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P & R Ranger

Department of Parks and Recreation

Open for Recruitment: March 13, 2017 - March 31, 2017
Announcement # 00984037772
Salary Range: $16.95/hr -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Round Lake State Park

The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation is seeking applications for a Ranger at 
Round Lake State Park near Sagle, Idaho.

Round Lake State Park is a beautiful forested park in the northern panhandle of Idaho.  It sits on the edge of a 58-acre lake where flocks of Canada geese pass over towering pine, hemlock and larch trees and osprey plunge for perch.  Hikers will discover beaver lodges and may see a glimpse of a resident moose, while fishers listen to a chorus of bullfrogs, ducks and bald eagles as they cast for rainbow trout or bass.  

Round Lake is located 10 miles south of Sandpoint, Idaho.  There are 16 water/electric serviced campsites and 35 standard campsites.  Trailers limited to 24 feet.  Amenities include flush toilets, showers, dump station and electricity.
The park is open year-round providing a variety of activities including camping, picnicking, hiking, cycling, mountain biking, swimming, fishing, wildlife and wildflower viewing, ice fishing, snowshoeing, Nordic skiing and ice skating.  There is a boat ramp but only electric motor boats are allowed.  The park rents peddle boats, canoes, and stand up paddle boards. There is a visitor/interpretive center and a day-use shelter. 

Housing is required as part of the job.

For more information about Round Lake State Park and the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation, please visit our website at . 

You can also contact Mary McGraw, Round Lake State Park Manager, 208-263-3489, or .

The ranger positions serve as one of the primary public contacts for overnight and day users. This position is responsible for a wide variety of duties, including:

  • Answering visitor questions regarding park history, geology, plants and animals, and conducting nature walks, interpretive and environmental awareness programs for park visitors, school groups, and organizations.
  • Informing visitors of pertinent regulations of the Department as well as partner organizations such as the Department of Fish and Game and the Department of Lands.
  • Collecting fees, making reservations and operating visitor centers.
  • This is a lead position for maintaining park facilities and grounds to ensure resource preservation and visitor safety and performing a variety of basic craft activities including carpentry, plumbing, and electrical.
  • Operating and repairing vehicles, trucks, mowers, groomers, backhoes, and hand and power tools.
  • Hiring, training, scheduling and supervising seasonal employees and volunteers.
  • Preparing and maintaining reports, records, logs, and inventories.
  • Preparing research reports and procedure manuals.  


  • Knowledge of outdoor recreation and natural resource management. This can typically be met by successful completion of at least 9 college-level credits in a natural resource field AND at least 2 seasons experience working with natural resource issues.
  • Experience providing service to a variety of customers.  This can typically be gained by 6 months of experience answering questions, providing direction, and asking questions to determine needs or purpose of the visit. (Experience working in a visitor center, as a hotel desk clerk or as a sales clerk could qualify.)
  • Experience supervising staff.  This can typically be gained by at least 6 months’ work experience assigning work or training new or existing staff. Experience supervising seasonal and/or volunteer staff will qualify.

NOTE:  This position functions as compliance enforcement officer who maintains the peace and enforces rules within state parks.  Compliance enforcement training generally occurs within the first 18 to 24 months of employment.  Certification as a compliance enforcement officer requires successful passage of established professional requirements and a criminal background check including fingerprinting and completion of a personal history statement.

 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  The following experience is not required for this position but may increase your score.

  • Some knowledge of Interpretation/Environmental Education.  This can typically be gained by successful completion of at least 1-college courses OR 1 agency-sponsored workshop that included park interpretation or environmental education.
  • Experience operating and maintaining vehicles/equipment.  This can be typically gained by experience operating lightweight over-the-road type vehicles and equipment such as cars and pickups (manual shift not automatic), lawnmowers, weed eaters, trimmers, etc AND experience performing preventative maintenance on small engines, pumps, and vehicles and ensuring oil and filters are changed and tune-ups are performed as required.
  • Experience performing basic construction and building maintenance. This can be typically met by experience performing basic carpentry and plumbing tasks such as roof repair, erecting dry wall, installing windows or doors, home repair and remodeling, repairing/replacing faucets, sinks, drains, and toilets.

Education and Experience with supporting documentation. You will receive a score based on your responses to the narrative questions, provided those responses are supported by your work history and resume.

  • Be sure all responses must be supported in the work history, resume, and/or education portion of your application.
  • A minimum rating of 56 is required to pass this examination. Exam results are available online when the review process is completed. If you do not Apply Online, you will receive written notification of your exam results.
  • To preview the exam, click on the "Preview Exam" link below (you will not be able to take the exam from this screen). If you wish to take the exam, click on any Apply Online button and follow the instructions provided. 

Click on the Apply Online button to the left and follow the instructions provided to complete the Application Checklist and Exam for this position. If you are unable to use the Apply Online process, you must respond to the exam questions on this announcement and complete a State of Idaho Application. For a paper application, click on Forms at the top of the screen.
When updating your online application information, please select:

  •  Department of Parks and Recreation under "Agencies,"
  •  Full-time under "Job Type/Shift" and
  •  Sagle, or mark Round Lake State Park under "Cities."

When updating your online application information, you must complete all items in the Application Checklist. This includes:

  • Personal Information,
  • Education,
  • Work History,
  • Cities,
  • Agencies and
  • Job Type.

 Without all of the above information, your name cannot be referred to the hiring agency. 


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At the discretion of the appointing authority, compensatory time off may be provided in lieu of overtime cash compensation.

Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability. In addition, preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations. If you need special accommodations to satisfy testing requirements, please contact the Division of Human Resources.