection of park resources
  • Collecting and reporting on park day-use, boat rental, and camping fees
  • Assisting visitors in complying with park rules
  • Performing park maintenance and janitorial work
  • Assigning and directing Park Aide staff
  • Maintaining and monitoring park natural resources
Work locations may vary, and candidates should be available to work weekdays, weekends, holidays, and irregular hours. An applicant's flexibility in workdays and work hours is highly desirable and may be a factor in hiring decisions. Park Ranger Assistants may be required to wear a County issued uniform, and will receive a voucher towards the purchase of safety boots.


Extra-help employees relieve or augment permanent staff. Temporary, extra-help employees are not in the classified civil service and do not have property rights to permanently allocated positions. In addition, they do not receive most employee benefits such as: long-term disability insurance coverage; accrual of vacation; participation in the County retirement program; or eligibility to take promotional examinations. Temporary, extra-help employees are limited in their employment to a maximum of one calendar year. These employees must be off of work for three months before they can be re-employed on an extra help basis. Extra-help employees who meet the eligibility requirements may qualify for a County contribution toward medical coverage.

This employment list may also be used to fill future extra-help positions as they occur during the active status of this list.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: The ability to read and write English and make basic arithmetic calculations at a level for successful job performance is required.

Enrollment in a college or university with major course work emphasis in park management, natural resources, forestry, environmental studies or closely related field would be helpful.

Special Qualifications: Possession of a valid Basic First Aid card and a valid Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiac Care card is desirable at time of employment and required after the first six months of employment.

Experience: Any experience that directly relates to the above knowledge and abilities. Normally, one season's experience as Park Aide would provide such an opportunity.

License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of: park practices and operations such as fee collection, park patrol, and park law enforcement; and ability to use hand tools, work aides, power tools and light machines; principles of supervision; basic first aid including cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Ability to: follow oral and written instructions; apply first aid to park visitors; perform moderately heavy physical manual labor; detect safety hazards within a park area and report problems to supervisor; deal effectively and tactfully with the public and county personnel; tactfully enforce rules, regulations, laws and ordinances, safely drive and operate light motorized vehicles; work during weekdays, weekends, holidays, and irregular hours, and to wear a uniform.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying

  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application and should be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.
Please visit Getting-a-Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the hiring process, including the application process, examination steps, and department selection process.
The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

An Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (pass/not pass) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant's combination of educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities which relate to this position to ensure satisfaction of the minimum qualifications for this position. Candidates who possess the minimum qualifications for the position will be placed on an extra-help employment list and referred to the department. The department may contact candidates from the employment list who possess the most appropriate job-related qualifications for further consideration.


A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer are contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: As the largest employer in Sonoma County, the Board of Supervisors has adopted a vaccination and testing policy to help mitigate transmission of COVID-19. All County employees will be required to either have documented proof of full COVID-19 vaccination (including booster, when eligible) on file or consent to twice weekly COVID-19 testing.


Applications are accepted online at: . Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job announcement must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of the job announcement. Continuous recruitments may close without notice at any time that a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.

The County of Sonoma values diversity and is dedicated to creating a workplace environment that provides individuals with a sense of belonging. We are committed to having a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. The County is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer where all aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance, and business need.

HR Analyst: JT
HR Technician: KC

Closing Date:Continuous

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