Nature Preserve Ranger - City of St. Petersburg, FL

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Deadline to Apply:

Thursday, September 10, 2020, 12:00pm


St. Petersburg, FL
United States

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Specialized work assisting in the daily operation of the city’s Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, including the implementation and conducting of related environmental educational programs, the monitoring of campsites, cabins and park facilities, and other related activities. Work involves designing, scheduling, promoting, and conducting informative guided tours, educational programs and presentations for the general public regarding wildlife, vegetation, energy systems and ecological relationships represented in the nature preserve; assisting a supervisor in the development of special events and coordinating volunteer workers' activities; designing and maintaining nature displays, exhibits and gardens; caring and feeding of captive wildlife, including birds of prey; some maintenance of the preserve; and enforcement of preserve rules and regulations, including ensuring that the park’s doors, gates and locks are secured. Work also involves monitoring all incoming guests through the campground gate; performing routine patrols and rental inspections; assisting with cashier and camping reservation duties; and cleaning/maintenance of campgrounds, campsites, rental facilities and restrooms Work will require considerable public contact and the exercise of independent good judgment, tact and diplomacy; outdoor duties in all types of weather; evening, weekend and holiday work hours; and occasional work in the nature preserve which requires travel off the established trails.

Salary: $16.44 - $23.83

Close Date: 09-10-2020 (11:59 PM DST)

Minimum Qualifications. Applicants must:

  • Possess a valid high school diploma or GED equivalency supplemented with some coursework in environmental management, environmental science, physical or biological science, education or a related field.
  • Possess and maintain a valid Driver License.
  • Have knowledge of and can identify Florida ecological systems, flora and fauna.
  • Be skilled in public speaking and developing and conducting presentations and tours.
  • Be able to understand and communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Desirable Qualifications. Preferred applicants:

  • Have one or more years of experience in naturalist, environmental or parks related work.
  • Have knowledge of Florida history.
  • Have knowledge of City rules and regulations pertaining to the care and use of City parks.
  • Have some supervisory and public contact experience.
  • Have basic computer skills.
  • Are able to handle and care for birds of prey.
  • Are able to design and maintain nature displays.

Selection Process
For purposes of employment, re-employment, promotion, transfer or demotion, the most qualified applicants will be selected to continue in the hiring process. At this point, any prior criminal records will be verified. A prior criminal record will not necessarily disqualify a selected applicant from employment.
The City of St. Petersburg is committed to a Drug Free Workplace and compliance with the Department of Transportation (DOT) drug testing rules. Applicants may be required to successfully complete pre-employment drug testing and/or medical exams.

How to Apply:

Apply online at - Select Apply for Jobs/Register/View Job Postings. City employees must use the Current City Employee link or use a City computer to access iRecruitment Employee Candidate. The City of St. Petersburg is committed to affirmative action and equal opportunity employment, and encourages individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply for posted positions. In accordance with Chapter 295 of the Florida Statutes, qualified servicemembers/veterans and the spouses/family members of certain servicemembers/veterans receive preference/priority in employment. Eligible applicants are responsible to apply for Veterans’ Preference at the time of submission of any job application. Reasonable accommodations may be made for qualified individuals with disabilities to apply, to interview for positions and to perform the essential job functions.