Under general supervision, perform technical and professional ranger naturalist work on a supervisory level to provide day-to-day safety and security of open space areas within the City and for their visitors. Responsible for developing and implementing interpretive programs which encourage the proper utilization and appreciation of natural resources found in the City's open spaces.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
- Supervise and oversee daily operations of the Ranger Division including scheduling, training, and mentoring part-time staff; participating in park patrol activities; and evaluating/measuring the effectiveness of Ranger Division.
- Work in cooperation with other departments to plan and coordinate a comprehensive park safety and security program to include the greenway system and special events held in park locations.
- Greet park visitors and provide information and community outreach to expand public understanding of the park system and encourage public appreciation for natural resources.
- Plan, development and implement interpretive programs, outdoor recreational skills programs, and conservation initiatives which meet the needs and interests of the Parks and Recreation Department and outreach audience and promote the recruitment of new park users.
- Participate in planning and conducting resource management activities required to manage and restore natural communities including but not limited to urban forestry, fishing and lake management, wildlife management and plant management. Implement site restoration projects such as reforestation and erosion control.
- Organize and coordinate conservation projects in ways that directly impact conservation stewardship and support Germantown's Natural Resource Management Plan.
- Provide technical support to the Natural Resources Manager including documentation, inventory and restoration of natural resources.
- Perform maintenance related tasks and work on special outdoor projects such as trail maintenance, outdoor classrooms, signage, tree planting, native plant planting, erosion control, interpretive kiosks, special interpretive exhibits, etc.
- Assist in preparation of grants and research alternative funding to enhance programming or other natural resource needs.
- Ensure that park rules set by the Parks and Recreation Commission are being enforced and that protection and conservation are practiced appropriately.
- Coordinate and oversee the work of volunteers, scouts, interns and temporary and seasonal staff.
- Develop and maintain effective and collaborative relationships with internal staff, schools, businesses and other agencies.
- Perform administrative tasks such as filing, answering phones, email correspondence, preparing forms, reports,
- Handle and care for animals/wildlife indigenous to the region used in educational programs and/or in conjunction with wildlife management responsibilities.
OTHER JOB FUNCTIONS:
1. May assist with other department activities or City sponsored events not under direct responsibility.
2. Performs related tasks as required.
- Knowledge of general principles and practices of natural resource management and park operations
- Knowledge of interpretive and environmental programming appropriate for planning programs for the public
- Knowledge of and ability to apply sound supervisory principles and practices including planning, delegating and controlling the work of subordinates
- Knowledge of policies and procedures of the Parks and Recreation Department and a clear understanding of the City's Natural Resource Management Plan
- Ability to enforce rules, regulations and City ordinances pertaining to municipal parks
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work
- Ability to prepare clear and comprehensive administrative reports, program presentations and policies
- Ability to act quickly and appropriately in emergency situations including the ability to perform CPR and provide advanced first aid care
- Ability to handle sensitive or stressful situations with tact and diplomacy
- Ability to plan, develop and conduct nature programs to diverse audiences in varied settings (camps, special events, school groups, general public)
- Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
- Ability to care for and handle animals used in association with program activities
- Ability to operate patrol vehicle, including jeeps and bicycles
- Physical ability to perform essential job duties
Bachelor's degree in Natural Science or related field with emphasis in urban forestry, wildlife management, ecology, or environmental studies and at least two years experience in interpretive program supervision and planning; or any combination of education, training, and experience providing the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform essential job functions.
Must possess valid driver's license; a Certificate in CPR and First Responder First Aid or ability to obtain.Desirable certifications/experience: GIS/GPS technology, Wildlife rehabilitation/handling, Arborist certification and landscaping with native plants.
When you apply, please indicate that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board.