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The Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Chief Ranger is responsible for overseeing agency law enforcement activities, training park law enforcement personnel, interpreting and

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Oversees and directs the activities of park law enforcement personnel by providing assistance with law enforcement practices and procedures, evaluating security operating procedures, and developing and recommending corrective action. Coordinates the emergency management function of Arkansas State Parks, which includes law enforcement, search and rescue, fire fighting, and medical response. Directs agency enforcement programs by analyzing training requirements, establishing program goals and objectives, and developing training materials. Conducts investigations of theft or loss of department funds and/or assets, participates in searches and investigations, in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies within the park jurisdiction. Trains park security personnel in agency security procedures, firearm techniques/qualifications, and general law enforcement skills. Patrols park on foot or in automobile, monitors activities, investigates accidents and incidents, issues citations or makes arrests, controls crowds, directs traffic, secures facilities, checks for safety hazards/repair needs, and assists park visitors by explaining park rules, facility availability, hours of operation, answers general questions, and assists with minor mechanical problems. Participates in searches and investigations, in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies, within the park jurisdiction. Inventories and orders law enforcement and emergency services supplies, equipment, and resale merchandise. Conducts special projects related to park operations. Assists with the recruiting and interviewing of full and part-time rangers. Schedules law enforcement personnel for special park events. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of law enforcement methods and techniques. Knowledge of agency policies and procedures. Ability to assign and coordinate work activities and monitor the performance of co-workers. Ability to develop and present enforcement training. Ability to perform and monitor enforcement activities. Ability to conduct investigations and enforce public safety laws and regulations. Ability to handle weapons, exercise self-defense, and administer first aide. Ability to prepare and present oral and written information, reports and documents.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal educational equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, parks and recreation management, or a related field; plus two years of experience as a park ranger or law enforcement officer, plus one year in a leadership capacity. Must be certified as a special police officer by the Arkansas Law Enforcement Standards Commission in accordance with ACA 12-9-106. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.

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