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Date: Feb 14, 2020

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Requisition No: 141761 

Agency: Environmental Protection

Working Title: PARK SERVICES SPECIALIST - 37001158 1

Position Number: 37001158 

Salary:  $2,333.34 monthly/$28,000.08 annual 

Posting Closing Date: 02/26/2020 






Anticipated Vacancy Announcement


Open Competitive



CLASS TITLE:                     Park Services Specialist


POSITION NUMBER:         37001158


BASE SALARY:                 $2,333.34 monthly/$28,000.08 annual    


LOCATION:                       Gasparilla Island Administration

                                            880 Belcher Road

                                            Boca Grande, Florida 33921

                                            Att. PM Rick Argo  941-964-0375



 CLOSING DATE:              February 26, 2020


 ADVERTISING METHOD:         X Internal Email              X People First



A challenging opportunity is available for a self-motivated, hard-working individual to fill a Park Services Specialist position at Gasparilla Island Administration. The candidate will be required to work independently with minimal supervision providing visitor services, resource management, administration, maintenance and protection of park facilities and guests.

Plans, implements, coordinates and participates in the day to day, and long range, facets of visitor services pertinent to the effective management of Gasparilla Island State Park and other management assignments of this unit.


VISITOR SERVICES:  Coordinates volunteer program, special events and interpretive programming for the park.  Facilitates all aspects of volunteer program including but not limited to training, recruitment, scheduling and reporting. Provides coordination, training, research and conducts interpretation of the natural/cultural resources within the park.  Assists in assuring effective development and facilitation of park’s interpretive programming.  Develops park specific interpretive literature, coordinates brochure and other literature needs.  Designs and produces exhibits and displays.  Resolves and responds to visitor queries and assists in the training of park staff to assure information afforded the public is accurate and presented in a professional manner. Coordinate and Develop special events and programming in the park and community.  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. Prepares reports and records as required. Plan, research, coordinate, write and conduct environmental education programs, including program design, scheduling and publicity.  Coordinate the development of interpretive programs.  Serve as the park’s Volunteer and ADA Coordinator.  Participate in public speaking engagements.  Oversee and participate in the planning and coordination of special programs and events.  Assist in keeping the Park's web page up to date.


PROTECTION:  Ensure park rules and regulations are enforced pertaining to all natural and cultural facilities and resources and the use thereof for the enjoyment of the visitors.  Ensure park interpretive facilities, displays and exhibits and equipment utilized are free of safety hazards.


MAINTENANCE:  Maintain cleanliness of interpretive exhibits, displays, facilities and equipment


RESOURCE MANAGEMENT: Participate in planning and conducting resource management activities including sea turtle nesting surveys, shorebird surveys, and invasive exotic plant and animal management.


Knowledge, skills and abilities, including utilization of equipment, required for the position:  Knowledge of:  flora and fauna, natural communities, and ecosystem functions in coastal southwest Florida; the principles and practices of teaching and training.  Skill in: use of scanners, point of sale software, fax machines and other standard office equipment; producing slides, graphic displays and photos; researching and writing financial, educational, promotional and interpretive materials; the recruitment, training and placement of volunteers.


 Ability to:  work with computers, with a preference toward Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook, internet proficiency and digital photography; design, organize, and schedule a variety of interpretive programs and special events; use social media to communicate information about the park, establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, volunteers, other agencies and the public; work rotating shifts including nights, weekends and holidays; maintain a valid driver’s license; successfully complete background and fingerprint check.


Licensure/registration/certification requirements (If applicable, list the appropriate Florida Statute or federal regulation cite): Florida Class E driver’s license or an out-of-state class equivalent driver’s license.


 Other job-related requirements for this position:  Incumbent of this position, in accordance with sections 110.1127 and 435.04, F.S. and DEP directive 422 (Background Investigation), is required to successfully complete a background and fingerprint check.


 Working hours: (A) Daily Varied (B) Total hours in work week 40 (C) Explain any variation in work (split shift, rotation, etc.) Rotating shifts.

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: Fort Myers
Nearest Secondary Market: Cape Coral