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Park Services Specialist

PeopleFirst Florida HR

Keystone Heights ,  Florida

This is an opportunity for self-motivated, hardworking, team player to fill a non-resident Park Ranger position at Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park. The candidate will be required to work independently with minimal supervision providing visitor services, resource management, administration, maintenance and protection of park facilities and guests.

Gold Head Branch State Park covers approximately 2300 acres and is a full-service park with 16 vacation cabins, three family campgrounds, a youth camp and a beach and swimming area in Little Lake Johnson. One of Florida’s first state parks, Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park was developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during the 1930s. The extraordinary craftsmanship of the CCC is still evident today. Located on rolling sandhills in an area known as the central ridge of Florida, a deep ravine with springs issuing from its side bisects the area and forms Gold Head Branch. Marshes, lakes and scrub provide a habitat for a wide variety of wildlife including white-tailed deer, turkey, gopher tortoise, fox squirrels, pocket gophers, red tailed hawk, bald eagles, fox, and various water and wading birds.

Applicant must participate in the execution of all facets of prescribed fire.


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 Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park.

  • RESOURCE MANAGEMENT: Participates in the execution of all facets of prescribed fire. Observes, maintains and protects the natural, cultural, historic and archaeological resources of the park. Participates in vegetation and wildlife management plans; maintains optimum species control via natural and chemical means. Implements site restoration projects. Participates in water resources management plans and activities. Collects and records resource management data. Researches the history of the park, both cultural and natural, and assists in developing plans for restoration, preservation and interpretation. Coordinates and participates in appropriate preservation of cultural resources. Provides protection of facilities and resources. The duties of this position require the incumbent to reside on the property.
  • VISITOR SERVICE: 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. Researches, develops, coordinates and conducts environmental education programs, interpretive programs, recreational skills programs and special events. 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.
  • ADMINISTRATION: Coordinates the park's volunteer and manpower augmentation program. 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, prepare appropriate reports and coordinates awards programs. Plans and conducts 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.
  • MAINTENANCE - Adheres to established policies and procedures as outlined in the Florida Division of Recreation and Parks’ Operations Manual; Constructs, cleans, maintains, and repairs park grounds, facilities and equipment utilizing appropriate tools and equipment; Makes routine inspections to insure proper maintenance standards are met; Plans projects and oversees volunteers including OPS.
  • PROTECTION - Adheres to established policies and procedures as outlined in the Florida Division of Recreation and Parks’ Operations Manual; Interprets park rules pertaining to all natural, historical and archaeological facilities and resources while maintaining positive public relations; Opens and closes park facilities as required; Informs visitors of possible hazards in unimproved areas.
  • Performs other 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; natural and 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 applications.

ABILITY TO: work outdoors in adverse weather conditions: utilize herbicides for restoration of natural areas; successfully meet position-specific DRP Burn Standards for Prescribed Fire; Plan, coordinate, oversee and implement all aspects of the park’s burn program; plan, coordinate and oversee special events; evaluate and analyze data; prepare reports on a variety of programs; 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; utilize problem solving techniques; work independently; coordinate and conduct meetings, information and orientation programs; recruit, train, supervise and screen volunteers; recruit, train and supervise AmeriCorps team members; research topics and write articles and prepare environmental education and other information for dissemination; monitor, evaluate, and assess programs for effectiveness; prepare and maintain records; effectively speak in public formats; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; work rotating shifts including evenings, weekends and holidays; maintain a valid driver's license; reside on park property; successfully complete background and fingerprint check; participate in all aspects of park’s maintenance program including the maintenance and cleaning of facilities; work in the ranger station interacting with the public, accurately handling cash transactions and required reports.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Successful completion of annual moderate pack test. Prior to being hired, applicant will be given a single opportunity to take and successfully complete a supervised moderate pack test at a date and location to be announced. Pack test requires applicant to complete a two mile walk while carrying 25lbs in under 30 minutes.

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

KNOWLEDGE OF: natural and cultural resource management; volunteer organizations and program management,

SKILL IN: developing and conducting interpretive programs; operating heavy equipment, including but not limited to, tractors and backhoes; repairing small engines

ABILITY TO: fill leadership positions on prescribed fires.

SKILL AND ABILITY IN: planning, coordinating and implementing all aspects of resource management.

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