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Mary Hao, Director, Human Resources

Chief Park Ranger

Bargaining Unit: MCMEA-MID 80
Bi-Weekly Hours: 80.0

Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5
Hourly Rate: $42.34 $44.44 $46.65 $48.95 $51.40
Bi-Weekly Salary: $3,387 $3,555 $3,732 $3,916 $4,112
Monthly Salary: $7,339 $7,703 $8,086 $8,485 $8,909
Annual Salary: $88,067 $92,435 $97,032 $101,816 $106,912

Class Specification

Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Class specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within a job.


Under direction, plans, assigns, manages, coordinates, reviews and evaluates the work of all staff and activities required for operations and maintenance of parks, recreational facilities, and landscaped sites, and the patrol and maintenance of large land areas under the Open Space District’s jurisdiction, including the enforcement of ordinances, rules and regulations through subordinate supervision; and performs related work as assigned.

Class Characteristics

This mid-management class is responsible for the operation and maintenance of all County developed parks, recreational areas, trails, landscaped areas around County facilities, specified landscape areas of other agencies, and the patrol, maintenance and proper use by the public of open space lands, including forest, chaparral, scrub, grassland and marshland areas. Incumbents manage the administrative and technical field duties and represent the department in providing direction to first-line supervisory staff; provide information to other departments, agencies and the public, and serve as the contact for stakeholders, committees and interest groups.  

This class is distinguished from the Parks and Open Space Superintendent  in that the latter is responsible for the planning, development, organization, and direction of a county-wide system of parks and recreation facilities and programs.. It is further distinguished from the Supervising Park Ranger in that the latter class is responsible for the day-to-day supervision of staff.

Examples of Duties (Illustrative Only)

Note: The following duties are performed by employees in this classification; however, employees may perform related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

  • Plans, assigns, manages, coordinates, reviews and evaluates the work of park rangers, open space park rangers, landscape services workers, lifeguards, contractors, concessionaires, temporary student aides, court-ordered workers, volunteers and others through first-line supervision.
  • Participates in the selection and discipline of staff; provides for the training of staff in work procedures; ensures compliance with all federal, state and local safety codes and regulations, including those related to the use of hazardous materials and workplace safety.
  • Manages the enforcement of Park and Open Space District codes and regulations, and the issuance of citations for misdemeanor and infraction violations of state law and County and District ordinances and regulations occurring on land owned or managed by Marin County Parks and/or the Marin County Open Space District.
  • Participates in the preparation and administration of the department’s short- and long-term budgets, land use and facility plans and capital improvement programs; assists in developing goals and objectives for the division; develops and implements standards for effective park operation and maintenance and effective open space usage and maintenance.
  • Conducts periodic inspections of facilities to assess conditions and prevent or correct potential health and safety hazards.
  • Develops and recommends new or revised departmental policies and procedures; implements after approval.
  • Oversees the ranger residence program.
  • Oversees response to emergency situations; coordinates activities with emergency response agencies.
  • May perform highly skilled park or facility construction and/or maintenance work.

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of education and experience that would provide the knowledge and skills listed below. Typically, equivalent to graduation from a four year college or university and two years of increasingly responsible experience in parks, open space and/or landscape maintenance and operation. One year of experience must have been at a supervisory level. Additional experience in parks operations and/or maintenance may be substituted for the education on a year-for-year basis.

Certificates and Licenses

May be required to obtain California Pest Control Applicator's certificate within one year of appointment, depending on assignment.

Ability to obtain standard first-aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certificate within one year of appointment.

Ability to successfully complete POST Certified PC832 Powers of Arrest training or approved similar training within one year of appointment.

Possession of a valid Class C California Driver's License and a satisfactory driving history as obtained from the Department of Motor Vehicle is required at time of appointment.

Special Sub-class Recruitments

Recruitments for positions in this class may be conducted according to the program or department in which a vacancy exists and the special certificates, licenses and/or experience requirements of the position.

Recruitment for these positions may be conducted to include bilingual ability according to the needs of the department.

Knowledge Of

  • Principles, practices, equipment, tools, plants and materials related to park and recreation facility operation, maintenance and repair; open space maintenance, operation and development; or forest and land management, including environmental protections, soil conservation, erosion control and reforestation, depending on assignment.
  • Scientific identification, general habitat and biotic relationships of native flora and fauna found in local open space lands.
  • Wild land fire prevention and control techniques and methods used in first aid and search and rescue operations.
  • Principles and practices of employee supervision, including work planning, assignment, coordination, review, evaluation and training, directly and through lower levels of supervision.
  • Safety practices, laws and regulations related to the work, including the proper handling, use and storage of pesticides and other hazardous materials.
  • Applicable laws, ordinances, codes and regulations.
  • Basic budgetary principles and practices.

Ability To

  • Determine the most effective use of staff, equipment and budgetary resources to meet the goals and standards of the unit and Board and Commission policies and directives.
  • Plan projects and set goals; develop and implement objectives, work standards, policies and procedures.
  • Perform skilled parks facility and landscape construction and maintenance work.
  • Use sound independent judgment within general policy and procedural guidelines.
  • Prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence and other written materials.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.

Special Requirements

May be subject to fingerprinting and a Sheriff's background investigation prior to appointment.

Employee must be willing to wear a County-provided uniform and all appropriate safety gear.

The physical demands and working conditions described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Physical Demands

Mobility to work in a both a standard office setting and a park, open space, or landscaped setting and use office and craft tools and equipment; stamina to perform skilled maintenance work and inspect park facilities, including trails; strength to lift equipment weighing up to 40 pounds; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; hearing and speech to converse in person and over the telephone.

Working Conditions

Must be willing to work independently for extended periods of time in remote locations, off-hours and weekend schedules and outdoors in any weather conditions. 

Work is usually performed in a typical office setting with moderate noise. Incumbents may be required to work off-hours and to travel to various sites.

ADA Compliance

The County will make reasonable accommodation of the known physical or mental limitations of a qualified applicant with a disability upon request.

Classification History

Class Code: 1155
Date Established: 10/1/1989 12:00:00 AM
Previously Revised: 3/96, 6/29/97, 7/14/02
Revised: 06/17

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StatusBudget CenterTotal
Regular-Salary Overtime FT 1
Regular-Salary Overtime FTPark Facilities1