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13 Dec 2022

Temporary Seasonal Ranger Aide

Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District – Posted by MROSD La Honda, California, United States

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Job Description

About the Position:  The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (Midpen) Seasonal Ranger Aide is an entry-level position, which provides the opportunity to learn and perform some duties of a ranger under the guidance of experienced ranger staff. Ranger Aides provide visitor information and assistance, travelling by non-emergency Midpen vehicles and on foot throughout an assigned geographical region. Ranger Aides perform a variety of customer service duties such as educating and informing the public about Midpen land use regulations, public relations and interpretive services, but do not have law enforcement authority.  Ranger Aides will assist with routine maintenance work on Midpen land and facilities and may respond to assist with emergency calls. Select positions may be assigned to parking lot operation duties. Start dates will be in or around April 2023 and the selected individuals will continue working through November 2023.

Work location may be at any of these offices (there is no seasonal housing available):

  • Skyline Field Office – La Honda
  • Foothills Field Office – Cupertino
  • Coastal Area Outpost – La Honda
  • South Area Office – Campbell

About Midpen: Midpen helps plants, animals and people thrive throughout the greater Santa Cruz Mountains region by preserving a greenbelt of more than 65,000 acres of public open space with 250 miles of trails in 26 extraordinary preserves, permanently protected for natural resource conservation and ecologically sensitive public enjoyment and education. Midpen is a public agency with a focused mission that guides our work, and where every employee makes an impact. If you are looking for an outstanding opportunity to contribute to the legacy of open space protection, natural resource restoration and outdoor recreation, working with an incredible team of like-minded colleagues, we invite you to apply for this position!

Requirements: Must have the ability to educate and inform the public about Midpen lands, pertinent laws and regulations; administer first aid and CPR; operate and maintain various power tools and equipment; operate two-way radios; communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing; and other duties as assigned.

Certificates Needed: A valid California driver license is required upon appointment; valid professional rescuer CPR certificate and basic First Aid certificate (Midpen will offer training to candidates who do not possess CPR/First Aid certificates upon appointment).

Education & Experience: Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:

Equivalent to graduation from high school. Six months experience working in a customer service related field.  Some experience or training in a parks settings is desirable.

Schedules: Must be willing to work weekends, nights, holidays, or extended shifts and work with exposure to difficult circumstances, including exposure to challenging situations and upset individuals. Work weeks are expected to be full-time (40 hours), some school schedules may be accommodated. Seasonal assignments will not exceed 950 hours or 7 months, whichever comes first, and do not include benefits.

Working Conditions: Most work is outdoors within Midpen’s open space lands with exposure to inclement weather conditions. This requires the ability to patrol on foot, off trail, and in rugged terrain.  Also requires the ability to perform related emergency services and maintenance and construction work on Midpen lands. Once trained, Ranger Aides may work alone for parts or all of their shifts. Must wear prescribed District uniform and adhere to strict safety procedures and work habits.

Employee Benefits: This is a non-benefited position.

Employment offers are conditional upon the results of a fingerprint background check and a pre-employment physical.  Candidates who advance to reference checks must provide a current DMV report. Midpen only accepts the DMV report the candidate receives by submitting form INF 1125 to the DMV.


  • Virtual Interviews – Monday, February 13, 2023 and Tuesday, February 14, 2023 – We suggest planning your calendar accordingly.
  • Reference Checks – week of February 20, 2023
  • Fingerprinting – week of March 6, 2023
  • Pre-employment Physical – week of March 20, 2023
  • Start Dates – April 2023

Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Applicants with disabilities may request reasonable accommodation by contacting the Human Resources department at 650-691-1200.

 Put your passion for Open Space to work!

How to Apply

  • How to Apply:  Application Deadline: Wednesday, January 18, 2023
  • Apply online at  Applicants with the most relevant experience and qualifications suitable for the position will be contacted for interviews.
  • Answers to supplemental questions must be submitted with the application.

Job Categories: Environmental. Job Types: Temporary. Salaries: 20,000 - 40,000.

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