You must submit a copy of your college transcript and proof of eligibility for certification in law enforcement with your application.  See the “How to Apply” section for further information on sending transcripts.


NUMBER  2010-137



Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

State Civil Service Commission











Job Title



Pay Schedule

and Range


DCNR Ranger








You will perform public safety work and promote recreation in state parks and forests.  Work includes answering questions concerning facilities, environmental features and history; explaining rules and regulations; checking grounds, buildings and waterways for vandalism, safety hazards, and cleanliness; and administering first aid or CPR.  You will also prepare and deliver presentations to school, civil groups and associations; enforce the Commonwealth’s Crimes Code and Vehicle Code; investigate complaints, accidents, and suspected crimes; coordinate activities with local and State Police, Game Commission and the Fish and Boat Commission; issue citations, file complaints and present cases before District Justices.




You will be tested before your qualifications are reviewed.  Your test results will count only if you meet all job requirements.  If after reading the requirements you are not sure you qualify, contact one of the Commission's offices listed at the end of this announcement.


You must be willing to travel and stay overnight, as needed.  Travel expenses will be paid.


You must be a Pennsylvania resident, of good moral character and able to perform the essential functions of the job.


Conditions of Employment

You must be at least 21 years of age at time of employment.


You must possess a valid certification or its equivalent in first aid and adult, child, and infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) as approved by the PA Department of Health for professional rescuers or healthcare professionals.  You must submit the first aid and CPR certificates at the time of your interview.  If you do not have current certificates but will receive new or renewed certificates prior to the start date of employment, you must present a statement to this effect from the training agency at the time of the interview and you must provide the required certificates on or before your first scheduled day of work.


Certain positions in this job require possession of a valid Class M operator’s license.


Necessary Special Requirement

You must possess a valid Class C driver’s license.


Minimum Requirements

Successful completion of the DCNR Ranger Trainee program; or completion of 15 credits in natural or environmental sciences, natural resource management, park management, outdoor recreation, forestry, environmental education, ecology, wildlife management, or related natural resource or recreation courses; and completion of a department-recognized police training course such as the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission (Act 120), or completion of an equivalent law enforcement officer training or certification program that allows eligibility for commissioning as a police officer.





DCNR Ranger positions are located in the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) throughout the Commonwealth.  Typically, DCNR fills 20-25 positions per year in this job title.  Vacancies currently exist in the following counties:  Beaver, Bedford, Berks, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Cumberland, Delaware, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Jefferson, Lackawanna, Lycoming, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Northumberland, Pike, Potter, Schuylkill, Somerset, Sullivan, Union, Venango, Warren, Westmoreland, and York.


Additional opportunities may occur due to normal turnover from retirements, promotions, transfers, resignations and so forth.


For the most recent information on job opportunities contact:  Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Human Resources, 7th Floor, Rachel Carson State Office Building, P.O. Box 8768, Harrisburg, PA  17105-8768; Telephone:  (717) 787-8737;




The test will be administered on a computer.  Information about computerized testing is available online at OR in paper form at any State Civil Service Commission office. 


You will have a maximum of 3 hours to complete the test which will cover the following subject areas:


Subject Area

Number of Questions

Natural Resources/Sciences


Outdoor Recreation and Education


Laws, Rules, and Regulations


Interviewing and Investigation


Interpersonal Relationships


Judgment and Problem Solving


Reading Comprehension


Written Communication





The test will be administered in the Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh State Civil Service Commission offices, Monday through Friday.


The test also will be held approximately 10 days a month at additional test centers located in Erie, Johnstown, Lock Haven, and Scranton.  For further details on test dates, contact the Commission’s Information Services Unit; Telephone (Voice) (717) 787-7811, Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing callers only) (717) 783-8896.


If you take the test and want to take it again, you may be retested after 6 months from the date of your "Notice of Examination Results."  A new application is required for a retest.


If your name is on an eligible list for this job title and you take this test, your most recent examination result will be the only one counted.




Employment and promotion lists will be established.  You will be notified in writing of your test results.


This test is different from previous tests for this job title.  If you have taken the test before, you may receive a different score on this test.




Apply online at or submit your completed paper application to:


State Civil Service Commission

ATTN:  Applications

P.O. Box 569

Harrisburg, PA  17108-0569


Online and paper applications both require submission of a copy of your transcripts and proof of eligibility for certification in law enforcement at the time of application.  Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.  Enter your name and Social Security Number at the top of the transcripts.  Send by e-mail to or fax to (717) 787-8650 or mail to the above address.


Applications and further information can be obtained from:



State Civil Service Commission:




Harrisburg:  2nd Level, Strawberry Sq. Complex, 320 Market St., P.O.


Box 569, Hbg., 17108-0569; Telephone (Voice) (717) 783-3058, Text


Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing callers only) (717) 772-2685




Philadelphia:  110 North 8th St., Suite 503, Phila., 19107; Telephone


(Voice) (215) 560-2253, Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing

callers only) (215) 560-4367




Pittsburgh:  411 Seventh Ave., Room 410, Pgh., 15219; Telephone


(Voice) (412) 565-7666, Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing


callers only) (412) 565-2484




PA CareerLink offices




The Human Resources Office listed under the "JOB OPPORTUNITIES" section of this announcement


For further information on testing, assistance for persons with disabilities, veterans' preference and other items, refer to the instructions provided with the "Application for Employment/Promotion."