Salary Group B24

Class No. 6255

capTAIN, State Park Police Officer


Performs public safety and resource enforcement work in state park regions and surrounding communities. Work involves supervising and administering law enforcement operational programs and activities, and supervising emergency management and homeland security operations. Provides law enforcement services and educational programs and activities to support conservation initiatives.  Plans, assigns, and supervises the work of others. Works under minimal supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.


Supervises the enforcement of applicable laws, statutes, and regulations in a state park region.

Supervises and administers statewide law enforcement programs in a state park region.

Conducts investigations concerning complaints from the public and special criminal investigations.

Conducts staff training and serves as a field training officer.

Schedules and monitors equipment maintenance and administers staff inspections.

Reviews and approves law enforcement reports and paperwork for accuracy and completeness.

Provides and oversees all purchasing activities for the assigned regional law enforcement park police officers.

Prepares and provides current and accurate statistical information regarding statutes, regulations, policies, and procedures in a state park region.

Plans, assigns, and supervises the work of others.

Performs related work as assigned.


Experience and Education

Graduation from the Texas Parks and Wildlife State Park Law Enforcement Academy or Game Warden Training Academy. Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in criminal justice, corrections, criminology, police science, natural resources, or a related field is generally preferred. 

Experience and education may be substituted for one another.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Ability to interpret and apply Texas Parks and Wildlife Code and Parks and Wildlife Commission proclamations; to interpret and apply applicable provisions of the Texas Penal Code and the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure; to interpret and apply agency policies and procedures; to establish effective working relationships with other law enforcement agencies, members of the judicial and legislative branches of government, and the general public; to project future operational needs; to continually improve the efficiency of operations; to prepare reports; to communicate effectively; and to plan, assign, and supervise the work of others.

Registration, Certification, or Licensure

Must be licensed as a Texas peace officer by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. 

Must possess a valid driver’s license.

State Auditor’s Office

Added 9-1-17