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Park Manager Trainee

Recruitment #190426-UNCP-04



Submit a Resume and Cover Letter during the announcement period listed above to:
Human Resources
ATTN:  Carlene Smith
900 N Stiles Ave, Ste 200
Oklahoma City, OK 73104-3234
Phone: 405-522-9584

**Pursuant to 21 O.S. – 481, Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department (OTRD) avoids hiring relatives of individuals already employed by OTRD. The OTRD Nepotism Policy (P121) is strictly enforced, therefore, managers are strongly discouraged from hiring immediate family members. Please indicate on your application or cover letter if you have any relatives or friends that are employed at OTRD.

• Any individual may apply for an unclassified posting.
• OTRD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities may be provided upon request.

Park Operations & Management Trainee     

The Park Management Trainee will participate in on-the-job and formal training programs designed to instruct the individual on how to direct the operation, maintenance, administration, financial, and recreational activities of a state park.  Initially work will be performed in conjunction with experienced Park Managers.  Assignments are detailed and are reviewed while in progress and upon completion.  As proficiency is demonstrated, assignments will increase in scope, variety, and complexity while instruction and review may decrease.  Work is entry level professional characterized by learning and performing tasks to achieve desired goals and objectives, information exchange, and constant public contact. The position requires a focused self starter comfortable working with a team as well as individually and the ability to exercise sound judgment.

Work Location
Training locations will vary but base operations at Lake Thunderbird State Park, Sequoyah State Park, Robbers Cave State Park, Roman Nose State Park, Keystone State Park, and/or Lake Murray State Park, OKC Headquarters.

Conditions of Employment
The Park Management Trainee must be willing to accept temporary work assignments statewide; be willing to reside on state park grounds when housing is available; work weekends, holidays and in inclement weather; wear a prescribed uniform; and possess a valid driver’s license.

Typical Functions
• Participates in establishing park goals and objectives, provides a quality recreational experience for the public while assuring enhancement and conservation of area natural and man-made resources;
• Assists in the implementation and performs maintenance work, inspects visitor facilities and park property;
• Participates in the recruitment, hiring, performance management, supervision, training and development of staff and volunteers;
• Participates in resource stewardship and education through park operations and programming while protecting, interpreting, and preserving park resources;
• Provides park visitor service and promotes community outreach, establishes professional relationships and assists with the development of local partnerships;
• Assists with the analyzing of operational efficiency in order to develop and manage the park’s operating budget while assuring fiscal control and accountability for expenditures and revenue collection;
• Participates in the enforcement of park regulations to ensure the safety of the general public and protection of park assets.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
• Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer services, both internal and external;
• Knowledge of the principles and practices in the conservation of natural, cultural, and historic resources;
• Knowledge of building and grounds maintenance techniques and equipment;
• Knowledge of financial management and administration;
• Knowledge of public safety practices and procedures;
• Ability to plan, organize, and supervise the work of subordinates;
• Ability to formulate goals and objectives, to schedule work projects;
• Ability to maintain records and prepare reports;
• Ability to organize, evaluate, and present information effectively, both orally and in writing;
• Ability to operate light and heavy equipment, power hand tools, and office equipment;

Education and Experience
• A bachelor’s degree (completed or expected to complete within 5 months) with major course work in park administration or management, natural resources management or a closely related field;
• Or an equivalent combination of education and experience substituting one year of experience in park management or operations, natural resource management or operations for one year of the required education.  Maximum substitution of two years’ experience.
• Or four years continuous experience in park operations may substitute for the education requirement if directly applicable to the work performed in Oklahoma State Parks.

Trainee Progress Benchmarks
The trainee will be evaluated on a quarterly basis as to progress made in assigned core competency areas.  Successful completion and demonstrated proficiency in at least two competencies per quarter is necessary for trainee to continue in program.

Competency Areas
• Park History, Mission, and Vision
• Personnel Management
• Fiscal Management
• Natural and Cultural Resource Management
• Project Management
• Building Maintenance Management
• Grounds Maintenance Management
• Interpretation and Education Program Management
• Marketing and Promotional Management
• Concessions Program Management
• Safety and Security Management
• Historic Sites and Structure Management
• Recreation Management
• Cabin and Campground Management
• Community Relations and Outreach
• Media Relations and Social Media
• Communication Skills and Customer Service
• Purchasing
• Office 365

'A trainee may apply and compete for available posted vacant FTE positions at any time during their trainee assignment. If a trainee is not successful in acquiring a non-trainee position within 24 months from their trainee assignment date, they may be assigned to any available position in the system. This may result in reduction in grade/classification, pay and possible relocation. Extensions beyond the 24 months may be authorized by the State Parks Director. Acceptance to the trainee program does not guarantee a permanent position in state parks.'




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