Park Ranger | Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services

City of San Jose | San Jose, CA

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Posted Date 12/05/2023

The City of San José's Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services (PRNS) is looking for people who want to make San José a better place to live. Our mission is to connect people through parks, recreation, and neighborhood services for an active San José. ActivateSJ, PRNS' latest strategic work plan, is committed to establishing healthy communities that inspire belonging by following the guiding principles of stewardship, nature, equity & access, identity, and public life.

The Department creates and activates thriving places where people live, work, play, and learn, which include 48 community centers, 10 regional parks, 203 neighborhood parks, Happy Hollow Park & Zoo, 290 playgrounds and almost 63 miles of trails, programs and services that touch the lives of individuals and families in our community. We take a fun approach to public service, and value the public's trust. Our team is collaborative, supportive, and innovative. We are a fast-paced organization that takes decisive action after thoughtful planning.

For more information, please visit Salary Range for this Classification is: $41.03 - $49.88 Hourly | $85,350.72 - $103,740.00 Annually

PRNS is currently recruiting to fill multiple full-time benefited vacancies for Park Rangers. We are seeking highly motivated, personable individuals with strong leadership skills and innovative ideas to join our dynamic team of employees with a strong commitment to providing excellent service to our diverse community. Bilingual applicants speaking a second language such as Spanish or Vietnamese are encouraged to apply. If you are interested in employment in Park Ranger classifications, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.

This position is open until filled, and may close at any time.

Park Ranger classifications are stewards of the park system, providing public safety services, protecting and preserving natural and cultural resources in parks, and inspiring future generations to love and nurture nature. Park Rangers are often first on scene for medical, fire and other emergencies in the parks they oversee. They teach and enforce park rules so everyone can enjoy their visit, always aiming to resolve situations with the lowest possible level of enforcement by leading with education.

Park Ranger Duties: Specifically, under general supervision, this classification performs duties of moderate difficulty including performing overall work in park operations and visitor services; resource and environmental protection; greeting visitors and explaining/interpreting park features; performing rescue and fire suppression activities; administering emergency medical care as needed; patrolling parks; enforcement of state and local laws; performing conservation programs and projects; providing lead direction to other park personnel; coordinating and leading volunteer and internship programs; providing traffic and parking control; and preparing written and oral reports and other communication.



  • Criminal history including commission or conviction of a criminal offense(s).
  • Recent forced resignation, termination, or probation failure from any public safety or emergency medical service position or other employment-related issue(s).
  • Recent or current use of any illicit drugs or narcotics. Past use is evaluated on an individual basis. Failure to disclose prior use is cause for immediate disqualification.
  • Falsification or failure to disclose any required information during the application, testing or selection processes.
  • Other issues that may affect an applicant's suitability for a public safety position with the City of San José based upon the Department's hiring standards.

Ideal Candidate

Successful candidates may enter the final selection process and may be given a conditional offer of employment. The final selection process will include the following: written and oral psychological screening for full-time candidates and a medical exam (completed by the City's physician) for all candidates.

If you have questions about the duties of the Supervising Park Ranger position, please contact Shannon Heimer at shannon.heimer@sanJosé

If you have questions about the selection or hiring processes, please email kari.davisson@sanJosé MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

(These qualifications are typically required. An equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to satisfactorily perform the duties of the job may be substituted.)

Education and Experience
Two (2) years of undergraduate course work from an accredited college or university. This is equivalent to at least 60 semester units or 90 quarter units. Veterans and active military personnel may substitute this requirement if they:

  • Have served in the Air Force, Army, Marines, Navy, or Coast Guard AND
  • Have completed four (4) years of active military duty AND
  • Have received an honorable discharge from the United States Military.

Required Licensing (such as driver's license, certifications, etc.)


  • Possession of a valid State of California driver's license.
  • Possession of current Red Cross First Aid and CPR Certificates within the first six (6) months of employment.
  • Deputization as a Peace Officer is required for full time positions.


(Incumbents may be required to have different combinations of the listed qualifications, or more specific job-related qualifications depending on the position.)

Basic Competencies
(Needed at entry into the job in order to perform the essential duties.)

  • Job Expertise - Demonstrates knowledge of and experience with applicable professional/technical principles and practices, including public safety, day to day park operations, park interpretive education programs, conservation, nature and wildlife, natural resource management; Citywide and departmental procedures/policies and federal and state rules and regulations.
  • Communication Skills - Effectively conveys information and expresses thoughts and facts clearly, orally and in writing; demonstrates effective use of listening skills and displays openness to other people's ideas and thoughts.
  • Computer Skills - Experienced with common business computer applications including but not limited to: MS Outlook, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Access, and MS Excel.
  • Teamwork and Interpersonal Skills - Develops effective relationships with co-workers and supervisors by helping others accomplish tasks and using collaboration and conflict resolution skills.
  • Conflict Management - Uses appropriate interpersonal styles and methods to reduce tension or conflict between two or more people, by presenting the facts, analysis, and conclusions or solutions that show command of content and perspectives and interests of the audience.
  • Customer Service - Demonstrates the ability to anticipate customers' needs and deliver services effectively and efficiently using professional demeanor.
  • Initiative - Exhibits resourceful behaviors toward meeting job objectives; anticipates problems, is proactive, and avoids difficulties by planning ahead; displays willingness to assume extra responsibility and challenges; pursues continuing education opportunities that promotes job performance.
  • Problem Solving - Approaches a situation or problem by defining the problem or issue; determines the significance of problem; collects information; uses logic and intuition to arrive at decisions or solutions to problems that achieve the desired outcome.
  • Reliability - Completes quality work assignments in a timely and efficient manner; fulfills responsibilities and maintains confidentiality as appropriate.

Other Qualifications:


  • Possession of a Bachelor's Degree in a related field is highly desirable.
  • Course work in park management, biology, forestry, or other sciences is highly desirable.
  • Incumbents may be required to have different combinations of the listed qualifications, or more specific job-related qualifications depending on the position. Full-time Ranger classifications are required to be deputized as a Peace Officer and as such, must meet California POST Academy minimum requirements. Applicants are encouraged to verify their qualifications via one of the following tests as soon as possible (proof of passing test scores will be required before a final offer of employment is made):
    1. PELLETB: Complete the California POST Reading & Writing Test (PELLETB). Pass Point is a T-Score total of 50 or higher. Results are valid for three years. For more information or to register go to:
    2. National Testing Network (NTN): Complete the National Testing Network Test (NTN). Pass Point scores are 65% Video, 70% Reading, and 70% Writing. Nationwide classroom and/or virtual exams available. Results are valid for three years. NTN will forward exam results to the City of San José. For more information or to register go to: .
Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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