Park Ranger Specialist

State Of Arizona Benson , AZ 85602

Posted 5 months ago

Park Ranger Specialist Cave Unit


Arizona State Parks and Trails Mission Statement: Managing and conserving Arizona's natural, cultural and recreational resources for the benefit of the people both in our parks and through our partners. To learn more about Arizona State Parks and Trails, visit our web site at

LOCATION: Kartchner Caverns State Park, 2980 Route South 90, Benson, AZ 85602

Discovered by two young cavers, Gary Tenen and Randy Tufts in November 1974, the caverns were kept a secret until February 1978 when Tenen and Tufts told James and Lois Kartchner, the property owners. It all began with a drop of water...A shallow inland sea covered this area 330 million years ago, depositing layers of sediment that eventually hardened into limestone. In the last half million years, the caverns were dissolved from solid rock, and began to fill with a wide variety of decorations, called "speleothems". Water seeping from the surface dissolves minerals in the limestone and re-deposits them on the cave ceiling, walls, and floors. Over time, these minerals have created the beautiful speleothems of a variety of colors. Kartchner Caverns is a "living" cave; the formations are still growing and the cave is still wet due to decades of careful stewardship.

This is a Temporary/Seasonal Position, May work up to 40 hours per week and up to 1500 hours per year.


Ability to work underground in a cave environment with high temperature and high humidity.

Ability to walk distances for extended periods of time and perform physical work of moderate difficulty in high temperatures and high humidity.

Ability to provide cave tours to the public in a confined, semi-dark work area, underground, for extended periods of time, surrounded by staff and park visitors.

Ability to conduct underground cave walking tours, consisting of walking a 1/2 mile distance in a 1.5 hour time period during an eight-hour period average work day.

Ability to work on a computer/in an office setting for a few hours per day.


  • Assists with the daily opening and closing of Kartchner Caverns.

  • Assists with environmental monitoring including cave temperatures, relative humidity, rock temps, carbon dioxide and radon levels.

  • Assists with above-ground weather and climate monitoring, well and water table monitoring.

  • Assists with work crews on underground projects including algae cleanup, light replacement, lint removal, cave door operations and repair, bat counts and colony analysis, and off trail assignments such as cave restoration.

  • Assists with the maintenance of plumbing and electrical systems.

  • Assists with the research, development, and maintenance of natural resources on park.

  • Assists university researchers with data gathering and analysis of special projects.

  • Partners with other agencies (AZ Game and Fish, Bat Conservation International, etc.) on special projects.

  • Uses GPS and GIS systems to create and update park maps both above and below ground.

  • Hosts park visitors, provides general information, assists in on-going training, conducts tours, assists in the development and presentation of interpretive programs to the public, patrols grounds, enforces park rules, performs office and custodial duties, participates in emergency situations, works in other units as assigned, works with and around Department of Corrections work crew.

  • Other duties as assigned.


Knowledge of research design and implementation. Knowledge of area natural resources and attractions. Knowledge of customer service. Knowledge of computer programs such as Excel, Word, Google Earth, G-Suite. Knowledge of vehicle operation and maintenance GPS/GIS input devices.

Skills in public speaking/writing. General office procedure and equipment use. Basic practices and techniques in maintaining and upkeep of facilities and grounds. Operation of communication equipment. Able to operate park equipment and power tools safely and effectively. Able to conduct and participate in a wide variety of resource management programs.

Ability to learn park rules. Work in a team environment and also independently. Work outdoors and in remote locations. Able to multitask, set priorities, and resolve conflicts.

Requires possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver's license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver's license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.)

Eligible for Arizona State Retirement System pension. Enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment for newly hired State of Arizona employees.

All newly hired employees will be subject to the E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification Program.

Arizona State Government is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.

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