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Park Ranger

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Position Details

Position Information

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees may be required to follow other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties as requested, subject to all applicable state and federal laws. Certain job functions described herein may be subject to possible modification in accordance with applicable state and federal laws.

Position Title Park Ranger
Job Code 08690
Pay Grade F4
FLSA Non-Exempt
Job Description Summary

Assist with the administration of park services as well as implementation of Parks & Recreation educational programming. Perform law enforcement work involving the prevention, detection, and investigation of criminal acts, apprehension and arrest of law violators, and the safeguarding of lives and property.

Essential Job Functions

•Assist with administration of park services by issuing park permits, guiding tours and park educational programs, and disseminating historical and scientific information.

•Patrol assigned areas under the control of Columbia’s Parks & Recreation Department, perform security checks on buildings and facilities, and take appropriate action with regard to suspicious activity.

•Respond to calls and citizen requests for service and investigate reported criminal acts, and public nuisances.

•Interview victims, witnesses, and suspects, review and study evidence, and conduct searches and surveillance.

•Serve warrants, subpoenas, other court documents, and give testimony in court.

•Make forcible custodial arrests; book and transport prisoners.

Ancillary Job Functions

•Write and enter accurate and detailed reports concerning law enforcement activities. Complete forms, maintain logs, and correct reports taken on calls for service.

•May provide guidance and training to seasonal employees and volunteers.

•Operates police vehicles and uses weapons and specialized equipment.

•Maintain best practices and standards of police work, including attending ongoing legal aspect training, use-of-force training, and after-action review.

•Perform other related duties as assigned.

Education and Experience - An equivalent combination of education, training and experience will be considered

•Must be 21 years of age by date of hire.

•Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Park Management, History, Geography or related field preferred.

•Missouri POST certification (Class A Peace Officer license).

•Must be able to work evenings, holidays and weekends.

•Must maintain a valid driver’s license and safe driving record.

•Must maintain CPR certification.

•Must be able to pass extensive background investigation; no serious criminal record (determined by nature of violation and physical examination.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities which may be representative, but not all-inclusive of those commonly associated with this position

•Understanding of the principles of outdoor recreation programming development, scheduling, and implementation.

•Excellent communication skills, including de-escalation techniques and crisis intervention.

•Ability to interact with citizens from a variety of cultural and ethnographic backgrounds in stressful and dangerous encounters.

•Ability to operate police vehicles and acquire proficiency in the use of all approved police weapons and equipment.

•Ability to administer accident scene assistance/first aid and establish traffic control/police protection as needed.

•Ability to render credible testimony in court.

•Demonstrated mental/physical health as required by job functions.

•Demonstrated sound judgment, stress tolerance, decisiveness, leadership, interpersonal insight, and persuasiveness.

Work Environment – Environmental or atmospheric conditions commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job

•May be required to work in confined spaces, hazardous traffic conditions, high/dangerous places or life threatening situations.

•May be exposed to inclement outdoor weather, wet/humid conditions, vibration, airborne particles/fumes, moving mechanical parts, risk of electrical shock, loud noise levels, potentially hazardous bodily fluids, or potentially hazardous or cancer-causing agents/chemicals.

•May be required to wear a respirator in certain situations.

Physical Abilities that are commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job. The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions

•Must be able to sit, talk, and listen for extended periods of time.

•Must be able to feel attributes of objects, grasp, push, drive, stand, walk, reach with hands/arms, stoop/crouch, climb/balance, and operate mechanical equipment.

•Must have clarity of vision, three-dimensional vision, precise hand-eye coordination, and ability to identify and distinguish colors.

•Must be able to have repetitive wrist, hand, or finger movement to type and work on computer and/or related equipment.

•Must be able to engage in foot pursuits/effect forcible arrests.

•Must demonstrate ability to meet all physical standards by successfully passing physical exam.

•May be required to lift 100 pounds or more.

•Regular attendance is a necessary and essential function.

Supervision Exercised

None