Park Ranger @ Howard County MD

Park Ranger


Wednesday - Sunday - 12:30am - 11:00pm; other shifts may be assigned as required.

Provides public outreach and education, regulation enforcement and program assistance within the park system including active recreation facilities and Natural Resource areas.


This is specialized park safety and security work which typically involves routine patrol of county park lands and facilities ensuring compliance with park rules and ordinances. Work activities also include assisting the public in the use of park assets and maintaining a cooperative liaison with county police other law enforcement agencies. An employee in this class operates vehicles on a variety of terrain and uses specialized police laptop computer and radio communication systems equipment to maintain contact and coordination with county police. Work is performed with general supervision from an administrative superior. Assignments are stable in nature and are carried out in accordance with accepted law enforcement standards and applicable regulations. Work activities may involve limited intervention in critical and emergency incidents. May be required to work special or non-routine hours as a result of assignment or special event. Contacts with others are sensitive and important and include park visitors, home owners, representatives of community groups and county police and other law enforcement agencies.


Include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.

Works and cooperates with co-workers and supervisors at all levels.

Learns and performs all essential job functions accurately.

Participates in day and night patrols of park system including facilities and Natural Resource areas.Issue citations for infractions against parkland rules and regulations and local ordinances.

Resolves permit disputes.Responsible for the tracking and reporting of their duties and activities.

Provides education to park patrons on issues related to park amenities, wildlife and programs.

Responsible for security at special events and other programs.

This position will assist with Deer Management, including evisceration, handling of firearms, collection of biological data, and Spotter for Sharpshooters.Park Rangers may be selected to become Sharpshooters upon successfully completing required training.

Organizes and oversees volunteer and community service groups in enhancements and clean-up projects.

Designs and carries out public outreach educational programs.

Participates in court proceeding including, testimony and evidence presentation.

Park Rangers are required to utilize the issued Body Armor, according to the Body Armor Policy.

Responsible for utilizing their 800 MHZ radio and Mobile Data Computer (MDC) to log in to Central Communications at the start of a shift and out at the end of their shift.

This position is considered essential and will be required to work emergency situations to include staffing the Department Operations Center.Serves on committees as assigned.

Responsible for identifying and applying good sustainability practices into all aspects of Department operations.


This job has no formal supervisory responsibilities.


Any combination of education and experience equivalent to completion of the 12th grade and 2 years experience in security, law enforcement, park management or a related field, or completion of an Associate’s Degree in law enforcement, park management or a related field.


Experience performing ranger duties including enforcement and public outreach. Basic computer skills plus proficiency in MS applications & GIS mapping.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to walk; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and distance vision.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions and working at night, in low light. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate but occasional exposure to fire arm discharge may occur.


Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos.

Ability to write simple correspondence.

Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization.

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions.

Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.


Valid driver's license. License must remain valid, as long as individual is employed in this position.

Requires training and certification in various law enforcement practices and techniques, including Oleoresin Capsicum (O.C.) chemical spray exposure.

May be required to be licensed or the ability to obtain a Deer Cooperators License through Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

Obtain Maryland Hunter Safety Certification or equivalent within one year.

Completion of required FEMA ICS-100/700 training within six months.

Obtain SAR-Tech III (Search and Rescue) Certification within one year.

Obtain Maryland Boater Safety or equivalent within six months.

Obtain ATV Safety Institute within six months.

Additional trainings and certifications as required.

Government- Local/Regional

$39,020.80 - $59,529.60 Annually


Columbia, MD, USA




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