Summary: Performs duties as a uniformed law enforcement officer responsible to enforce federal/state/local laws and MetroParks Rules & Regulations within and adjacent to MetroParks property and facilities. Patrols park areas to prevent, deter, and detect criminal offenses, and to conduct public safety related duties. Directs and controls traffic. Assists park visitors, issues motor vehicle and camping permits and provides information about park programs and activities. Serves as a secure courier for funds.
Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities – Essential Functions:
- Enforces federal, state, and local laws & ordinances and MetroParks Rules & Regulations in a fair and consistent manner in accordance with established MetroParks policies and department procedures.
- Provides for the safety and welfare of the citizens and park visitors throughout all MetroParks areas and facilities by undertaking uniformed patrol of MetroParks owned, managed, and controlled properties, facilities, and the adjacent lands by foot, bicycle, motor vehicle, and/or ATV (APV).
- Properly maintains and employs law enforcement equipment including, but not limited to firearms, impact weapons, chemical irritants, restraint devices, flashlights, and other authorized items.
- Responds to calls for service from citizens, park visitors, and employees of MetroParks and, pursuant to policy and/or statute, surrounding jurisdictions.
- Investigates crimes, accidents, and non-criminal incidents. Takes appropriate actions to isolate crime scenes and accident locations to preserve evidence, protect park visitors, employees and MetroParks property.
- Prepares and submits various reports to document incidents, activities, findings. Uses criminal justice networks and databases. Prepares duty logs and other documents as required for internal organizational use.
- Conducts preliminary investigation of crimes committed within and adjacent to MetroParks properties and facilities. Assists with, or conducts, follow-up investigations as assigned.
- Keeps Public Safety personnel supplied with motor vehicle permits and associated supplies, substitutes for and performs duties of Public Safety Assistant during the absence of such staff. Collects funds and records from Public Safety personnel or other employees for transport and deposit.
- Performs physical security checks of gates and facilities. Arms and disarms alarm systems as necessary.
- Conducts safety inspections of structures, grounds, trails, play equipment and other MetroParks facilities. Reports and documents violations and/or excessive visitor or employee risk. Files safety inspection reports in a timely manner.
- Serves as secure courier to facilitate the movement of interoffice documents and funds, makes bank deposits and accounts for cash, receipts and other property as assigned.
- Performs routine maintenance on vehicles and property assigned to the Division of Public Safety which may include car washes, oil changes, tire changes, and preventive maintenance and care.
- Performs minor maintenance of MetroParks property and equipment such as installation and maintenance of signs, maintaining access roads, repair of gates, and clearing trails/trailheads to ensure public safety and accessibility.
- Makes recommendations to command officers regarding changes or improvements in procedures and operations; testifies in court; performs any other duties necessary and required for the safety and protection of the citizens, employees, natural resources and personal property within the MetroParks.
- Operates numerous types of vehicles and equipment including, but not limited to, sedans, trucks, sport utility vehicles, bicycles, all-purpose vehicles, all-terrain vehicles, utility multi-use vehicles, tractors, skid-steers, chainsaws, and hand tools. Uses all required personal protective equipment.
- Successfully completes the MetroParks Division of Public Safety Field Training and Evaluation Program within the timeframe established by policy.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Obtain and maintain competent knowledge of MetroParks law enforcement policies and Park Rules and Regulations within 30 days of initial appointment as a Park Ranger.
- Follows all MetroParks policies and public safety & law enforcement procedures. Reports policy violations through the chain of command.
- Must not be prohibited by any law or regulation from possessing a firearm and have the ability to legally carry and periodically qualify pursuant to State and Division standards with assigned and/or authorized firearms continuously while employed by MetroParks as a Park Ranger.
- Ability to maintain confidentially on sensitive issues and non-public records.
- Ability to maintain a professional, cooperative working relationship with other staff members, volunteers and the staff of other agencies.
- Meets and deals with all members of the general public in a professional, helpful, civil and fair manner.
A High school diploma or GED required, minimum of 21 years of age at the time of employment, competent knowledge of Ohio Revised Code and state/federal regulations applicable to park law enforcement.
Must possess a current and valid peace officer certification issued by the Ohio Peace Officers Training Council. Ability to obtain and maintain LEADS/NCIC certification within 30 days of employment. Required to maintain peace officer and LEADS/NCIC certifications continuously while employed as a law enforcement officer.
Must possess and continuously maintain a valid driver’s license with a driving record that meets MetroParks’ insurance requirements. Candidates for employment may not have more than four (4) total points (or equivalent penalty) issued by a recognized licensing authority for driving related violations on his/her driving record at the time of employment under existing coverage provisions at the time of employment.
Obtain American Heart Association or American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED certification within first 12 months of employment and maintain continuously while employed as a Park Ranger.
Good character with no felony convictions or misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence at the time of employment and continuously while employed as a Park Ranger.
Must submit to and successfully pass a screening to detect illegal substances (drugs) upon employment and periodically thereafter.
Successfully complete a psychological evaluation, medical evaluation, and a comprehensive background check to include a polygraph/cvsa examination with no deception indicated immediately prior to initial employment as a Park Ranger with MetroParks.
Work Environment & Schedule:
Maintain availability to work a flexing schedule comprised of days, afternoons, nights, weekends, and holidays. Must be available for involuntary recall to duty at any time for emergencies.
While performing the duties of this job, a Park Ranger is regularly required to stay in a stationary position, to traverse improved and unimproved surfaces and to converse effectively. This employee must be in excellent health and have the ability to perform activities requiring agility, strength and physical conditioning, as well as the ability to use defensive tactics. Eyesight may be 20/100 if correctable to 20/20. Employee must successfully complete the Police Physical Ability Test. Reasonable accommodation will be made for known physical limitations of qualified employees and applicants with disabilities.
The position functions and responsibilities are illustrative only and do not represent all the duties or tasks to be assigned or performed by an employee with this position title.
Alternates to the above qualifications may be acceptable as approved by the Executive Director.