About Monument Mountain:
Ascend this popular peak, which once drew 19th-century literary giants, and from its summit gaze across the spectacular landscapes of the Housatonic River Valley. For two centuries, this imposing natural feature has attracted artists and writers, hikers and nature lovers. Each year, more than 20,000 visitors explore Squaw Peak, descending with memories they can share for a lifetime. But Monument Mountain is also remarkable for its geology, which composed predominantly of pale quartzite, rising abruptly above the Housatonic wetlands and river valley. From the 1,642-foot summit of Squaw Peak, you’ll enjoy views as far north as Mount Greylock, near the Vermont border, and, in the western distance, the Catskills of New York. Hawks (and even the occasional bald eagle) soar gracefully above the serene Housatonic River Valley spreading below. There are several trail loops, none longer than three miles.
Summary of Position:
The Ranger is a seasonal, part-time position at Monument Mountain and is primarily responsible for greeting and educating visitors, enforcing parking fees and providing site-related materials. The Ranger is also responsible for leading occasional guided walks and programs and assisting with special events. Incumbent also performs general cleaning and/or maintenance of the ranger station, trails, and parking lots.
- Staff the entrance station and greet visitors in a welcoming manner
- Assist visitors with the parking kiosk
- Answer questions about The Trustees of Reservations and the history, geology and ecology of the properties
- Educate visitors about The Trustees mission and encourage them to become active members
- Direct visitors to additional Trustees properties in the Southern Berkshires
- Direct visitors to membership brochures, distribute flyers to the public and on bulletin boards
- Enforce rules and regulations of assigned properties
- Perform tasks safely and in accordance with The Trustees’ safety manual
- Behave in a professional manner with their colleagues, property visitors and volunteers
- Collect admission and/or program fees and sell memberships and permits
- Keep both financial and visitation records and submit weekly reports by email
- Maintain clean facilities and parking lot and picnic areas
- Report safety concerns, incidents, and maintenance needs to the Management Unit Superintendent
- Other duties as assigned with or without accommodation
- A genuine commitment to the values and mission represented by The Trustees
- Excellent public speaking skills
- Ability to work without supervision and as well as with other staff
- Ability to communicate with supervisors effectively, both verbally and through written report
- Keen eye for detail
- Ability to work in all weather conditions including heat and rain
- Confidence and calm and be articulate when confronted by uncooperative visitors and when handling emergencies
- CPR & First Aid certification (highly desirable)
- A current driver’s license and good driving record
- Sound computer skills (MS Office programs)
- Willingness to wear Trustees’ provided uniform at all times
- Ability to work weekends
Variable outdoor weather conditions. Ability to lift 40 pounds required.
Benefits and Salary:
This is a seasonal, non-exempt, hourly paid position, with an optimal start date in May. This position is based in Great Barrington.
The Trustees offers competitive compensation and the opportunity to be part of a dedicated team across the Commonwealth who love the outdoors, who love the distinctive charms of New England, and who believe in celebrating and protecting our special places, for everyone, forever.
About The Organization:
The Trustees is an organization with a fascinating past and an exciting future. Our places are open to all and we thrive by involving as many people as possible in what we do. Founded in 1891, by a group of visionary volunteers, we preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts and work to protect special places across the state. We have helped protect more than 50,000 acres, including 26,000+ acres on 116 reservations that are all open to the public. We are a nonprofit conservation organization funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers, and more than 50,000 members.
Our seasonal staff plays an integral role in ensuring that our visitors enjoy our extraordinary places. With the change to warmer temperatures, we experience an influx of visitors of all ages and backgrounds who want to explore and be inspired by our properties. Sandy beaches, wooded trails, cultural gardens, historic homes, community supported agriculture—there are many ways for visitors to discover and explore The Trustees, and just as many opportunities for seasonal employees to make each visitor’s experience special.
In addition to being an Equal Opportunity Employer, the Trustees of Reservations aims to create a thriving, inclusive workplace that values each member of our team. We aspire to reflect and effectively serve the residents and communities of Massachusetts, who are at the core of our mission.
We kindly request that you do not call to inquire about the status of your application. Those candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted.
Minimum Education Required