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Deputy Ranger Police Officer

This is an archived copy of a previously posted job opening.

Part-time Position
Salary Range: $18.85 - $23.25/hr
Location: Various Forest Preserve Locations
Application deadline: December 6, 2013
Date posted: November 8, 2013




The Lake County Forest Preserve District Public Safety Division is dedicated to the protection and safety of Forest Preserve Visitors as well as the protection of the natural resources and physical properties contained within the District.  Deputy Ranger Police Officers serve the community with the highest standards of Honor, Integrity and Professionalism.   The Deputy Ranger Police Officer enforces the Illinois Compiled Statutes and District Rules and Regulations on District lands. This position provides public relations, field support, surveillance, and emergency assistance to local law enforcement agencies.




Protects users, preserve facilities, and natural resources by enforcement of Illinois Compiled Statutes, District Rules and Regulations, and Illinois Conservation Laws. Educates general public concerning preservation of land, safety, local laws, District facilities, and rules and regulations. Provides surveillance (by vehicle, foot, bike or boat), law enforcement support, fire detection, and suppression. Knows and uses the power of arrest or issue citation if necessary, but constantly strives for a voluntary compliance with statutes and ordinances through education. Responsible for crowd and traffic control at District special events. Provides emergency assistance and maintains order. Responsible for completion of law enforcement reports, for use and care of equipment including  vehicles, and for initial investigation and follow-up of judiciary process involved in citation writing.  Posts district property and reports areas in need of repair or maintenance within assigned area of responsibility. Ensures cleanliness of assigned Preserve and facilities used by the public during operational hours when no maintenance personnel are present. Drives a motorized vehicle to travel to different locations. Performs heavy lifting tasks up to 50 pounds.



Qualified candidates must have completed high school and have the Illinois law enforcement basic training certification including firearms training, standard first aid, and CPR. Must be a US Citizen, at least 21 years old with good moral character. Must possess the ability to understand the role of police officer in the management of recreational areas. Must possess a valid motor vehicle driver’s license. Ability to run, climb, stoop, bend, sit, kneel, reach, and walk up to 3 miles a day.  Selected candidates will be required to complete the fitness test, oral interview, psychological test, physical and drug test, and in-depth background investigation.


 Interest in Forest Preserve employment should be indicated by submitting a completed Forest Preserve Employment Application. Application deadline is Friday December, 06, 2013 at 4:30pm.

Download the Employment Application in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), request one by email, or pick one up at our General Offices.

Completed applications should be returned to:

Lake County Forest Preserve District
Human Resources Department
1899 West Winchester Road
Libertyville, IL 60048

Applications are accepted only for posted positions. Complete a job interest card for other positions for which you are interested. The card will be kept on file for six months pending an opening, and will be mailed to you should an opening occur.

All Lake County Forest Preserve facilities are non-smoking.

The Lake County Forest Preserve District was created in 1958 under Illinois law as a special purpose unit of government. Our mission is to preserve a dynamic and unique system of diverse natural and cultural resources, and to develop innovative educational, recreational and cultural opportunities of regional value that reflect a commitment to environmental and fiscal responsibility.