Park Ranger (Protection) - Ozark National Scenic Riverways

  • National Park Service
  • Eminence, MO, United States
  • May 19, 2017
Full time Communication/Public Outreach Environmental Education/Interpretation Law Enforcement Natural Resources

Job Description

Who May Apply: Recent Graduates ONLY who meet all qualifications/requirements of this position as listed in announcement:

·        U.S. citizens who have graduated with a qualifying degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution or curricula within the last 2 years;

·        Veterans precluded from applying within the first 2 years due to military service obligation must apply within 2 years from release or discharge from active duty.  Eligibility for these veterans cannot exceed 6 years from the date on which they completed their educational requirements.

·        Qualifying degrees or certificates include associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate. 

·        Qualifying institutions are those which are accredited by organizations recognized as accrediting agencies by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.

For more information about the Recent Graduates program, please visit:

Candidates will have to complete an additional questionnaire at a later date to meet Administrative Careers with America (ACWA) requirements.

This is a permanent full-time law enforcement position. A National Park Service Level I or Level II commission is required.


This position serves as a commissioned National Park Ranger at Ozark National Scenic Riverways. As such, the incumbent will serve as a multi-skilled park ranger performing the full spectrum of visitor resource protection duties including visitor services, resource education, law enforcement, emergency medical services, search and rescue, wild land firefighting and more. The primary duty of this position is the enforcement of the criminal laws of the United States through investigation, apprehension, education, and detention of individuals suspected of or convicted of violating these laws. Shift work, call-outs and overtime can be expected.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Rigorous field work requires above average physical performance, endurance and superior conditioning. This includes prolonged standing, walking over uneven ground, and recurring bending, reaching, lifting and carrying of items weighing over 50 pounds and shared lifting and carrying of heavier items, and similar strenuous activities requiring agility and dexterity. Duties often involve working in isolated outdoor environments while exposed to severe weather conditions. Dangerous persons must be physically confronted, subdued, and apprehended many of whom are known to carry weapons. There is a high-stress component associated with much of the incumbent's work assignment.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Duties require extended periods of outdoor work and exposure to conditions including temperatures well below freezing to in excess of 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Investigations are conducted on foot, in four-wheel drive vehicles, or other forms of conveyance in remote back country settings. Emergency service and law enforcement work requires entry into hazardous environments, exposure to dangerous persons, animals, and substances, and potential exposure to infectious diseases. Long periods of surveillance work may be required in cramped or unpleasant locations and under unpleasant conditions. A wide range of personal protective equipment and clothing is required to be used and work, some of which may be uncomfortable, hot or inconvenient to wear. Adherence to specific safety procedures and other precautions is required.

AREA INFORMATION: Ozark National Scenic Riverways is located in the heart of the Ozark Highlands of Missouri, in the southeastern portion of the state on the Current and Jack's Fork Rivers. The park features 134 miles of crystal clear, spring-fed rivers that are flanked by scenic bluffs and numerous springs and caves. Outdoor recreational activities abound and include canoeing, ‘tubing", fishing, swimming and hiking. Summers are hot and winters are normally mild.

The duty station for this position is Eminence, Missouri. For more shopping, medical, dental, and entertainment, Salem, Missouri is approximately 40 miles north of Eminence.

For more information about Eminence, MO visit:

For more information about the Park visit our website:

For more information about Missouri visit our state website:

Closes Friday 5/26/2017

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Job Level

Entry-level, Mid-level


Government- Federal


$46,110.00 to $66,356.00 / Per Year Series & Grade GL-0025-07/09

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