8.7.1 Park Ranger I/II ― Assignment And Transfer
The Regional Parks Department maintains the right to assign and transfer an employee to a specific reporting location. If a transfer is at the direction of the department, the employee will be given at least seven (7) days notification. At least thirty (30) days notification shall be given of any transfer directed by the department that exceeds twenty-five (25) miles or requires the employee to relocate his/her permanent residence. Employees transferred at the direction of the department over twenty-five (25) miles, or who are required to relocate their permanent residence shall also be entitled to up to three (3) days of paid moving leave, and reimbursement for moving expenses of up to $300 for rental of truck or trailers upon submitting receipts for approval to the Director of Regional Parks.
8.7.2 Park Ranger I/II – Housing
Any employee in the class of Park Ranger I/II may be assigned to live in County-provided housing. Consideration in assignment to housing within each ranger area will be given to rank in the following order by earliest hire date:
- Park Maintenance Workers; and
- Aquatic Specialist
8.7.3 Park Ranger I/II ― Maintenance Fees
Once a Housing License Agreement is signed by a Park Ranger residing on County property, it shall be a condition of employment. No rent is charged. The employee granted a license to utilize the assigned housing will be charged an individual maintenance cost based upon the cost of providing utilities and normal maintenance upkeep of the residence structure. The Board of Supervisors shall set the maintenance fee, subject to the provisions of this Section (8.7.3), and this fee shall be deducted from the employee’s paycheck. Maintenance fees will not, in any case, exceed fifteen percent (15%) of the salary of each licensed employee based upon the base hourly rate of the employee. Each licensed employee shall be responsible for any possessory interest tax levied against him or her. Maintenance fees may be increased by the County with each adjustment being a percentage amount not exceeding the percentage amount of the cost-of-living salary adjustment, excluding equity adjustments, in the preceding fiscal year under this Memorandum.
8.7.4 Park Ranger I/II ― Special Provisions
The reasonable cost of the housing shall not be added to the employee’s base hourly rate in Computing the employee’s regular rate of pay. In addition, no Standby or Callback will be paid to Park Ranger tenants, except that off-shift work including emergency responses, will be counted toward hours worked for the purpose of computing overtime. Park Ranger tenants shall maintain and submit a log identifying off-shift work and time spent performing this work in the regular work period in which overtime is claimed.
8.7.5 North Coast Assignment Premium
Any employee in the class of Park Ranger I or Park Ranger II who is permanently assigned to the North Coast reporting locations for Stillwater Cove and Gualala shall receive a ten percent (10%) premium for all hours actually worked.
8.7.6 Canine Handler Compensation
The County and SCLEA estimate that the time canine handlers spend in all aspects of the care, feeding, and exercise, transport to/from work, and maintenance of their canines on a bi-weekly bases to be seven hours. The parties further agree that any time spent in excess of such time is not reasonable necessary and is unauthorized. The parties stipulate that the pay rate for the performance of such work shall be $11.12 per hour. Accordingly, the full compensation due to a member for the performance of their canine responsibilities, is $116.77 bi-weekly (seven hours paid at over time rate, monthly equivalent $253.00).
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