Lead Park Ranger

Milwaukee, WI, USA Req #337
Tuesday, June 7, 2022

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Milwaukee County offers a wide variety of interesting jobs for people who want to make a difference in our community. Milwaukee County provides a competitive benefit package and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  If disability related accommodations are needed, please contact 414-278-3936.

Come and join our team and discover our diverse and versatile community of independent spirits and unique talents, we are redefining the way you think about Milwaukee County!

Closing Date: June 14, 2022 or upon the receipt of 50 application submissions. 


Lead Park Ranger

Department: Parks


Parks Equity Statement:
Milwaukee County Parks is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse work force that is demographically and racially representative of Milwaukee County residents. Milwaukee County Parks leadership is committed to honoring diverse experiences, perspectives, and unique identities, while fostering work environments that are inclusive, equitable, and welcoming.

Job Summary

Lead the Ranger unit's seasonal employees in the coordination and delivery of services designed to ensure compliance with local laws and regulations and the safety of the public, employees, and Milwaukee Parks' assets for a thriving Milwaukee County Parks system.


Job Responsibilities

  • Park Patrol - Oversee daily patrols spanning 156 parks and over 15000 acres of land. Execute goal-orientated specific patrols that include but are not limited to enforcing compliance with Park’s regulations, auditing and selling permits & dog tags, enforcing parking regulations, issuing citations for respective County Ordinance violations, and providing a reliable and friendly presence to ensure enjoyable recreation experience for all. Coordinate and assist specific patrol duties with large scale events with duties such as crowd control, traffic control, money handling, security observation posts and coordinating service delivery as well as providing direct support at the events.
  • Shift Supervision - Supervise the coordination of up to 14 Seasonal staff workers, assigning and guiding them through specific duties to ensure adequate park patrol coverage.  Assist with managing schedules, resolving scheduling conflict(s), and communicating back to Coordinator(s) with changes.
  • Encroachment/Illegal Dumping - Investigate, effectively communicate, and perform follow up with violations of Encroachment and Illegal Dumping. Update and record enforcement actions in Park Ranger database(s) to track all progress and end results.  Work collaboratively with the Planning and Natural Resources divisions to mitigate violations.
  • Administration and Auditing - Assist in reviewing Rangers’ daily activity sheets for completeness and accuracy. Authorize and revise as needed. File track, organize and reconcile records on the collection of an increasing number of fees, permits and citations in our internal database
  • Engagement Liaison - Provide customer service as needed when in the field.  Act as Parks department representative and liaison in community meetings, block watch and park watch events as well as with other community partners.
  • Training and Compliance - Lead field training officer (FTO) year-round, for all seasonal and/or part-time Park Patrol employees. Provide training on Park’s locations, personal safety and awareness, special event traffic control, reporting of property damage crimes and other aspects of the job. Assist with related duties with the annual ROADeo, the Parks internal Operations training fair
  • Senior on Call - Periodically, serve as On Call (as scheduled) contact, up to four weeks per year to ensure that emergencies that occur in the Parks during night/weekend hours are handled appropriately and in a timely manner to ensure public and employee safety and to protect Park’s assets.
  • Ability to safely and properly operate vehicles, bicycles, utility carts, computers, cameras, A/V equipment, handheld radios, hand tools, and various equipment.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Education, License/Certification and Experience

  • Current residency within the State of Wisconsin upon application required
  • High School Diploma or equivalent required
  • Valid Wisconsin Driver’s License required at time of hire and maintained throughout employment
  • One (1) year (or season) or more of work experience in Law Enforcement or Security required
  • One (1) year (or season) or more of Supervisory/Management work experience required
  • CPR, AED, and First Aid certifications required
  • Basic knowledge of all related computer and software applications, such as word processing and spreadsheets required
  • Ability to lift, carry, push and pull up to 50 lbs. required


Preferred Areas

  • 60+ college credits or Associate degree (or higher) in Criminal Justice, Police Science, or closely related field preferred
  • Law Enforcement/Security related training or certifications preferred
  • Basic EMT certification preferred


Note: This Promotional Examination is open to current Milwaukee County employees only. The selection process will be job related and will consist of one or more of the following: education and experience evaluation; written, oral, or performance tests, or other assessment methods.

Milwaukee County is committed to fostering an equitable working environment, free from discrimination and harassment, on the basis of any characteristic protected by law. We prohibit any form of discrimination, harassment based on race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, pregnancy related condition, national origin, age, disability, FMLA status, sexual orientation, military status, marital status, or any other category or status that is now or in the future protected by federal, state, and local law. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing, background checks and pre-employment physicals subject to job requirements. If special accommodations are needed, please contact 414-278-3936.

Effective October 1, 2021, Milwaukee County will require all employees to have completed COVID-19 vaccinations and provide proof of vaccination or have submitted a completed medical or religious exemption and accommodation request. All persons offered a position will be required to provide proof of completed COVID-19 vaccination at time of hire or have submitted a completed medical or religious exemption and accommodation request and been approved for an accommodation prior to hire.

Other details

  • Job Family 6 - Natural Resources/Parks and Recreation
  • Job Function 4 Protective Service Workers
  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Min Hiring Rate $17.45
  • Max Hiring Rate $22.37
  • Required Education High School
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