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.
The functions within this job family will vary by level, but may include the following:
Patrols assigned areas within a state park/resort; provides security and protection for property, visitors and staff.
Provides assistance to visitors as needed; assures compliance with established laws, rules and regulations; collects fees for camping and other activities.
Conducts investigations; makes arrests and seizes property or contraband; prepares reports and forms.
Represents the agency in court during legal proceedings; provides testimony or presents evidence as required; assists other law enforcement agencies and officials as needed.
Develops policies and procedures related to park ranger duties and responsibilities; provides training and supervision to assigned staff.
Develops park ranger budget and monitors expenditures.
Renders first aid to injured patrons.
Informs visitors of ecological and cultural heritage of Oklahoma.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES
Level I: 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.
Level II: 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.
Level III: Those identified in Level II plus knowledge of supervisory principles and practices. Ability to supervise the work of others.
Level IV: Those identified in Level III plus knowledge of business and public administration; of budget preparation and expenditures; and of internal affairs investigative techniques.
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: 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.
Level II: 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.
Level III: 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.
Level IV: 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.
Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of Oklahoma Peace Officer CLEET certification which must be a fulltime commission issued and in good standing in the state of Oklahoma; or a graduate of a CLEET approved Collegiate Officer Program (COPS), within twelve months prior to start date or will graduate prior to the start date; or a seasonal ranger with an equivalent of one year experience, in good standing with the agency and the recommendation of their manager.
Level II: Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of ninety semester hours from an accredited college or university including eighteen hours in criminal justice, police science or other law enforcement with an Oklahoma Peace officer CLEET certification; or a seasonal ranger with an equivalent of three years’ experience in park law enforcement work with Oklahoma Peace officer CLEET certification; or three years experience in patrol law enforcement with Oklahoma Peace officer CLEET certification; or an equivalent combination of education and experience including Oklahoma Peace officer CLEET certification.
Level III: Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of a bachelor’s degree with twenty-four semester hours in criminal justice,police science or other law enforcement with an Oklahoma Peace officer CLEET certification; or a seasonal ranger with an equivalent of four years’ experience in park law enforcement with Oklahoma Peace officer CLEET certification; or four years experience in patrol law enforcement with Oklahoma Peace officer CLEET certification; or an equivalent combination of education and experience including Oklahoma Peace officer CLEET certification.
Level IV: Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level III plus one year of supervisory or managerial experience in law enforcement.
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.
CLASS: P20A; EST: 9/13/2007; REV: 5/29/2019;
CLASS: P20B; EST: 9/13/2007; REV: 7/2/2012 7:45:00 AM;
CLASS: P20C; EST: 9/13/2007; REV: 7/2/2012 7:45:00 AM;
CLASS: P20D; EST: 9/13/2007; REV: 7/2/2012 7:45:00 AM;