Park Police Trainee

Nashville, TN
Metropolitan Government of Nashville & Davidson County

Salary: $54,900.89 Annually.

Position Summary:

This position is with the Parks & Recreation Department, and performs law enforcement work such as, controlling traffic flow, enforcing state and local laws, and traffic regulations for all park areas and facilities. The Park Police Trainee will attend and complete an in-service and field training program in police science.

Essential Functions:

  • Performing crime prevention and law enforcement duties throughout the Metropolitan Park System.
  • Patrolling an assigned area in an automobile, on foot, horse, bike, or ATV vehicle.
  • Monitoring parks, playgrounds, greenways and other park property for illegal activities.
  • Assisting citizens to ensure the use of parks is safe and enjoyable.
  • Intervening in private or public disputes to protect the public and maintain order.
  • Making arrests, issuing citations, giving verbal warnings, directing traffic, and assisting with crowd control, as needed.
  • Appearing in court as required.


  • At least sixty (60) semester hours of course work from an accredited college or university with an overall Grade Point Average of 2.0 (“C” Average) or above.
  • At least two (2) years active military duty (Honorable Discharge).
  • At least two (2) years as a full-time, certified (Tennessee P.O.S.T. Certification or equivalent State certification) active law enforcement officer.
  • Three (3) years responsible work experience.
  • Valid Driver License.
  • Must be 21 years of age at the time of hire.
    Candidates who have reached their 20th birthday may file applications, however, they may not be appointed to their probationary period until they are at least 21 years old.
  • Per Tennessee House Bill 0765, a permanent legal resident of the United States who is an honorably discharged veteran of the United States armed forces may be employed as a Police Officer. The officer must apply for or obtain citizenship within six (6) years of the employment start date.
  • Far visual acuity must be at least 20/20 in the better eye and 20/30 in the other eye binocular corrected with contact lenses or spectacles.
  • Far visual acuity uncorrected must be at least 20/100 binocular for wearers of hard contacts or spectacles. Successful long-term soft contact lens wearers shall not be subject to the uncorrected criterion.
  • Applicants must have worn soft contacts for at least six months prior to the employment physical.
  • Must have normal color vision.
  • Must pass a medical examination with standards set out in the Metropolitan Charter.

Preferred Requirements:

  • P.O.S.T. (Police Officer Standards and Training Commission) certified as a Law Enforcement Officer.
  • Bi-lingual, preferably Spanish.
  • Two years of college (60 Semester Hours).
  • Experience in law enforcement or related field.