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PARK SERVICES SPECIALIST - 37020695

Date: Jun 11, 2021

Location: OKEECHOBEE, FL, US, 34972

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Requisition No: 395881 

Agency: Environmental Protection

Working Title: PARK SERVICES SPECIALIST - 37020695

Position Number: 37020695 

Salary:  $2,333.34 monthly 

Posting Closing Date: 06/24/2021 

DIVISION OF RECREATION AND PARKS

JOB VACANCY

OPEN COMPETITIVE

 

 

Class Title: Park Services Specialist

Position Number: 37020695

Base Salary: $2,333.34 per monthly / $28,000.08 annually

 

Location: Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park       

                 33104 NW 192nd Avenue

                 Okeechobee, FL 34972

                 Contact: Alex Creager, Park Manager; 863-462-5360 or alex.creager@FloridaDEP.gov

 

Closing Date:    06/24/21

Advertising Method:   X INTERNAL EMAIL  X PEOPLE FIRST

 

JOB DESCRIPTION:

This position is responsible for establishing and maintaining resource management activities; for providing visitor education and services: for maintaining and improving operations and facilities; and for establishing and maintaining good public and volunteer relations.

An opportunity is anticipated for a self-motivated, hard-working team player, with strong resource management, visitor services, protection, and maintenance experience to fill a Park Service Specialist position at Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park 25 miles northwest of Okeechobee, Florida.  This preserve protects the largest remaining stretch of Florida dry prairie, home to an array of endangered plants and animals.  The park offers excellent seasonal birding opportunities and is home to the endangered Florida grasshopper sparrow, as well as the Crested Caracara and Sand-Hill Crane.  Over 110 miles of dirt roads allow hikers, bicyclists, and equestrians to explore prairies, wetlands, and shady hammocks.  Ranger-led buggy tours take visitors to remote areas of the park.

JOB DUTIES:

Assists with the assessing, planning and implementation of maintaining and improving park operations and facilities.

Provide research planning, coordination and conducts the interpretation of the natural and cultural resources within the park, including but not limited to: guided walks, campfire progran1s, tours, recreation skill s program s and special events.

Performs other related park duties as required including but not limited to: visitor services such as checking in of campers, sale of merchandise, disseminate information, and provide assistance to campers.

Plans and conducts community outreach activities to expand public understanding of the Florida Park Service resource management and protection objectives. Represents the park and Florida Park Service to outside agencies and organizations, disseminating information and promoting outdoor recreational opportunities provided by the park.

Assists in designing and organizing volunteer recruitment for service programs and special events. Monitors and defines suitable park volunteer needs. Plans and conducts volunteer orientation and training sessions. Plans, organizes and conducts in-service training programs to meet the needs of the park's employees.

Researches the history of this division facility, both cultural and natural, and develops plans for restoration and implementation. Advises on the preservation, restoration, and appearance of historical and archeological sites. Performs related work as required.

 

Knowledge, skills and abilities, including utilization of equipment, required for the position: Knowledge of: Florida ecosystems and resource management techniques required to manage and or restore natural communities; cultural resource preservation and restoration techniques; effective verbal and written communication principles and techniques; facility repairs and improvements. Skilled in carpentry to be able to carry out facility repairs and improvements and cultural resource preservation and restoration. Ability to:  participate in prescribed burning; research, plan, prepare and effectively present educational and interpretive programs; work rotating shifts including nights, weekends and holidays; maintain a valid driver's license; operate an airboat; tractors, ATVs and 4x4 vehicles operate personal computer; successfully meet position-specific DRP Burn Standards for Prescribed Fire; successfully complete a background and fingerprint check.

 

Other job-related requirements for this position:  Successful completion of annual moderate pack test.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:  Prior to being hired, applicant will be given a single opportunity to take and successfully complete a supervised moderate pack test at a date and location to be announced.  Pack test requires applicant to complete a two mile walk while carrying 25 lbs in less than 30 minutes.

 

HOW TO APPLY: 

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

 

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

 

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

 

Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, applicants eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment and are encouraged to apply. However, applicants claiming Veterans' Preference must attach supporting documentation with each application submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any others documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code. All documentation is due by the closing date of the vacancy announcement. For information on the supporting documentation required, click here. Applicants may also fax their supporting documentation to People First at 1-888-403-2110.

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 


Nearest Major Market: Okeechobee