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STEP #1: MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Park Ranger applicants must meet the following qualifications to be considered for Park Ranger (full-time).
At least 21 years old at the time of appointment.
A valid United States driver's license and the ability to obtain a valid California Class C Drivers License by date of hire.
high school diploma or general education diploma (GED). Waived, if you
have a college degree, from an accredited college within the U.S.
semester college credits from an accredited college or university with
an emphasis in Park Management, Zoology, Biology, Environmental Science,
Geology, Archeology, Anthropology, Forestry, Wildlife/Fisheries
Management or similar park management related fields. We cannot accept
Arts, Administration of Justice, Political Science, Business
Administration, Computer Science and similar areas of study are not
related fields and will not be accepted.
U.S. Citizenship or permanent resident
No felony, domestic violence, misdemeanor assault convictions or currently on probation or parole.
STEP #2: SUBMIT APPLICATION
Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications, apply here
STEP #3: PRE-BACKGROUND SCREENING/ORAL BOARD EXAM
Candidates who successfully
complete the application screening process will be invited to a
pre-background screening meeting with a background investigator, oral
board exam and writing sample exercise. The pre-screening
consists of a short series of screening questions reviewed by a background investigator. The oral board exam is a panel interview which an
applicant will be asked five to eight questions, covering all the key
areas of the generalist park ranger position such as resource management,
interpretation, law enforcement, emergency medical care and public
service. The writing sample exercise will require the
candidate to read and interpret a situation and prepare a written
response within a set time period. The sample may be based on any park
related situation; content, spelling and grammar are evaluated.
successfully complete the Pre-Screening/ Oral Board Exam/Writing Sample
will be placed on an eligibility list for the full background investigation process.
Candidates selected to proceed to the Background Investigation Process
will be notified approximately two to three weeks after the last oral
board exam of the testing cycle.
Preparing for the interview download
STEP #4: Background Investigation Process
The background investigation
process begins upon successful passing of the testing phase.
Candidates will be given instructions to complete the Personal History
Statement (PHS) (otherwise known as the background packet) and
instructions on making an appointment for Live Scan fingerprinting. Upon
completion and submission of the PHS, candidates will be assigned to a
Background Investigator. (The San Jose Park Ranger Program does not accept a PHS from other agencies).
The San Jose Department of
Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services is committed to providing
our community with the highest quality Park Rangers. Our goal is to
employ a work force comprised of individuals who are committed to
excellence and have the highest standard of ethics.
It is imperative that all
information an applicant provides is truthful and accurate; omission of
facts is considered to be untruthful. Any measurement short of this
falls below our standard and can be grounds for disqualification.
A background inquiry can include but is not limited to the following:
During the course of the
background inquiry it will be also be necessary for candidates to
complete a polygraph assessment to determine suitability to work as a
peace officer. Once the background inquiry is complete, the results will
be reviewed by the hiring board for conditional job offer.
STEP #5: Conditional Job Offer
Candidates who successfully
complete the background process will receive an offer of employment
conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment medical exam
and a psychological assessment for suitability to work as a Peace
Officer Park Ranger.
Following completion of the
pre-employment medical exam and the psychological assessment, a final
review will be conducted by the hiring board for employee selection.
Candidates selected will be given notice of their start day and new
employee orientation and be scheduled for the Park Ranger Academy.
STEP #6: THE PARK RANGER ACADEMY
Newly hired Park Rangers must
attend the Santa Rosa Park Ranger Academy. Park Rangers are considered
City of San Jose employees while in the Academy and will earn $26.55 an
hour. The Academy is an 18 week program located in Windsor, California.
The City provides academy uniforms, housing and a stipend for meals
during the training period. The training is conducted
during the weekdays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm with some training conducted
after hours and on weekends. Park Rangers in training will be required
to provide their own daily transportation with mileage reimbursement for
Academy related travel. Click here for more information about the Santa Rosa Park Ranger Academy. Upon graduating from the Santa Rosa Park Ranger Academy, Park Rangers will then enter the Field Training Program.
STEP #7: THE PARK RANGER FIELD TRAINING OFFICER PROGRAM (FTO)
The Field Training Officer (FTO) program
is the “street” training for Park Rangers who have just graduated from
the academy. This is a period where newly graduated Park Rangers will
take what they learned in the academy and apply it to the park
environment. For lateral Park Rangers, this is a period of preparation,
training transition, and integration into the San Jose Park Ranger
Program. New Park Rangers in the FTO program will be assigned to
experienced San Jose Park Ranger Field Training Officers for a 12 week
training period. Daily evaluations are given to document progress
through this training period. Our FTO program structure is made up of
One - The first six weeks will be with the primary FTO, where new Park
Rangers begin working towards being a solo patrol ranger. FTO's will
train and evaluate their performance in the field. FTO’s will provide daily evaluations as well as cumulative evaluations at regular intervals.
Two- The new Park Ranger will be assigned to a second FTO for an
additional six week period in a new assignment. New Park Rangers will
continue working as a patrol Rangers for four weeks while their FTO
continues to train and evaluate their performance in the field. During
the final two weeks of Phase Two the new Park Ranger will function as
the lead member of the patrol team and be evaluated by their FTO.
Upon successful completion
of the Field Training Program a new Park Ranger will be sent to their
first assignment to complete their probationary period. At the end of
the one year probationary period a final evaluation will be completed to
determine if the new Park Ranger will be retained as a permanent