Applying To: Park Ranger (Armed)

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Dear applicants, in order to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Recruitment and Examination Section is suspending all written tests, performance tests and oral interviews until further notice. These examination components are being replaced with experience and training evaluations, which do not require physical contact. Please fully describe all of your qualifying education, training and experience on your applications. Thank you. The safety of all of our staff and applicants is our priority as we continue with our efforts to conduct merit based testing for staffing the City's Civil Service.


  • Minimum: $31,460.00
  • Maximum: $43,654.00

Nature of Work

Incumbents in this position protect assets and maintain order at city parks, recreation centers and forest facilities.  Duties include: patrolling and responding to disturbances, alarms and vehicle breakdowns; investigating offenses and suspicious conditions, enforcing traffic and parking regulations and preparing reports.  Work involves shift, weekend, holiday and mandatory overtime assignments.  A shift differential is paid for evening and night work.

For an additional description of this position, please refer to the classification specification for Park Ranger

Minimum Qualifications

A high school diploma or General Educational Development (G.E.D.) certificate; plus two years of recent full-time paid law enforcement experience OR, two years of recent full-time paid Armed Security Guard experience OR, an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. Graduation from a recognized law enforcement training program may be substituted for six months of the required work experience. 

AGE: Applicants MUST have passed their 21st birth date at the time of filing the Employment Application. 

DRIVER’S LICENSE: Must possess and maintain a valid Missouri driver’s license while employed by the City of St. Louis.   Must possess a valid driver’s license at the time of filing the application and be able to present it at the Written Test.  Please note type of license, number, class, and expiration date on the Employment Application.  

City of St. Louis Armed Private Security Officer License or Armed Metropolitan License must be obtained within 90 days of appointment. 

Proof of age, education/training, driver’s license, and/or Form DD214 (if applicable) must be provided upon request by the Department of Personnel.

MEDICAL: Candidates will be required to pass a Drug Screen Test, Physical Examination and successfully complete a Psychological Examination as part of the Medical examination procedure.  Incumbents are subject to random Drug Screen and Alcohol Tests without advance notice as a condition of their employment. 

VETERAN'S PREFERENCE POINTS:  To be eligible for veteran's preference points, the applicant must submit a copy of his/her DD 214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty with the Employment Application or at the time of the Oral Interview.  The Director of Personnel may, in his discretion, accept alternate documentation.

LAST DATE FOR FILING APPLICATION:  Applications will be accepted until a sufficient number are received to fill the anticipated vacancies.  Please submit application as soon as possible.  Applications can be submitted on the Internet.  Visit the City web site at

Examination Components and Their Weights

  • Written Exam: 30%
  • Oral Interview: 70%
  • Character Investigation: Pass/Fail
  • Medical Examination: Pass/Fail
  • No waiver of the Residency Requirement will be granted.

    O.C. 2864
    November 13, 2018
    2132-10G (No Wav)

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