Job Title: Park Ranger 4 (Area Manager)
Location: Central Whidbey Area
Salary: $5,960.00 – $7,820.00 Monthly
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Closes: January 16th, 2023 at 5:00pm

Want to join a great organization?  The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages one of the largest, most diverse–and most beautiful—parks systems in the country. With more than 120,000 acres, the system includes 124 developed parks, including 19 marine parks, 11 historical parks, 35 heritage sites, 13 interpretive centers, and approximately 500 miles of long-distance recreation trails. And the agency is staffed with nearly 1000 employees (summers), who are some of the most passionate employees you’ll find anywhere We love what we manage and what we do. For more information on Washington State Parks, click here.

We are currently recruiting for one full-time, permanent, Park Ranger 4 (Area Manager) for the Central Whidbey Area. This position develops area-specific strategies for managing a wide variety of complex issues including stakeholder work, long-term capital planning and oversight, lease management, budget management, HR issues, law enforcement strategies, maintenance plans, and project management. There is no housing for this position. The Central Whidbey Area is one of the most diverse park operations in the system. It includes Fort Casey, Fort Ebey, South Whidbey, Possession Point, Ebey’s Landing, and Joseph Whidbey State Park. The duty station for this position is at Fort Casey State Park located in Coupeville, WA in Island County, WA.

The Park Ranger 4 directly supports WA State Parks’ mission by managing the Central Whidbey Area and serving as a leader in the Operations Division offering expert-level opinions on projects, policy, procedure, rules, and regulations from a front-line operational perspective. This position works directly with the Region Manager of the Northwest North Region and is responsible for fostering and maintaining valued relationships with many constituencies.
Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Facilitate the identification, planning, and oversight of all park activities as required to fulfill the mission/vision of the park area, division, and agency:

    • Update and manage all operational plans for park area including the Security of Assets, Risk Management, Law Enforcement, Interpretation, Trails, and CAMP.

    • Manage multiple budgets from different funding sources.

    • Work with major concessionaires approving operational management plans and leases.

    • Ensure all park decisions follow agency policy and procedure.

  • Provide direction and oversight for all maintenance functions in the area and coordinate with other Agency staff as needed:

    • Set maintenance priorities for the area.

    • Develop and maintain the biennial plan for area maintenance needs.

    • Manage both internal maintenance projects and stakeholder-funded maintenance projects.

    • Construct and manage area equipment and develop project budgets in cooperation with Region and statewide priorities.

    • Ensure required maintenance safety training and procedures are met by all area staff and documented as required.

  • Lead and supervise area staff by providing direction on HR issues, LE judgment, budget decisions, maintenance priorities, long-term park planning goals, customer service requirements, etc.

    • Assure staff is following all applicable policies and procedures, statewide rules and regulations, and the Collective Bargaining Agreement.  

    • Serve as area hiring authority for all seasonal and permanent staff.

  • Provide leadership in the park area and participate in leadership opportunities in the division and agency:

    • Proactively communicate with staff in a positive and supportive manner.

    • Actively participate in agency-wide peer group meetings.

  • Represent State Parks at meetings, in collaboration with agency programs, and in all facets of public engagement.

  • Provide direction and oversight of Law Enforcement efforts.

    • Supervise law enforcement staff and ensure all training requirements are met and commissioned rangers are following agency direction regarding enforcing WACs and RCWs.

  • Foster and maintain community relations throughout the area.

    • Meet with local jurisdictions on current issues and long-term planning on shared boundaries and lands.

    • Work closely with partners, stakeholders, and user groups to ensure appropriate public input.



  • Bachelor’s degree.**
  • Four (4) years of experience in a Natural Resource field.
  • Four (4) years of supervisory experience.
  • Valid unrestricted (except for corrective lenses) driver’s license.

** Additional experience in a natural resource field can substitute year for year for education.**


  • Two (2) years of experience as a park ranger, commissioned law enforcement officer, or equivalent experience in a natural resource field.
  • Project planning experience.

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT: All Washington State Parks employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the time of hire. If you have questions about this requirement, please contact the recruitment team at

To ensure consideration, please complete the online job application and profile at You must attach in your application the following:

  • Letter of interest specifically addressing the qualifications listed in the announcement.
  • Current resume in chronological order.
  • Three professional references.

**All requested materials must be submitted.  Incomplete or late application materials will not be accepted. Failure to follow the application process may disqualify you from further consideration.**

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NOTE:  Prior to a new hire, a background check, including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude you from employment but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform in the position.

This position is included in the supervisory bargaining unit represented by the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE).  For more information:

Diversity Policy Statement
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is committed to creating an equitable, hospitable, appreciative, safe, and inclusive park environment – one that embraces the full spectrum of all community members’ contributions. The Commission makes this commitment because:

  • Diversity strengthens the workforce in competence and ability;
  • Celebrating diversity appreciates and values individual differences;
  • Diversity serves an increasingly heterogeneous society;
  • Diversity helps ensure the relevance of a state park system, its mission, properties, and programs to the people of this state today and in the future; and
  • Diversity is crucial to our ability to serve all citizens.

The Commission encourages and supports staff efforts to reach out to people of all races, national origins, abilities, religions, sexual orientations, veteran status, ages, and genders who use the parks and who live in communities nearby parks. This outreach is focused on engaging in partnerships that expand programs and services in a way that is meaningful and of value to all people. The Commission is dedicated to offering quality experiences to all visitors through a workforce and volunteer corps that reflects the diversity of Washington State.
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is an equal-opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam veterans, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply.
Persons needing accommodation in the application process or this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the human resources office at (360) 902-8565. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388. 

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