Organization: Great Parks of Hamilton County
Great Parks of Hamilton County was created in 1930 with the mission to protect local natural resources and to provide outdoor recreation and education for area residents. You can help protect our parks and our mission by bringing your unique experience, background and perspective to work as a Park Ranger. A Park Ranger provides professional law enforcement service and protection. Maintains park security, protects and serves park visitors, protects property and enforces park regulations and state laws. A certified law enforcement officer.
This part time position requires working rotating shifts on evenings, weekends and holidays. Typical starting pay rate is $17.72/ hour
Job Skills / Requirements
Provides professional law enforcement protection and service. Patrols areas in cruiser, on foot, by boat, bicycle, and ATV.
Maintains good public relations and service to park visitors. Provides information to park visitors, answers questions, gives directions, and provides assistance. Exercises tactical communication skills to assist in handling violators and general public.
Enforces park rules, regulations and by-laws, and Federal laws and State laws. Apprehends, arrests, and processes violators. Responds to reports of criminal activity, and reacts appropriately, consistent with standard law enforcement practice, to maintain security and public safety.
Serves as first responder to emergency situations. Responds to fire alarms and provides support to firefighters. Responds to medical emergencies, administers first aid and CPR, and calls for appropriate medical personnel. Responds to traffic accidents and assists injured parties. Conducts investigations and completes accident reports.
Provides assistance and support to other police agencies in emergencies or as requested in accordance with policy.
Completes reports to accurately and completely reflect incidents including witnesses, suspects, statements, evidence and other documentation.
Provides testimony in courts of law, and provides assistance and support to prosecutors in preparing cases.
Maintains security of park buildings and facilities. Conducts security checks, alarm checks, secures gates and doors, and identifies situations and appropriately responds in accordance with generally accepted law enforcement practice. Opens and closes parks.
Directs and controls traffic flow. Operates radar to enforce speed limits and cites persons violating traffic laws. Makes decisions pertaining to closing park roads or parks during weather or other emergencies.
Maintains current working knowledge of law enforcement practice and methods. Attends required trainings to update knowledge and skills.
Performs job duties in accordance with Great Parks of Hamilton County’s policies, procedures, and performance expectations.
Maintains confidentiality of confidential and sensitive information.
Works assigned schedule, exhibits regular and punctual attendance and works outside of normal schedule as required.
OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
May be assigned additional responsibilities to meet department needs, including field training officer to provide field training for newly hired Rangers, instructor to provide skills training and program presenter to provide public programs and activities
Responds to conflicts and complaints, collects information, communicates with all parties, and forwards to responsible party for response. Sells motor vehicle permits. Cleans cruiser and performs minor maintenance as needed. Cleans station.
Transports and makes bank deposits.
May serve as Academy instructor, Color Guard, on SWAT team, HCPA or on deer management team.
Utilizes and promotes environmentally sustainable practices and processes.
Performs other job duties as assigned.
Cruiser; law enforcement equipment including firearms, baton, radar equipment, police radio, cellular telephones, mobile dispatch computer, desk top computer; crime scene processing equipment, patrol boat, chemical spray, first aid equipment, drug testing instruments, cameras, in-car camera and recording devices; SWAT related equipment; color guard gear; haz-mat related equipment; alarm systems; patrol bikes, ATV; truck, tack; taser.
CONTACT WITH OTHERS
GPHC staff, Board and volunteers; general public; other law enforcement departments; fire departments; crime laboratories; judges; prosecutors; defense attorneys; corrections officers; violators; event organizers and participants; contractors; complainants, and other job contacts.
Individuals criminal and traffic history and personal information; confidential investigations.
Exposure to all weather conditions when on patrol. The employee uses or works in proximity to the use of OC, taser, ASP and firearm, and has contact with potentially violent or emotionally distraught persons, with constant potential exposure to injury or life threatening situations typical of law enforcement.
The employee must work with or in the vicinity of unpleasant situations including physical and verbal attack, fire, bodily fluids, and other potentially infectious materials or hazards, utilizing prescribed safety and health precautions. Rangers are occasionally exposed to tragedies, including injury and death of others. When assigned to deer management team, rides on outside of truck, or sits in tree stands at night, during winter.
USUAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS
While performing duties of this job, the employee frequently sits in or operates a cruiser while gaining access to various worksites for extended periods. Stands for extended periods of time. Patrols trails on foot and rides bikes. Hikes over rough terrain on boundary checks, or off trails for extended distances. Pursues on foot, and apprehends fleeing suspects. May occasionally balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl and climb stairs, trees, walls, fences and steep embankments in pursuit of suspects, or to assist the public. May occasionally physically wrestle, control and subdue persons of varying weights and strengths, and exert extreme physical effort during relatively short periods of time. Removes, lifts, and/or carries injured persons to safety or aid. Administers and maintains CPR for an extended period. Handles emergencies and job duties after physical exertion, and runs for cover in life threatening situations. Pushes motor vehicles and changes tires, and carries heavy equipment and supplies. The employee manipulates fingers, and extends arms, and aims when firing a handgun or discharging a shotgun. Uses usual vision demands, with occasional attention to detail [e.g., during crime scene investigations] and with occasional long distance requirements. Vision demands include close, relatively detailed vision, with the ability to adjust focus when using computer screens. The employee normally must be able to converse verbally with the general public and others, and to hear. Drags deer up hills and over debris in winter when assigned to deer management team.
Education Requirements (Any)
High School Diploma/GED
Certification Requirements (All)
Ohio Peace Officer Annual Firearm’s Qualification.
Ohio Basic Peace Officer Certification
State Motor Vehicle Operator's License
Certified in first aid and CPR
Regional Computer Information Center Certification
Additional Information / Benefits
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of: law enforcement; federal, state and park laws and regulations relating to law enforcement; criminal procedures; CPR, first aid and other medical procedures; tactical communications; general law enforcement safety practices; firearm safety; general park functions and services. Ability to: work in all kinds of weather conditions; maintain calm and professional demeanor under pressure; think clearly and reasonably during emergency situations; communicate effectively with all types of persons; keep calm under pressure; exercise sound judgement in dealing with a variety of situations and incidences; react appropriately in life threatening situations; maintain confidentiality of confidential or sensitive subject matter; recognize unusual, threatening or emergency situations and take appropriate actions within standard police procedure; work with, and back up fellow officers; demonstrate good observation skills; react with sound judgment and courage. Exhibit good problem solving and good judgement in keeping with the mission of the park district; maintain confidential and sensitive information; understand and demonstrate respect for cultural and socio-economic differences; support a working atmosphere consistent with Great Parks’ equal employment opportunity; embrace and support constructive change; consistently follow safety and security procedures and practices; contribute toward building a positive team working environment; establish and maintain an effective working relationship with associates, officials, general public, and other job contacts.
Skill in: verbal communications; public relations; safe and effective use of firearms; unarmed self-defense; de-escalation techniques; operation of motor vehicle at safe speeds for quick response; use of defensive driving tactics; use of law enforcement equipment; CPR; First Aid; completing incident reports and logs.
QUALIFICATIONS An appropriate combination of education, training, course work and experience may qualify an applicant to demonstrate required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
• Ohio Peace Officer Certification
• Physician’s Release Form Completed
• Pass psychological, polygraph, and/or voice stress analysis examinations.
• Pass a criminal background check and background check investigation.
• Minimum 21 years of age
• No felony or domestic violence convictions
• Associates degree in law enforcement, criminal justice, natural resources, or related field.
Ability to document identity and employment eligibility within three (3) days of original appointment as a condition of employment in compliance with Immigration Reform and Control Act requirements.
LICENSE OF CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS State Motor Vehicle Operator’s License that meets GPHC current carrier guidelines; Ohio Peace Officer Certification; First Aid; CPR; Regional Computer Information Center certification; LEADS certifications; Ohio Peace Officer Annual Firearm’s Qualification.
Pay range for this position is $17.72-22.47/ hour depending on experience.
Benefits include: membership in Ohio Public Employees Retirement System; free or discounted use of many Great Parks recreational activities.
Applications accepted until all positions are filled
The selection process consists of phone screenings for qualified candidates, a panel interview and a comprehensive background check.