Job Opportunity – WV – Parks Director

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NATURE OF WORK

Performs highly complex administrative work as the Executive Director of the Parks and Recreation Section of the Division of Natural Resources. Directs the state parks system and daily operations which includes revenue management, operation, maintenance, management, capital improvements, construction, and programming at 35 state parks, 9 state forests and 3 rail trails. Directs the appropriation and administration of the state parks budget including revenue optimization and expenditure analysis; responsible for public relations and legislative liaison on parks and recreation issues. Directs and supervises the work of subordinate managers, performs highly complex administration work as the Executive Director of the Parks and Recreation Section. Special project creation and administration as directed by the Director of the Division of Natural Resources. Performs related work as required.

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Showcasing the DNR: Reflecting on the centennial year – an open letter from the Parks and Recreation Division chief

A family takes in the scenic Lower Falls at Tahquamenon Falls State Park in the eastern Upper Peninsula, among the many memory-making destinations in Michigan state parks. (Michigan DNR/Courtesy Photo) / © 2018 State of Michigan

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A family takes in the scenic Lower Falls at Tahquamenon Falls State Park in the eastern Upper Peninsula, among the many memory-making destinations in Michigan state parks. (Michigan DNR/Courtesy Photo)

When was the first time you fell in love with Michigan’s out-of-doors?

Most people – whether longtime residents or those here just for a visit – have had that moment when a picture-perfect blue sky, a sweeping shoreline vista, the silence of an old-growth forest or the sound of rushing water has taken their breath away.

This past year we celebrated these wondrous features of our state, and the people who gather amid them, during our state parks centennial.

Michigan state parks, forests, trails and waterways are at the core of the spirit of this Great Lakes state, and we are working hard to ensure that they endure for another century.

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Your Chance to Help Decide the Future of Pennsylvania’s Parks

ridley creek state park

Ridley Creek State Park | Photo via Getty Images

The next 25 years of Pennsylvania state parks are being planned now — and you can weigh in on what will become of the state’s beloved natural destinations.

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is accepting comments on Penn’s Parks for All, a preliminary proposal that includes recommendations for the future of the state’s 295,000-acre park system. It’s the DNCR’s first major park-planning effort in 25 years, following two years of surveying efforts that reached more than 16,000 residents. (The last plan, State Parks 2000 —which was published in 1992— served as the impetus for the State Parks Natural Areas program, which designated 16 areas in the state for special protection and conservation.)

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NEW DIRECTOR OF VIRGINIA STATE PARKS ANNOUNCED

Governor Ralph Northam – Photo courtesy of govenor.virginia.org

Gov. Ralph Northam announced Melissa Baker as Virginia State Parks Director, the first woman to hold the position in the park system’s 83-year history.

Baker most recently served as Director of the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department, a cabinet level position. She will oversee 38 state parks and more than 270 full-time employees around the Commonwealth. Virginia’s state parks yield $24 million in tax revenue annually, provide 3,800 jobs, and attract 10 million visitors each year.

“Director Baker is the right choice at the right time to lead Virginia’s renowned state parks,” said Governor Northam. “Her management experience and extensive knowledge of state parks will be an invaluable asset as we work to enhance Virginia’s parks, preserve and protect our precious natural resources, and expand outdoor recreation opportunities in the Commonwealth.”

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