CONCORD — Are you looking for new career opportunities within New Hampshire state government? Have you ever wondered if a challenging career in the field of forest protection would interest you? Do you enjoy spending time in nature and appreciate the vast natural resources available in our state? If so, then you may have the right stuff to become a New Hampshire Forest Ranger.
The state Division of Forests and Lands, Forest Protection Bureau has nine ranger districts in the state, and is actively seeking applicants for three vacant Forest Ranger positions. The positions are currently located in three geographic regions of the state including; Grafton County, Cheshire/Sullivan Counties, and Rockingham County. Forest Rangers cover large areas with many responsibilities and must be highly motivated. Applicants must be 21 years of age, have a criminal conviction free record and possess an associate’s degree from an accredited college. They must also have two years of experience in forestry, fire science, criminal justice or have a record of full time active military service with an honorable discharge. Successful candidates must satisfactorily complete the preparatory training program with the state Police Standards and Training Council to achieve certification as a full time police officer.
New Hampshire Forest Rangers have a diverse list of responsibilities which range from timber harvest law enforcement, forest health, wildfire prevention and detection, firefighter training and education, wildfire incident management and suppression as well as enforcement of laws and rules governing open burning. Forest Rangers investigate and prosecute violation and misdemeanor offenses in the circuit courts and present felony cases to County Attorneys for subsequent prosecution.
“Being a New Hampshire Forest Ranger is possibly one of the most challenging and rewarding professions in state government” stated Steven Sherman, Chief of the Forest Protection Bureau. “We are looking for some good candidates to join our Forest Ranger team to help protect the valuable natural resources of our state.”
Prospective candidates should visit https://das.nh.gov/hr/ and select “Job Opportunities,” then click on “External Job Postings” and select the Forest Ranger position to download the comprehensive job description. Individuals seeking additional information may contact the Forest Protection Bureau at 603-271-2214.
The New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands protects and promotes the value provided by trees and forests. For more information about the New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands and the work of the Forest Protection Bureau visit www.nhdfl.org or call 602-271-2214.