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TEMPORARY FULL Commissioned Parks Officer - Mueller State Park

at State of Colorado

Pay: up to $18/hour
$18 - $
Posted: 2/18/2019
Job Status: Contract/Temporary
Job Reference #: 2357194
Keywords: emergency, response

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Department Information


To apply, please submit only your application (without attachments such as resumes or cover letters). This announcement will remain open until FILLED.  

Please apply on or before MARCH 15, 2019!

The mission of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources is to develop, preserve, and enhance the state's natural resources for the benefit and enjoyment of current and future citizens and visitors.  In an effort to build diversity and inclusion we welcome applications from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.
Customer service is a key component for every position across state government.  We are focused on improving Efficiency (use of resources), Effectiveness (impact of our work), and Elegance (graceful service interactions).

Our Mission is to perpetuate the wildlife resources of the state, to provide a quality state parks system, and to provide enjoyable and sustainable outdoor recreation opportunities that educate and inspire current and future generations to serve as active stewards of Colorado's natural resources. Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Description of Job

This is an armed law enforcement position (Post Certified) that enforces all applicable Colorado State Laws, rules and regulations fairly and consistently.  This includes but is not limited to Parks and Wildlife laws (Title 33), Traffic Code (Title 42) and Criminal Code (Title 18).  Patrols park areas by vehicle, bicycle or foot. Responds to emergencies and resolves visitor complaints.  Issue penalty assessments and summons to violators.  Performs prisoner transports and book-ins at the Teller County Jail.  Performs clearances of vehicles and individuals contacted in the field by communication with radio dispatch.  Will complete reports and may be required to appear in court.  May have specific backcountry duties and requirements.  This position will also assist with all areas of daily park operations, assures quality customer service, facility maintenance, repair and cleanliness, assists with fee collection, accounting and deposits, and environmental education programs.

  • Enforces the laws of Colorado and park rules and regulations by use of education, warnings, citations, and custodial arrest.
  • Prepares criminal cases for prosecution, makes court appearances as required, and reports final case dispositions.
  • Patrols Mueller State Park developed areas and backcountry trails by emergency equipped vehicle, on foot, or by use of ATV/OHV.
  • Provides protection and security for park visitors and their property.
  • Provides first aid and CPR to injured visitors or employees.
  • Coordinates and conducts search and rescue or recovery operations.
  • Organizes and conducts investigations and makes reports related to crimes, accidents, incidents, and injuries.
  • Conducts and cooperates in investigations involving other law enforcement and first responder agencies.
  • Seizes, collects, and processes evidence while maintaining a proper chain of custody for use I criminal prosecution.
  • Controls and removes dangerous, injured, or diseased animals from areas where they could harm themselves or visitors.
  • Assists park visitors by providing information, directions, and answering questions.
  • Maintains accurate and detailed daily and periodic records.
  • Performs safety and security inspections in facilities and throughout the park.
  • Provides security for collected fees and funds and makes bank deposits.
  • Performs other duties as assigned to ensure the safe and efficient operation of Mueller State Park.
NOTE: This position is up to 40 hours per week and up to six months in duration, mostly evening and night shifts, weekends, and holidays.  Days off are typically Monday-Tuesday or Tuesday-Wednesday.

  • Working knowledge of the procedures, techniques, and practices used in natural resources law enforcement.
  • Working knowledge of Colorado statutes relating to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, traffic, and criminal law.
  • Working knowledge of the policies, programs, and procedures of State Park operations.
  • Working knowledge of the fundamentals principals of safety practices and methods.
  • Ability to administer first aid, CPR, and AED.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, to perceive color differences, to hear verbal and radio communications, and to interact with individuals of diverse social, cultural, economic, and educational backgrounds.
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with other employees, other government and emergency response agencies, and the general public.
  • Ability to develop and maintain clear and concise records, reports, and files.
  • Ability to operate specialized vehicles and equipment after prescribed training.
  • Ability to display a proficiency in physical arrest tactics and firearms usage after prescribed training period.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights


  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license.
  • Must be free of felony convictions or pending charges.  Consideration will be given to all other previous violations of law, including misdemeanor violations, domestic violence, traffic and conservation laws.
  • Must have successfully completed a (P.O.S.T) certified law enforcement academy and possess a current and valid P.O.S.T. certification.
  • Must possess valid current First Aid and CPR/AED certifications.
  • Must be able to pass day and night firearms qualifications with duty weapon (weapon provided, Glock Model 22).
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds repeatedly.
  • Must be able to work various shifts, weekends and holidays.
  • Applicants must be able to pass a comprehensive background check.
  • Must attend and successfully complete required Colorado State Park training (may include full exposure to OC spray).
  • Preference may be given to applicants with or working towards a Natural Resources degree or similar education.
This position will perform physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. 

The park will provide some uniform items.  Employee will be required to purchase limited uniform items at their own expense.

Supplemental Information

CPW is committed to fairness and equality of opportunity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. 

E-Verify employer:  The Department of Natural Resources participates in E-Verify in accordance with the program's Right to Work for all newly-hired employees  Employees are queried through the electronic system established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to verify identity and employment eligibility. You may complete section 1 of the I-9 form upon your acceptance of a job offer letter, but no later than your first day of employment and in addition, on your first day, but no later than the third day, you are required to submit original documents to verify your eligibility to work in the U.S. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.
ADAAA Accommodations: Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact by phone or email at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.
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