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
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
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
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
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)
* 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)
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.