MMWD Senior Ranger Phil Johnson says that when people learn what he does for a living, they usually assume he works for the state or national park system. In fact, MMWD’s ranger program—created in 1917—is one of the oldest in the state. With more than 21,000 acres of public land under our stewardship, MMWD’s rangers play a critical role in protecting our water and other natural resources, as well as the millions of people who visit the Mt. Tamalpais Watershed each year.
Every day is different for MMWD’s six rangers, who wear multiple hats as the watershed’s police, firefighters, medics, search and rescue team, naturalists and historians. One day may be spent looking for a lost child, the next extinguishing a wildfire. As you might imagine, the job requires extensive, ongoing training.
Rangers are on duty whenever the watershed is open—seven days a week, sunrise to sunset—as well as on-call for emergencies. You can help make their jobs easier when you visit by letting others know where you’ll be going and by following our land-use regulations.