Dakota CountyHastings 55033
Part Time +

•  Ability to work effectively under minimum supervision.•  Ability to analyze situations accurately and employ effective courses of action.

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Parks, Lakes & Trails Ranger

Dakota County
Part Time, Temporary 19.00/per week 1580 Hwy 55, Hastings, MN 55033, United States


General Description

DEPARTMENT: Sheriff’s Office
HOURS: Various
HIRING RANGE: $18.00 - 19.00/hour (DOQ)
LOCATION: Various Throughout Dakota County
CLOSE DATE: 10/5/2023 at 4:30pm

Parks, Lakes and Trails Rangers are expected to assist County park visitors and citizens and also provide instructions of rules and regulations to using County waterways and public trails. Rangers also provide security to park visitors and property and enforce Dakota County Park ordinances applicable to these areas of responsibility. Parks, Lakes and Trails Rangers report to the Sergeant supervising the unit.
This is a temporary position with no guarantee of hours or length of the temporary employment. Flexibility in scheduling is available to students and the position can be used for college internship programs. Depending on departmental needs, this position may work up to 40 hours per week for a period of up to six months.

Who We Are
Dakota County is Minnesota’s third largest county and home to more than 400,000 residents. Our motto is “Be More” and we strive every day to achieve excellent public service, with a focus on four values: Service, Integrity, People, and Innovation.
Dakota County aims to create an environment that is welcoming and inclusive of diverse people, backgrounds, and experiences. Our goal is to have a workforce that is reflective of the communities and individuals we serve. We promote an equitable and culturally aware work environment where everyone can be their authentic selves. 

Minimum Qualifications

•  High school diploma or G.E.D. and at least 18 years old by the time of appointment AND
•  Valid driver's license
Position Requirement:
•  Applicants must be able to pass a background check, be able to lift 100 pounds and pass a physical examination.

Desired Qualification:
•  Currently enrolled in OR recently completed an accredited law enforcement program 

Candidates for employment with Dakota County Sheriff's Office must be able to comply with Policy 1043.3 which states that non-offensive tattoos which are visible while working are generally allowed. All tattoos must be approved before allowed to be visible. Tattoos may require covering if they are determined to be unsightly, offensive or a job assignment requires it. Visible tattoos on the ears, head, face, neck or any portion of the hand area are prohibited.

Duties & Responsibilities

These examples do not include all possible tasks in this work and do not limit the assignment of related tasks in any position of this classification. Regular attendance according to the position's management approved work schedule is required for all positions.

1. Patrol county parks, lakes and trails in vehicles, on foot, mountain bike, skis, and UTV.
2. Function as a public relations representative of the Sheriff's Department by providing information and assistance to park, lake, and trail users.
3. Guide users to park, lake and trail facilities and provide access and instructions to users of special use rental facilities. Secures facilities after usage.
4. Monitor shelter reservations and special events; check permits and provide assistance with discrepancies or problems.
5. Enforce county ordinance #107 within the county parks System and other ordinances, rules, state statutes related to the operation of boats, snowmobiles and ATV's.
6. Advise appropriate law enforcement agency of crimes in progress, serious traffic violations or other events requiring a police response.
7. May assist other agencies as directed by a licensed Deputy.
8. Respond to medical emergencies as needed.
9. Comply with county and departmental policies. Wear prescribed uniform.
10. Assist visitors with inmate visitation program.
11. Provide guidance to public and assist with building security at Dakota County Service Centers.
12. Perform other duties as directed.
 ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: Duties 1 through 6, 9 and 10 are essential functions.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities and Work Environment

•  Ability to work effectively under minimum supervision.
•  Ability to analyze situations accurately and employ effective courses of action.
•  Ability to communicate positively and effectively with the general public.
•  Ability to operate motor vehicles, including ATVs, UTVs, boats, and snowmobiles safely under a variety of climatic conditions.
•  Ability to swim.
•  Ability to pass a physical examination.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: This position works within Dakota County Park System, on Dakota County Trails, within Dakota County Service Centers and on Dakota County waterways. Work is performed both indoors and outdoors in an environment with a variety of climatic conditions and uneven geography. Work is performed on foot, by mountain bike, or with motorized conveyance; occasionally hiking long distances, or performing other vigorous outdoor activities. Duties involve lengthy periods of sitting while operating or driving equipment, lengthy periods of sitting at a desk, standing, walking, twisting, balancing, pushing, pulling, and reaching in all directions. Duties performed require bending, stooping, crouching, climbing stairs and ladders, bending and twisting of the arm, simple grasping, firm grasping, and fine finger dexterity. Work involves lifting up to 25 pounds frequently and over 25 pound objects occasionally when hooking up trailers, and lifting and moving supplies and equipment.
Exposures may include, but are not limited to changing weather conditions, uneven and/or slippery surfaces, working at heights, noise, working with moving machinery, sharp edges, vibration; atmospheric conditions such as fumes, odors, dusts, gases, and poor ventilation; and hazardous materials such as chemicals, blood and other body fluids. Equipment used may include, but is not limited to a computer, printer, phone, copy and fax machines, general hand tools, ropes, chains, trailer hitches, variety of motor vehicles, medical backpack, bikes, canoe, skis, and flashlights.
SELECTION PROCESS: The examination/selection process for this classification will consist of a rating of your training and experience from the application materials submitted. The top scoring candidates will be forwarded to the hiring department for further consideration.

Dakota County Employee Relations
Main Number 651.438.4435
(contact 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday)