America’s State Parks and REI #OptOutside For a Better Black Friday

For Immediate Release November 19, 2018
Contact:  Linda Lanterman (620) 672-0742,

America’s State Parks and REI #OptOutside For a Better Black Friday

PRATT – America’s State Parks and specialty outdoor retailer REI Co-op are opting for a better way to spend Black Friday (November 23); one that gets families and friends reconnected with nature and spending time outdoors. They’re choosing to #OptOutside.

On October 23 REI announced that it “will close all 153 stores, process no online payments and pay more than 12,000 employees to #OptOutside with friends and family.” – for the fourth year running. And there are no better or more beautiful places for REI employees – and the nation – to spend time outside than at America’s State Parks.

“As millions of Americans get ready to #OptOutside again this Black Friday, state parks provide a great, close-to-home option for recreation. Kudos to all of the states waiving entrance fees to help people get outside this year, or just encouraging folks to enjoy their state parks” says Marc Berejka, REI director of community and government affairs.

The U.S. is home to some 8,565 state parks, all unique, that offer healthy, stress-free alternatives to crowded Black Friday shopping. From hiking, biking, camping and more, there are countless ways to enjoy time outdoors with family and friends at America’s State Parks. And many state parks across the nation will offer special programs and incentives on Black Friday to make your visit more enjoyable, convenient and affordable.

As of today, the following special #OptOutside promotions will be offered on Black Friday:

  • Arizona – limited free park admission passes at all Arizona REI stores
  • Arkansas – Green Friday – scheduled events at many state parks
  • Colorado – free day admission to all state parks
  • Delaware – free day admission to all state parks
  • Georgia – more than 20 programs being held, all open to the public
  • Indiana – free day admission to all state parks, reservoirs, state forest recreation areas and off-road vehicle riding areas; scavenger hunt; free #OptOutside knit hats; REI prize package giveaway; and, 20% off meal coupons
  • Kansas – free day admission to all state parks, and free cabin stay drawing
  • Minnesota – free day admission to all state parks
  • New Mexico – free day admission to all state parks
  • Oregon – free day admission to all state parks
  • Rhode Island – 1.5–mile guided hike in Chepachet
  • Tennessee – Ranger-led hikes at all 56 state parks
  • Virginia – free day admission to all state parks for customers at REI and other select outdoor retailers; photo contest with gift certificate prizes
  • Washington – free day admission to all state parks
  • Wyoming – free day admission to all state parks 

 “America’s State Parks truly are some of the most beautiful places we have to explore and enjoy nature in the U.S. Nowhere else will you find landscapes so untouched by man. And to think you can visit some of these remarkable places for free is even more amazing,” said National Association of State Park Directors president Linda Lanterman. “America’s State Parks add to our quality of life in ways you can’t even imagine – unless you’ve been there. And once you go, you’ll never forget them.”


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Vela Sails Through Senate Confirmation Hearing

David Vela encountered little turbulence Thursday during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, pledging to set the standard for accountability and transparency as director of the National Park Service.

On issues ranging from sexual misconduct and other forms of harassment to addressing the nearly $12 billion backlog of maintenance needs across the National Park System, Vela, currently Grand Teton National Park’s superintendent, essentially said the buck stops with him.


Job Opportunity – MN – Natural Resources Supervisor

Job ID: 28164

Job Class:  Natural Resources Supervisor 3 Parks
Working Title:  NR Supv 3 Parks

Who May Apply:  Open to all qualified job seekers

Date Posted:  11/16/2018

Closing Date:  11/30/2018

Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit:  Natural Resources Dept

Division/Unit:  DNR Parks & Trails Reg 2 / PAT-R2 Cuyuna Country

Work Shift/Work Hours:   Day Shift

Days of Work:  Varies

Travel Required:  Yes

Salary Range: $27.68 – $40.08/hourly, $57,796 – $83,687annually

Classified Status:  Classified

Bargaining Unit/Union:  216-MMA

Work Area:  Ironton, MN

Employment Condition:  Permanent, full-time

Anticipated Start Date:  December 2018

FLSA:  Exempt

Connect 700 Program Eligible:  Yes

Job Summary

The division of Parks and Trails is currently seeking a Park Manager for Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area.  This is an unlimited (year-round) full-time (100%) position. Hours will be primarily day hours; days of work will vary and include some evenings, weekends and holidays, generally between the hours of 8:00 AM and 10:00 PM.

The position is responsible for the administration, supervision and implementation of Department of Natural Resources’ and Division of Parks and Trails’ programs, activities, policies and rules pertaining to the operation of Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area. This position exists to provide direct supervisory work in the management and operation of state parks, recreation areas, and outdoor recreation and natural resources management programs. The incumbent directs and administers division programs, activities, budgets and rules.

Responsibilities include:

  • Exercise authority in supervising staff and equitably administering labor plans and agreements.
  • Administer fiscal management, planning, policy development, and grant administration activities, in collaboration with others as needed.
  • Collaborate with others to direct administration of resource management programs.
  • Direct the design and implementation of development, maintenance, operational, real estate, and rehabilitation activities and programs.
  • Administer and direct enforcement, emergency, visitor, and public relations services and activities.
  • Conduct other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Current (ONE YEAR) experience as a Natural Resources Supervisor 3 – Parks, or NR Area Supervisor T&W.


Bachelor’s or advanced degree in Natural Resources Management, Parks and Recreation, Natural Science, Communications, public relations, business management, political science, public administration, social science or closely related field and TWO YEARS professional level experience in a natural resources setting, agency or organization; including budget development and fiscal management, work planning and partnership and visitor management experience and TWO YEARS  of supervisory or professional lead work experience in a governmental agency; or in a natural resource setting, organization or agency.


  • Conflict resolution skills/experience
  • Writing skills sufficient to communicate work plans, proposals, and reports.
  • Oral communication skills sufficient to communicate work requirements to individuals and groups.
  • Organizational and administrative skills sufficient to organize diverse elements or work and perform tasks within administrative requirements.
  • Project management skills sufficient to ensure projects are organized, tracked and completed on a timely basis.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and uphold the culture of respect.
  • Fiscal skills sufficient to administer budgets and track expenditures and/or income.
  • Ability to comprehend laws, rules, policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of natural and cultural resource requirements, including interpretive programs.
  • Understanding of safety requirements as they relate to working with a variety of equipment and machinery.
  • Word processing skills sufficient to draft memos, letters, etc.
  • Spreadsheet skills sufficient to create, modify and manipulate spreadsheet data.
  • Ability to perform physically demanding tasks and operate in adverse and extreme environments.
  • Ability to operate and maintain a variety of vehicles, shop and office equipment.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Two or more years of direct supervisory experience. (including lead worker and work out of class experience) training coordinating, and directing other staff, volunteers, or others on resource or recreation projects.
  • Knowledge of MN DNR rules, policies, programs and procedures related to park management, resource protection and facility maintenance.
  • Knowledge of construction trades, building, utilities construction, road and trail development and design sufficient to assess park needs and assign, approve or perform work.
  • 3 or more years of experience planning or directing maintenance/operations activities on a variety of natural surface and paved surface trails including mountain bike trails.
  • Experience working with trail advocacy groups and facilitating public meetings/presenting to diverse groups of stakeholders.

Physical Requirements

Requires occasionally lifting articles such as 50 pounds maximum and frequently lifting and/or carrying objects such as heavy tools and file boxes. This job may require walking or standing to a significant degree on rough terrain or may involve sitting most of the time with pushing and pulling of arm and/or leg controls.

Additional Requirements

This position requires an unrestricted Class D Driver’s License with a clear driving record.

It is policy of the Department of the Natural Resources that all candidates submit to a background check prior to employment. The background check may consist of the following components:

  • Employment Reference Check
  • SEMA4 Records Check
  • Criminal History Check
  • Education/License Verification

Why Work For Us

The Department of Natural Resources is proud to operate within a Culture of Respect that provides a healthy, safe, and productive work environment for all employees.  This means that our employees are supportive of a diverse workplace, are respectful to one another and to our customers.  We believe that promoting a Culture of Respect allows our employees to do their best work in support of the agency’s mission.

GREAT BENEFITS PACKAGE! The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year.

How to Apply

Click “Apply” at the bottom of this page and submit an application/resume that clearly describes how you meet the qualifications listed above. If you are unable to apply online, please contact the job information line at 651.259.3637.

For additional information about the application process, go to


If you have questions about the position, contact Joe Alberio at  or 218.460.0730.

If you are a Connect 700 applicant, please submit your certificate to Erin Tappan at or fax to 651.296.6494 by the job posting close date.