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Park Aide

Company: County of Sonoma
Location: Santa Rosa
Posted on: November 24, 2022

Job Description:


$35,919.34 - $43,662.55 Annually


Santa Rosa, CA

Job Type



Regional Parks Department (RPK)

Job Number


Position Information
Sonoma County Regional Parks Department is accepting applications for a full-time Park Aide position.
This is an exciting opportunity to discover your parks and learn about our County's diverse wildlife and landscapes as a member of the Regional Parks team!

Starting salary $17.21/hour ($35,919/year) plus a cash allowance of approximately $3.45/hour, and a competitive total compensation package!*As a Park Aide, you will assist with routine park operations and a variety of Sonoma County Regional Park programs. On-the-job training is provided to learn about park rules, procedures, interpretation, and operations. Additional responsibilities you will assist with include:

  • Registering campers and collecting fees for day-use and camping
  • Explaining park rules and responding to visitor inquiries
  • Maintaining and/or monitoring park natural resources
  • Performing maintenance and janitorial tasks, including cleaning restrooms
  • Supporting special park events and festivals
    The Ideal candidate for this position will possess:
    • A passion for parks and serving the community
    • Experience providing customer service to a diverse population
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills
    • Point of sale and cash handling experience
    • Organization skills necessary to manage multiple priorities
    • Valid Basic First Aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, and Emergency Cardiac Care cards
    • Bilingual skills (Spanish) desired but not required
      Work locations may vary and work assignments include irregular hours on weekdays, weekends, and holidays. A candidate's flexibility in workdays and work hours is highly desirable. Park Aides are required to wear a County issued uniform and will receive a voucher toward the purchase of safety boots.

      County of Sonoma's Regional Parks include more than 50 parks, trails, and beaches from Petaluma to Gualala and Sonoma to Bodega Bay. Many offer wild landscapes while others feature sports fields, playgrounds, campgrounds, boat launches, and an environmental education center. Regional Parks also offers a range of recreation, education and natural resource programs that enhance the quality of life and well-being of individuals, families and communities. Please visit to learn more about the various programs and resources offered by the Regional Parks Department.

      What We Offer
      When you join the County's challenging and rewarding work environment you become a valuable team member and gain the satisfaction of knowing you're working together to better your community. You can also look forward to excellent benefits* including:

      • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range
      • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance of up to $500 and ongoing education/training opportunities
      • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
      • County paid 100% premium contribution for the majority of employee-only and employee + family health plan options
      • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
      • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
      • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment
        *Salary is negotiable within the established salary range. Benefits herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can be found in the Service Employees International Union Local 1021 Memorandum Of Understanding (SEIU MOU) and our Employee Benefits directory.

        This recruitment is being conducted to fill a Park Aide position in the Regional Parks Department. This employment list may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra-help (temporary) positions as they occur during the active status of the list. Qualified County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment.

        Minimum Qualifications
        Education and Experience: Any combination of education and work experience which would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed herein. Normally, this would include experience in a position involving public contact, or performing janitorial, and/or physical manual labor. Coursework or training in park management, natural resources, forestry, environmental studies, or a closely related field is desirable.

        Desirable Certifications: Possession of a valid American Heart Association Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and an Emergency Cardiac Care card is desirable.

        License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.
        Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
        Working knowledge of: basic janitorial techniques; occupational hazards and standard safety practices.

        Ability to: follow oral and written instructions; use hand tools and light machines; perform moderately heavy physical manual labor; detect safety hazards within a park area and report problems to supervisor; prepare a simple record of daily fees on a standardized form; deal effectively and tactfully with the public and County personnel; ensure adherence to safe work practices and procedures; tactfully explain rules, regulations, laws and ordinances; safely drive and operate light motorized vehicles.
        Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying
        • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
        • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application. Be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
        • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
        • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.Please visit Getting a Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the application, examination, and department selection processes.

          Responses to supplemental questions will be scored using position-specific criteria. Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for a thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses that state "See Resume" or "See Application" may be considered insufficient and therefore may not be scored.
          The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

          An Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (weight 100%) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant's application and supplemental questionnaire for satisfaction of minimum qualifications (pass/not pass); and for educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities which relate to this position. Each applicant will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

          • Relevance of work history, related experience, and achieved level of education and/or training as described in the application and responses to the supplemental questions.Candidates demonstrating possession of the minimum qualifications will be placed on an employment list in order of most qualified to least qualified based on the achieved score received in the Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination. Scores may be adjusted based on such factors as number of candidates, anticipated vacancies, past practice, and natural breaks in the scores achieved by this group of candidates.


            A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

            Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer are contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.
            HOW TO APPLY

            Applications are accepted online at: Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.

            The County of Sonoma values diversity and is dedicated to creating a workplace environment that provides individuals with a sense of belonging. We are committed to having a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. The County is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer where all aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance, and business need.

            HR Analyst: MN
            HR Tech: KK

Keywords: County of Sonoma, Santa Rosa , Park Aide, Other , Santa Rosa, California

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