Interpretive Ranger New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

Closes October 7, 2015.

This position serves as a Park Ranger at New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park and reports directly to the Chief of Interpretation and Education. The incumbent performs some supervisory park ranger duties, directly supervising 6 GS-5 seasonal rangers, 2 student trainees, and volunteers. Plans budget, hires, trains, and oversees staff. Rewards and disciplines as necessary. Oversees interpretive division volunteers, including scheduling and training. Schedules staff to ensure day-to-day interpretive operations are maintained and expanded according to the division’s work plan. Ensures visitor center is kept adequately supplied and in good working order. Identifies needs and formulates suggestions for exhibits, audio-visual programs, and other media. Coordinates with park partners, who are vital to operations. Assists with the creation of Division’s annual plan. Audits staff’s interpretive programs using professional interpretive standards. Develops interpretive products such as talks, PowerPoint presentations, site bulletins, and exhibits. Participates in community and special events.

Position Location: New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park/New Bedford, MA. New Bedford, a city of about 100,000 is located on the southeastern coast of Massachusetts where the Acushnet River empties into Buzzard’s Bay. The city is served by Interstate 195 which connects Providence, Rhode Island (about 30 miles to the west) with Cape Cod (about 20 miles to the east). New Bedford is also connected to Boston (about 60 miles north) by state highway Routes 140 and 24.
The city of New Bedford is a wonderfully diverse and culturally rich community that has retained much of its heritage through thoughtful restoration and preservation efforts. This authentic seaport city is also home to one of America’s largest fishing fleets. The quality of life in New Bedford is enhanced by a full calendar of fairs and festivals, including Summerfest, the Working Waterfront Festival, the traditional Blessing of the Fleet and the largest celebration of Portuguese culture in the nation, the Fest of the Blessed Sacrament. More than fourteen galleries, studios, museums and cultural institutions in downtown New Bedford are testament to the region’s emerging artistic hub. Also, the many parks and beaches in the area make the city a great place to visit, work and live.
For additional information on New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, please visit our website at
For specific area and housing information, or information directly pertaining to vacancy status, contact: Joshua Boles, Chief of Interpretation & Education, 508-996-4095 ext 6103.