Park Ranger (Law Enforcement)

City of Mount Vernon Police Department - Mount Vernon, Washington

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Salary Information

Entry Level Salary:
$4,588.00 monthly
Top Pay:
$5,475.00 monthly

Job Description

The position of Park Ranger is a uniformed position with the Police Department. The Ranger will actively patrol and monitor city parks, trail ways, and facilities. As armed limited commission officers, Rangers are responsible for the protection of life and property. Duties include but are not limited to the enforcement of park rules and regulations, laws and city ordinances; the maintenance of order; the investigation of crimes; and the reduction of crimes with city owned parks. Rangers provide services and education to the public and perform other related work as required. The work is performed in accordance with accepted contemporary policing and parks practices and departmental regulations.

This position requires consistent attention and commitment to the Police and Parks Department’s vision and mission. All duties are expected to be performed effectively, efficiently, and in a manner consistent with the Department’s policing philosophy. Rangers must accept the responsibility to support and promote this organization’s mission and comply with its directives. Personal conduct and behavior must be such that it does not bring disrepute or unnecessarily endanger the park visitors trust or confidence in the Police and Parks and Enrichment Departments or their members. This position requires a high level of problem-solving ability, self-initiative, and the ability and willingness to work a majority of time without direct supervision. Are capable and willing to make decisions that are consistent with both the Police and Parks and Enrichment vision, mission, goals, and objectives.

This is a full-time, year-round position working from the police department. Required: Graduate from a certified Ranger OR Law Enforcement academy and one year experience in parks, law enforcement or related field. For more information - $4,588 - $5,475 per mo. plus benefits. Apply online, continuous hiring until position is filled. EOE

Additional Information

The majority of tasks are performed outdoors (under various weather conditions) while working from a vehicle, bicycle or on foot. The work will also involve indoors. This position includes shift adjustments and may require working evenings, weekends, and holidays. Few tasks require heavy lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying of heavy loads. Physical flexibility is important because of the need to enter and exit vehicles frequently; search open fields; climb over, under and around obstacles; stooping, kneeling, and suddenly moving out of the way of danger. Mental alertness is important because of the need to make fine distinctions and decisions concerning subtle clues of impending danger or to discover inconsistencies in witnesses or suspect statements. Physical and mental demands may change dramatically within seconds and task the maximum of human endurance. Therefore, rangers must maintain a physical and mental state of fitness and readiness that will enable them to handle recurrent contacts and involvements with dangerous people, animals, and equipment. Contact with human bodily fluids (both bloodborne and airborne) and other potentially infectious or hazardous materials is probable. Exposure to violent human behavior is probable. Frequent use of motor vehicles, parks equipment and firearms are to be expected.

Duties involve responding to calls for service, patrolling in a directed manner to deter and detect crime, investigating complaints, citing and/or arresting law violators, follow up on pending reports and cases, and protecting persons and property within the City parks. When not responding to calls for service or otherwise directed by a supervisor, the ranger is expected to use self-directed work time in an efficient manner by self-initiating work on park problems or issues and seeking solutions consistent with the Department mission.

Rangers receives direct supervision from a Sergeant or, in the absence of a Sergeant, from a Lead Officer. In no case must a ranger report to more than one supervisor at a time. This position receives written semi-annual performance appraisals against written performance standards.

See full job description at under the Human Resources page.

Job Requirements

  • Age: Minimum of 21 years of age
  • Education: Minimum 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours college credit
  • Experience: One year experience in parks, law enforcement or related field
  1. Graduate of a ranger or basic law enforcement academy

  2. U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident

  3. Must have a high school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent

  4. Valid Washington State Driver's License or ability to obtain one

  5. Bilingual English/Spanish desirable

  6. Must be able to successfully pass the following:

      a.  Written Civil Service Examination
      b.  Oral Civil Service Examination
      c.  Physical Fitness Examination
      d.  Background Investigation
      e.  Polygraph Examination
      f.   Psychological Examination
      g.  Medical Examination

Contact Informaton

Chris Cammock

City of Mount Vernon Police Department
Mount Vernon, Washington
phone: 1 (360) 336-6271

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