It takes a special individual to meet the demands of being a United States Park Police Officer. These people are highly motivated, of good moral character, possess inner pride and self-respect, and have a desire to better the Nation that we serve. If selected as a United States Park Police officer, one must be able to work under a great deal of pressure while maintaining a clear head, a strong demeanor, a positive attitude, and good work ethic.Park Police officers work varying schedules that include nights, weekends, and holidays.It is understood that schedules may be subject to change, tours of duty may be extended, and officers may be required to work in adverse weather conditions.
The selection process to become a United States Park Police Officer consists of a series of steps. Applicants must complete each step before being invited to the next step. Only applicants who have successfully completed all steps may be considered for appointment. Applicants should expect to make several visits to the testing sites during the process. If you have questions regarding the police officer position, please email us and a recruiter will be in touch with you. Sign up to be notified when we are accepting applications.
STEP 1 - MEETING THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
To be considered eligible, applicants must meet the minimum qualifications, which are as follows:
- Be a United States citizen
- Have 20/100 vision or better that is correctable to 20/20 with glasses or contact lenses
- Possess a valid driver's license (must have a good driving record)
- Have a high school diploma or equivalent
- Have a minimum of 60 college credits, or 2 years of progressively responsible experience that has demonstrated the ability to learn and apply detail and complex regulations and procedures, or managerial or supervisory skills. You can have a combination of acceptable experience and education of at least 2 years. In combining education and experience, an academic year of study (30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours) will be considered equivalent to 1 year of experience.
Examples of qualifying experience include:
- Work on a police force
- Served as military police officer
- Specialized military experience, i.e., decision-making and leadership ability
- Work providing visitor protection and law enforcement in parks, forests, or other natural resource or recreational environments
- Work performing criminal investigative duties
- Supervisory / managerial experience or personal work related experience that demonstrates decision-making and leadership abilities
Maximum Entry Age (MEA)
Applicants must have reached their 21st birthday, but not have reached their 37th birthday by the date of appointment to this position. These positions are covered by the special retirement provisions for Federal Law Enforcement officers and have a mandatory retirement age of 57. Applicants for these positions who are over age 37 must have been or currently be covered by the special retirement provisions and be able to complete at least 20 years of covered service by age 57. You must submit proof of your status in the Law Enforcement retirement system. The MEA does not apply to Veterans.
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on their application or resume by uploading their DD 214 to usajobs at the time of application. Applicants claiming 10-point preference must complete an SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted 5 points tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their application, but they must produce a DD Form 214 prior to appointment.
There are specific situations that will automatically disqualify applicants for employment with the United States Park Police. Some of the automatic disqualifiers include, but are not limited to:
- Conviction of a felony
- Conviction of domestic violence
- Use of illegal drugs in violation of the United States Park Police qualification standards
STEP 2 - PASS THE PHYSICAL EFFICIENCY BATTERY (PEB)
After you have applied and received an eligibility confirmation e-mail from USASTAFFING, you must then schedule and attend the Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB) test. Applicants will receive an invitation from USPP_Officer_Recruitment@nps.gov with an invitation to register for the event.
When attending the Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB) test, you must bring the required forms:
- The Physician's Consent Form
- The PEB Waiver Form
- The Personal History Questionnaire (must be notarized)
- Your valid driver's license
To assist you in performing the PEB, we recommend that you bring TWO (2) types of shoes (running and court), and water or some form of hydration.
The PEB consists of 5 components; however, as an applicant you will be administered only 4 and must successfully pass each with a 70% or better to pass the PEB. Please see PEB Facts for information about our PEB test.
STEP 3 - PASS A COMPREHENSIVE WRITTEN EXAM AND JOB COMPATIBILITY ANALYSIS
STEP 4 - PASS THE FORMS SCREENING REVIEW AND BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION
During this process, the applicant is encouraged to provide any additional information requested by their investigator in a timely manner. An applicant will be removed from the process if he/she fails to provide all requested documents and/or the requested information. No exceptions will be made. Applicants will receive an invitation from USPP_Officer_Recruitment@nps.gov with an invitation to register for the event .
STEP 5 - PASS A QUALIFICATION REVIEW PANEL
STEP 6 - MEDICAL REVIEW
STEP 7 - SELECTIONS FOR HIRE
Selections for hire must attend a mandatory orientation in Washington, DC. Recruits will then be assigned to the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers in Glynco, Georgia for approximately 18 weeks (paid) to attend the Academy. After successful completion of the Academy, recruits will be assigned to a field office and will be required to complete the Field Training Program. Permanent assignments are made no later than the successful completion of the Field Training Program. There is no guarantee of the final assignment at the time of application.
Last updated: April 11, 2021