Park Ranger I-II-III/Park Police Officer...
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Denison, TX

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Under the direct supervision of the Park Superintendent, this position is responsible for safety, security and protection of Eisenhower State Park. Provides provide professional law enforcement services by educating the public about various laws and regulations, preventing violations by conducting high visibility patrols, and apprehending and arresting violators. Duties include enforcement of the Texas Park and Wildlife Code, State Park Rules and Regulations, Texas Penal Code and relevant provisions of other Texas laws. Patrols the park, performs investigations and conducts search and rescue operations. Works closely with and assists other law enforcement agencies. Responds to on-call and emergency situations. Assists with issuing permits, fee collection and accounting, preparation and submittal of daily, weekly and monthly reports, and providing visitor information in a courteous manner. Assists with park maintenance and repair duties as needed. Performs additional duties as assigned. Complies with all Agency, Division, and Branch rules, regulations, and procedures.


Qualification Guidelines:
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree. Experience:
Park Ranger I: No experience required;
Park Ranger II: Upon TPWD Commissioning;
Park Ranger III: One year as a TPWD commissioned law enforcement officer. Licensure:
Must have a current license from Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) or selected candidates will be given one opportunity to successfully complete a TPWD approved TCLEOSE academy within one year from hire date;
Must possess or be able to obtain, within 30 days of employment, a valid Texas class "C" driver's license;
Must be able to legally operate a state vehicle;
Must be a citizen of the United States. Federal law requires that new employees present original documents that establish identity and US employment eligibility;
Must meet minimum qualifications for Park Police Officer commissioning by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD);
Must not have had a commission license denied by final order or revoked, or have a voluntary surrender of a license currently in effect;
Must be of good moral character and not have any of the following incidents in their criminal history;
a conviction for any Felony, or Class A Misdemeanor offense at any time;
conviction for any Class B Misdemeanor offense within 10 years prior to the date of application, which includes convictions for DWI (driving while intoxicated), DUID (driving under the influence of drugs) and BWI (boating while intoxicated);
conviction for any family violence offense;
currently on court-ordered community supervision, probation or parole for any criminal offense above the grade of Class C Misdemeanor;
Must not have been discharged from any military service under less than honorable conditions;
Twenty-one years of age or older;
Must successfully pass a comprehensive background check;
Must be examined by a department approved licensed psychologist and be declared to be in satisfactory psychological and emotional health for law enforcement duty;
Must be examined by a department approved licensed physician and be declared to be physically able to perform the duties of a state park police officer;
Recommended candidates not currently commissioned with TPWD will be required to successfully pass a physical agility test;
Before being allowed to take the physical agility test, the applicant will be required to provide a description of the test to a physician and obtain a written medical clearance;
A detailed list of requirements can be obtained by contacting TPWD Human Resources Department. NOTE: Retention of this position is contingent upon obtaining and maintaining the required licenses. ACCEPTABLE SUBSTITUTIONS: Education:
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) employees hired prior to January 1, 1998 may substitute one year of TPWD experience in park management, supervision or operations for thirty semester hours of the required education with a maximum substitution of sixty semester hours; OR 10 years commissioned law enforcement service may substitute for the required degree. This only applies to law enforcement positions that are not in the management, superintendent or regional series. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Education:
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice, Park Administration, Recreation and Parks, Wildlife/Fisheries Science, Natural and/or Cultural Resource Management, Forestry, Biology, Anthropology, Archeology or History. Experience:
Experience in Law Enforcement;
Experience as a supervisor or a team leader;
Experience in customer service;
Experience in park operations;

Experience in interpretation or public speaking. Licensure:
Current license from Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE).

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of natural and cultural resource management and conservation principles;
Knowledge of law enforcement principles;
Knowledge of general maintenance techniques;
Knowledge of revenue collection;
Knowledge of industrial safety procedures;
Knowledge of basic mathematics;
Skill in providing quality customer service in a courteous and professional manner;
Skill in making independent, sound, timely decisions;
Skill in effective verbal and written communication;
Skill in basic report writing;
Skill in completing various daily, weekly, quarterly, annual and special reports;
Skill in using MS Word, Excel, and Outlook;
Skill in the use of maintenance of hand tools, vehicles and equipment;
Skill in facility cleaning, repair and maintenance;
Ability to work as a member of a team;
Ability to work independently with little or no supervision;
Ability to work in a fast paced environment;
Ability to conduct work activities in accordance with employee safety program;
Ability to direct and supervise staff and volunteers;
Ability to uniformly and consistently interpret and enforce state and federal safety laws and park rules and regulations;
Ability to work under stressful conditions;
Ability to handle complaints, emergencies, and large groups of people;
Ability to perform manual labor including, lifting supplies and materials up to 50 lbs.

Additional Information:
Required to meet annual qualifications with Firearms and Law Enforcement Tools along with TCLEOSE training requirements;
Required to work in a high visitation public park with overnight camping;
Required to work 40 hours per week, includes various schedules with hours other than 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and days off other than Saturdays, Sundays and holidays;
Required to respond to emergency and on-call situations;
Required to travel with possible overnight stays;
Required to perform manual labor including, lifting supplies and materials up to 50 lbs;
Required to perform work outdoors, occasionally in adverse weather conditions;
May work in and around natural outdoor pests such as insects, animals and poisonous plants;
Non-smoking environment in State buildings and vehicles. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:
Submit online application:;
Work history experience MUST be completed in the online application in order to be considered;
Resume and professional references may be attached to the online application, but not in place of the completed application;
A scanned copy of official college transcript(s) issued from the registrar must be provided at time of interview (if applicable);
A skills test may be conducted at time of interview.

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