PARK RANGER, #P20

Basic Purpose:

Positions in this job family are assigned responsibilities involving patrolling park/resort grounds and property and the enforcement of laws, rules and regulations within the assigned area of responsibility. This includes insuring the safety and welfare of park/resort visitors and assigned staff.

typical Functions:

LEVEL DESCRIPTORS:

The Park Ranger job family consists of four levels which are distinguished based on the complexity of assigned duties, the expertise required for various responsibilities and the responsibility assigned for providing leadership to others.

Level I            Code: P20A            Salary Band: G

This is the basic level where incumbents primarily perform entry level duties in a training status to build their skills in providing security and protection in a state park or resort and providing assistance to visitors using the park/resort facilities.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include knowledge of safety and security techniques; of first aid; of public relations; of report writing; and of the ecological and cultural heritage of Oklahoma. Ability is required to interpret and apply provisions of state motor vehicle laws, criminal laws and other statutes; to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; in enforcing applicable laws and regulations, park rules; and to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of sixty semester hours from an accredited college or university, including twelve hours in park management, criminal justice, outdoor recreation or environmental science; or two years of experience in park supervisory and/or recreation program work, law enforcement or environmental sciences; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Level II            Code: P20B            Salary Band: H

This is the career level where employees are assigned responsibilities at the full performance level for patrolling assigned areas, protecting property and individuals, and enforcing applicable laws and rules as well as providing assistance to visitors. Some responsibilities may be assigned for assisting in various administrative duties that are assigned at the leadership level and providing training or assistance to other park rangers as needed.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include those identified in Level I plus demonstrated ability to perform a full range of law enforcement duties in providing security and protection at a state park or resort.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of ninety semester hours from an accredited college or university including eighteen hours in park management, criminal justice, outdoor recreation or environmental science; or three years of experience in park supervisory and/or recreation program work, law enforcement or environmental science; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Level III            Code: P20C            Salary Band: I

This is the leadership level of this job family where employees are assigned responsibilities for providing leadership to other park ranges as well as patrolling all areas of a park or resort to insure the security of property and individuals. Responsibilities may also include investigating major crimes and coordinating park ranger activities with those of other law enforcement agencies within the assigned area. May assist with budget preparation and prepare quarterly and annual reports.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include those identified in Level II plus knowledge of supervisory principles and practices. Ability to supervise the work of others.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of a bachelorís degree with twenty-four semester hours in park management, criminal justice, outdoor recreation or environmental science; or four years of experience in park supervisory and/or recreation program work, law enforcement or environmental science; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Level IV            Code: P20D            Salary Band: L

At this level the incumbent employee is assigned overall responsibility for the park ranger program on a statewide basis and will be responsible for developing required policies and procedures to insurance appropriate security and law enforcement programs are maintained at all parks and resorts. Responsibilities will also include developing the budget for the park ranger program and other administrative tasks in the management and oversight of the program.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include those identified in Level III plus knowledge of business and public administration; of budget preparation and expenditures; and of internal affairs investigative techniques.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level III plus two additional years of park security experience including one year of supervisory experience.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

Applicants must possess a valid Oklahoma driver's license at the time of appointment; be willing to work irregular hours under any conditions; be in sound physical and psychological condition as evidenced through the Department of Tourism and Recreation screening process; successfully complete certification as a peace officer as defined in Title 70, Section 3311(F) O.S. 1981, within one year from date of employment; and successfully pass a rigid character and background investigation.