Park Security

Job Title: Park Security
Department: Recreation
Classification: Seasonal Part-Time/Non-Exempt
Pay Range: $11-$15/hr
Hours Per Week: 8-25 hrs/wk
Summary: Under the direction and supervision of the Recreation Supervisor, the Park Ranger is responsible for the protection, preservation, and safety of the natural resources, the general public, parks, beaches, and other park district facilities. The Park Ranger performs a variety of duties, providing public relations, field/maintenance support, emergency assistance, and enforcing park district rules. This individual works in a two person team most of the time, but may occasionally work independently. The Park Ranger works at a variety of paces, depending on the task required, which vary from light to heavy duty. The Park Ranger must be able to handle stressful and confrontational situations, which can also include emergency situations.
Qualifications: The Park Ranger must be high school graduate or have the equivalent. A Bachelor's Degree or experience in public safety is strongly preferred. The individual must be at least 18 years of age, be a United States Citizen, and possess a valid Illinois State Driver's License (Class D). The ability to pass a defensive driving course and a clean driving record is required. He or she must have excellent interpersonal skills, which includes good public relations. The Park Ranger must have the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. The individual must also be able to follow written and oral directions as well as be productive without constant supervision. The ability to lift equipment that weighs between 50-100 pounds is also required. The Park Ranger must be certified in CPR, AED, and First Aid. A commitment to continued skill development is mandatory. A pre-placement physical and criminal background check is required.
Required Knowledge: Knowledge of public safety protocols and protection of natural resources is required. The ability to operate a motor vehicle with a clean driving record is also a requirement. Effective communication is important to this position.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Support the mission(s), goals and objectives of the park district and all departments
Demonstrates ongoing commitment to providing quality parks and recreation opportunity for the residents of Winnetka
Actively promotes parks and recreation within the community through open and positive lines of communication with local civic groups.
Shall establish and maintain open and positive lines of communication with all park district staff, patrons and residents.
Carries out the directives of the department effectively and efficiently.
Adhere to all policies and practices of the Park District.
Shall actively pursue continuing education and commit to ongoing skill development.
Usually work in partnerships, but occasionally will work independently
Demonstrate a positive attitude at all times when dealing with the public.
Demonstrate a safety consciousness at all times both with patrons and other staff members
Provide customer service to patrons by giving information regarding park district rules and regulations, and district programs/special events
Rover between facilities operating the Park Ranger vehicle
Check in on special events, park/facility rentals, and overall day to day operations of park district facilities and parks/lakefronts
Act as security personnel, providing support to park district staff members while enforcing all park district regulations and policies, when necessary as well as state, local and county health codes. This can included difficult patrons, facility problems or other issues that are in need of attention by the Park Ranger
Be in communication with local emergency departments, including but not limited to, police, fire, paramedics, coast guard, when emergency situations arise
Inform Recreation Supervisor or designee of abnormal situations arise or of emergency situations
Perform duties of a Beach Attendant, Launch Attendant , Field Maintenance Crew or other duty when necessary or assigned by the Recreation Supervisor, Assistant Lakefronts Coordinator, or other supervisory staff member
Perform general cleaning and maintenance duties including facilities, bathrooms, boathouse, storage rooms, offices, etc.
Assist with set up and take down of facility rentals, room rentals, etc.
Attend and participate in staff meetings and trainings.
Arrive to work and be ready to begin no later than15 minutes before the shift begins.
Wear appropriate uniform at all times while on duty including park district polo, khaki shorts/pants, nametag, and 2-way radio, as well as the ranger phone.
Complete all necessary paperwork including incident reports, complaint forms, cleaning checklists, and truck/key logs according to the Winnetka Park District guidelines.
Demonstrate a safety consciousness at all times both with patrons and other staff members.
Perform or assist with CPR, First Aid, and other emergencies as necessary.
Be fair, consistent, and polite in all rule enforcements.
Know location and proper use of all safety and rescue equipment.
Follow proper opening and closing procedures as assigned.
Report any irregular discipline, safety or maintenance problems to the Recreation Supervisor.
Perform daily inventory of supplies. Notify Recreation Supervisor when supplies are low or in need of repair or replacement.
Provide new staff orientation and training according to the Winnetka Park District guidelines.
Act as a representative of the Winnetka Park District as a role model for all staff. Actions must reflect policies and procedures set by the Park District.
Work with the Recreation Supervisor to develop a staff schedule
Secure a qualified substitute for shifts unable to work
Any other duties assigned by the Recreation Supervisor or other supervisory staff
Shall proactively perform all job tasks within the rules and guidelines of the District's safety program.
Marginal Activities:
Assist with special events as required by the Winnetka Park District. (Fourth of July is a mandatory workday for all Park Rangers).
Supervision Received:
The Park Ranger is under the direction and supervision of the Recreation Supervisor. Supervisors from other areas of the park district may at times, provide direction to the Park Ranger.
Supervision Given:
Psychological Consideration:
The Park Ranger must work closely with co-workers, members of the management team, and the general public. The Park Ranger must demonstrate a respectful demeanor towards members of the management team. The ability to handle stressful, difficult, confrontational, and emergency situations is required.
Physiological Considerations:
The Park Ranger must work with varying amounts of speed throughout the day dependent upon the needs of the park district. The ability to handle average to heavy equipment or materials is a necessity. An act of handling emergency and stressful situations is required.
Environmental Considerations:
The Park Ranger must be able to work in hot and humid conditions, as well as various other weather conditions, including, but not limited to cold weather and rain. The Park Ranger must have the ability to pay attention to potential threatening weather situations and make decisions when the area is unsafe for patrons.
Cognitive Considerations:
The Park Ranger must use good decision making skills at all times. The ability to respond to patrons with a positive, but sometimes stern demeanor is also necessary.

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