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Position Title: Seasonal Park Ranger

Salary: $12.00 per hour

How to Apply:

Applications are submitted online until the position is filled and/or the posting is closed. After reviewing this job announcement, please click on the link at the bottom of the page to apply online. A resume is required with the application. Further instructions on submission of documents are available in the online application. A resume may not be substituted for an application.

Minimum Requirements:

45 college credits in Parks and Recreation Management, Biology, Environmental Science/Education, or a related field of study. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted.

Must possess current, valid certification in first aid and CPR at time of hire.

Must possess current, valid Class C driver’s license at time of hire.

Must obtain Pennsylvania State child abuse clearances and FBI fingerprinting prior to employment. 

It is the policy of Allegheny County that in order to receive a final offer of employment, candidates for positions within the executive branch must provide proof of a Covid-19 vaccination. The prospective employee will need to be fully vaccinated or have at least one shot of a two-shot series before beginning work. Any employee who does not receive and provide proof of the second shot within 30 days will have their probationary employment terminated. 

Allegheny County will allow for medical and religious exemptions from the requirements in accordance with state and federal law. 

Additionally, it is the policy of Allegheny County that in order to receive a final offer of employment, candidates must successfully pass a background check.

Position Summary:

Under limited supervision, this position is responsible for providing information, education and quality customer services to visitors of Allegheny County Parks, promoting recreation and safe utilization of the parks in accordance with applicable provisions of the Allegheny County Code of Ordinances, and working various natural and recreational resource management projects, including but not limited to, trail building, invasive species removal and tree planting. Though Park Rangers are headquartered in North and South Parks, they will perform duties throughout the nine (9) Allegheny County Parks. Seasonal employment for this position runs from 5/15/2023 to 11/14/2023. Position may be terminated at any time due to weather conditions or project availability.

  • Develop and present interpretive programming in a variety of settings including scheduled park programs, special events, and outreach programs.
  • Learn natural, cultural, and recreation resources within the parks.
  • Provide information and answer questions from visitors about park resources, facilities, environmental features, and history of County parks; provide maps and directions.
  • Patrol park on foot and by vehicle; explain park rules and regulations to the public.
  • Report complaints and/or incidents involving the public to appropriate public safety personnel.
  • Assist with special events.
  • Assist with outreach programs that include natural, cultural, and recreational resource-based topics. 
  • Learn and implement natural resource management skills like tree planting and invasive species removal.
  • Learn and implement sustainable trail construction, design, and general trail maintenance.  
  • Learn and implement volunteer management skills. 
  • Report complaints and/or incidents involving the public to appropriate public safety personnel. 
  • Perform other related duties as required or requested.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of:
  • Operations and functions of Park Rangers within the park system. 
  • Outdoor recreation and education.
  • Natural and cultural resources that exist within County parks.

Ability to:
  • Act as a park ambassador and provide accurate and responsive information to park visitors. 
  • Assist in implementing operational aspects of a new initiative.
  • Establish effective working relationships with managers, co-workers, and public safety personnel in ensure that hazards and safety concerns are addressed and resolved so that visitors have safe and enjoyable experiences within the parks.
  • Utilize teachable moments to encourage visitors to follow park rules and regulations.
  • Stand and walk long distances for prolonged periods of time daily often on uneven difficult terrain, climb and descend steep inclines, engage in frequent bending, stooping, kneeling, crouching, and reaching.
  • Work outside in all types of weather, resulting in exposure to extreme cold, heat and humidity, rain, wind, direct sunlight, etc.
  • Maintain flexible work schedules at different park locations.
  • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Use a computer, Microsoft Office, and Adobe. 


Residency: Not required to live in Allegheny County
Veterans' Preference: Will be awarded to eligible candidates.