State Park Police Career Opportunities

A Park Police Officer helping park visitors.State Park Police Officers are responsible for the overall safety, security and protection of state parks, its visitors and resources.  State Park Police Officers provide professional law enforcement services by educating the public about various laws and regulations, preventing violations by conducting high visibility patrols, and apprehending and arresting violators.  Duties include enforcement of the Texas Park and Wildlife Code, State Park Rules and Regulations, Texas Penal Code and relevant provisions of other Texas laws; Patrols the State Park; performs investigations; conducts search and rescue operations; provide public safety and emergency management functions including working natural disasters and homeland security operations, provides testimony in court and administrative hearings, execute and serve all criminal processes resulting from enforcement activities; presents departmental programs to the public, works closely with and assists other law enforcement agencies as needed.

Salaries and advancement for State Park Police as of October 1, 2015

Working Conditions

  • State Park Assignment:  Applicants will accept duty assignments at the assigned park of the posted position advertisement
  • Work Schedule: The applicant must be willing and able to work state and federal holidays; work hours other than 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with days off other than Saturday and Sunday; subject to call 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • Overtime Compensation: In accordance with the Fair Labor Standards Act, the department uses a system of compensatory time off in lieu of overtime payment
  • Work Environment: State Park Police Officers work extensively out-of-doors, during inclement and sometimes hazardous weather conditions, during natural disasters and under other possibly dangerous conditions. At times, State Park Police Officers are required to work in highly stressful situations that may be hazardous to their health and safety, which could include working with people who are injured, violent, emotionally upset or otherwise pose a danger
  • Dress Code: State Park Police Officers are required to wear a prescribed uniform and adhere to established dress and grooming standards. Uniforms include equipment such as firearms and other defensive equipment

Selection Criteria

The following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities will be used in selecting candidates from the list of applicants meeting minimum qualifications

  • Ability to take enforcement action when law violations are observed, reported, or suspected
  • Ability to enforce the statutes and laws of the Texas Penal Code and other relevant state statutes
  • Ability to secure, search, and process crime scenes for evidence and contraband
  • Ability to assist local, county, state, and federal law enforcement agencies
  • Ability to provide assistance and respond to calls from the public
  • Ability to prepare and submit investigative reports, arrest and case reports, citations, dispositions, warrants, and other records related to enforcement activities, programs and operations
  • Ability to testify in court, administrative hearings, and other official proceedings
  • Skill in communicating effectively, both verbally and in writing
  • Skill in using appropriate interpersonal skills
  • Skill in making decisions and using discretion appropriately
  • Ability to work independently with very little or no supervision
  • Ability to conduct both personal and agency affairs with integrity
  • Ability to provide public safety and emergency management functions including working in response to natural disasters and in homeland security operations
  • Ability to safeguard departmental equipment

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