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Ranger Technician (Temporary)

Posted: 08/01/2020

Ranger Technician (Temporary)

Employment Type: 1 - Full-time Temporary 
Pay Range: $25.00 - 31.00 per hour 
Location: Castle Rock, CO
Overtime Exempt: No 
Elected Office / Department: OPEN SPACE


DEFINITION OF WORK: The primary responsibility of this position is to provide a presence at Sandstone Ranch to ensure visitor safety along with the protection of the natural resources and County assets. This position will work at Sandstone Ranch and may be assigned to other Open Space properties as directed. Additional responsibilities include maintenance of the natural resource and infrastructure of the property. This position will also assist Open Space staff and volunteers with Ranger duties. The position must successfully complete all County required training.

This is a temporary position that may be evaluated on a month to month basis depending on business need.
Schedule may very due to business needs including days, nights, weekends and some holidays. Will typically be Thursday - Monday 12 pm to 8 pm.  

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (The following examples are illustrative only and are not intended to be all-inclusive:

1. Ranger Responsibilities

a. Provide on-site presence; the successful applicant will be primarily assigned to Sandstone Ranch and will have additional duties on other Open Space properties.

b. Ensure public safety by enforcing regulations through a limited enforcement commission from the Douglas County Sheriff and the authority granted by the Board of County Commissioners.

c. Responsible for regulation enforcement, the inspection of use permits, and routine-patrol activities on Open Space properties.

d. Provide emergency response to wildland fire and emergency medical incidents on Open Space properties.

e. Responsible for recognizing limits of authority and operating within those limits.

f. Maintain professional qualifications and certifications.

2. Follows safe working practices and makes appropriate use of related safety equipment, as required.

a. Assists with special events as needed.

3. Property Maintenance Responsibilities

a. Under the direct supervision of an Open Staff member, this position will perform varied semi-skilled and skilled trades that support the inspection, maintenance, repair, and construction of both ranch and open space

amenities including and infrastructure, and mitigating safety hazards and maintenance needs.

i. Maintenance of trails, trailheads, and amenities

ii. Mowing and other landscape activities

iii. Minor building maintenance

iv. Fencing repair

v. Snowplowing

b. The successful applicant will operate vehicles and a variety of specialized equipment, machinery for construction and maintenance at Sandstone Ranch along with the other Open Space Properties.


1. Prepare a variety of documents, maps, and other various reports.

2. The successful applicant must be able to positively and constructively work with the public and interacting with people of diverse ages, interests, viewpoints, and backgrounds.

3. Performs other duties as assigned.

INDEPENDENT JUDGMENT: Work is generally performed independently within general guidelines, requiring innovation, proper judgment, and discretion.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Although this position works directly under the supervision of an Open Space staff member, the successful applicant will spend much of their time working independently, managing their time between Ranger and Technician responsibilities.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED: This position does not supervise others.



A Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resource, Recreation, Agriculture, Wildlife Biology, or related field.
Two (2) years Ranching or Land/Resource Management experience
1-year Ranger/Patrol experience
A combination of training, education, and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be considered.


Follow Occupational hazards and related safety precautions
Methods and techniques of maintaining public safety in an open space environment
Demonstrate strong customer service skills and establish, maintain, and foster positive and productive working relationships
Basic first aid and CPR.

Be able to operate a computer with Microsoft Office software and a cellular phone
Materials and equipment used in the maintenance, repair, and installation of trails, landscapes, and infrastructure
Basic plant identification knowledge and skills
Proper handling of pesticides
Maintaining tools and equipment used in the operation and maintenance of open space lands
Understand, interpret, and apply all relevant laws, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures
Maintain records and files on work performed
The ability to diffuse confrontation by keeping contacts professional and fair and exercising sound judgment.
Ability to hike, use a bicycle over rough or uneven terrain for long periods of time.
Ability to ride a horse and have skills to care for a horse while riding.

Apply basic first aid and CPR.
Perform heavy manual labor for extended periods in all types of weather.
Organize work, follow priorities, meet deadlines, and follow up on assignments.
Ability to establish and maintain effective professional relationships with coworkers, stakeholders, and the general public.
Ability to communicate orally and in written form with professionalism and accuracy.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret legal, scientific, technical journals, documents, reports, and statutes.
Ability to respond to inquiries from private and public agencies, citizens and elected officials.
Interact with individuals in interpreting and enforcing rules, policies, and procedures.
Requires the ability to remain calm during stressful and dangerous situations.

Colorado Driver’s License is required; must maintain a satisfactory driving record throughout employment. 2. Ability to obtain the following within one year of employment, as deemed necessary by supervisor:

a. Colorado Department of Agriculture Pesticide Applicator’s License (QAC), Categories B or C,
b. Trail design, construction, and maintenance certification from a nationally recognized provider
c. First Aid, CRP, and AED
d. ATV Safety Certification from a nationally recognized provider,
e. Chain Saw (Sawyer) Certification from a nationally recognized provider


Physical Work Environment: Work is generally performed outdoors in various weather conditions. This position requires the incumbent to remain available via mobile cellular device/email access during and after normally scheduled business hours.

Physical Demands:

Incumbents must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects weighing up to 50 pounds with assistance and/or the use of proper equipment.
Requires the ability to assist injured visitors.
Must be able to hike, bike, or ride horseback for long distances over rough terrain.
Requires fine motor dexterity to adjust and maintain power equipment.
Frequently must walk over uneven rough terrain either pushing, pulling, or carrying equipment.
Climb and descend ladders.
Operate a variety of tools and equipment, and to operate a motor vehicle.
Requires agility to maneuver rough terrain.
Be able to bend, stoop, kneel, reach, and inspect work sites.
Exposure to chemicals, mechanical and electrical hazards, and hazardous physical substances and fumes as present on a ranch-type environment.
Ability to perform strenuous labor for up to 8 hours a day. Must have strength, stamina, and mobility to perform medium to heavy physical work.


This position is open until filled, review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is selected.


The job details outlined in this posting represent a modified summary of the full job description. A full copy of the job description may be requested by emailing

In the event of an emergency/disaster in or near the County, all County employees are expected to make every effort to be available to assist the County Manager, Elected/Appointed Officials and Department Directors to ensure the continued operation of any and all necessary County functions.  This may mean being available to perform additional duties and hours beyond what is normally required.  In the event that an exempt employee does work more than 40 hours a week in support of County operations during an emergency, such employee may receive overtime or other appropriate wage compensation in accordance with existing County policies or at the discretion of the County.

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