Bureau Director – Parks and Recreation – Career Executive, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
The Park and Recreation Management Bureau Director position 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 110 state parks, forests, trails and recreation areas; more than 150,000 acres, 500 boat access sites and just over 6,000 campsites and sees more than 17.5 million visits per year. 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 300 limited/seasonal employees across the state. The Wisconsin State Park System is also the only self-funded state park system in the nation, 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.