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 PARK RANGER (URBAN AND COUNTY FACILITIES) - Arlington, Virginia, United States

Job information
Posted by: Arlington County 
Hiring entity type: Government 
Work authorization: Not Specified for United States
Position type: Direct Hire, Full-Time 
Compensation: US$43430 - 66352
Benefits: See below
Relocation: Not specified 
Position functions: Service/Skilled - Other
Service/Skilled - Technician
Travel: Unspecified 
Accept candidates: from anywhere 
Languages: English - Fluent
Minimum education: See below 
Minimum years experience: See below 
Resumes accepted in: English
Cover letter: No cover letter requested
Job code: 2638535 / Latpro-3719636 
Date posted: Nov-30-2019
State, Zip: Virginia, 22234



$43,430.40 - $66,352.00 Annually


as assigned throughout park system, VA

Job Type



Department of Parks and Recreation

Job Number



12/12/2019 11:59 PM Eastern

Position Information

Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) currently has a vacancy for Park Ranger. DPR oversees the County's natural resources and provides a variety of affordable recreational programs and services. Park Rangers patrol designated Arlington County Parks; provide visitor information and programming services; support other County programs (maintenance, sports, recreation); and coordinate with Arlington County Police Department, Fire Department, and other appropriate agencies to help ensure park security and visitor safety.

Location: The employee will be assigned to the Ranger Station at Bluemont Park, 601 N. Manchester Street, but will primarily be traveling throughout Arlington County to monitor all parks and trails.

To learn more about our programs and services, please visit DPR .

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide information to park users regarding park rules, hours, facilities, and activities being offered;
  • Respond to customer inquiries about park usage or the Park Ranger Program Services via phone and/or email;
  • Update and develop programs and activities about park safety, park history, environmental issues, and natural park features using MS Suite;
  • Promote safety and environmental awareness through direct visitor interactions, dissemination of written materials, and presentations;
  • Create incident reports to document issues and concerns reported by park users;
  • Prepare statistical reports including park usage, Park Ranger duties and waste collecting for use with quarterly and end of year reports using MS Excel; and
  • Assist the Park Ranger II with administration of the Park Ranger Program.

This position requires walking, biking and/or driving a vehicle for long periods of time; assisting in emergency medical care by administering first-aid; performing occasional some manual labor such as moving heavy tree limbs from bike trails; and working outdoors in all types of weather.
Selection Criteria


  • A high school diploma or equivalent; and
  • One year full-time experience as a Park Ranger or performing similar work such as: camp counselor, naturalist, recreational worker, or general park employee.

Substitution: An post-high school degree in one of the following fields may substitutefor the experience requirement: Parks and Recreation, Environmental Education, Natural Resource Management, Biology, Wildlife Sciences, or closely related science field.

Preference may be given to candidates with experience in one or more of the following:

  • Park ranger in an urban setting;
  • Designing and conducting informational presentations to the public; and/or
  • Using MS Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook and Powerpoint).

Each section of the application must be completed. A resume may be attached, however, it will not substitute for the completed application. Incomplete applications will be not be considered.

Special Requirements

The applicant must possess, or obtain by the time of appointment, a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place of residence. If the applicant possesses or acquires a license, the applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide, a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment will be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record;

The applicant must be certified in both CPR and Standard First Aid or achieve such certification within 3 months from the date of appointment.

Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are considered part of the selection process and are required for this position. Do not give "see resume" as a response to questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Additional Information

An online application is required.

Work hours: This position requires a 40 hour work week using a rotating schedule of days, evenings, and weekends, based on program needs. Employee will work some holidays and during severe weather events.

Hours of report will be:

  • 11:00 (see application details) p.m., October 15th thru March 15th
  • 12:00 (see application details) p.m., March 16th thru October 14th.

Location: The employee will be assigned to the Ranger Station at Bluemont Park, 601 N. Manchester Street, but will primarily be traveling throughout Arlington County to monitor all parks and trails.

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website: (see application details)

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement:  a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457).  The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County.  You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan.  General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan. 

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan.  The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit.  New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above.  They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays. 

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments: 
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


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