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TITLE:                                     Assistant Park Ranger
DEPARTMENT:                       Loud Thunder Forest Preserve
SUPERVISOR:                       Loud Thunder Site Superintendent
FLSA:                                       Non-Exempt
EMPLOYMENT STATUS:        Represented Employee – AFSCME 2025A
CLASSIFICATION:                   Assistant Park Ranger – Grade 23
Under general direction performs a variety of responsible duties in the operation and maintenance of a forest preserve or park.  Work includes patrolling the site to ensure proper maintenance and security, and considerable public contact work.  The incumbent is responsible for performing maintenance duties in the maintenance and repair of grounds and public facilities.  The employee and supervisor, in consultation, develop deadlines, projects and work to be done.
·       Performs visual inspections of park property and facilities.  Checks for maintenance and reports security problems.
·       Duties include:
o   Issuing camping permits, inform and assist park visitors of rules and regulations, patrol grounds to insure compliance with regulations. 
o   Registers and ensures the safety of visitors.  
o   Responds to inquires or requests for service. 
·       Plans, schedules and assigns the work of subordinates in the maintenance of grounds, facilities, vehicles and equipment.
·       Collects and records cash receipts, prepares deposit tickets, deposits monies and balances cash reports.  Prepares and maintains various records and reports.
·       Assumes responsibilities for absent subordinates as needed.
·       Performs the duties and assumes the responsibilities of the Park Ranger in his absence.
·       Shall assist in emergencies.
·       Performs other related duties as assigned.
Education, Experience, & License Requirements:
·       A Bachelor’s degree in forestry or closely related field supplemented by one year of experience in public preserve or park operation, or an equivalent combination of experience and training. 
·       Must have a valid driver’s license.
·       Knowledge of the principles and practices of forestry and parks management.
·       Ability to learn and willingness to adhere to Rock Island County Forest Preserve District standards and codes, practices, policies and procedures.
·       Ability to plan, assign and supervise the work of subordinates in the maintenance of grounds, facilities and equipment.
·       Ability to communicate with the public tactfully and courteously.
·       Ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing.
·       Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
·       Skill in the operation of grounds maintenance equipment, such as power mowers, tractors, chain saws and related equipment.
Physical Requirements:  Task involves the regular, and at times sustained, performance of heavier physical tasks such as walking over rough or uneven surfaces, bending, stooping, working in confined spaces, and lifting or carrying moderately heavy (20-50 pound) items and occasionally very heavy (100 pounds or over) items; or may involve the complex operation of gasoline, electric, or diesel-powered machinery or shop equipment requiring the manipulation of multiple controls, fine and adjustments or both; or the sustained operation, on a production basis, of such devices as offset presses with associated equipment.
Environmental Requirements:  Task may require frequent exposure to adverse environmental conditions.
Sensory Requirements:  Task requires color perception and discrimination.  Task requires sound perception and discrimination.  Task requires odor perception and discrimination.  Task requires depth perception and discrimination.  Task requires texture perception and discrimination.  Task requires visual perception and discrimination.  Task requires oral communications ability. 

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 Forest Preserve District of Rock Island County


