Park Ranger Assistant


South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve

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Charleston, OR
United States

Support the Facilities Lead to ensure the safety and cleanliness of both indoor and outdoor facilities and trails at the Reserve and assist on various projects within Reserve. This position also provides a safe and clean environment, with operational equipment and facilities, for visitors and staff.


General Labor

Collects and disposes of debris and trash at facilities and throughout the Reserve.  Digs ditches.  Cuts and hauls wood.  Cleans walkways, restrooms, roofs, work areas, and vehicles.  Hauls materials, builds rough forms, light construction with power tools as needed. Assists Facilities Lead with projects as part of the facilities maintenance team.

Cleans building facilities, including meeting spaces, offices, restrooms, and other areas – vacuuming, sweeping, mopping.  Replenishes paper supplies.

Makes repairs as necessary to soap dispensers and other small equipment.  Changes light bulbs, using ladder for tall areas.

Lifting and Moving Labor

Loads and unloads trucks or other vehicles using hand trucks, dollies, and other moving and loading equipment.  Loads and unloads materials.

Natural Resource Labor

Clears trails, roads, beaches, boardwalks, and outdoor facilities of debris. Removes brush from roadsides. Helps with controlled burning of brush or other debris. Maintains landscaping by mowing and weeding (by hand and with power trimmers) around occupied buildings. Maintains safety of publicly accessible trail system by inspection, maintenance and repair of unsafe conditions. Notifies supervisor of unsafe conditions and detours public away from such conditions.

Agency Representation

Conducts patrols throughout the Reserve to monitor visitor activity and public safety. Interacts with the public and provides information on rules and allowed uses. Occasionally works with volunteers to maintain trails and landscaping. Coordinates with law enforcement as appropriate,


Work is performed in, on and around buildings, facilities and grounds, inside and outside in all weather conditions. Occasionally works in office operating computers and other office equipment. Needs adequate vision and hearing, manual dexterity, communication and motor skills to perform the duties of the position, including emergency response situations. Walks up and down inclines and stairs, over rough, uneven, and slippery terrain or paved surfaces and over distances up to 5 miles. Works in stairwells and on ladders, scaffolds, and rooftops. Reaches above shoulder level and occasionally works on hands and knees. Bends, stoops, crouches, kneels, crawls, climbs, twists, pushes and pulls in regular performance of duties. Drives a variety of motorized vehicles. Maneuvers, manipulates, and operates hand and powered tools and heavy equipment. May sit or stand for long periods of time. May lift and move up to 50 pounds on a regular basis and up to 100 pounds or more with assistance. May work in congested work areas, confined spaces and remote locations.  May be exposed to environmental and chemical hazards, allergens, and odors standard to area of assignment, such as high noise, chemicals, and fumes requiring safety controls.

Travel is an essential function of the position. Overnight stays and/or extended work hours may be expected along with exposure to inclement weather and road conditions. Work can at times be in remote locations. Work hours during field work can be irregular and sometimes long.

Uses appropriate safety and personal protective equipment and follows established safety policies, practices and procedures. Performs duties of position with or without reasonable accommodation.

May occasionally work with youth groups and organizations for specific tasks or projects.


Six months of experience (paid or unpaid) performing public contact or customer service duties (e.g. Teacher, Customer Service Representative, Salesperson, Receptionist, etc.) and/or maintenance experience (construction trades, landscaping, custodial, etc.);


Six months of college in any discipline (24 quarter hours/16 semester hours).


Experience with operational equipment, including but not limited to weed eaters, lawn mowers, trimmers, chainsaws;

Experience in facilities, including basic building maintenance and cleaning of restrooms, offices and common areas;

Awareness of safety practices; CPR/First aid and/or Wilderness First aid certified, chainsaw certified;

Customer service with all age groups/public; and

Ability and interest in working in a remote/rural location alone and/or as a team; work alone on projects or unsupervised at times.

**You must submit a cover letter of sufficient length and detail that addresses each of the Desired Attributes listed above to be considered.

The selection process will consist of a review of the material provided and an evaluation of experience and training. Qualified applicants whose responses most closely match the requirements for this position will be invited to interview.

The Oregon Department of State Lands is committed to seeking and sustaining a culturally, racially, ethnically, and linguistically diverse working environment. We are dedicated to hiring and retaining a diverse staff that blends expertise and interest in supporting environmental justice to include minority and low-income communities, tribal communities, and other communities traditionally underrepresented in public processes. The Oregon Department of State Lands understands that an authentic focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace will in turn create an engaged and talented workforce devoted to creating a better Oregon through sound stewardship of lands, wetlands, waterways, and the Common School Fund.

Compensation Information

Salary Range: $2,822 - $3,539

This permanent position is represented by the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)