Recreation Program Specialist

Three Rivers Park District - Cleary Lake Regional Park, MN (30+ days ago)4.5

To develop, coordinate, and implement innovative fee-based outdoor recreation programs which support Three Rivers Park District's efforts to increase public understanding and awareness of outdoor recreation opportunities, foster environmental stewardship, and generate support for Park District facilities and resources.

This is a Part-Time Benefited position working 32 hours per week.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Develops and implements a wide variety of outdoor recreation and education programs, applying best practices, creativity and innovation consistent with the Mission of the Park District and the philosophy of The Outdoor Recreation School while appealing to the interests of the public or scheduled groups being served and promoting environmentally responsible recreation.

Increases awareness of outdoor recreation opportunities throughout suburban Hennepin County and promotes Park District facilities and accessibility.

Coordinates the programming operations of large geographic areas containing multiple parks, facilities, and communities.Includes working directly with facility and maintenance staff regarding operation needs, access, and program development/implementation.

Provides direction and evaluation on a daily basis to seasonal and intermittent staff as well as volunteers and interns and coordinates the involvement of outdoor education and facilities staff from other program centers.Assists the recreation supervisor with the development of seasonal staffing plans.

Conducts outdoor recreation programs to educate and stimulate the awareness, enjoyment, and appropriate utilization of the outdoors to a wide variety of park visitors.

Directs large scale Park District events.

Develops community relationships with public and private agencies in their corresponding geographic areas.Specifically working with underserved populations and areas to provide outdoor opportunities in local communities.

Assists the Recreation Supervisor in the preparation and development of the overall program budget with attention to the program revenue generation potential of each geographic area and program type.

Keeps the Recreation Supervisor promptly informed of significant matters as they relate to the Outdoor Recreation School.

Performs other related duties as apparent or assigned.


STARTING WAGE: The starting wage for this position is $22.80 - $25.00/hourly, depending on qualifications. The full range for this position is $22.80 - $34.90/hourly.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE: Bachelor's degree in outdoor recreation or related fields, AND two years of experience as a Recreation Programmer, developing and implementing outdoor recreation programs OR an equivalent combination of education and experience. Working knowledge of and the ability to apply knowledge of current recreational trends, activities, and teaching techniques.

LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from employees, park guests, and the general public.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret graphs. Ability to work with budgets.

REASONING ABILITY: Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Must have a demonstrated interest in a variety of program areas that meet the needs of the user and to view aspects of recreational opportunities through the perspective of a wide variety of individuals. Working knowledge of office equipment including word processors, spreadsheets, desktop publishing, databases, and ability to learn selected computer management applications. Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with other Park District staff, school groups, affiliated agencies, and the general public. As required must be able to travel to Park District facilities, properties, and meeting locations to conduct on-site work in a timely manner.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, to manipulate controls, equipment, and recreation material. The employee will occasionally be required to traverse uneven terrain as well as paved and unpaved trails. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee needs the ability to perform physical requirements of various outdoor recreational activities such as canoeing, biking, alpine and cross-country skiing, water sports, fishing, boating, golf, archery and camping. The employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of the job the employee is frequently required to work in outdoor weather conditions, being exposed to hot and cold temperatures, precipitation, direct sunlight, dust, and pollen. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Selection Procedure:

A fully completed Three Rivers Park District Online Application including supplemental application questions must be received by Human Resources by the closing date and time listed on the job posting. Any materials received after the closing date and time will not be considered.

Applications will first be evaluated in a Training and Experience Assessment worth 100 points. Veterans Preference will be applied in accordance with Minnesota law. A score of 80 or better is necessary to be certified to an eligibility list from which appointments may be made. A top group of eligible candidates will be invited to an interview.

Final appointment is contingent upon the applicant passing a background investigation including a criminal history search. Costs of the background will be paid for by Three Rivers Park District.