Natural Resources Programmer: Parks and Recreation Department
Incumbent serves as Natural Resources Programmer for the Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department, responsible for creating and implementing Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department natural resource programming and special events.
Examples of Duties
- Coordinates and supervises assignees, interns and volunteer groups, including interviewing candidates and making hiring recommendations, reviewing position documentation, and planning, delegating, and controlling work assignments.
- Develops and implements program plans for proposed programming, including, but not limited to, program title, description, timeline, content, budget, and evaluation.
- Implements natural resource programming at all Vigo County park locations.
- Conducts marketing operations, including, but not limited to, maintaining all media, advertising, and social media sites, developing advertising, press releases, newsletters, program guides, special announcements, posters, and flyers.
- Organizes and leads department special events, such as Pioneer Days, Mini Pioneer Days, Christmas Walk, and Pioneer Village interpretation program.
- Serves as educator for tours and hikes throughout the parks system, and provides assistance to groups within the park, as needed.
- Assists with maple syrup preparation and production, including tapping trees, educational programming, tours, installing and uninstalling tubing, collecting sap, cooking sap, and bottling syrup.
- Coordinates volunteers and supervises given projects. Writes contracts for educational programs, triathlons, and special guest speakers.
- Evaluates, balances, and maintains a healthy program budget and base future programs. Assists with park projects, including invasive species removal, gardens, and signs.
- Assist in maintaining and updating bulletin boards throughout parks system and administrative Office. Receives and responds to all complaints in a timely manner.
- Researches and applies for grants and researches and develops Park fundraisers. Researches and remains current on all science and world discoveries to present knowledge to the public.
- Assists with daily operations of the Administrative Office, including assisting with preparation of annual budget, and assisting Superintendent in creation and implementation of department policies and procedures.
- Attends Board meetings to present previous months Park activities and upcoming programs. Performs related duties as assigned.
- Serves on various committees and represents department at special events. Performs related duties as assigned.
- public administration, or closely related area, or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. CPRP preferred.
- Possession of or ability to obtain required certifications, such as first aid/CPR.
- Ability to meet all employer and Department hiring requirements, including passage of a drug test.
- Basic understanding of the areas of natural and cultural resources.
- Thorough knowledge of and ability to make practical application of principles and practices of parks administration, including applicable local, state and federal regulations.
- Thorough knowledge of Department functions and ability to direct and implement programs to meet goals/initiatives and educational and recreational needs of the community.
- Working knowledge of budget administration and grant preparation and ability to complete and submit grant applications, compile required reports, and ensure compliance with grant/funding requirements.
- Working knowledge of Standard English grammar, spelling and punctuation, and ability to prepare Department publications and detailed written reports.
- knowledge of basic filing systems and ability to create and maintain accurate and complete Department files/records.
- Ability to coordinate and supervise interns and volunteer groups, including interviewing candidates and making hiring recommendations, reviewing position documentation, and planning, delegating, and controlling work assignments.
- Ability to operate standard office/shop equipment, such as computer, typewriter, fax machine, vehicle, copier, telephone, scanner, camera, UTV’s, compass, binoculars, and video camera.
- Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing with co-workers, other County departments, local public library, City Parks and Recreation, radio and news stations, and the public, including being sensitive to professional ethics, gender, cultural diversities and disabilities.
- Ability to comply with all employer and department policies and work rules, including, but not limited to, attendance, safety, drug-free workplace, and personal conduct.
- Ability to provide public access to or maintain confidentiality of department information and records according to state requirements.
- Ability to understand, memorize, retain, and carry out oral or written instructions and present findings in oral or written form.
- Ability to compare or observe similarities and differences in data, compile, collate, or classify data, analyze and evaluate data, and make determinations based on data analyses.
- Ability to work alone with minimum supervision and with others in a team environment.
- Ability to work on several tasks at the same time and work rapidly for long periods, often under time pressure.
- Ability to apply knowledge of people and/or locations, and plan and layout assigned work projects.
- Ability to read and interpret detailed prints, sketches, layouts, specifications, and maps.
- Ability to plan and present public speaking presentation, funds raisers, special events, and group tours.
- Ability to regularly work weekends and/or evening hours, and occasionally work extended hours for special events, and occasionally travel out of town for workshops and/or conferences, but not overnight.
- Possession of a valid driver’s license and a demonstrated safe driving record.
Incumbent performs duties that are broad in scope, applying standard practices and procedures to specific situations. Incumbent spends the majority of time evaluating educational programs, developing and presenting programs/activities, and providing information to the public.
Frequently, decisions are made which are restricted only by organization-wide policies.
Incumbent ensures proper implementation of natural science and cultural history education programs, exercising independent judgment in selecting and modifying programs and activities accordingly. Purpose and desired results of incumbent’s work are known and work is reviewed primarily for attainment of program goals and objectives.
Incumbent maintains frequent contact with co-workers, other County departments, local public library, City Parks and Recreation, radio and news stations, and the public for the purpose of providing education and cultural enrichment.
Incumbent reports directly to Park Superintendent.
Incumbent performs duties in a standard office environment and outdoors, involving exposure to extreme temperatures and varying weather conditions, walking on uneven terrain, working near fumes, odors, dust, and dirt, in a noisy environment, and in confined areas, lifting/carrying objects weighing less than 50 pounds, pushing/pulling objects, bending, reaching, crouching/kneeling, keyboarding, close/far vision, color/depth perception, handling/grasping/fingering objects, speaking clearly, and hearing sounds/communication.
Incumbent regularly works weekends and/or evening hours, and occasionally works extended hours for special events, and occasionally travels out of town for workshops and/or conferences, but not overnight.
Vigo County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.