DCNR Ranger (Shawnee State Park)

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Full-time | Temporary$19.80 – $33.25 an hour1 hour ago
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Military leave
  • Flexible schedule
  • Act 120
  • CPR Certification
  • Non-CDL Class C
Full Job Description

If you enjoy working in a beautiful scenic environment, working outdoors and in law enforcement, working with the public while providing a service, being a respected role model, and working where no two days are alike, then State Parks may be the place for you. The park is hiring a seasonal full-time, wage position to provide the public a safe enjoyable environment for recreation and relaxation.


As a DCNR Park Ranger, you will provide safety and law enforcement services, patrol State Park property and boundaries to ensure the safety of visitors and park grounds. You will meet with the public to provide information and answer questions regarding state park and state forest resources, facilities, recreational schedules, history, and environmental features. Also Explain state park and state forest rules, regulations, policies, procedures, goals, and objectives to the public.

You will also take charge of situations in emergencies, search and rescue and accidents to ensure the safety and protection of the visitor and the resource, provide first aid and CPR consistent with current certifications, direct traffic, inspect buildings and structures for public safety hazards, take action to correct hazards, or report them to the supervisor/manager.

Other duties also include completing monthly and daily logs including the status and condition of campgrounds, group camps, facilities, equipment, visitor safety, occurring incidents, citations, arrests, accidents and attendance, preparing correspondence, reports, memoranda, and other written materials and input data using a personal computer.

You will also operate motor vehicles, both two and four wheel drive, all-terrain vehicles, non-motorized equipment, snowmobiles, and watercraft, register park visitors, post camper and pavilion registrations, perform POS transactions and prepare end of day reports using a personal computer and the AWO system.

Work Schedule and Additional Information:
Seasonal full-time employment.

This position is being posted for the 2022 season, which runs approximately from April to November. Season lengths may differ based on operational needs.

Work hours vary: 40 hours per week at a 7 days/week operation. Must be willing to work weekends, holidays, and all shifts as required by Park Management.

There are no benefits.

You will receive further communication regarding this position via email. Check your email, including spam/junk folders, for these notices.



Minimum Experience and Training Requirements:
Successful completion of the DCNR Ranger Trainee program; or

Completion of 15 credits in natural or environmental sciences, natural resource management, park management, outdoor recreation, forestry, environmental education, ecology, wildlife management, or related natural resource or recreation courses; and completion of a department- recognized police training course such as the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission (Act 120), or completion of an equivalent law enforcement officer training or certification program that allows eligibility for commissioning as a police officer.

Necessary Special Requirements:
Possession of a valid Class C driver’s license.

Conditions of Employment:
Must be at least 21 years of age at time of employment.

Possession of a valid certification or its equivalent in first aid and adult, child, and infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) as approved by the PA Department of Health for professional rescuers or healthcare professionals.

Must obtain commission as a State Park or State Forest Officer that includes powers of arrest and maintain this commission during employment in this job.

Other Requirements:
You must meet the PA residency requirement. For more information on ways to meet PA residency requirements, follow the link and click on Residency.

You must be able to perform essential job functions.

Legal Requirements:
In accordance with Act 153 of 2014, this position is required to complete Child Abuse, Criminal, and Federal Criminal History Checks around the time of hire and thereafter every 5 years.

How to Apply:
Resumes, cover letters, and similar documents will not be reviewed, and the information contained therein will not be considered for the purposes of determining your eligibility for the position. Information to support your eligibility for the position must be provided on the application (i.e., relevant, detailed experience/education).

If you are claiming education in your answers to the supplemental application questions, you must attach a copy of your college transcripts for your claim to be accepted toward meeting the minimum requirements. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.

Your application must be submitted by the posting closing date. Late applications and other required materials will not be accepted.

Failure to comply with the above application requirements may eliminate you from consideration for this position.

Pennsylvania law (51 Pa. C.S. §7103) provides employment preference for qualified veterans for appointment to many state and local government jobs. To learn more about employment preferences for veterans, go to www.employment.pa.gov/Additional%20Info/Pages/default.aspx and click the Veterans’ Preference tab or contact us at ra-cs-vetpreference@pa.gov.

Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS):
711 (hearing and speech disabilities or other individuals).

The Commonwealth is an equal employment opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workforce. The Commonwealth values inclusion as we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most qualified people to serve the citizens of Pennsylvania. The Commonwealth does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, ancestry, union membership, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, AIDS or HIV status, disability, or any other categories protected by applicable federal or state law. All diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.


Completing the application, including all supplemental questions, serves as your exam for this position. No additional exam is required at a test center (also referred to as a written exam).

Your score is based on the detailed information you provide on your application and in response to the supplemental questions.

Your score is valid for this specific posting only.

You must provide complete and accurate information or:
your score may be lower than deserved.

you may be disqualified.

You may only apply/test once for this posting.

Your results will be provided via email.

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