Park Ranger Specialist-Law Enforcement

State of New Mexico - Portales, NM


$14.67 - $25.53 Hourly

$30,518 - $53,101 Annually

This position is a Pay Band 60

Purpose of Position
Interviews are anticipated to be conducted within two weeks of closing date.
Why does the job exist?
This position is primarily responsible for assisting park visitors, patrolling the park and enforcing rules and regulations. This position focuses on providing general patrol and enforcement of park rules and regulations, and maintaining park facilities, grounds and equipment. This position will also be responsible for general supervision in the absence of the Park Manager, training and assigning jobs to seasonal and park volunteers. This position is responsible for monitoring park operations, performing general park functions of the park administration and fee enhancement and support of park manager. This position will develop and present public safety, interpretive/education programs for park visitors, school groups and other community groups.
How does it get done?
The applicant will be required to perform a myriad of duties to include patrolling State Park to enforce applicable state, local, and federal laws, present interpretive programs to the public and other employees, and the general care and maintenance of park equipment and facilities. The incumbent will be required to perform many of these duties in unpredictable and extreme weather conditions throughout the year. Responsibilities also include other assignments determined by park management to ensure public safety and effective park operations at other parks within the Southeast Region.
Who are the customers?
Park Visitors and internal staff.
Ideal Candidate
1) Park experience
2) Law enforcement experience
3) Interpretive experience
4) Outdoor recreation experience
Minimum Qualification
Associate's Degree in Parks and Recreation Management, Environmental Sciences, Forestry, Criminal Justice or Wildlife Management and two (2) years of experience in parks and recreation management, natural resources, biology, environmental sciences, forestry, criminal justice and/or wildlife management. Substitutions apply. See Substitution Table below.
Substitution Table

These combinations of education and experience qualify you for the position:

Education Experience Education Experience
1 High School Diploma or Equivalent AND 4 years of experience OR High School Diploma or Equivalent AND 4 years of experience
2 Associate's degree in the field(s) specified in the minimum qualification AND 2 years of experience Associate's degree or higher in any field AND 4 years of experience
3 Bachelor's degree or higher in the field(s) specified in the minimum qualification AND 0 years of experience

  • Education and years of experience must be related to the purpose of the position.
  • If Minimum Qualification requires a specific number of "semester hours" in a field (e.g. 6 semester hours in Accounting), applicants MUST have those semester hours in order to meet the minimum qualifications. No substitutions apply for semester hours.
Employment Requirements
This position is designated as safety sensitive within the meaning of Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of 1991 and must abide by all provisions of the Federal Omnibus Transportation Testing Act. Employment is subject to pre-employment and random testing, in accordance with all terms and conditions of federal and state law, rules and regulations in relation to alcohol and/or drug testing. Must be able to successfully complete the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy and obtain a Peace Officer Certification as set forth in Section 29-7-6 NMSA 1978 within one (1) year of hire. Incumbent will be subject to pre-employment, random, and reasonable suspicion drug testing. Must possess and maintain a valid Driver's License.

  • Must be willing to accept assignment/transfer to another geographic location.
  • Moderate to extensive travel in region/state wide area.
  • Incumbent is required to live in park housing, if available.
  • Weekend and holiday work required.
Working Conditions
This position is a Law Enforcement position and requires the incumbent to be in optimum physical condition. Lifting, bending, standing running, are above average. This position is placed in strenuous situations where physical strength may be necessary to restrain, or stop criminal activity. This position works outdoors 70% of the time and is exposed to machinery, adverse weather conditions, and some travel. This position is also administrative. Physical requirements include: sitting, walking, standing, bending, twisting, squatting, kneeling, reaching, repeated hand/arm/finger motion, climbing, driving, typing, manual and finger dexterity, lifting up to 75 pounds, pushing or pulling up to 90 pounds, carrying up to 75 pounds. The use of various hand and power tools is required on occasion. Requires working inside and outside, occasionally in adverse weather conditions, extreme cold or heat, for extended periods of time. Due to the nature of park work, there is a risk of injury. Ability to see at a distance and close-up, see colors and having good depth perception is essential. Ability to hear in quiet and noisy environments, as well as telling where a sound is coming from is essential. Ability to communicate through speech is essential. Shift work is required on weekends, evenings, holidays and during events held at the park. Emergency situations may arise requiring extended hours of work, or return to work after normal hours. Sitting at a desk or computer workstation is essential. Must be willing to accept assignment/ transfer to another geographic location. Extensive travel in region wide area.
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Agency Contact Information: Ray Drake (575) 356-5331 Email

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Bargaining Unit Position
This position is not covered by a collective bargaining agreement.