Park Ranger

Ashtabula County Metroparks - Jefferson, OH



PARK RANGER (part-time)

Ashtabula County Metroparks


Under general supervision, the Park Ranger is a part-time employee responsible for performing

law enforcement responsibilities on all Ashtabula County Metroparks (“Metroparks”) properties and shall report directly to the Chief Park Ranger.

Essential Job Functions:

The Park Ranger’s essential job functions are as follows:

  • Communicate the Park Ranger’s own equipment, personnel, and operational needs to the Chief Park Ranger;
  • Represent Metroparks from the law enforcement perspective at public and civic functions;
  • Attend training sessions and meetings;
  • Facilitate the investigation of criminal acts in accordance with accepted law enforcement practices;
  • Assist visitors with first aid, vehicle assistance, and emergency assistance;
  • Provide excellent customer service to Metroparks visitors;
  • Assess and recommend trail, park, and/or road closures due to inclement weather or unsafe conditions;
  • Perform essential law enforcement functions to provide for the safety and wellbeing of Metroparks guests, employees, volunteers, natural resources, wildlife, real property, facilities, vehicles, and equipment. Such functions include:
  • Patrolling assigned areas in a vehicle, watercraft, or on foot, as required;
  • Giving warnings, issuing citations, and making arrests;
  • Apprehend, detain, and/or arrest suspects on Metroparks properties;
  • Utilizing physical restraints such as handcuffs, spray irritant, a TASER, or baton when deemed necessary;
  • Responding to emergencies, crimes-in-progress, hazardous material spills, and calls for service on Metroparks properties;
  • Conducting and coordinating criminal investigations and emergency response on Metroparks properties;
  • Writing incident reports, arrest reports, and accident reports;
  • Compiling and tabulating data and providing reports to appropriate authorities;
  • Enforcing Metroparks rules and regulations, operational policies, and federal and state laws;
  • Collecting and documenting evidence, including interviewing and locating witnesses;
  • Meet with Park Rangers to advise and assist them;
  • Work closely with the appropriate prosecutor and the court when prosecuting arrested persons, cited persons, or providing information to the court;
  • Testify in Court as required;
  • Direct vehicular and pedestrian traffic;
  • Monitory natural hazards and pedestrian and vehicle traffic flow patterns.
  • Perform other park related work as assigned.
  • The Metroparks reserves the right to add, modify, change, or rescind the work assignments of the Park Ranger, and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.

Performance Standard:

  • The Park Ranger is expected to work effectively with other Metroparks staff to meet the needs of the larger community and the Metroparks through work behaviors demonstrating the Metroparks’ values.
  • The Park Ranger is also expected to lead by example and demonstrate the highest level of ethics.

Required Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of the proper procedures for operating, inspecting, and maintaining assigned equipment.
  • Knowledge of safety rules and precautions related to Metroparks operations, visitor safety, and recreational equipment usage, as well as basic first aid.
  • Knowledge of law enforcement policies, procedures, and practices as they relate to Metroparks operations, including park law enforcement, constitutional law, firearms law, and firearms safety.
  • Knowledge of best practices and techniques for evidence collection and documentation.
  • Knowledge of every Metroparks property, the ability to locate said property on a map, and the navigation skills required to reach each Metroparks property as efficiently and quickly as possible, especially in times of a crisis.

Required Skills:

  • Uses logic and reasoning to understand, analyze, and evaluate complex situations.
  • Researches information to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternatives, solutions, conclusions, and approaches to complex situations.
  • Develops and maintains cooperative and professional relationships with supervisors, Metroparks staff, and the public.
  • Deals tactfully, courteously, and respectfully with the public, especially under stressful and emotional circumstances.
  • Utilizes investigative techniques and analysis to follow law enforcement policies, procedures, and practices related to park patrol, constitutional rights, laws, firearms and firearm safety, Ohio and federal fish and game regulations, court systems, and testimony.
  • Basic computer skills including data entry and the ability to use word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation programs, LEADS, and the OLEG system.
  • Proficiency in the use of the provided radio and communication systems.
  • Presentation skills for public meetings and training programs.

Required Abilities:

  • Excellent ability to listen and understand directions, information, and ideas presented through spoken word or writing.
  • Ability to handle a variety of law enforcement issues in a confidential manner.
  • Ability to write incident, accident, and/or arrest reports in a clear and accurate manner.
  • Ability to establish priorities for the completion of work in accordance with sound time-management methodology.
  • Ability to work effectively and safely without direct supervision.

Education and Experience:

The Park Ranger must be at least 21 years old and have the following education and experience, or be able to obtain such education and experience prior to the date of hire:

  • A high school diploma or GED;
  • Certification as an Ohio Peace Officer;
  • A valid driver’s license;
  • Certification in CPR, First Aid, and other certifications as required and deemed prudent by Metroparks;
  • Sufficient work history and/or experience that demonstrates the necessary skills, knowledge, and abilities required to perform the job duties detailed in this job description;
  • Sufficient work history and/or experience that demonstrates experience and skills in the use of a variety of materials, tools, and/or equipment used for law enforcement purposes;
  • Familiarity with the natural resources management field.

Additional Requirements:

  • The Park Ranger must meet all requirements for a law enforcement officer in the State of Ohio, including passing the OPATA fitness standards on a semi-annual basis.
  • The Park Ranger must have an acceptable general background investigation that includes local and state criminal history, sex offender registry check, and an acceptable driving record.
  • The Park Ranger may be assigned an irregular working schedule, including weekends, early mornings, evenings, and holidays.
  • This position requires pre-employment medical examination.

Physical Requirements:

  • Essential functions require the regular and, at times, sustained performance of moderately physically demanding work.
  • Essential functions may involve the lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling of moderately heavy objects and materials up to 50 pounds or heavier weights with assistance and/or the use of proper equipment.
  • Mobility to work in various park and open space areas and frequent walking in operational areas.
  • Strength, stamina, and mobility to perform medium to heavy physical work, to work around machines, climb and descend ladders, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, navigate rough or uneven terrain, operate a variety of tools and equipment, and operate a motor vehicle.
  • Ability to use arms, hands, and fingers to handle, feel, and reach.

Sensory Requirements:

  • Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate colors or shades of colors, sounds, depth, texture, and visual cues or signals.
  • Some tasks require the ability to communicate orally.

Environmental Exposures:

Performance of essential functions may require exposure to adverse environmental conditions such as dirt, dust, pollen, odors, wetness, humidity, weather, fumes, smoke, temperature and noise extremes, hazardous materials, fire, machinery, vibrations, traffic hazard, toxic agents, animal/wildlife attacks, firearms, water hazards, violence, disease, and/or rude/irate customers.

Wage Range: $14/hour to $16/hour

(Rate offered will be based upon qualifications and experience)

Job Type: Part-time

Salary: $14.00 to $16.00 /hour


  • relevant: 2 years (Required)


  • OPOTA and LEADS Certifications (Required)

Work Location:

  • Multiple locations
  • On the road

Pay Frequency:

  • Bi weekly or Twice monthly

This Job Is Ideal for Someone Who Is:

  • High stress tolerance -- thrives in a high-pressure environment
  • Autonomous/Independent -- enjoys working with little direction
  • Achievement-oriented -- enjoys taking on challenges, even if they might fail
  • Detail-oriented -- would rather focus on the details of work than the bigger picture
  • Adaptable/flexible -- enjoys doing work that requires frequent shifts in direction
  • People-oriented -- enjoys interacting with people and working on group projects
  • Dependable -- more reliable than spontaneous


  • Weekends required
  • Holidays required
  • Monday to Friday
  • Day shift
  • Night shift