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Park Ranger (River Patrol)


Physical Demands/Work Environments: Work may be performed indoors or outdoors. Work may occur in steep, wet and muddy terrain, in campgrounds, recreation sites, visitor centers, offices, fee booths, bathrooms, trails or remote areas requiring extended camping. Positions may require physical exertions such as extended walking/standing, driving, stooping/crouching, digging, or lifting/carrying. Individuals should be able to work alone or with people; during day/night/weekend/holiday hours.


NOTE: These are not Law Enforcement positions. 

Park Rangers (River Patrol) support the Bureau's recreation program. They work with the public to: provide information, conduct permit compliance and safety inspections, and conduct river patrols. They respond to emergency situations, including swift water rescue and administering first aid. In addition, they participate in evaluating visitor use patterns, preparing and maintaining recreation sites, monitoring condition of sites, natural and cultural resources. Work may take place in extremely remote environments and may require primitive camping and living skills for upwards of two weeks in duration. The work is performed outdoors in rugged terrain; to include very steep, wet, muddy, rough, uneven or rocky surfaces; positions require physical exertions, such as, bending, crouching, and stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activities. Individuals should be capable of working alone, or with other people, during day/night/weekend/holiday hours.

Note for River Rangers in Maupin and Prineville:  Job duties include facility maintenance, cleaning, public education/outreach and regulation compliance. Employees will be regularly be required to drive long distances over some rough roads in order to accomplish job duties. They may also be required to hike on uneven or rough terrain to access remote sites.  River skills must include the ability to safely negotiate Class IV-V rapids repeatedly in a raft.