Vacancy Announcement – Director, Virginia State Parks

The opportunity

The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) seeks a leader and strategist in developing, directing, and promoting a statewide parks and outdoor recreation program as the Virginia State Parks Director.

Virginia State Parks works “to conserve the natural, scenic, historic and cultural resources of the Commonwealth and provide recreational and educational opportunities consistent with the good stewardship of these lands, waters and facilities that leaves them unimpaired for future generations” and is a nationally recognized leader in state park management, twice winning the National Gold Medal Award, and initiating a long list of exemplary programs including First Day Hikes, Youth Conservation Corps Program, Dark Sky designations, Park Rx America program, Pocahontas Rider Center and many more.

As the agency leader responsible for carrying out this mission, the State Parks Director manages a system of currently 38 parks that encompasses:

75,000 acres of conserved property; 55,000 acres of forest;
20,000+ programs and workshops; 2,060 campsites;

651 miles of trails;
488 miles of shoreline;
293 cabins;
36 lakes and ponds;
11 swimming beaches;
6 swimming pools; and
2 international dark sky sites.

Our parks can be found in locations among the highest mountains in the state all the way down to sea level with parks facing the Atlantic Ocean as well as the critical Chesapeake Bay estuary. Our parks can be found ideally-located on 8 major river{s; 4 major lakes; 4 rail trails; and 3 battlefield sites.

The natural resources of Virginia State Parks attract the visitation of over 10 million visitors annually; contributing an economic impact of over $200 million to the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The annual operating budget for the system is $45 million. A full time staff of 275 and a wage staff of over 1,000 during the prime season operate and manage the Virginia State Park system.

There are 6 districts within the system and State Park Headquarters is located in Main Street Centre in downtown Richmond, Virginia.

More details, full announcement here


Job Opportunities – MN – Parks Management Positions

Minnesota’s State Parks and Trails management team is looking for a few good managers!  Our Division Leadership Team seats our regional managers on a level playing field with our section managers. Our big, beautiful system includes 75 state parks and recreation areas; 1,500 public water accesses; 25 state trails/35 water trails; and tens-of-thousands of miles of system and grant-in-aid snowmobile, cross-country ski and off-highway vehicle trails.  We are looking for managers who are innovators, creative problem solvers, skilled operational supervisors, and multi-culturally competent.

Please note that the closing date is June 26, and we are asking for 3, 300-word write-ups on key aspects of the regional manager positions. If you have any questions, please contact Deputy Director Phil Leversedge at

Click here to go to the Minnesota careers website. Or, click on the position number below to go directly to a particular posting.

Parks & Trails Central Region Manager – 33077

Agency: Natural Resources Dept | Location: St. Paul | Job Family: Management Careers | Posted Date: 05/30/2019

Parks & Trails Northwest Region Manager – 33179

Agency: Natural Resources Dept | Location: Bemidji | Job Family: Management Careers | Posted Date: 05/30/2019

Parks & Trails Southern Region Manager – 33163

Agency: Natural Resources Dept | Location: New Ulm | Job Family: Management Careers | Posted Date: 05/30/2019

Assistant Regional Manager- State Prog Admin Manager – 33131

Agency: Natural Resources Dept | Location: St. Paul | Job Family: Management Careers | Posted Date: 05/30/2019


Job Opportunity – MI – Park & Recreation Supervisor 10

Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation.

Park & Recreation Supervisor 10,


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.


Job Opportunity – AZ- Assistant Park Manager

Vacancy Announcement:  

Assistant Park Manager

Slide Rock State Park, Sedona, AZ


Under the direction of the Park Manager, the Assistant Manager is responsible for the day-to-day operation and maintenance of a recreation-based or natural resource/historic park. These responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Operates park with a business acumen and entrepreneurial spirit that focuses on revenue generation, cost effectiveness, and innovation;
  • Develops partnerships through fostering and maintaining positive relationships with external organizations such as, but limited to, friends groups, chambers of commerce, media, special interest groups, and local, state and federal government entities;
  • Provides excellent customer service to our customers;
  • Performs administrative duties such as preparing reports, project management, and updating the Annual Operating Plan;
  • Supervision and training of Park Ranger II’s, Park Ranger Specialists and Volunteers;
  • Directs and/or performs park maintenance, improvement projects and park inventories;
  • Participates and represents the Agency in a variety of capacities (e.g., public meetings); and
  • Enforces all park policies and procedures while conserving the natural resources and ensuring public safety for our customers and employees.

Full Vacancy Announcement



Job Opportunities – KS – Park Managers, Park Ranger

Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism

STATE PARK MANAGER SUPERVISOR II  The incumbent provides direct supervision and coordination of staff to operate Clinton State Park. Duties include preparing budget requests; purchasing supplies and equipment; directing the sale of department permits and licenses, includes the collection and accounting of funds received; planning and overseeing contracted work; supervising and coordinating the construction, maintenance and repair of area buildings, grounds, equipment, roads, ditches, dikes, shelters, beaches, boat ramps and utilities; actively participating in interviewing, hiring, training and evaluating employees; enforcing laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to the protection of park facilities and visitors; coordinating park activities and events; and providing information regarding park rules, facilities, and area history.   more info

