Police Officer

New York, NY; San Francisco, CA; Washington, DC
National Park Service

Closing date

$65,486 – $71,249 per year

The mission of the United States Park Police is to support and further the goals of the Department of Interior and the National Park Service by providing quality law enforcement, safeguarding lives, protecting our national treasures and symbols of democracy, and preserving the natural and cultural resources entrusted to us.


The major duties of the Police Officer include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Prevents, detects, and investigates criminal activity.
    • Critical awareness of extraordinary conditions or circumstances that indicated criminal potential or criminal activity.
    • Diligent patrol of assigned beats to reduce and deter the opportunity for the commission of crime.
    • Detect violations of the law and make apprehensions when appropriate.
    • Cooperate with and assist members of the Force, as well as other law enforcement agencies.
  • Safeguards the characteristics and facilities of the parks and other areas of responsibility.
  • Maintains and displays a professional self-assured presence and a self-confident manner; controls or contains demonstrations; maintains control over special events such as parades, festivals, and athletic events.
  • Provides service, assistance, and information to the public consistent with assigned duties.

Specialty Units are available to officers depending on competitive selection process and completion of training. The United States Park Police offers the following full-time specialized units:

  • Motorcycle Unit
  • Aviation Unit
  • Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T.)
  • K-9 Unit
  • Marine Patrol Unit
  • Major Crimes Unit
  • Crime Scene Identification Unit
  • Narcotics and Vice Unit
  • Traffic Safety Unit
  • Horse Mounted Patrol
  • Intelligence and Counterterrorism Branch
  • Physical Security/ Icon Protection Unit
  • Multi-Agency Task Force positions
  • Dignitary Protection

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males
  • Selectee will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit Electronics Funds Transfer Program.
  • High School Graduate or earned General Education Development (GED)
  • Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.
  • You will be required to submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test result prior to appointment. In addition, this position is subject to random testing for illegal drug use.
  • You will be required to pass a pre-employment medical exam. In addition, this position is subject to biennial medical exams up to age 40 and annually beyond age 40.
  • If you are a new employee or supervisor in the Federal government, you will be required to complete a one-year probationary period.
  • You may be required to work on-call, evenings, weekends, holidays, overtime and shift work.
  • You will be required to operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties; a valid driver’s license is required.
  • Must be able to legally possess firearms under the Lautenberg Amendment to the 1968 Gun Control Act. You will be required to maintain firearms proficiency.
  • You may be required to travel overnight away from home and must obtain a government charge card for travel purposes.
  • You will be required to maintain a Law Enforcement Commission.
  • Meet the age requirements outlined below.
  • Must meet vision requirements.
  • Must not have any Felony Convictions.
  • Must not have any convictions of Domestic Violence.
  • Multiple misdemeanor conviction’s may also be subject to disqualification.
  • Additional circumstances presented during the application process that indicate a disregard for the Public Trust, at the discretion of the Agency, may be cause for disqualification.
  • Achieve and maintain at least a “Secret” level security clearance.