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State Park Ranger Lead

Ranger Trainer

Recruitment #24-002161-0001


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.




Tawes State Office Building, 580 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis MD 21401 (Anne Arundel County)

Main Purpose of Job

To provide the lead level of work coordinating Park operations, administration, information, education, interpretation, resource management, and visitor services in support of the management of natural, cultural, historical and recreational resources for the benefit of the public. This position contributes to the staffing needs of the Maryland Park Service in both developed and undeveloped areas of our State Parks. This position performs the full range of duties of a State Park Ranger Lead under general supervision and assigns, reviews, trains and approves the work of lower-level State Park Rangers. This employee may also provide technical direction to park employees and seasonal personnel. This position serves as the State Park Ranger Lead for a geographic region providing training support and direction for parks throughout the region. The State Park Ranger Lead coordinates training for the Western Region Parks, to include leading State Park Rangers in the development and implementation of Seasonal Employee Training. The State Park Ranger Lead functions as the primary trainer for the region, providing direction to other personnel who will be providing training to both classified and seasonal personnel. The State Park Ranger Lead also provides operational support for various parks on an as needed basis in the areas of interpretation, maintenance, administration, and personnel and fiscal matters.


The Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Maryland Park Service, is currently accepting applications for a State Park Ranger Lead position to serve as the Western Region Training Officer. The office location for this position will be the Tawes State Office Building in Annapolis, Maryland (Anne Arundel County). This position facilitates training for all classifications of employees and coordinates training and classroom logistics. The Training Officer develops lesson plans, monitors and reports statewide training sessions, and plans and oversees meetings and program planning, design and implementation of park operations and resources. The incumbent maintains instructional expertise in public speaking, time management, lesson organization and classroom management. This position must be trained in park operations as they pertain to planning and developing training lesson plans and field training requirements for all park personnel.

The selected candidate may also perform front-line operational duties for a state park, and may be responsible for daily operations and maintenance of a day use and campground area and facilities. The selected candidate will be responsible for directing full-time personnel, and educating the public on resource management. In addition, the candidate will provide assistance to visitors in support of the management of natural, cultural, historical and recreational resources for the benefit of the public. Weekend and holiday work will be required. This is a designated emergency essential position, and therefore the ability to work nights, weekends and during adverse weather conditions is 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.


  • Professional experience in project management in either the training environment or field environment i.e. event planning, curriculum development, interpretive program development etc.
  • Two years of professional experience involving public speaking, training, interpretation, technical writing, curriculum development, e-learning development.
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written).
  • Experience with Business, E-Learning, and Video production software i.e. Adobe Suite, Microsoft Office(Word, PowerPoint, Excel), Adobe Captivate, Articulate Storyline, Camtasia, etc.
  • Experience in park operations, maintenance, or interpretation.
  • Experience in Google Applications, Blogger, Drive, Calendar, Email, etc.
  • Experience working with government agency partners, training partners, i.e. American Red Cross, American Heart Association, International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Maryland Institute of Emergency Medical Services or similar organizations.
  • Certifications in American Heart Association Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, Emergency Medical Responder or greater; American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification, ARC Lifeguard Instructor Certification, ARC Small Craft Safety Instructor Certification or equivalent certifications.


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.


Please make sure you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment. All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. We will not consider information submitted after this date. Successful candidates may be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the employment (eligible) list for at least one year.

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 at ; ATTN: Recruitment and Examination Division

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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