STATE PARK MANAGER SUPERVISOR I   Provides direct supervision and coordination of staff to operate Elk City State Park. Duties include preparing budget requests; purchasing supplies and equipment; directing the sale of department permits and licenses, includes the collection and accounting of funds received; planning and overseeing contracted work; supervising and coordinating the construction, maintenance and repair of area buildings, grounds, equipment, roads, ditches, dikes, shelters, beaches, boat ramps and utilities; actively participating, interviewing, hiring, training and evaluating employees; enforcing laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to the protection of park facilities and visitors; and providing information regarding park rules, facilities, and area history.  more info

NATURAL RESOURCE OFFICER I (PARK RANGER)  This classified, permanent, full-time position is located at Elk City State Park.  The incumbent administers and participates in law enforcement activities in assigned state park areas; enforces license and permit requirements; detects violations, make arrests, collects evidence, prepares cases, and testifies, as required; coordinates and conducts property and facility inspections; develops, coordinates and maintains a public relations program; represents the department through public speaking, constituent contacts, media contacts, and educational program participation; plans, assigns, reviews, and schedules work performance of park staff responsible for safety, construction, trail development, trail maintenance, routine park maintenance, land management, development, permit sales, and public relations, as assigned by supervisor; prepares and submits budget and cost estimates; conduct studies and surveys; recommends and participates in training development; and coordinates and actively participates in all aspects of park maintenance.  more info

Job Opportunity – Env. Protection Assistant Division Director – CT

State Parks Operations – Environmental Protection Assistant Division Director – Connecticutt

Hartford, CT
Date Opened 6/19/2018 07:45:00 AM
Salary $97,648 – $133,153/year
Job Type Open to the Public
Close Date 7/13/2018 11:59:00 PM

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Job Opportunity – AR – Park Superintendent

Park Superintendent V

Position #:   22092033

Grade:                  GS10

Salary:         $56,039

Location:      Mt. Magazine State Park, Paris, AR

Closing date: 03/30/2018

This position provides daily supervision to facility personnel in the operation and maintenance of 13 cabins and a 60 room lodge with convention facilities, restaurant, gift shop, and group sales department. Position is responsible for the inventory and purchasing for lodge facilities and resale, prepares budgets, plans and develops lodge facility activities, and ensures compliance with Health Department Standards. Other responsibilities include approving activities and projects for park revenue, coordinating special events, and presenting information to staff, visitors, and civic groups. May be required to work holidays, weekends, evenings and some nights.

This position offers a full benefit package including paid holidays, annual and sick leave, health insurance, and retirement pension. Housing is provided.

Applicants must meet or exceed the following qualifications: The formal educational equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in business, park management, hospitality management or a related field; plus five years of experience in park management, including five years in a supervisory capacity. Resort management experience also fully considered.

EOE/AA/ADA. Minorities and women encouraged to apply.

Applications accepted online ONLY:

Job Opportunity – OK – State Park Manager

Oklahoma State Parks is currently seeking a State Park Manager for Robbers Cave State Park.  Robbers Cave is one of the seven original state parks and is on the National Register of Historic Places as a significant CCC project.  More about Robbers Cave State Park may be found here.   This position is the Manager of this entire park which includes a 20 room lodge, cabins, two lakes, a nature center, a stables concession, campgrounds and an extensive trail systems.

Education Experience:  Bachelor’s degree; or an equivalent combination of education and experience substituting one year of experience in park management or operations, business administration, building and grounds maintenance, general construction or natural resource management or operations for a maximum of ninety semester hours of the required education OR Five years of continuous experience in park operations may substitute for the education requirement if directly applicable to the work performed in Oklahoma State Parks. PLUS two additional years of experience in park management or operations, business administration, building and grounds maintenance, general construction, or natural resources management or operations. PLUS two additional years of qualifying experience in a supervisory capacity.

Who May Apply:  Open to all qualified job seekers

Date Posted: 2/9/2018

Closing Date: 2/22/2018

Hiring Agency/ Seniority Unit:  Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department

Division/Unit: Division of State Parks

Work Shift/Work Hours:  Day Shift, but managers are on call

Days of Work:  Varies

Travel Required: Yes

Salary Range:  $45,706.08 annually with benefits

Employment Condition:  Permanent, full time

Classified Status:  Unclassified

Bargaining Unit/ Union:  None

Work Area:  Wilburton, OK

FLSA:  Exempt- Professional

Housing on site provided


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,

*Cover Letter must include a current address and telephone number, as well as the title of the position for which you are applying.

Job Opportunity – MN – State Parks and Recreation Areas Program Consultant

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is currently seeking a State Parks and Recreation Areas Program Consultant.  This position will work cooperatively with the Division of Parks and Trails Leadership Team to set strategic direction and provide guidance and operational support for staff who conduct state parks and recreation area work. This position provides statewide leadership for state parks and recreation areas, policy development, planning, program administration, budgeting, spending plans, work planning, field direction, and support for operations and maintenance, stakeholder outreach, and partnership building.

Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers
Date Posted: 01/19/2018
Closing Date: 02/01/2018
Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Department of Natural Resources / Natural Resources-MAPE
Division/Unit: Parks & Trails / Central Office
Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift
Days of Work: Monday – Friday
Travel Required: Yes
Salary Range: $27.98 – $41.50/hourly; $58,422 – $86,652/annually
Employment Condition: Permanent, full-time
Classified Status: Classified
Bargaining Unit/Union: 214–Professional/MAPE
Work Area: St. Paul, MN
FLSA: Exempt – Professional
More details here