Travis County Texas Park Ranger (Park Police) in Austin, Texas

Job Summary

Provides day-to-day patrol within the Travis County parks and preserves system. Responsible for visitor and resource protection, with emphasis on law enforcement, emergency medical services, emergency management, and search and rescue. Ensures a safe park experience for visitors through intensive public interaction. Detects, documents and corrects safety hazards. Protects natural and cultural resources in the park and preserve system through the enforcement of rules and regulations and state and federal environmental laws.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is a job classification within the Non-TCSO job family. This job may be required to work long hours during emergency management operations. Operates a motorized vehicle. Operates radio equipment. Administers CRP and first aide. Works various shifts. Maintains physical endurance and agility. Act decisively, rapidly, and knowledgeably in emergency and life threatening situations. Job is subject to hazard's and potential physical dangers in public safety and law enforcement work. This classification requires a flexible work schedule to meet the needs of the department, including frequent evenings and weekends. Available for emergency response at all times when in geographic area. Emergency operations require working under difficult conditions.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conducts daily patrols of parks and preserves and provides visitor and resource protection. Provides law enforcement and emergency medical response. Conducts safety inspections and interfaces with park visitors. Performs administrative duties such as preparing incident reports using a laptop computer.
  • Responds to incidents inside parks as dispatched, reported, or as detected by the officer.
  • Assists or is dispatched to assist other agencies to law enforcement incidents in or near parks.
  • Enforces laws and makes arrests, issues citations, completes reports and conducts investigations.
  • Makes felony and misdemeanor arrests and prepares appropriate reports.
  • Enforces Federal and State laws and educates the public on park rules.
  • Ensures compliance with regulations and policies within Travis County parks and preserves.
  • Performs routine patrols of waters off park boundaries.
  • Provides visitor and resource protection in Travis County parks and preserves.
  • Responds to, or is dispatched to medical incidents and situations within parks and preserves and provides patient care according to established protocols.
  • Recognizes, responds to, and coordinates response to search and rescue situations.
  • Provides emergency medical services as part of a First Responder Organization. Initiates and/or participates in search and rescue operations. Treats patients in the field and prepares appropriate reports. Packages patients waiting transport and determines category of patient(s).
  • Disseminates park, preserve, and area information to the public; ensures information is accurate, professional, and timely; interfaces with visitors, neighbors, user groups, and volunteer organizations, and other agencies to promote Travis County parks and preserves in a positive and professional manner; responds to visitor complaints and concerns; directs corrective action, as required.
  • Performs inspections of facilities, grounds, and equipment to ensure visitor and employee safety, facility integrity, and aesthetic appearance. Monitors endangered species habitat and patrols boundaries to deter and detect encroachment and destruction of resources. Completes park and preserve inspections and reports hazards to park supervisors and tract managers and/or performs corrective action. Safeguards departmental equipment and facilities; prepares reports of activities and presents programs concerning department activities and programs to the public.
  • Performs administrative duties, and interfaces and coordinates with private and public entities (Travis County Sheriff's Office. [TCSO], Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services [ATCEMS], the Lower Colorado River Authority [LCRA], Texas Parks and Wildlife Department [TPWD}, local volunteer agencies and other agencies on public safety planning, training, and mutual aid.) Recommends staffing needs and special needs for special events; prepares case incident reports, criminal incident reports, ATCEMS run records as required. Prepares documentation of patient care incident reports and patient medical records. Collects data and assists in preparation of the annual work plan for the park and preserve system and completes assigned annual work plan projects.
  • Prepares daily time accounting reports.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned. Minimum Requirements

Education and Experience:**

High school diploma or G.E.D. AND two (2) years experience in park resource management and administration

Licenses, Registrations, Certifications, or Special Requirements:

Valid Texas Driver's License.

Certification as a Texas Peace Officer issued by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Education (TCOLE).

Must have significant experience in public safety situations requiring immediate decisions, collaboration with other responders, and appropriate corrective action.

