Park Ranger 4 (Millersylvania) 08058

$5,229.00 – $6,862.00 Monthly
Thurston County – Olympia, WA
Job Type
Full Time – Permanent
Parks and Recreation Commission
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Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission 

AGENCY PROFILE                                                                                                                                                                                                             

State Parks is governed by a board of seven volunteer citizens appointed by the Governor. Commission members serve staggered six-year terms, setting public policy and guiding the agency. The Washington state park system includes more than 100 developed parks, recreation programs, trails, boating safety and winter recreation.

Our Mission
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission cares for Washington’s most treasured lands, waters and historic places. State parks connect all Washingtonians to their diverse natural and cultural heritage and provide memorable recreational and educational experiences that enhance their lives. 

Our Vision 
Washington’s state parks will be cherished destinations with natural, cultural, recreational, artistic and interpretive experiences that all Washingtonians enjoy, appreciate and proudly support.

Washington State Parks employs more than 500 permanent staff and more than 350 seasonal and temporary staff throughout the state. The headquarters office is located in Tumwater, and region offices are located in Burlington, East Wenatchee and Tumwater.


This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Park Ranger 4 (Area Manager) for the Millersylvania Area, which includes: Millersylvania State Park, Rainbow Falls State Park, Tolmie State Park, Willapa Hills Trail State Park, Nisqually property, and the Elbow Lake property.

For more information about Washington State parks, click here.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the manager listed in the “Supplemental Information” section of this publication.


This is an expert level position that serves as a leader in the Operations Division and offers expert level opinion on projects, policy, procedure, rules, and regulations from a front line operational perspective so that decision making includes a complete perspective of probable impacts. This position serves as a conduit between higher level operational decisions and front line staff, promoting and supporting operations policy, procedure, and strategy.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Facilitate the identification, planning, and oversight of all park activities as required necessary to fulfill the mission/vision of the park area, division and agency:
    • Develop, submit for review, and maintain Operational Planning & Reports.
    • Manage area budget; ensure fiscal accountability and compliance with agency policies and procedures.
  • Provide direction and oversight for all maintenance functions in the area and coordinate with other Agency staff as needed:
    • Ensure park area Routine Facility Maintenance Plan is followed.
    • With the aid of the C&M Supervisor develop and maintain a prioritized Biennial plan for addressing area maintenance needs.
    • Develop and maintain a prioritized Park Area equipment replacement list that will be available to Region and/or Statewide Maintenance leadership staff.
    • Ensure required maintenance safety training and procedures are met by all area staff and such training is documented.
    • Oversee contract management for the Park Area.
  • Supervise direct reports: ensure they are following all applicable Agency policies and procedures, statewide rules and regulations and the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
  • Provide leadership in park area and participate in leadership opportunities in the division and agency:
    • Understand and support Agency mission and vision.
    • Understand and support division mission and vision.
    • Proactively communicate with staff in a positive and supportive manner.
    • Actively participate in agency wide peer group meetings.
    • Seek opportunities to demonstrate innovation and leadership within assigned area.
  • Represent State Parks at meetings, in collaboration with agency programs, and in all facets of public engagement.
  • Oversee Law Enforcement activities.


  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Four (4) years of professional experience in a Natural Resource field.
  • Two (2) years of supervision at the professional level.
  • Valid Driver’s license.

** Experience in a Natural Resource or Recreation field will substitute year for year for education.**


  • Two (2) years of Law Enforcement experience.
  • Completion of leadership training classes or coursework.
  • Bachelor’s Degree with 24 qtr/18 semester hours in Parks and Recreation, or Natural Resources.
  • Previous supervisory experience.
  • Previous project planning experience.

• Ability to remain flexible to respond to park emergencies.
• Ability to use learned knowledge and understanding of the organizational and political climate to make decisions and take actions that satisfy diverse interests and contribute effectively to organizational goals.
• Ability to focus on educating and influencing park users for voluntary compliance.
• Ability to consistently enforce governmental laws, rules, and regulations.
• Ability to initiate enforcement actions in a way that the public perceives as fair, objective and reasonable.
• Ability to work with the public, employees and other staff in a friendly, positive and approachable manner in order to create a positive work environment.
• Ability to make independent decisions that achieve desired results.
• Ability to collect data, make sound decisions from data gathered, and evaluate consequences.
• Have the demonstrated knowledge, skills, abilities, and attitudes required to effectively supervise and lead personnel.
• Ability to establish clear performance expectations, coach and mentor employees, provide regular feedback, and correct behavior when necessary.
• Ability to adapt to changing business needs, conditions, and work responsibilities.
• Ability to orally communicate effectively on a one-on-one basis and in small groups.
• Ability to write clearly and succinctly.

Accountability  Accepts personal responsibility for the quality and timeliness of his/her work. Can be relied upon to achieve excellent results.
Communication Effectiveness – Conveys clear, timely and persuasive messages that positively influence the thoughts and actions of others.
Customer Focus – Builds and maintains internal and external customer satisfaction with the services offered by the organization.
Ethics and Integrity – Earns the trust, respect and confidence of coworkers and customers through consistent honesty, forthrightness and professionalism in all interactions.
Inclusiveness – Actively contributes to a work environment that embraces building relationships and recognizing the value of cultural, ethnic, gender and other individual differences, to enhance the attainment of organizational goals.

Supplemental Information

To ensure consideration, please complete the online job application and profile at  Use reference number 08058 when searching for the job announcement.  You must attach or embed in your application the following:

  • Letter of interest specifically addressing the qualifications listed in the announcement.
  • Current Resume.
  • Three professional references.

**All requested materials must be submitted.  Incomplete or late application materials will not be accepted.  Failure to follow the application process may disqualify you from further consideration.**

The information provided in your application must support your selected answers in the application questions.  Answers will be verified and documentation may be required.  Responses not supported in your application will disqualify you for consideration fo employment from this recruitment.

NOTE:  Prior to a new hire, a background check, including criminal record history will be conducted.  Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude you from employment, but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform in the position.

The position is covered by a union shop provision.  Therefore, as a condition of employment, candidates who are appointed are required to become members of the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) and pay dues or as a non-member pay agency shop fee, non-association fee or a representation fee.  The union shop provision shall be effective no later than the 30th day following the effective date of the appointment. 

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Diversity Policy Statement
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is committed to creating an equitable, hospitable, appreciative, safe, and inclusive park environment – one that embraces the full spectrum of all community members’ contributions. The Commission makes this commitment because:

  • Diversity strengthens the workforce in competence and ability;
  • Celebrating diversity appreciates and values individual differences;
  • Diversity serves an increasingly heterogeneous society;
  • Diversity helps ensure the relevance of a state park system, its mission, properties, and programs to the people of this state today and in the future; and
  • Diversity is crucial to our ability to serve all citizens.

The Commission encourages and supports staff efforts to reach out to people of all races, national origins, abilities, religions, sexual orientations, veteran status, ages, and genders who use the parks and who live in communities nearby parks. This outreach is to focus on engaging in partnerships that expand programs and services in a way that is meaningful and of value to all people. The Commission is dedicated to offering quality experiences to all visitors through a workforce and volunteer corps that reflects the diversity of Washington State.

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam veterans and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application process or this job announcement  in an alternative format may contact the human resources office at (360) 902-8565. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

For information about this position, please contact Matt Niles at or (360) 725-9761.

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