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PARK RANGER - 37001054

Date: Feb 11, 2019

Location: OCALA, FL, US, 34470

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Requisition No: 53801 

Agency: Environmental Protection

Working Title: PARK RANGER - 37001054

Position Number: 37001054 

Salary:  $2,166.67 monthly 

Posting Closing Date: 02/20/2019 








Class Title: Park Ranger


Position Number: 37001054


Base Salary: $2,166.67/Month 26,000.04/Year


Location: Silver Springs State Park        

                  1425 N.E. 58th Avenue

                  Ocala, FL 34470

Contact Information: Anthony Vera, Assistant Park Manager or 352-236-7148




Closing Date:   2/20/2019



POSITION DESCRIPTIONAn opportunity is anticipated for a self-motivated, hard- working individual to fill a Park Ranger position at Silver Springs State Park located east of Ocala, Florida. Silver Springs resources include nearly 5,000 acres of unique plant and animal communities and many diverse recreational opportunities such as camping, picnicking, nature appreciation, canoeing and hiking on miles of trails and the beautiful scenic Silver River, contained entirely within the park boundary. The park protects a large diversity of wildlife habitat and numerous endangered species. Since October 2013 Silver Springs State Park also includes the head spring itself, home of the world-famous glass bottom boats. Ranger staff is involved with the entire park, the campground, cabins and resource management of large tracts of natural habitats, and visitor use areas.



VISITOR SERVICES – Explains facilities and services provided for public use, enjoyment and education; meets visitors, answers questions, answers telephone, provides information and directions.  Attempts to resolve visitor complaints while maintaining good public relations.  Provides natural and cultural history interpretive programs and services via tours, walks, and campfire program. Maintains visitor related records and follows procedures for fee collection and other visitor related activities.


MAINTENANCE – Constructs, maintains, and repairs buildings, fences, trails, service roads, fire lanes, boardwalks, campsites, picnic sites, boat ramp, docks, and all other necessary facilities.  Maintains cleanliness of grounds and facilities.


ADMINISTRATION – Prepares forms and reports related to tracking work time, accidents, incidents, vehicle, boat, and equipment operations, property records, p-cards, purchase orders and requisitions, and maintains logs.  Operate radio equipment, personal computer, answers correspondence and maintains park files.


RESOURCE MANAGEMENT – Implements ecological burning plan for fire type plant communities; recognizes communities, prescribed burning techniques and maintains fire lanes.  Implements vegetation and wildfire management plans; recognizes communities and maintains optimum species control via natural and chemical means. Reports and tracks wildlife sightings. Implements site restoration projects such as reforestation and erosion control. Implements water resource management plans.  Observes, maintains and protects the natural, cultural, historic and archaeological resources of the park.


PROTECTION – Ensures park rules are enforced pertaining to all natural, historical and archaeological facilities and resources and use thereof for enjoyment of the visitor.



Knowledge, skills and abilities, including utilization of equipment required for the position:  Knowledge of: Florida’s natural and cultural resources; good public relations; basic arithmetic; various hand tools, small engines, power tools.  Skill in: operating &utilizing motor vehicles, including but not limited to UTV’s, ATV’s, pickup trucks, tractors; using various hand tools, including but not limited to shovels, rakes, loppers, machetes, etc.; communicating effectively, verbally and in writing; operating a cash register or POS system and reconciling receipts; accurately preparing reports; interacting with all internal and external customers and the general public in a professional, tactful and courteous manner; performing grounds and building maintenance which includes but is not limited to mowing, weed eating, pressure washing, and painting; utilizing power tools, including but not limited to chain saws and drills; basic plumbing, including but not limited to repairing hose bibs, waterline repair; basic electrical work including but not limited to replacing outlets and circuit breakers; basic carpentry, including but not limited to boardwalk and fence repairs; utilizing a computer, including but not limited to software programs such as Microsoft Office. Ability to:  follow verbal and written instructions/directions; perform physical labor; operate radio equipment; perform cash register and POS transactions; deal with visitor inquiries in a tactful and courteous manner; understand and apply rules, directives, policies, laws and regulations; prepare reports; work independently with minimum supervision; establish and maintain effective working relationship with others; participate in resource management tasks including but not limited to prescribed fire activities, non-native animal and plant removal, which may include application of herbicide; speak in public; conduct routine inspections, identify and investigate problems; clean park facilities including but not limited to cleaning restrooms and picking up trash;  work outdoors in inclement weather; lift 40 pounds and assist in transporting items or other supplies 100 pounds or more; work rotating shifts, including nights, holidays, and weekends; maintain a valid driver’s license; successfully complete ranger academy; successfully complete background/fingerprint check, properly wear uniform; comply with male and female hair grooming standards and body art and piercing restrictions.



The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 

Nearest Major Market: Ocala