Job Post

Park Ranger / Animal Welfare Officer

Company Name: City of Englewood Police Department
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Location: Englewood Police Department / Englewood Colorado
Job Type: Full Time
Job Category: Field

Job Details
The listed examples of work are not intended to be all-inclusive.  They may be modified with additions, deletions, or changes as necessary.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Provides patrol of park properties, enforcement of rules and ordinances, open space protection and preservation, and public safety for the park system.  Carries out a variety of duties related to park management and environmental education as directed by the Code Enforcement Supervisor and in cooperation with the Open Space Manager.

Major Tasks, Duties, and Responsibilities

Ensures compliance of city park ordinances and rules through public relations, education, signs, and written information.  If necessary, issues city citation for violations.

Provides a recurring patrol presence on all assigned park properties, open space and trails.  Patrols using a truck and on foot.

Coordinates facility operations such as picnic reservations, event scheduling, community service programs, and contract coordination with Open Space Manager and Parks and Recreation staff.

Provides a safe environment for recreation through upkeep of the facilities, educating the public through, signs, verbal contact, coordination with the Communications Department and written information.

Ability to provide first aid and rescue within training and ability.

Provide oversight and enforcement of a City issued dog licensing program and off leash rules and regulations.

Must maintain and utilize City-provided Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when conducting activities where the employee is exposed to risks above those encountered in a traditional office setting.  If injured on-the-job due to failure to utilize PPE a safety violation can be taken.

Prepares records and reports to include citations for violations of the City’s environmental, nuisance and animal codes as they relate to the use of park facilities.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Other Duties & Responsibilities
May work with volunteers and community service groups.

Develop partnerships with various user groups

Work Schedule
Works a flexible 40-hour week schedule.  Work schedule will vary from Monday through Sunday with the daily workday varying between 6:00a.m. to 9:30p.m.  Work schedules will vary depending on weather conditions, projects, events and programs, meeting and/or staffing levels and will include evenings, early mornings, and weekend hours. May be required to work holidays as staffing needs dictate.

Will be scheduled to be on-call throughout the year to include off shift, holidays and weekends.


Education: A Degree in Parks, Recreation or Natural Resources, Law Enforcement or related degree preferred.

Work Experience:  8 months to 3 years’ experience as a Park Ranger or Animal Control Officer enforcing rules and regulations in parks preferred.

Required Driver’s License: Valid Colorado driver’s license, with good driving record, background check and finger printing required.

Certifications/ Memberships:

Within 1 year must attend and obtain certification as a basic animal control officer
Within 1 year obtain commission with the Colorado Department of Agriculture Bureau of Animal
Protection (BAP Agent)
Be affiliated with a state or nation Ranger program to further training and collaboration
An equivalent combination of education, training and relevant job experience may be substituted.

Basic knowledge of:

Animal behavior and handling helpful
State and Federal Constitutional Law is helpful
Understanding of Search and Seizure Laws is helpful
Basic self-defense is helpful
Spanish is helpful
Knowledge of City ordinances and fishing rules and regulations.
Knowledge of natural resources base with the various parks.
Knowledge of basic natural history of species within the parks.
Excellent public relations skills (dealing with complaints and violations) and ability to prepare and present formal educational programs.
Ability to issue citations when violations occur and to testify in court proceedings.
Ability to demonstrate organizational, and leadership skills.
Ability to work independently and as a team member.
Ability to use a wide range of tools preferred.
Basic computer skills.
Must be able to interact with others in a positive manner.
Must demonstrate regular and reliable attendance.
Ability to work independently
Background check required.
Skills and Abilities

CPR, First Aid and AED Training and Certification

Computer Skills – Basic computer skills required for accurate data entry and records management.   Intermediate skills required to track and utilize a dog licensing program and code enforcement reporting.

Communication – Strong customer service skills required to provide technical advice on ordinances and rules, and to provide the public with underlying rationale for ordinances and rules.  Strong conflict resolution skills needed to deal with difficult clientele.  Basic written skills required to write reports and correspondence.

Must be a quick-learner to be able to:

develop a working knowledge Englewood Municipal Code as they relate to parks
develop a working knowledge of animal behavior and handling and learn to properly operate equipment used for restraint.
learn and apply departmental procedure and policy accurately
learn the streets and boundaries within the city
learn basic self-defense skills and operate basic self-defense tools
learn to operate various City vehicles
learn basic crime scene documentation and basic evidence collection
learn conflict resolution and de-escalation techniques
learn animal disease management and prevention
Work is performed primarily in an outdoor environment, requiring standing and walking for extended periods of time. Must be able to push and pull (up to 40 lbs/force) and perform occasional lifting (up to 50 lbs).


Hourly Rate: $21.07 – 31.61 hourly ($43,834 – $65,751 annual)
The City of Englewood offers a comprehensive benefits package to eligible, full-time employees including medical, dental, and vision.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)