Applying To: Park Ranger (Armed)

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  • 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.  Candidates must provide their availability for shift and weekend assignments on the Availability Section of the Employment Application. 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 G.E.D. certificate; plus two years of law enforcement experience. OR, two years of Armed Security Guard experience. OR, an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. Graduation from a recognized law enforcement training program may substitute for six months of 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.  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.

A limited number of applicants may be scheduled for the Oral Interview and Written Test based on an evaluation of their qualifying education, training and experience as listed on the Employment Application.  Resumes will not be accepted as a substitute to a fully completed application.  When completing the Employment History section of the application, include reasons for changes in employers and explain any gaps in employment.  Incomplete and/or carelessly completed applications will not be considered.

MEDICAL: Candidates will be required to pass an oral swab 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.  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

  • Experience and Training: Pass/Fail
  • Written Exam: 30%
  • Oral Interview: 70%
  • Character Investigation: Pass/Fail
  • Medical Examination: Pass/Fail

O.C. 3350
October 15, 2021

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