City of Boston

Park Ranger I (3 positions)

Posted Date 12 months ago(10/1/2021 9:17 AM)
Req ID
Parks Department
Regular Full-Time
Parks Franklin Park
Salary Min
Salary Max
Contact Email


This is a provisional appointment.

Brief Job Description (essential functions of the job):

Reporting directly to Park Ranger II, Park Ranger III, and Chief Park Ranger/Executive Secretary (P&R), act as a special officer as enumerated in Boston Police Rule 400A, by patrolling parks, playgrounds, historic sites and conservation areas in order to promote compliance with Parks Department rules and regulations; by protecting natural and cultural resources; by enhancing visitor experiences through visibility, interpretive programming and visitor information; and by performing related work as required.


  • Provides public safety services to park users and protects the City's park property from criminal activity.
  • Provides prevention, detection, suppression and prosecution of criminal activity; protection of life and property; and maintenance of public peace.
  • Coordinates all public safety related matters involving specially permitted events within the parks, including traffic and crowd control, public safety and protection of park resources.
  • Provides park visitors with general assistance, directions, information on Parks Department activities and city services.
  • Provides park visitors with information, tours, workshops, presentations, and programs on the historical, cultural, and environmental features of the Boston parks.
  • Encourages safe park use and enjoyment of the Boston parks by patrolling an assigned area by car, boat, all terrain vehicle, bicycle, foot or horseback; promotes compliance with, and enforces park rules and regulations, ordinances, and relevant laws; and requests emergency assistance when necessary.
  • Maintains and prepares logs and reports on park incidents, public contact, park conditions, and constituent requests; and assists maintenance staff as needed.
  • Provides emergency assistance such as CPR, first aid, fighting small fires, searching for lost children, and directing emergency services through the parks when needed.
  • Must be willing and able to be trained to handle various wildlife and domesticated animals.
  • Secures and maintains all departmental issued equipment.
  • Assists Boston Police, Fire, Emergency Medical Services, and other emergency service agencies with security and safety issues related to Boston parks.
  • Appears in court to represent the Parks Department in all relevant incidents.
  • Based on assignment, may conduct mounted patrols and care for and maintain horses (eligibility & training required).
  • Performs related work as required.

Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

  • Applicants must have (A) at least two (2) years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, experience in park or resource management or natural cultural history interpretation or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitution below.
  • Substitution: An Associates Degree or higher with a major in park or recreation management, natural resource management, or park interpretation may be substituted for one year of the required (B)        experience. Criminal Justice course work a plus.
  • Applicants must have: knowledge of Boston Police Department Rule 400A qualifications; thorough knowledge of the standard procedures and techniques followed in foot, auto, or other types of patrols; knowledge of principles and practices of park or resource management; knowledge of general ecology and cultural history; ability to understand, explain and apply the rules, regulations, policies, procedures, standards and guidelines governing assigned unit activities; ability to orally communicate in an effective manner; ability to speak effectively before the public; ability to accurately record information; ability to make decisions and act quickly and effectively in emergencies; ability to interact productively with people.
  • Must be available to work any assigned shift/any assigned area.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Must successfully complete Boston Park Ranger Academy training program.
  • Pre-employment physical and drug testing will be required of successful applicant.
  • Must submit to a complete background investigation.
  • Must successfully complete Special Officer (400A) training and pass 400A exam within six (6) months of hire. Special Officer (400-A) license must be maintained throughout employment.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and focus on detail as required by the job.




Must have and maintain a current Massachusetts driver's license.



Boston Parks and Recreation Department - Franklin Park Maintenance Yard


Union/Salary Plan/Grade:  BPR/PR1-1

Hours per week: 40


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