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State Park Police Officer (Reinstatement)

at Texas Parks and Wildlife

Posted: 3/5/2019
Job Status: Full Time,Part Time,Contract/Temporary
Job Reference #: 2190906
Keywords: response, emergency

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

General Description

Under the direction of the State Park Police Captain, this position is responsible for the law enforcement operations, public safety, security, preservation and protection of Texas State Parks.  Performs public safety and resource enforcement work in a state park and surrounding communities.  Provides field enforcement of criminal and general laws of the State of Texas, park rules, and regulations; resource protection; safety; and information and education to the public.  Provides professional law enforcement and public safety operational services duties as described:  Enforcement of the Texas Penal Code and relevant provisions of other Texas Laws, Texas Parks & Wildlife Code, State Park Rules and Regulations and applicable Federal laws.  Provides community-oriented policing through education, community outreach and visitor relations; citing, apprehending and arresting violators.  Performs criminal and administrative investigations/manages caseloads - responsible for the preparation and submittal of law enforcement reports and investigations.  Conducts search and rescue operations and develops and maintains emergency procedures.  Responsible for public safety and emergency management response functions including working natural and man-made disasters; Homeland security operations including border protection, monuments, national & state historic land marks, public utilities / infrastructure, public water ways and land resources.  Serves as a force multiplier to support law enforcement actions at other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies when called upon or assigned.  Responds to emergencies and on-call situations.  Partners with and communicates law enforcement and public safety information to the park management team and other state park staff.  Fosters professional partnerships with federal, state and local agencies and emergency service providers.  Works under general supervision, with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.  Performs additional duties as assigned.  Complies with all Agency, Division and Branch rules, regulations procedures.

NOTE: State Park Police Officer Career Ladder advancement opportunities available dependent upon meeting qualifications.  For more information regarding Career Ladder advancements, contact Hiring Supervisor or visit the State Parks Jobs Page at: http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/jobs/ppo/


Qualification Guidelines


  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree and major coursework in Criminal Justice, Corrections, Criminology, Police Science, Natural Resources, or a closely related field;
  • Graduation form the Texas Parks and Wildlife State Park Law Enforcement Academy or Texas Game Warden Training Academy.
  • State Park Police Officer: Completion of Field Training (FTO), one year commissioned service as a TPWD Officer; OR
  • State Park Police Officer: Intermediate TCOLE License and four years commissioned service as a TPWD Officer; OR
  • State Park Police Officer: Advanced TCOLE License and eight years commissioned service as a TPWD Officer; OR
  • State Park Police Officer: Master TCOLE License and twelve years commissioned service as a TPWD Officer.
  • Must possess a valid class "C" Texas driver's license;
  • Must possess a current license from Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE);
  • Must possess or be able to obtain within 60 days of employment, a TPWD State Park Police Officer commission.
NOTE: Retention of this position is contingent upon maintaining the required licenses.

Additional Requirements:
  • Applicant may not have separated from TPWD more than 8 years prior to applying and left in good standing;
  • Applicant must successfully pass a medical and psychological examination;
  • Applicant must successfully complete a physical readiness test.
  • TPWD Commissioned Police Officers hired prior to September 2015 may substitute one additional year as a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department commissioned officer, beyond the minimum requirement for 30 semester hours of the required education, with a maximum substitution of 120 semester hours.
  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice, Corrections, Criminology, Police Science, Natural Resources or closely related field.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of facility, equipment and grounds maintenance repairs and techniques;
  • Knowledge of state and federal statutes and regulations pertaining to the enforcement of the Texas Penal Code and Code of Criminal Procedures, of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Code, and of department procedures and policies;
  • Knowledge of park administration and operations;
  • Knowledge of fiscal controls, revenue collected and accountability
  • Knowledge of natural and cultural resource management and conservation principles;
  • Knowledge of the Judicial process;
  • Skill in using MS Word, Excel and Outlook;
  • Skill in effective verbal and written communication;
  • Skill in application of statutes, proclamations, regulations and policies related to the enforcement of all provisions of the Texas Penal Code, the Code of Criminal Procedure, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Code, Water Safety Act and Texas State Park Rules and Regulations;
  • Skill in Patrol Tactics and Techniques;
  • Skill in application of Department Policies and Procedures and State Park Police General Orders;
  • Skill in preparing and completing all required agency reports and investigation;
  • Skill in using office and law enforcement equipment;
  • Skill in providing quality customer service in a courteous and professional manner;
  • Skill in effective interaction with staff at all levels of the department and other State agencies and organizations;
  •  Skill in making independent, sound and timely decisions;
  • Skill in First Aid, CPR, Search and Rescue (SAR) and emergency procedures;
  • Ability to maintain flexibility and work with frequent interruptions and multiple changing priorities;
  • Ability to uniformly and consistently interpret and enforce rules and regulations and state and federal laws in a fair and consistent manner;
  • Ability to use and care for firearms, radio equipment, and other law enforcement equipment; to operate law enforcement vehicles and vessels; and to communicate effectively;
  • Ability to work under stressful conditions;
  • Ability to work in potentially hazardous conditions related to law enforcement work activities;
  • Ability to work independently with little or no supervision;
  • Ability to work as member of a team;
  • Ability to prepare and execute safety and emergency response programs and conduct accident/offense investigation/evaluations;
  • Ability to testifying in court or other proceedings;
  • Ability to present educational or information programs;
  • Ability to handle complaints, emergencies, and large groups of people;
  • Ability to work with diverse constituencies and populations;
  • Ability to conduct patrols by vehicle, ATV, marine vessel, bicycle and foot;
  • Ability to perform manual labor including, lifting supplies and materials up to 50 lbs.;
  • Ability to conduct work activities in accordance with TPWD safety program.

Additional Information


  • Required to meet qualifications with Firearms and Law Enforcement equipment according to agency and TCOLE training requirements;
  • Required to work 40 hours per week, includes various schedules with hours other than 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and days off other than Saturdays, Sundays and holidays;
  • Temporary position;
  • Required to respond to emergencies and on-call situations;
  • Required to perform work outdoors, occasionally in adverse weather conditions;
  • Required to conduct patrols by vehicle, ATV, marine vessel, bicycle and foot;
  • May work in and around natural outdoor pests such as insects, animals and poisonous plants;
  • Required to perform manual labor including, lifting supplies and materials up to 50 lbs.;
  • Required to operate a State vehicle;
  • Required to travel 20% with possible overnight stays;
  • Must conform to TPWD dress and grooming standards, work rules and safety procedures;
  • Non-smoking environment in State buildings and vehicles.
In order to be considered for this position, the following information is required:
  • Submittal of a completed online application;
  • Work history experience MUST be completed in the online application;
  • A scanned copy of official college transcript(s) issued from the registrar must be attached to the online application (if applicable);
  • Applicants must attach a DD214 or other supporting documentation to the online application to claim Veterans Preference.
NOTE: Resume and professional references may be attached to the online application, but not in place of the completed application.  A skills test may be conducted at time of interview.

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