Interpretive Ranger I and II
Direct Supervisor: Community Engagement Coordinator
Status: Part-Time/Seasonal Opportunity
Who We Are & What We Do
The Lancaster Conservancy’s mission is to provide wild and forested lands and clean waterways for our community, forever. The Conservancy has been preserving land in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania since 1969 and more recently along the Susquehanna River corridor in York County, Pennsylvania as well. As more land is lost each year to development, it’s our mission to protect and maintain carefully selected habitat in its natural state as a balance to our growth. The Conservancy currently owns 47 nature preserves (encompassing 6,681 acres) and holds 71 conservation easements (encompassing an additional 888 acres), with more added each year. Our preserves are managed to create habitat for animals, to protect plants and trees, and to provide public access to nature. Through educational programs, volunteer opportunities, and partnerships, the Conservancy engages and activates community members of all ages to protect and restore our natural lands!
Outgoing individuals who are self-motivated, enjoy interacting with visitors, have a passion for the outdoors, and enjoy being outside to fill the role of Interpretive Rangers. The Interpretive Rangers serve as seasonal part-time employees that provide coverage during our peak visitation season for our most popular nature preserves within the River Hills of southern Lancaster County over weekends, including holidays (with holiday pay), which runs from April 17th, 2021 – October 16th, 2021. The Interpretive Rangers work directly under the supervision of the Community Engagement Coordinator.
Interpretive Rangers are primarily responsible for visiting popular nature preserves, proactively engaging visitors by offering helpful information (e.g. providing maps, brochures…etc), cleaning up litter, and reducing misuse of the preserves by reminding visitors of Leave No Trace Principles and the Conservancy’s rules and regulations.
The Interpretive Rangers will make themselves available to the public primarily at parking areas, trailheads and along trails, which will require occasional hiking through varied terrain. The Interpretive Ranger position will be based in southern Lancaster County and will cover the following nature preserves: Ferncliff, Fishing Creek South, Holtwood, Kellys Run, Pinnacle Scenic Overlook, Tucquan Glen & Pyfer, House Rock, Reed Run, and Shenks Ferry. Additional preserves may be added throughout the season as needed.
- Providing a Lancaster Conservancy presence on highly visited preserves while wearing assigned uniforms and driving a company vehicle when on duty.
- Patrolling nature preserve parking areas, trailheads and hiking trails while engaging with visitors and neighbors.
- Enforcing rules and regulations and documenting incidents and issues.
- Stocking, Interpreting, and distributing visitor maps and related materials.
- Litter cleanup.
- Completing daily patrol logs.
- Report potential hazards and issues (e.g. fallen trees, illegal dumping…etc) to the Community Engagement Coordinator.
- Collect field and visitor data using an application Survey 123 on your smart phone.
- Communicate with police and first responders when necessary.
- Present interpretive programs to preserve visitors.
- Candidates must have a valid PA driver’s license, reliable vehicle and cell phone. A company vehicle will be provided. A uniform will be provided.
- Must have excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills; experience working directly with the public is strongly preferred.
- Possess strong conservation ethics and passion for the Lancaster Conservancy’s mission.
- Must be available to work 8 hour shifts on Saturdays and Sundays, including holidays (additional holiday pay will be provided for federally recognized holidays).
- Must be able to work the full schedule and complete the season (requested days or weekends off may be negotiated).
- Must have familiarity with the above-referenced nature preserves.
- Comfort, knowledge and ability to work outdoors for long periods of time, even in adverse conditions.
- Ability to perform tasks according to instructions and to work independently with minimal supervision.
- Experience reading and interpreting maps.
- Familiarity with land trusts, parks and recreation, or public lands management.
- Must provide proof of compliance with PA child abuse background checks and criminal background checks. (The Conservancy may assist in obtaining these).
- Must be able to occasionally move up to 40 pounds, traverse uneven ground up to 3 miles, and work outdoors in exposed conditions.
- CPR and First Aid Certifications are strongly desired.
This is a part-time, seasonal position with competitive pay. The position schedule is structured so that one of two Rangers is on duty every other weekend over a period of 28 weeks. Each Ranger will work an average of 16 hours every other week for a total of up to 226 hours during the season. The Lancaster Conservancy is headquartered in Lancaster, PA, but job responsibilities are primarily concentrated in Martic, Conestoga and Drumore Townships. The Interpretive Rangers report directly to the Community Engagement Coordinator.
How to Apply
Interested qualified applicants should send a cover letter and resume to Keith Williams, Community Engagement Coordinator at [email protected] no later than 5:00 PM on Friday, March 6, 2021 . Please list your last name – Interpretive Ranger as the email’s subject line (e.g. Last Name – Interpretative Ranger)