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State Park Ranger Lead

Recruitment #23-002161-0002


This is a position specific recruitment for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Park Service. This recruitment will be used to fill current vacancies for the position and may be used to fill future vacancies in the same classification/function. Future vacancies may also be filled via other recruitments. The resulting eligible list will be maintained for one year.




Assateague State Park, 7307 Stephen Decatur Highway, Berlin, MD 21811 (Worcester County)

Main Purpose of Job

This position is responsible for protecting and maintaining the natural and cultural resources of the State of Maryland; providing outdoor recreation experiences for the public; providing outreach and educational opportunities for visitors to the state park; rendering assistance to park visitors in need of assistance; and emergency response. Position provides supervisory support in the operations of the state park. Administrative and revenue operations include, but not limited to, responding to requests for information from visitors, reservation and camping registration, collecting park use and permit service charges, maintaining records, and preparing reports and forms. Maintenance support includes maintenance of park vehicles, building, and facilities.


The Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Maryland Park Service, is currently accepting applications for a State Park Ranger Lead position at Assateague State Park in Berlin, Maryland that serves as the Lead Ranger for an operational area of a State Park and will perform front-line operational duties of day use areas and facilities, which entails administrative duties and providing information and educating the public on resource management, visitor compliance with DNR and park regulations and policies, and monitoring visitor impact to ensure protection of resources, grounds and park facilities. In addition, the selected candidates will provide assistance to visitors in support of the management of natural, cultural, historical and recreational resources. The candidates will be responsible for directing full-time personnel, and hiring, scheduling and leading the efforts of seasonal employees and volunteers. Weekend and holiday work will be required.


Experience: Seven years of experience, three years of experience in forest or park management, recreation, or natural resources management, or preparing, developing or delivering programs that interpret natural, historical, cultural or recreational features and an additional four years of experience in park management, recreation or a natural or cultural resources related field.


1. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in the field of park operations, recreation, education, business administration, forestry, social sciences, history or a natural resources or history related field and three years of experience in forest or park management, recreation, or natural resources management, or preparing, developing or delivering programs that interpret natural, historical, cultural or recreational features for the required experience.

2. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in the field of     park management, recreation, education, business administration, forestry, social sciences, history or a natural resources related field for five years of the required experience.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in management and program clerical and assistance classification or management and program clerical and assistance specialty codes in the general, administrative, clerical, and office services field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.


  • Three years of professional field-level experience working in a park setting
  • Two years of professional experience in training and leading a team in the performance of their duties
  • Experiencing in leading and organizing volunteers
  • Excellent communications skills (verbal and written)
  • Experience in developing and presenting natural resource and/or cultural and historic programs
  • Experience performing grounds, building and infrastructure upkeep
  • Experience working with community and government agency partners to provide public safety, resource protection and coordination
  • Certifications and/or training pertaining to park operations: Emergency Medical Responder or First Aid or CPR; Search and Rescue; Natural, cultural or historic programming, presentations, Scales and Tales, or interpretive training; Personnel Leadership Training


Employees in this classification may be assigned duties that require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.


  • Employees in this classification are subject to call-in and, therefore, will be required to provide the employing agency with a phone number where they can be reached. 
  • Applicants selected for employment may undergo an employment background investigation, including, but not limited to:  employment reference check, education verification, driving record check (if the position requires employees to drive a vehicle) and a criminal history check including fingerprinting.


Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be considered for this position. Therefore, it is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Report all education and experience related to the essential functions of this position.

For education obtained outside the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service must be provided prior to hire.


Your application is part of the examination process. The examination will consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience related to the requirements of this position. The rating will be based on the information provided on your application. Therefore, it is important you provide all the experience and education related to this position completely and accurately.



The online application is strongly preferred. If you are unable to apply online, you may submit a paper application and supplemental questionnaire to: Department of Natural Resources, Human Resources, 580 Taylor Avenue, C-3 Annapolis, MD 21401. The Human Resources unit is not responsible for applications sent to any other address.

Faxed or e-mailed applications will not be accepted. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of completing the application.  

If you are having difficulty with your user account, need to make adjustments to a submitted application or have general questions about the online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management and direct your questions/comments/concerns to the Recruitment and Examination Division at  

Inquiries regarding this recruitment can be directed to Emilee Knott at  

TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay  

Candidates with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply. As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity.

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