2017 Allegheny County Parks Ranger Corps

Expected Dates
May 15, 2017 to November 10, 2017
Allegheny County
Position ID
Park Ranger Job Description
Under general supervision, this position is responsible for providing education, information and other customer services to visitors of the Allegheny County parks near Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, and promoting recreation and safe utilization of the parks in accordance with applicable provisions of the Allegheny County Code of Ordinances.  

Program Dates: May 16, 2017 - November 14, 2017.

Patrol the 9 Allegheny County Parks and provide information and answer questions from visitors about park resources, facilities, environmental features and history of County parks; provide maps and directions.

Develop and present a variety of high quality interpretive, theme-based formal and informal programs and educational presentations for schools, civic groups and others as requested.

These may include but are not limited to:  orientation talks, guided hikes, lectures, conducted activities, cultural demonstrations, and education and outreach programs.
Learn about park resources by reviewing published maps, research materials and other documents.

Explain park rules and regulations to the public and gain compliance through education.
Monitor parks and natural areas through resource management practices to ensure that natural and man-made hazards are identified and corrected; perform regular checks of grounds, buildings, and park facilities for vandalism, damage, safety hazards and cleanliness, open and close the parks, and report problems and areas of concern to appropriate parties.

Respond and assist in coordination of responses to emergency situations including first aid, medical emergencies, motor vehicle accidents/breakdowns, etc.

Report complaints and/or incidents involving the public to appropriate public safety personnel.
Compile daily park use statistics; maintain required records and prepare reports as necessary.

Assist with large scale special events by providing logistical support and programmatic assistance.

Wear issued uniform and represent the County Parks in a professional manner according to the Park Ranger Division Guidelines.

Perform other related duties as required or requested.
Trainings will Include: 
  • SCA Corps Training
  • Introduction to County Parks
  • Interpretative program design, planning and presentation ( 3 day)
  • Ranger School (1 week)
  • Verbal Judo (conflict de-escalation)
  • Leadership training 
  • Wilderness First Aid/CPR
  • Bike training (on and off road)
  • Project Wild (proprietary grade school curriculum)

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of:
Outdoor recreation and education.
Interpretive and educational program development and presentation
Environmental features and natural resources that exist within County parks.
The history and geography of the parks.
Principles and practices of public facility operation and maintenance.
Methods and techniques for applying first aid and CPR.
Ability to:

Stand and walk/hike long distances (up to 10 plus miles) for prolonged periods of time (8 hours) daily, climb and descend steep inclines, navigate difficult terrain engage in frequent bending, stooping, kneeling, crouching, and reaching.
Act as a park ambassador and provide accurate and responsive information to park visitors.
Establish effective working relationships with managers, co-workers, and public safety personnel in order to ensure that hazards and safety concerns are addressed and resolved so that visitors have safe and enjoyable experiences within the parks.
Learn park history, logistics and environmental and recreational features within the parks.
Tactfully administer park rules and regulations.
Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
Work effectively outside in all types of weather, resulting in exposure to extreme cold, heat and humidity, rain, wind, direct sunlight, etc.
Work flexible work schedules at different park locations. Position will include non-standard weekend scheduling.
Work effectively in a changing environment with a diverse group of people. 
Assist park visitors who may be in distress by administering first aid and/or CPR.

Basic Qualifications:

21 years of age or older
Be able to committ to a 6 month position
U.S. Citizen
Valid drivers license for 3 years and the ability to pass a motor vehicle and criminal background check.
Access to a personal vehicle.


Housing ($400/mo), living ($250/wk), and commuting allowance ($50/wk) will be provided to members
Vehicles will be provided for work purposes only 
Position is eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award 
For more information on Allegheny County Parks please visit: 

  • Members will work within the 9 Allegheny County Parks
  • Wilderness 1st Aid, Ranger School, Leave No Trace.
Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Data Entry
some experience
Community Engagement
some experience
Public Speaking
some experience
Volunteer Coordination
some experience