COLUMBUS -- The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is seeking to fill several full-time positions for natural resources officers. Officers would provide law enforcement services to Ohio's premier state parks, state forests, waterways and state natural areas. The diversity of this career path offers a challenging but rewarding experience for future ODNR employees.

Natural resources officer duties would include law enforcement and public service, as well as education and public relations. The ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft is the lead agency for Ohio maritime security and instructs other state, county and municipal agencies in maritime law enforcement.

Additionally, natural resources officers would also be responsible for supporting emergency operations during flooding, natural disasters, search and rescue efforts and recovery.

The minimum qualifications for an applicant include the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission certification for certain positions, 21 years of age, possess a valid Ohio driver's license, successfully complete a background check, psychological exam and pass a drug screen. Applicants must also be able to successfully meet division swim and physical fitness standards and reside within 45 miles of report to work location.

Those looking for the opportunity to protect Ohioans enjoying natural resources and preserve those natural resources for future generations to enjoy should visit ohiodnr.gov//jobs. The state of Ohio is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provider of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) services.

ODNR ensures a wise balance between the use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.