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Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission Park Ranger (In Training) in Olympia, Washington

Here's an opportunity for you to apply for what many consider to be a "dream job" - working as a Park Ranger for Washington's beautiful state parks. As a Park Ranger, you get to work outdoors, share your passion for the outdoors with the public, protect the public and the state's natural resources, and do this with a fantastic group of like-minded co-workers! There are so many opportunities for learning and growth, and advancement options for those with strong leadership abilities. While law enforcement is not the only work you'll be performing, these positions at the Park Ranger 2 level, are fully commissioned and armed. If this sounds like your ideal job, we would love for you to apply!Please Note - This recruitment is for candidates who are currently attending, or have already successfully completed a qualifying law enforcement academy (BLEA, POST, PLEA, or SLETP). Duties: Park Ranger 2's are responsible for protecting, preserving, and enhancing our state parks and natural resources, while ensuring the safety and welfare of park visitors; they communicate with the public including providing public information; they identify, improve and protect wetlands, archeological sites and other sensitive or endangered sites; they prepare and present interpretive and educational talks to the public regarding parks resources and related topics; they complete law enforcement activity, vehicle and equipment usage, attendance and incident reports; they educate the public on park rules, issue citations, conduct investigations, and other routine law enforcement duties; they perform grounds and facilities maintenance; they schedule, prioritize, and evaluate the work of staff, and special program workers (community service workers, volunteers, etc.). The specific duties will have some variation by park location. This recruitment will be used to fill current and future full-time, permanent, Park Ranger 2 vacancies across Washington State. Park placement is based on many things including candidate preference and Agency need. The specific Park locations will be discussed with candidates once a conditional offer of employment has been made and the candidate has started the Agency required Law Enforcement Testing. For more information on Washington State Parks and Recreation, including location information for all Washington State Parks, click here. Qualifications:REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: *High school diploma or GED. *United States citizen or lawful permanent resident. *A valid driver's license (unrestricted, other than corrective lenses). *Must be 21 years of age by date of hire (approx. 6 months from submitting application). *Two (2) years of college (Military experience, Commissioned law enforcement experience, Natural Resource, or Recreation field experience will substitute year for year for education). *Successful completion OR Currently attending a qualifying law enforcement academy (BLEA, POST, PLEA, or SLETP).** **Must have graduated from a qualifying law enforcement academy (or currently attending) or must have worked as a commissioned law enforcement officer within the last 24 months from date of hire or worked as a commissioned Park Ranger with Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission within the last 24 months.**Candidates who have previously worked in a fully commissioned law enforcement capa