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Date: Nov 16, 2017

Location: DUNNELLON, FL, US, 34432

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Requisition No: 23934 

Agency: Environmental Protection

Working Title: PARK SERVICES SPECIALIST - 37020210

Position Number: 37020210 

Salary:  $2,333.34/Mth $$28,000.08/Yr 

Posting Closing Date: 12/15/2017 





‘Previous Applicants Do Not Need to Re-apply’


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Park Services Specialist








$2,333.34/Mth   $28,000.08/Yr




Rainbow Springs State Park


19158 S.W. 81st Place Road


Dunnellon, FL  34432




Larry Steed, Park Manager
















Rainbow Springs State Park is looking for a self-motivated park service professional who wants to work in an exciting and challenging atmosphere designed for professional growth and development.  The Park Services Specialist position requires an individual with strong leadership, interpretive and organizational skills.  One of Florida’s largest springs, the headsprings of the Rainbow River originate in this beautiful 1,472- acre park. Rich in natural beauty and cultural history, it is also a popular spot for swimmers, canoers/kayakers, tubers and campers. The gardens and waterfalls are cultural assets that remain from the days when the headsprings were a private attraction. In early spring the entire headsprings area bursts into pinks, purples and whites with its famous azalea blooms. Nature trails meander into the park’s natural areas.


This is a specialized professional position working in research, education, development and implementation of resource management, visitor services, interpretive and recreational programs and projects for Rainbow Springs State Park.  This is a not a residential position.






This is a specialized professional position working in research, education, development and implementation of resource management, visitor services, interpretive and recreational programs and projects for Rainbow Springs State Park.


Coordinates the park's volunteer and manpower augmentation program.  Acts as liaison between volunteers and park administration.  Serve as the liaison between visitors and staff in the absence of park management on rotating weekends, holidays and special events. Monitors and defines suitable park volunteer needs and coordinates volunteer placement. Develops and maintains volunteer job descriptions, procedural manuals, personnel records, and evaluations.  Plans and oversees all volunteer schedules.  Tracks volunteer hours, prepares appropriate reports and coordinates awards programs.    Plans and conducts volunteer meetings, workshops and volunteer orientation sessions.  Insures that all required reports and documents are submitted in compliance with established schedules.  Assists park management in coordinating and overseeing Citizen Support Organizations for the park.    Monitors, evaluates, and provides program analysis to the park management on Citizen Support Organization operations, activities and performance impact.


Researches the history of the park, both cultural and natural, and assists in developing plans for restoration, preservation and interpretation. Assists in planning and implementing the prescribed fire program for natural resource maintenance and preservation.  Provides archaeological monitoring during earth disturbance activities.  Gathers and maintains cultural resource files, artifact inventories, and coordinates and participates in appropriate preservation of cultural resources.  Uses dump trucks, tractors and other equipment in the maintenance and preservation of the natural and cultural resources. Provides protection of facilities and resources.

Plans, organizes and conducts community outreach activities, special events and festivals to expand public understanding of the Florida Park Service and the park's management objectives.  Represents the parks and the Florida Park Service to outside agencies and organizations, disseminating information and promoting all opportunities provided by the park.  Provides research, designs and develops park specific literature for public dissemination, educational displays and exhibits.  Researches, develops, coordinates and conducts environmental education programs, interpretive programs, recreational skills programs and special events. 

Designs and implements public marketing relation programs to encourage corporate and/or private support of the park.  Researches and identifies available public and private partnership programs having potential benefit for park operations.

Performs related duties as required.


Knowledge, skills and abilities, including utilization of equipment, required for the position:


Knowledge of: principles and techniques of effective verbal and written communications; administrative principles and practices; methods of data collection and analysis; cultural resource preservation and restoration techniques; the principles, methods and techniques of training; good public relations techniques. 


Skill in: working with volunteers; computer operation and Microsoft Office suite; good customer service. 


Ability to: plan, coordinate and oversee special events; plan, coordinate & oversee fundraising activities; evaluate and analyze data; understand and apply applicable rules, regulations, policies and procedures; plan and oversee schedules; develop and organize data into logical format for presentation in reports, proposals and other written documents; develop & present interpretive programs; utilize problem solving techniques; work independently; coordinate and conduct meetings, information and orientation programs; train & supervise volunteers & staff; plan, coordinate & implement training programs; work with a CSO; research topics and write articles and prepare environmental education and other information for media dissemination; monitor, evaluate, and access programs for effectiveness; effectively speak in public formats; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; work rotating shifts including evenings, weekends and holidays; clean park facilities, including but not limited to, cleaning restrooms & picking up trash; perform opening and closing procedures in accordance with the operations manual and fiscal procedures in multiple locations of the park; travel infrequently (some may be overnight); maintain a valid driver’s license; successfully complete background and fingerprint check; properly wear uniform; comply with male & female hair grooming standards & body art piercing; successfully complete ranger academy; work outdoors in inclement weather.


Preferred Knowledge, skills and abilities, including utilization of equipment, required for the position:


Ability to: work with cash transactions and point of sale systems.





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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. 

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