Under direction, develops and conducts outdoor recreation programs which support Park District efforts to increase public understanding and awareness of outdoor recreation opportunities, foster environmental stewardship, and the appreciation, enjoyment, and utilization of Park District facilities and resources.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Under direction, develops and conducts outdoor recreation programs in the parks which increase awareness of outdoor recreation opportunities and Park District facilities, appeal to the interests of the public or scheduled groups being served, and promote environmentally responsible recreation.
Develops and delivers presentations oriented to a variety of audiences with consideration to age, learning styles, physical or mental disabilities, or attitudinal perspectives.
Contributes to planning and evaluating recreation programs with other staff and affiliated and cosponsoring agencies, adjusting delivery methods and content as needed.
In cooperation with the Recreation Program Supervisor, works with other program staff and Park District personnel to provide a selection of balanced District-wide recreation programs.
Contributes to the overall seasonal planning, evaluation, and promotion of public programs, participating in adjustments as needed.
Assists with preparation of effective displays and educational materials, focusing on appropriate outdoor recreation themes or topics for use in the park, as approved or directed by supervisor.
Education and Experience
High School Diploma or GED plus at least one year of experience or related training. Bachelor's degree in outdoor recreation or related fields or education and experience equivalent to the degree preferred. Working knowledge of and the ability to apply knowledge of current recreational trends, activities, and teaching techniques. Experience with and knowledge of working cross culturally; working with diverse middle and high school aged youth preferred.
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. Must be willing to participate fully in the Park District's "commitment to quality visitor service." Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with site leadership, other Park District personnel, school groups, youth and families, affiliated agencies, and the general public.
Working knowledge of office equipment including word processors, spreadsheets, desktop publishing, databases, and ability to learn selected computer management applications. As required must be able to travel to Park District facilities, properties, and meeting locations to conduct on-site work in a timely manner.
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. Proficient in Spanish, Hmong, or Somali preferred.
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.
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.
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 40 pounds.
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.
A fully completed Three Rivers Park District Online Application 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 be evaluated on the basis of relevant experience and training. A top group of applicants will be invited to participate in further job screening.
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.