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Parking Enforcement Workers

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Patrol assigned area, such as public parking lot or city streets to issue tickets to overtime parking violators and illegally parked vehicles.

    Work Activities
    • Enter and retrieve information pertaining to vehicle registration, identification, and status, using hand-held computers.
    • Patrol an assigned area by vehicle or on foot to ensure public compliance with existing parking ordinance.
    • Write warnings and citations for illegally parked vehicles.
    • Appear in court at hearings regarding contested traffic citations.
    • Respond to and make radio dispatch calls regarding parking violations and complaints.
    • Maintain assigned equipment and supplies, such as hand-held citation computers, citation books, rain gear, tire-marking chalk, and street cones.
    • Maintain close communications with dispatching personnel, using two-way radios or cell phones.
    • Perform simple vehicle maintenance procedures, such as checking oil and gas, and report mechanical problems to supervisors.
    • Observe and report hazardous conditions, such as missing traffic signals or signs, and street markings that need to be repainted.
    • Identify vehicles in violation of parking codes, checking with dispatchers when necessary to confirm identities or to determine whether vehicles need to be booted or towed.
    • Train new or temporary staff.
    • Mark tires of parked vehicles with chalk and record time of marking, and return at regular intervals to ensure that parking time limits are not exceeded.
    • Locate lost, stolen, and counterfeit parking permits, and take necessary enforcement action.
    • Make arrangements for illegally parked or abandoned vehicles to be towed, and direct tow-truck drivers to the correct vehicles.
    • Investigate and answer complaints regarding contested parking citations, determining their validity and routing them appropriately.
    • Provide information to the public regarding parking regulations and facilities, and the location of streets, buildings and points of interest.
    • Collect coins deposited in meters.
    • Prepare and maintain required records, including logs of parking enforcement activities, and records of contested citations.
    • Wind parking meter clocks.
    • Provide assistance to motorists needing help with problems, such as flat tires, keys locked in cars, or dead batteries.
    • Assign and review the work of subordinates.
    • Perform traffic control duties such as setting up barricades and temporary signs, placing bags on parking meters to limit their use, or directing traffic.
    • Remove handbills within patrol areas.
    Skills
    • Monitoring

      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    3
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Speech Clarity

      The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

    • Information Ordering

      The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

    Knowledge
    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Public Safety and Security

      Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

    • Law and Government

      Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $34,750/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $16.71/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 160
    • Yearly Projected Openings 10
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Self Control
    • Integrity
    • Independence
    • Attention to Detail
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Dependability
    Tools
    • Wheel clamps
    • Portable data input terminals
    • Parking meters
    • Mountain bicycles
    • Automobiles or cars
    Technology
    • Word processing software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Presentation software
    • Office suite software
    • Data base user interface and query software