Park Ranger Law Enforcement

Virginia Dept of Conservation & Recreation - Prince William, VA

Full-time
The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation is the state’s lead conservation agency and it takes a diverse agency to work for a diverse commonwealth. DCR protects what people care about – access to the outdoors, natural habitats, open spaces, clean water and safe infrastructure.

We manage 38 Virginia State Parks, which has thousands of campsites, hundreds of cabins, beaches, festivals, educational programs, more than 500 miles of trails… the list goes on. If you’re someone who wants to love what you do, and make a difference, DCR is the place for you!

Leesylvania is nestled along the tidal shores of the historic Potomac River. Native Americans lived on this land for thousands of years. Capt. John Smith visited the area in 1608 on his voyage of discovery. It’s also the ancestral home of Virginia’s legendary Lee and Fairfax families. Listed on the National Register of Historic Landmarks, Leesylvania offers many land and water activities, including hiking, picnicking, fishing and boating.

This position assists the Chief Ranger LE, Park Manager, and other staff cooperatively in the overall management of the park. Duties include, but are not limited to: training and supervising seasonal/ wage staff, volunteers, and other work program participants; assisting with maintenance of facilities/grounds; operating all related tools and equipment; assisting with facilities operation and the deliver of programs that promote the natural, environmental, cultural and historical assets of the park. The Park Ranger LE provides assistance with maintenance of facilities, grounds, and operation of all related tools and equipment. The selected candidate will assist with the operation of facilities and the delivery of programs that promote the natural, environmental, cultural, and historical assets of the park.

With the use of Conservation Officer Powers, the Park Ranger LE supports park programs and services with special emphasis on providing for public safety and resource protection by enforcing park rules, regulations, and state laws.

Minimum Qualifications
Ability to effectively use and maintain a variety of motorized equipment and vehicles; knowledge of facilities maintenance and landscaping techniques; knowledge of natural resources planning and management; ability to work independently with excellent organizational and problem solving skills; ability to effectively plan, supervise and evaluate the work of other employees. High school diploma or equivalent required.

Preferred Qualifications
Preferred qualifications include ability to speak Spanish and English fluently.
Knowledge of law enforcement and public safety activities, techniques, methods, and procedures. BS in a Natural Resource Management, Park Management, or related Natural Resources field preferred or equivalent combination of related work experience. CPR and First Aid certification preferred.

Special Requirements
Sworn Conservation Officer requirements: Must be a US citizen; be at least 21 years old; H.S. grad or possess GED; pass a background investigation including fingerprint-based criminal history records check; possess or be able to obtain certification as a LE Officer in VA from the VA Dept. of Criminal Justice Service which includes accepting responsibilities related to being equipped with and using firearms. Successful applicants: shall not have a felony conviction(s) or have pled no contest to a felony or any offense that would be a felony if committed in VA; shall not have a misdemeanor conviction(s) involving moral turpitude, including larceny, concealment, uttering, embezzlement or perjury; shall not have conviction(s) for a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence; shall not have positive results on pre-employment drug screening.

As a non-exempt position, Park Ranger LE is covered by the FLSA minimum wage and overtime requirements and is compensated for overtime with overtime leave accruals and time & one-half rate of pay. This position is required to wear state-issued uniforms and equipment. On occasion critical agency business needs may require position reassignments within the salary range.

Valid VA Driver’s License or ability to attain required. Criminal history record check, references, work history and DMV driving record will be verified prior to employment. Ability to work in diverse conditions including exposure to the outdoors, weather in all seasons, dust, animals and insects. Ability to perform heavy manual labor to include standing, bending, pulling, climbing, and frequent lifting up to 50 lbs. Ability to obtain First Aid, CPR certifications within 12 months of employment. Position requires shift work, including weekends and holidays.

Special Instructions to Applicants
State applications will only be accepted as submitted online by 11:59 pm on the closing date through the Recruitment Management System (RMS). State applications submitted via email, postal mail, fax, or in person will not be considered. Applicants are expected to fully represent qualifications and work history on the State application. The decision to interview an applicant is based on the information provided on the application, therefore, it is essential to fully complete each section of the application and provide detailed information. Submitting an incomplete state application, or a state application lacking in detail, may impact your interview eligibility. Applications that say See Resume will not be considered. This website will provide a confirmation of receipt when the application is submitted successfully. Please refer to “Your Application” in your RMS Account to check the status of your application for this position. The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is an Equal Opportunity Employer by both policy and practice. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Employment in all positions within the Virginia State Parks is contingent upon satisfactory completion of a background check.

Employment in all positions within the Virginia State Parks is contingent upon satisfactory completion of a background check.