Wisconsin Parks and Recreation Management Bureau Director
The Parks and Recreation Management Bureau Director is a crucial position within the agency and is responsible for multiple facets of internal and external program management. Daily duties include the direction of the state parks system and daily program operations including property management and operations, business systems management such as camping and property admissions, policy and standards development and implementation, stakeholder and partnership relations, property capital improvements, complex issue management, fiscal responsibilities, disaster response, interpretation and education and the general leadership of more than 500 system staff.
The Wisconsin State Park System consists of over 49 state parks, 44 state trails, 9 state recreation areas, 15 state forests and 8 river and resource areas totaling more than 307,000 acres. Additionally, Wisconsin is home to the Ice Age National Scenic Trail and the North Country Trail of which 50 system properties are the host. The system is supported by nearly 200 full time employees and over 300 limited/seasonal employees across the state. The Wisconsin State Park System is a self-funded state park system, successfully and sustainably utilizing camping and admission fees as the sole source of operational funding. In addition, the Parks and Recreation Management bureau provides key property management services for enhanced customer experiences on nearly all 1.6 million acres of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources property including State Wildlife Areas, Fisheries Area and Natural Areas via separate funding mechanisms.
Outdoor recreation in Wisconsin is growing at an incredible rate with more than 95% of Wisconsin residents participating in outdoor recreation. Consumer spending on outdoor recreation in Wisconsin totals nearly $18 billion.
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