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Ranger II, West Region

Company: State of Massachusetts
Location: Pittsfield
Posted on: June 5, 2021

Job Description:

The Department of Conservation and Recreation manages one of the largest and most diverse state parks systems in the nation and protects and enhances natural resources and outdoor recreational opportunities throughout Massachusetts. The DCR system includes over 450,000 acres of parks, forests, water supply protection lands, beaches, lakes, ponds, playgrounds, campgrounds, swimming pools, golf courses, skating rinks, trails and parkways.

The Department of Conservation and Recreation seeks qualified applicants for the position Ranger II, West Region.

The Ranger II supervises positions of a lower grade, patrols parks, reservations, historic sites, conservation areas and/or recreation areas in order to promote compliance with rules and regulations; protects natural and cultural resources, enhances visitor experiences through visibility, interpretative programming and visitor information; monitors impact of both authorized and unauthorized visitor use; and coordinates with law enforcement officials for appropriate regulatory action.


Supervises the dissemination of information to visitors pertaining to use of public land, available services, trail locations, natural areas, protection of water supplies, interpretive events and pertinent rules and regulations; issues non-criminal citations when necessary.

Encourages safe and appropriate use of state lands by patrolling an assigned area by car, boat, air, all-terrain vehicle, bicycle, foot or horseback, promoting compliance with the rules and regulations pertaining to the operation and management of parks, reservations, historic sites and/or recreation and conservation areas.

Prepares and conducts tours, workshops, presentations and programs on natural and cultural history and environmental features for the general public, school groups and special interest groups.

Assesses the condition of trails, roads, gates, signage, and other cultural resources; assesses impact of visitors upon natural resources; submits reports and plans which propose strategies for restorations, improvements and/or policy changes to the appropriate individuals. Maintains certain trail markings; maintains records on visitor use; and monitors permits for special use of public lands.

Controls crowds in areas where large groups of people gather by cautioning observers and by placing barriers, ropes, etc. in order to maintain public order and ensure that Ranger special events operate smoothly; confronts situations that may require the expulsion of disorderly persons from the area and the notification of appropriate law enforcement officials.

Participates in rescue operations by interviewing others regarding lost persons and searching for lost persons in accordance with agency policy; assists in the search function as a searcher, dispatcher, mapper, and performs first aid or cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Assists with the production of educational/public information brochures, maps, and other literature. Develops and maintains public information material on bulletin boards and map boards.

Provides information at visitor centers, offices or other public buildings, indoor/outdoor displays or information tables and conducts visitor surveys.

Participates in volunteer activities including clean-ups, trail crews, university class projects, etc.

Assists as needed in the prevention, suppression and control of forest fires; operates fire fighting equipment and trucks.

Maintains records, files and logs, prepares reports and assists maintenance staff when assigned.

Performs related duties as assigned.

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

Minimum Entrance Requirements: Applicants must have at least (A) three years of full-time or equivalent part-time experience in park or resource management, environmental education, water resources or water supply management, or natural/cultural history interpretation, and (B) of which at least one year must have been in a supervisory capacity, or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and substitutions below.


I. An Associate's or higher degree with a major in park and/or recreation management, resource management, water resources management, environmental education, or park interpretation may be substituted for a maximum of two years of the required (A) experience.*

* Education towards such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.

NOTE: No substitutions will be permitted for the required (B) experience.

Special Requirements:

2. Possession of a current and valid CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation) certificate from the American Red Cross or the American heart Association.

3. Possession of a current and valid standard first aid and personal safety certificate and first responder certificate issued by the American Red Cross.

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Keywords: State of Massachusetts, Pittsfield , Ranger II, West Region, Other , Pittsfield, Massachusetts

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