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Park Ranger Corporal

  • Park Ranger Corporal
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  • Do I qualify?
  • Can I be successful?
  • Benefits
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Annual Salary Range:
$41,208.00 – $65,544.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$1,717.00 – $2,731.00
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This is mid-level professional law enforcement work with Missouri Division of State Parks which includes the power of arrest.

Job Duties

Enforces Missouri state laws and state park rules and regulations by use of citations, warnings, and custodial arrests; serves as a lead worker over Park Ranger staff.

Serves as primary field training officer for new rangers; attends required instructor certification training.

Oversees, coordinates, and/or conducts various ranger and division staff training; tracks recertification requirements; and writes training program lesson plans.

Assumes duties and responsibilities of Park Ranger Sergeant in his/her absence; provides input in the performance appraisal of Park Ranger staff.

Conducts background investigations of selected Park Ranger candidates; assists with issuance of equipment; and prepares newly hired rangers for duty, swearing in, and credentialing.

Patrols state parks and/or historic sites by emergency equipped vehicle, bicycle, on foot and/or by use of a specialized vehicle such as a motorcycle, boat, or ATV.

Provides protection and first aid treatment to state park and/or historic site visitors and employees.

Coordinates and conducts search and rescue/recovery operations; provides aid to other agencies in emergency situations.

Responds to and investigates crimes and accidents within state park boundaries; conducts investigations independently or in cooperation with other law enforcement agencies. 

 Seizes, collects, and processes evidence while maintaining a proper chain of custody for use in criminal prosecution; files reports and charges.

Prepares criminal cases for prosecution; makes court appearances and provides testimony; and reports final case dispositions.

Plans and coordinates law enforcement services at special events; participates in regular and special in-service law enforcement training schools.

Controls and removes dangerous, injured, or diseased animals from areas where they could harm themselves and/or state park visitors.

Assists state park and/or historic site visitors by providing information, directions, and answering questions.

Conducts annual physical inventories of division property; maintains accurate, up-to-date records and files for facilities.

Promotes public relations by delivering educational programs concerning the state park system, law enforcement, and security to schools, civic groups, and state park and historic site visitors.

Performs safety and security inspections at facilities; ensures proper care and timely maintenance of assigned patrol vehicle.

Assists with prescribed burns within park boundaries.

Travels frequently in the performance of duties and to attend training and events.

Exercises independence in planning and implementing daily work assignments; receives general administrative direction.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

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(The following minimum qualifications will determine merit system eligibility. Allowable experience and education substitutions are provided in italics below the corresponding minimum qualification statement; no other substitutions will be permitted. These minimum qualifications may also be used to evaluate applicants for Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System positions not requiring selection from merit registers.) 

One or more years of experience as a Park Ranger with the Missouri Department of Natural



A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university; and, eligible to be commissioned as a peace officer (must be 21 years of age to be commissioned).

(Experience as a patrol officer with the power of arrest in a federal, state, county, or city law enforcement agency and/or honorable service in the United States armed forces (at the level of E-5 or above) with primary responsibility in a comparable capacity may substitute on a year-for-year basis for deficiencies in the stated education.)

Special Requirements

Ability to initially and annually demonstrate the level of physical fitness deemed necessary to perform the essential functions of the job through successful completion of a fit-for-duty assessment administered by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Ability to pass a background investigation administered by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Ability to pass a medical examination, a visual examination with eyesight corrected to 20/40, and a psychological evaluation as prescribed by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources after a conditional offer of appointment is made.

Ability to obtain, at the time of appointment, and maintain licensure as a peace officer in accordance with the requirements established by the State of Missouri.

Ability to obtain and maintain certification as a police bicyclist in accordance with the criteria prescribed by the International Police Mountain Bike Association (IPMBA).Possession of a valid Missouri vehicle operator's license appropriate for vehicle assignment.

Please note that documentation that supports your eligibility (i.e. transcripts, employment records, etc.) may be required at any time during the application and hiring process. If you do not possess the minimum qualifications, please consider one of many other employment opportunities with the State of Missouri.

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Key Skills

Do you possess the key skills which are considered essential for successful employment in this classification?

Intermediate knowledge of the procedures, techniques, and practices used in law enforcement work.

Intermediate knowledge of Missouri Statutes relating to state parks and criminal law.

Intermediate knowledge of the policies, programs, and procedures of state park and/or historic site operations.

Intermediate knowledge of the fundamental principles of safety practices and methods.

Introductory knowledge of records and files management.

Ability to administer first aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).

Ability to communicate effectively and interact with individuals of diverse social, cultural, economic, and educational backgrounds.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, government officials, and the general public.

Ability to perceive color differences and hear direct and radio communications.

Ability to develop and maintain clear and concise records, files, and reports.

Ability to operate a motor vehicle during normal and high speed driving conditions.

Ability to display proficiency in self-defense measures, physical arrest tactics, and firearms usage.

Ability to direct and train law enforcement and other staff.

Ability to satisfactorily complete law enforcement and supervisory training courses designated by Missouri Division of State Parks.

Ability to travel in the performance of duties and to attend trainings and events.

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