Game, Fish and Parks Law Enforcement Officer (Park Ranger) (Job Id 7959)

  • South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks
  • Farm Island, Pierre, SD, United States
  • Mar 11, 2017
Full time Communication/Public Outreach Law Enforcement Natural Resources

Job Description

Game, Fish and Park Law Enforcement Officers enforce state park, recreation, snowmobile, conservation, criminal statute, and department rules to manage and protect natural resources and the users of those resources, with a strong emphasis on preventing rather than reacting to violations, to create and maintain a safe atmosphere to afford everyone the opportunity to enjoy the natural resources, department programs, recreational services, and facilities. 

The incumbent will also need to become familiar with South Dakota outdoor resource and recreation heritage as well as hunting and fishing law enforcement; will be called upon from time to time to assist the Department's Wildlife Division with hunting and fishing law enforcement and constituent contacts; and must also be comfortable with public speaking, giving presentations, drafting articles and columns for public information and playing an integral role in outdoor programs and events.

The successful candidate must become familiar with the procedures to monitor and preserve culturally sensitive sites located along the Missouri River.

Must live within 30 miles of work location listed and must be able to work flexible hours, nights, weekends and holidays.

Applicants must be able to complete South Dakota Law Enforcement Certification within one year of employment. As well as successful completion of the Department field training program.

Successful applicant(s) will be required to undergo a background investigation. An arrest/conviction record will not necessarily bar employment. Offers of employment are conditional upon successful completion of a drug screening.

The Ideal Candidate Will Have:

Currently certified as South Dakota Law Enforcement Officer is preferred.

Knowledge of:

  • law enforcement techniques, documentation requirements, and procedures;
  • department rules and regulations;
  • criminal and conservation laws; boating and snowmobiling laws;
  • forensic investigative procedures; and rules of evidence;
  • various court procedures and jurisdictional differences;
  • methodologies of arrest, search and seizure, and use of force;
  • proper use and care of firearms;
  • weapons and defensive tactics;
  • principles of effective human relations and dealing with the public.

Ability to:

  • work outdoors year-round in all types of weather and conditions;
  • do manual labor including heavy lifting and strenuous physical activity at times;
  • assess and control situations where violations of the law have occurred and perpetrators have been apprehended;
  • communicate sufficiently to decelerate and resolve conflicts in tense situations;
  • interview witnesses and interrogate criminal suspects;
  • meet and maintain physical fitness standards;
  • use, and qualify with, a variety of weapons and defensive tactics;
  • work under arduous conditions;
  • remain calm in emergency situations;
  • train others;
  • keep records;
  • communicate effectively.


The State of South Dakota offers paid employee health insurance plus ten paid holidays, generous vacation leave accrual, and medical, dental, vision, and other benefits. For more information visit

Close Date: 03/29/2017

"An Equal Opportunity Employer"

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$17.23 - $20.53 per hour; depending on experience