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Senior Conservation & Park Manager

Posted: 04/24/2023

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The Miami Whitewater Forest Senior Park Manager manages all the developed and natural areas in Miami Whitewater Forest, Campbell Lakes, and Oak Glen Nature Preserve.  These parks encompass over 6,000 acres.  Some of the facilities and amenities include a visitors’ center, 9 miles of paved trails, 4 different nature trails, 2 horseback riding trails, a disc-golf course, 16 field soccer complex, shelter/picnic areas, 11-acre dog park, 46 site campground, 85-acre lake, boathouse, and snack bar.  From a Natural Resource perceptive MWF offers our largest wetlands, prairies, contiguous forest, and miles of riverbanks with the Whitewater River and Great Miami River with park boundaries.  MWF is “Big Lands” in action! The Senior Park Manager is responsible for 6 full-time C&P technicians, a full-time C&P maintenance specialist, a full-time mechanic, a part-time team of 15-20 part-time employees and volunteers as assigned. This position is also responsible for a supplies and service budget of over $160,000 along with vehicles/equipment to manage these areas. 

  • Manages assets at assigned park(s), including the maintenance, management and inspection of grounds, natural resources, facilities and infrastructure, equipment, landscape features, trails, playgrounds, and other features for public or internal use. 
  • Manages Park(s) and designated staff through establishing work priorities, scheduling staff workflow, providing guidance, resolving work issues, inspecting work progress, and ensuring all work complies with GPHC and Conservation and Parks (C&P) policies and standards. Also plans and delegates work assignments and projects, as well as analyze, problem solve, and provide direction to contractors as necessary. 
  • Directly supervises assigned staff. Provides functional supervision to C&P Park Manager(s), C&P Supervisor(s), and volunteers as assigned. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with GPHC policies, applicable laws, and delegated authority. 
  • Responsibilities include participating in, and making recommendations pertaining to, the selection and discipline of employees and other personnel decisions in coordination with Human Resources Staff. 
  • Maintains training records and facilitates appropriate training for assigned staff and volunteers. Evaluates employee performance levels, administers performance advisories, and works with Region Director to manage staff performance. 
  • Performs a variety of technical, manual, and administrative responsibilities, including implementation of management techniques that contribute to the improvement of Great Parks’ natural areas, wildlife, and fisheries.
  • Responsible for the routine inspection and maintenance of Great Parks’ assets, facilities, and infrastructure, including HVAC, electric, interior, and exterior paint, elevators, fire alarms, sprinkler systems, and other inspection and maintenance needs in assigned region. 
  • Ensures buildings are inspected on a regular basis and a strategic program of maintenance is implemented as necessary. Facilitates computer maintenance management system and coordinates appropriate response through C&P Maintenance Specialist in assigned region.      
  • Maintains responsibility for the safety of employees in operation of equipment, performing work tasks, and working in the natural environment. Maintains responsibility for care and proper use of equipment. 
  • Manages preventive services and minor repairs to vehicles, tools, and other equipment in accordance with prescribed maintenance methods. 
  • Evaluates employee performance levels, administers performance advisories and works with Region Director to manage staff performance. Inspects work progress, ensures work product complies with division policy and established standards.  
  • Manages and/or facilitates volunteer projects and workforce with their staff. Manages assigned budget; reviews and approves invoices for materials, equipment, vendors, and contractors; manages and approves purchasing card transactions of direct reports. Plans, schedules, and orders materials, including delivery coordination. 
  • Conducts surveys, collects data, and assists with research to collect, evaluate, and present information upon which to make decisions about visitor use, infrastructure, and natural resources management.
  • Prepares reports and maintains records as they relate to research results, natural area percentages, and necessary reporting measures. Utilizes various wildlife and habitat management techniques consistent with agency and division priorities.
  • Responds during off-duty hours for emergencies that impact Great Parks’ natural resources, safety, or infrastructure, such as sewer discharges, snow removal, material spills, dumping, flooding, failed utilities, or hazardous trees.
  • Performs job duties in accordance with Great Parks’ policies, procedures, and performance expectations.  
  • Maintains confidentiality of confidential and sensitive information. 
  • Works assigned schedule, exhibits regular and punctual attendance, and works outside of normal schedule as required.  
  • Bachelor’s degree in Parks and Recreation, Natural Resources, or related field required and 
  • 5 years of relevant supervisory experience with a park, natural resource, or conservation agency, or closely related field; 
  • or 10 years related experience with parks, natural resources, conservation, or closely related field.
Ability to document identity and employment eligibility within three (3) days of original appointment as a condition of employment in compliance with Immigration Reform and Control Act requirements.
State Motor Vehicle Operator’s License that meets GPHC current carrier guidelines; Ohio Pesticide License within 12 months of employment, Ohio Prescribed Fire Manager within 5 years of employment. 

Typical starting salary range for this position is from $64,376.00 to $80,496.00 depending on experience. 

We offer an excellent benefit package that includes medical, dental and life insurance; paid vacation, 11 holidays and sick time; enrollment in Ohio Public Employees Retirement System and free or discounted use of many Great Parks of Hamilton County recreational activities. 

Great Parks is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or any other classification protected under applicable law.

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