Ben Mills

 Closing Date

March 22, 2024

  $87,136 - $95,849.60 ANNUALLY, DOQ

                                                            APPROXIMATELY 60 MILES WEST OF CHICAGO
HOURS/SCHEDULE:                         FULL TIME, 40-HOURS PER WEEK, M-F

An employee in this classification is responsible for performing work of considerable difficulty planning, organizing, directing and managing all functions and activities of the Operations division which spans multiple locations throughout the county.  Work requires the ability to effectively prioritize multiple tasks, assignments and projects and work collaboratively with internal staff, external partners and the public.
ESSENTIAL POSITION DUTIES and FUNCTIONS to be performed with or without reasonable accommodation
  • Provides leadership and direction to the Operations division staff responsible for day-to-day operations and maintenance of the District’s various preserves and facilities.
  • Plans, directs, coordinates, supervises and evaluates the activities of the Operations division.
  • Oversees the development and implementation of the comprehensive preserve maintenance, sign, trades/projects and fleet maintenance plan, which establishes goals and objectives to ensure safe, high quality preserve user experience.
  • Works collaboratively with all District departments to address maintenance, trades, signs and fleet needs and requirements.
  • Ensures compliance with applicable statutes, regulations, ordinances and resolutions impacting District properties.
  • Formulates policies, regulations, organizational goals, and program priorities of the Operations division for recommendation to the Chief of Planning and Land Management.
  • Develops capital priorities for recommendation to the Chief of Planning and Land Management for inclusion in the Comprehensive Master Plan.
  • Keeps up to date on and applies recognized land management methods and practices while performing duties and responsibilities.
  • Hires, directs, manages, evaluates, promotes, disciplines and recommends such action for assigned personnel with the advice and consent of the Chief of Planning and Land Management.
  • Directs the formulation of work methods and procedures for division staff including making modifications to meet changing needs and requirements.
  • Prepares, recommends and administers the Division’s budget in order to provide the highest level of service within established budget parameters.
  • Develops and administers an annual operating budget and work program which meets the goals and objectives of the organization while optimizing utilization of financial and human resources.
  • Evaluates the need and makes recommendations for capital expenditures including preparing and reviewing specifications for new and replacement equipment.
  • Responds to and meets with property owners, homeowner groups, businesses, local government and the general public as needed.
  • Ensures that division staff receive the training necessary to successfully perform their duties and responsibilities including required compliance training.
  • Oversees the inspection and maintenance of District facilities and vehicles and ensures proper records are maintained including developing maintenance schedules for each of the District properties, special structures, land forms or habitats and monuments.
  • Oversees activities related to the maintenance and repairs of district equipment, structures, historical properties and resources using in-house resources and outside vendors/contractors.
  • Advises the Chief of Planning and Land Management of upcoming needs for supplies, equipment, staffing, employee status changes, and cost estimates for current and future projects.
  • Develops the organizational structure of the division in accordance with professional standards and sound management techniques and principles including analysis or potential operational efficiencies.
  • Represents the District at public functions to interpret and explain various aspects of the District such as ordinances, regulations, and natural amenities.
  • Responds to questions, concerns and requests from community groups, volunteer groups, other agencies and the general public.
  • Coordinates and communicates departmental activities with other Division Heads and outside agencies and organizations.
  • Evaluates processes and procedures in order to meet changing needs and priorities and makes recommendations to the Chief of Planning and Land Management.
  • Prepares and submits periodic reports including those needed for regular reporting to the Commission for compliance or for accreditation.
  • Prepares and delivers written materials and verbal presentations monthly to the Commission.
  • Assists preserve users by providing information and answering questions.
  • May work irregular hours, including weekends, evenings and holidays and may need to be available to respond to emergency call-outs on a 24-hour, 7-day basis.
  • Possesses and maintains a valid and current Illinois Driver’s License free from suspension or revocation during term of employment; must maintain insurability with the District’s fleet insurance carrier.
  • Attends professional conferences, workshops and seminars as appropriate within budget parameters and with Department Head approval.
  • Obtains and maintains all required licenses and certifications and keeps up-to-date on professional trends and developments related to position accountabilities.
  • Performs the job safely and in compliance with District policies, procedures, work and safety rules, the Employee Handbook, and applicable laws and regulations.
  • Performs related work as required.
  • Completion of  a Bachelor’s degree in conservation, parks and recreation, land management, facility management, public administration, or a related field, and eight (8) years of progressively responsible land and/or facility management including five (5) years of senior-level management experience, preferably in a forest preserve, conservation or park district, or an equivalent combination of relevant education, experience and training.
  • Certifications/Licenses: CPR/1st AID/AED certified within one year of hire and IPRA CPRP or related professional certification.

Application Procedure:
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Equal Opportunity Employer

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 Forest Preserve District of Kane County


Shelley Kouzes

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled