Who We Are
Established in 1883, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) oversees a renowned urban park system spanning 6,809 acres of parkland and water. Featured among its 180 park properties are 55 miles of parkways, 102 miles of Grand Rounds biking and walking paths, 22 lakes, 12 formal gardens, 7 golf courses and 49 recreation centers. The MPRB is proud to provide services, programs and activities that meet the park and recreation needs of diverse communities and ensure race equity, gender inclusion and universal access. Altogether, MPRB properties receive about 23 million visitors annually, and employs approximately 570 full-time and 1,400 part-time and seasonal employees.
Park it here for an exciting career by joining the #1 urban park system in the United States as recognized by the Trust for Public Land in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Provide assistance in a non-sworn role to the Minneapolis Park Police with the enforcement of laws, ordinances, rules and regulations within the parks. Scheduled to work up to forty (40) hours per week both day and evening hours including most weekends and holidays during May, June, July, and August. Must be available to attend paid training in April and May in the evenings. Working hours are generally between 12:00PM and 12:00AM. This position is temporary in nature (up to 6 months) and does not carry medical benefits, paid holidays, or vacation.
What You'll Do
Patrol assigned parks, beaches and recreation areas to deter criminal activity, prevent crime, provide building security and respond to emergency situations.
Support the work of MPRB staff so as to promote safe parks, safe programs and safe facilities.
Enforce MPRB ordinances, rules and regulations as trained and directed.
Enforce Minnesota law and City of Minneapolis ordinances as trained and directed.
Carry out enforcement through use of verbal warnings, written citations and physical arrest.
Perform administrative work in the Park Police office including, but not limited to, answering telephones, typing, filing, preparing reports.
Assist MPRB in identifying and addressing the park and recreation needs of underserved and under-represented communities.
Perform other duties as assigned.
What To Bring
Need to Have:
High school diploma or equivalent and at least one (1) year of college credits toward a degree in law enforcement, teaching, counseling or closely related field.
One (1) year of experience working in a closely related position in law enforcement, teaching, security, counseling or working in a role supervising children and/or adults.
An equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be considered. (4 years of relevant military service may replace college and experience.)
Must possess and continue to maintain a valid Minnesota driver's license with good driving record at time application and during employment.
Must have current First Aid and CPR certification (or ability to obtain within six months of hire) and retain both certifications during employment.
Nice to Have:
Fluency in a second language preferred.
Ability to work in uniform patrolling on foot, bicycle or other vehicle.
Ability to jump and crawl over/under objects.
Ability to work in all types of weather conditions.
Ability to run and chase and wrestle and subdue suspects.
Ability to lift or drag heavy objects.
Must be able to pass a rigorous medical examination including drug and alcohol screening and a psychological examination.
Must have vision correctable to 20/40 in both eyes and be able to distinguish red, yellow and green colors.
Must have a standard hearing average threshold without correction of no least than 40- decibel loss on the average at 500, 1000, 2000, 3000 Hertz frequencies in the better ear.
Skills Crucial to Success in This Role:
Knowledge of arrest procedures and investigative techniques.
Ability to learn, understand and correctly interpret Park Board ordinances as well as related city and state statutes.
Ability to understand and follow work rules, policies and procedures related to Park Police safety protocol.
Ability to interact and communicate effectively with individuals and groups of diverse socioeconomic backgrounds.
Ability to work in a team environment, demonstrate flexibility and patience in adapting to changing conditions and situations.
Outstanding customer service principles and practices and standards for a diverse customer base.
FLSA Status: Non-exempt
Union Status: Non-represented
Job Information Session: A 30 minute Job Information Session will be held on Thursday, December 20th, 2018 from 3:30PM- 4:00PM in the Board Room at MPRB Headquarters. This is your opportunity to ask questions about the position and to gain a better understanding of the application process. Interested parties are encouraged to attend. If you are unable to attend in-person, please join us via phone conference at (612) 230-6594.
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Application and Selection Process:
To apply for this temporary position, applicants must complete an online application with supplemental questions at www.minneapolisparks.org/jobs. Applicants are encouraged to include a cover letter or resume with their application. Late applications will be rejected.
References, including verification of employment and work performance, may be considered.
Upon receiving a conditional offer of employment, the applicant will be asked to sign an informed consent allowing the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to obtain their criminal history in connection with the positions sought. View the MPRB Background Check Policy (Download PDF reader)
Applicants must also pass a pre-employment physical examination including drug and alcohol screening and a psychological examination.
Please note that HR reserves the right to limit the number of people invited to successive testing events.
The MPRB is a tobacco-free workplace and park system.