Must obtain ATCEMS system clearance as a Texas Department of State Health Services certified Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B) within one year from completion of Field Training Officer, and then must maintain system certification as an EMT-B based on standards established by the Austin/Travis County Medical Director; AND,

Pre-employment - must pass all written, physical, and psychological tests as required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities*:*

Knowledge of:

  • Texas Penal Code, the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure and of the Incident Command System (ICS).
  • Criminal law statutes, crime prevention, investigation techniques and patrol operating procedures.
  • Park administration and management, departmental rules and regulations.
  • Specialized training including search and rescue, technical water rescue, high angle rescue, dive rescue certified, boating operations, hazardous material handling and control, technical self-defense, defensive weapons, and advanced life support techniques.
  • Appropriate response to emergency medical situations.
  • Principles and practices of emergency medical services.
  • Federal, State, Local and County applicable laws, rules, regulations and guidelines.
  • Travis County and City of Austin.
  • Computer equipment to include word processing, spreadsheets, databases and variety of software packages.
  • Local ecology and resource management issues and strategies.
  • Business letter writing, grammar and punctuation, and report preparation.

Skill in:

  • Meeting emergencies.
  • Customer service and conflict resolution.
  • Maintaining effective public relations.
  • Explaining complicated technical problems in simple non-technical language.
  • Use of personal computers and a variety of software applications including word processing and spreadsheets.
  • Emergency Medical Technician with a Basic certification (EMT - Intermediate preferred) and CPR (Adult & Pediatric CPR).
  • Intermediate high angle rescue and swift water rescue.
  • Problem solving and decision-making.
  • Using handguns and other firearms.
  • Both verbal and written communication, including presentations.

Ability to:

  • Maintain accurate logs.

  • Write clearly.

  • Writing incident reports.

  • Work as a team member within a diverse organization.

  • Articulate factual information to the public regarding parks and preserves.

  • Provide informal interpretation of area resources.

  • Demonstrate skill in the safe operation of motorized watercraft.

  • Analyze and solve problems.

  • Detect and correct safety problems and hazards.

  • Read and understand basic legal documents.

  • Respond to unexpected situations in a reasonable manner.

  • Understand oral instructions.

  • Read and comprehend technical publications.

  • Reason and make judgments and decisions.

  • Manage time well and perform multiple tasks, and organize diverse activities.

  • Work calmly, effectively and decisively in emergency situations.

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with County employees and officials, representatives of outside agencies, and the general public.

Work Environment & Other Information

Physical requirements include meeting physical ability/strength standards. Physical requirements include the ability to lift/carry up to 10-60 pounds occasionally, visual acuity, mental effort, speech and hearing, hand and eye coordination and manual dexterity, necessary to operate a computer, and viewing screens for long periods. Subject to talking, standing, sitting, walking, climbing stairs, bending, squatting, stooping, squatting, crouching, kneeling, pushing, pulling, reaching, twisting, balancing, handling, gripping, grasping, driving, repetitive motion, and client/customer contact to perform the essential functions. May work outdoors under extreme heat, cold, dampness for extended periods of time. May be exposed to high-risk situations involved in law enforcement, natural disasters, search and rescue. Subject to contact with communicable diseases, radiation, hazardous waste, human fecal matter and foul odors. Subject to stressful environment and client and customer contact for extended periods of time. Ability to take physical control of another person as required and exposure to: volatile or stressful situations. Job may involve danger due to contact with criminals and suspects.

This job description is intended to be generic in nature. It is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities. The essential duties, functions and responsibilities and overtime eligibility may vary based on the specific tasks assigned to the position.

Hours: Full-time, hours vary Works some holiday, nights and weekends

Location: East/West District, Travis County

Department: Transportation & Natural Resources

TCOLE Certification Required Drug & Alcohol Test Required Physical & Psychological Exam Required Criminal, Driving, Education & Employment Background Check Required

Salary: $23.89 Hourly $23.89 Hourly

Job Number: 15-03329

Location: Austin, TX

Closing: Continuous

Job Type: Full Time

Department: TNR (Trans & Natrl Resrc)

Agency: Travis County

Address: 700 Lavaca Street, Suite 420 Austin, Texas, 78701.

Phone: 512-854-9165