Forest Ranger

Wildland
New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands - Concord, New Hampshire

May 26, 2021


Application Deadline:
Jun 25, 2021

Salary Information

Entry Level:
$45177 annual

Job Description

Forest Rangers perform technical field work in an assigned district relating to forest law enforcement to include forestry, open burning, timber tax, and wetlands regulations; and promotes forest protection through organizing and participating in wildfire suppression activities throughout the state as necessary.

Enforces all state forest protection statutes and the rules promulgated under the authority contained in same, by vigilant patrol of an assigned district to locate, investigate, apprehend, and prosecute violators of laws and rules pertaining to forestry, open burning, timber tax, and wetlands protection. Mediates conflict between various forest users, fire personnel, the public, and landowners. Promotes forest protection by providing information about the mission, goals, and objectives of the Division, and by planning and presenting programs related to woodland fire prevention. Develops, plans and conducts forest law enforcement programs for Forest Fire Wardens, Deputy Wardens, Special Deputy Wardens, municipal fire fighters, municipal officials,

timber industry personnel and the public in order to enhance agency effectiveness and achieve voluntary compliance. Supervises forest patrol persons and air patrol, oversees forest fire lookout towers in the district and supervises fire lookout personnel to ensure an adequate woodland fire detection system exists in the district. Aids and/or directs Forest Fire Wardens, Deputy Wardens, Special Deputy Wardens and municipal fire fighting personnel in woodland fire suppression/prevention activities to include developing, planning, and conducting woodland fire prevention/training to ensure a safe and efficient statewide woodland fire fighting organization. Ensures Wardens, Deputy Wardens, and Special Deputy Wardens are available in each town and develops district plans and makes recommendations in the development of statewide/regional suppression/prevention programs.

Inspects all state-owned and town woodland fire equipment to ensure that all are in good working condition and recommends purchases to remain fire ready. Performs assigned administrative functions including, but not limited to, preparing reports, issuing and reviewing state permits, preparing necessary court paperwork, and coordinating and providing general supervision for numerous special activities in both woodland fire and forest law enforcement.

Job Requirements

  • Age: 21
  • Education: Associate’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited institute of higher education. Each additional year of approved formal education may be substituted for one year of required work experience.
  • Experience: Two years of experience in forestry, fire science, criminal justice, full time active military duty with honorable discharge, or any combination thereof.

Physical Fitness and Strength: Candidates for initial appointment as a NH Forest Ranger must be able to pass a specified strength and agility test designed to measure ability to perform physically demanding tasks encountered in job performance. All Forest Rangers I-IV, hired after January 1, 2005, will be required to submit to and pass, at 3-year intervals, a medical examination and physical fitness test, as a condition of continued employment.

General (candidates for initial appointment only): A medical examination shall be required after a conditional offer of employment has been made and prior to appointment. A thorough background investigation and reference check will also be made before appointment. Candidates who do not have a conviction-free record of serious offenses will be ineligible for appointment.

Forest Ranger Certification: During the probationary period, employees must successfully complete the specified training courses and become fully certified as Forest Rangers qualified to fight forest fires by the New Hampshire Fire Standards and Training Commission or by the Director of the Division of Forests and Lands, unless already certified and certification is still in effect.

Police Officer Certification: During the probationary period, employees must satisfactorily complete the preparatory training program for police officers established by the New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Council and become certified as police officers pursuant to RSA 106-L, unless already certified and certification is still in effect. A minimum of eight (8) hours of approved training per year is required for continuing certification.

Residency: Candidates must be willing to accept employment anywhere in the state. Prior to completion of the probationary period, appointees must establish residency within their assigned district or region, as applicable for the position and detailed in the residency policy.

License: Upon appointment, candidate must obtain a New Hampshire driver's license in compliance with New Hampshire statutes and maintain for duration of employment.

Contact Information

Steven Sherman

New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands
172 Pembroke Road
Concord, New Hampshire 03301
phone: 16032712763

How to Apply

Application Submission:

§ Transcripts Required: In order to receive credit for post-secondary education, a copy of official transcripts with a seal and/or a signature MUST be included with this application. If copies have been requested, please reference this and have them forwarded to the below address.

§ Online Application

o Go to the state of New Hampshire Job Postings: https://jobsp.nhfirst.nh.gov/lawtaprd/CandidateSelfService/controller.servlet?context.dataarea=lawtaprd&context.session.key.HROrganization=10&context.session.key.JobBoard=EXTERNAL#

§ First time state applicants must follow the instructions to register

If you have questions about the online application process, contact: Tom Bourgault, DNCR Thomas.a.bourgault@dncr.nh.gov

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