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Public Safety Student Aide

Company: East Bay Regional Park District
Location: Castro Valley
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:

The Position

The Public Safety Student Aide program provides college students with an opportunity to work closely with Police, Fire and Lifeguard Services to provide administrative assistance to various departments at the District's Public Safety Headquarters located in Castro Valley, CA. These paid positions are designed for students considering a career as a police officer, firefighter, dispatcher or other public safety professional.Students earn a competitive salary while gaining experience in law enforcement and fire/rescue service.Regular rotation of assignments allows students to vary their exposure.In addition, opportunities for field assignments and training are available.

Vacancy Situation:The Park District currently has six (6) vacancies located at East Bay Regional Park District Public Safety Headquarters in Castro Valley, CA. The eligible list established as a result of this recruitment will be used to fill the current vacancies and additional vacancies that may occur within the next year. These positions often include public contact and therefore bilingualspeakers are encouraged to apply.

We Are Looking for IndividualsWho Are:

  • Enthusiastic aboutstarting a career inpublic safety and law enforcement;
  • Civic-minded and enjoyinteracting with the public on a daily basis;
  • Able to work independently as well as in a team setting;
  • Self-starters with a strong work ethic and moral character.

A Few Reasons You May Love This Job:

  • Meaningful and valued work connected to our organizational mission;
  • Gain experience withroom to grow within the Park District;
  • Flexible works shifts to accommodate your school schedule.

Our Values:

  • Respect:We honor each other, the park users we serve, and the land we steward.
  • Resilience:We creatively adapt to change.We address challenges with empathy, perspective, and determination.
  • Relationships:Our greatest strength lies in the trust, accountability, and teamwork we cultivate with our colleagues, partners, and the public we serve.
  • Responsiveness: We communicate openly, honestly and reliably.
  • Transparency: We hold the public's trust through meaningful stakeholder engagement and unfettered access to timely and reliable information on decisions and performance.

Essential Functions

Public Safety Student Aides perform a variety of primarily entry-level and clerical tasks while assigned in one of the following areas of the Public Safety Department: Administrative Division, Communications/Records, Detective Unit, Fire Department, Personnel and Training Unit, Property and Evidence Unit, Patrol Operations, Special Enforcement Unit, or the Volunteer Trail Safety Program. Aides are generally assigned to an individual department or unit and rotate positions annually or based on departmental needs:

  • Answers phones and provides information;
  • Issues supplies and equipment;
  • Files a variety of documents;
  • Data entry;
  • Assists with police or fire training exercises;
  • Provides civilian assistance to police and fire personnel;
  • Sets up training reservations and prepares travel documents;
  • Catalogs, processes, and picks up evidence;
  • Serves as an escort within Public Safety locations to individuals without clearance;
  • Transports equipment to and from deployment points;
  • Secures park entrances after closing; when assigned to the patrol division directs traffic, assigns parking, or performs other non-enforcement activities for District holidays or special events; and
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Education:Completion of high school or equivalent GED or CHSPE certificate. Must be enrolled in a minimum of nine college-level units and have a 2.00 cumulative grade point average or higher to apply for and to retain position.


License or Certificate:Possession of a valid California Driver's License is a condition of initial and continued employment in this classification.

Additional Information

Knowledge of:

  • Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.

Ability to:

  • Perform basic clerical skills such as typing, filing, and completing simple mathematical computations;
  • Learn law enforcement practices and procedures;
  • Effectively follow oral and written instructions and adhere to Departmental policies;
  • Work independently;
  • Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications;
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing;
  • Establish and maintain positive and cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work at all levels, including a culturally diverse general public, with a focus on quality service to internal staff and external customers.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Positions are required to wear a District uniform and adhere to Department grooming standards. Aides will be issued an annual uniform allowance to assist in cleaning of issued uniforms.
  • May be required to work unusual hours, weekends, and holidays. Work hours will be established based on District needs and the student's schedule. The expectation is that the student will generally work part-time and will be limited to 999 hours per fiscal year (July 1 through June 30).
  • Is required to terminate after four years or less than four years when the student completes education. An extension of up to one year may be granted by the Assistant General Manager of Public Safety.
  • After one calendar year, the performance of the Aide will be evaluated by their supervisor to determine if the Aide has made sufficient progress to continue in the program. If so, the supervisor will recommend continuation and award a salary step increase to step "B" which will be the Aide's rate until the end of the program.

Application materials for this position consist of three(3) required parts:

  1. A current East Bay Regional Park Districtapplication submitted online;

  2. A copy of your current college transcripts(showingnumber of units currently enrolled and cumulative GPA);and

  3. Completed Supplemental Questions.

Apply prior to the closing time of the job announcement and allow at least one (1) hour to submit your application if you are a new user on the system. If you have previously applied to a recruitment on, please take care to update your existing profile. Applications are accepted online only. Our online application system is provided by NeoGov. If you have any problems while applying online, please contact the NeoGov Help Desk toll-free at (855) 524-5627.

Selection Process:The application material for all applicants meeting the minimum qualifications will be reviewed by a screening panel to select the best qualified for interview or testing. The District reserves the right to set up a written test, performance test, and/or other assessment devices before or after the interview process. Possession of minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview or invitation to test. Pursuant to the Federal Immigration and Reform Act of 1986, all applicants who are hired will be required to provide proof of identity and appropriate work authorization documents prior to commencement of employment.

Pre-employment Background Check: Due to its placement in the Public Safety Division, the candidate(s) selected for this position will undergo a background investigation. Background investigators will contact references, friends, family, former and current employers and other contacts in order to verify information provided by the candidate in a Personal History Statement. In addition, investigators will perform a criminal records check, driving record check and credit check. Candidates will also undergo a medical examination, including a drug-screening test. Information revealed during the background investigation may be grounds for rejection during the selection process.

Special Testing Arrangements:If you require special arrangements due to a verified disability or medical condition, please contact the Human Resources Department at 510-544-2154.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

The East Bay Regional Park District, as an equal employment opportunity employer, encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Keywords: East Bay Regional Park District, Castro Valley , Public Safety Student Aide, Other , Castro Valley, California

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