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Park Ranger Recruit

  • Park Ranger Recruit
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  • Do I qualify?
  • Can I be successful?
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Annual Salary Range:
$32,400.00 – $51,468.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$1,350.00 – $2,144.50
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This is trainee-level law enforcement work with Missouri Division of State Parks.

Job Duties

Participates in classroom and physical/technical law enforcement training which includes topics such as laws, defensive tactics, firearm usage, investigative processes, and interpersonal relations.

Observes and identifies suspects, vehicles/license plates, and other objects from varied distances.

Operates police radios; responds to radio communications for assistance.

Performs bicycle patrol in state parks and/or historic sites.

Learns to recognize and respond to health and safety hazards and violations.

Accompanies and observes Park Rangers in the performance of duties.

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 responsibilities in accordance with established rules and regulations; receives close administrative direction and instruction.

Performs other related work as assigned.

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(The following minimum qualifications will determine merit system eligibility and may be used to evaluate applicants for Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System positions not requiring selection from merit registers.)

60 or more earned credit hours from an accredited college or university; and, eligible to be commissioned as a peace officer (must be 21 years of age to be commissioned).


Two or more years of honorable service in the United States armed forces or equivalent service in the National Guard or military reserves; and, eligible to be commissioned as a peace officer (must be 21 years of age to be commissioned).

Special Requirements

Ability to pass a physical fitness evaluation and 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 be commissioned as a peace officer, in accordance with the requirements established by the State of Missouri, within six (6) months from commencement of training.

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?

Ability to proficiently operate personal computer and other office equipment, patrol equipment and weapons, and hand tools used for fire suppression.

Ability to read and comprehend written materials and communicate thoughts and concepts effectively.

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

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

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

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

Ability to administer First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).

Ability to perform self-defense measures and to deliver force necessary to overcome resistance in arrest situations.

Ability to withstand extreme temperatures.

Ability to travel, as needed, to attend training.

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