Park Manager

Do you have experience leading successful park operations in large and complex management units? Do you use your excellent communication skills to build relationships with internal and external customers?

If this sounds like you, come join our leadership team as Park Manager 3 for Fort Stevens State Park Management Unit and support one of Oregon’s greatest resources – State Parks!

Our Mission

OPRD’s mission is to provide and protect outstanding natural, scenic, cultural, historic and recreational sites for the enjoyment and education of present and future generations.

Our Operating Principles

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) believes Operating Principles are core values that, if mutually accepted and supported by all employees, will create a connected, respectful, and trusting work environment. Our Operating Principles are: Accountability, Commitment, Empathy, Empowerment, Fun, Integrity, Respect, & Well-being.

What you will do:

As the Park Manager 3 in the Fort Stevens State Park Management Unit you will manage and provide leadership to the team responsible for Fort Stevens Overnight Camp, Fort Stevens Day Use, Fort Stevens Historic Area, Bradley Wayside, Delaura Beach, Sunset Beach SRA and Fort to Sea Trail, Del Rey Wayside, Gearhart Ocean Wayside, and the Ocean Shore area from Tillamook Head to the South Jetty. This management unit includes 532 campsites and six day-use areas, including a Historic Military Museum, over 32 miles of bicycle and hiking trails, a fresh-water lake, Ocean Shore area, and numerous picnic units, which receive approximately 214,000 camper nights and 1.36 million visits annually.

In this role, you will:

  • Plan and supervise the maintenance, operation, interpretation, rehabilitation and construction activities for all park properties within the management unit
  • Lead the management unit by supervising individuals and teams directly and through subordinates; build a talent pipeline through hiring staff, providing performance coaching/evaluations and training employees
  • Plan the management unit goals, objectives, and budget including staffing, maintenance, operations, new construction, repair and restoration, acquisition, capital and fleet equipment needs; ensuring that budget expenditure controls, monitoring systems, purchasing and contracting procedures are followed
  • Ensure up-to-date maintenance and operations plans including emergency procedures, water and sewer system maintenance plans, integrated pest management programs and preventative maintenance programs; maintain a current maintenance management plan (MMP) and Project and Facilities Management Plan (PFMS) for all park areas within the management unit
  • Develop specific plans for the completion of all management unit projects and programs, including employee, material, equipment and budget needs
  • Provide opportunities for and actively seek volunteer participation in park projects and visitor services programs
  • Develop special events and programs in cooperation with OPRD and Coastal Region Visitor Services Teams to attract park visitors and provide recreational opportunities and the interpretation of natural and cultural resources.
What we are looking for (Desired Attributes):

The following are skills that we have identified as key to success in this Park Manager 3 role at OPRD. These are the attributes we are looking for in our top candidate. If you have these skills, please let us know in your application.

  • Experience managing very large, complex or numerous park properties, by determining the methods, means and personnel by which park operations should successfully be carried out
  • Experience managing and assigning work to employees
  • Experience evaluating the effectiveness of processes and projects, and in recommending changes for improvement
  • Skill in developing and maintaining positive working relationships with internal and external customers such as neighboring property owners, agency staff and local government representatives
  • Experience working within collective bargaining agreements
  • Experience preparing large biennial management unit budgets and operating within budgetary limits
What's in it for you:

This is a fantastic opportunity to support millions of visitors connecting with the best state park system in America. You will work with a team of supportive, talented and highly motivated professionals. And, you’ll receive a fantastic benefits packaging including:

  • Comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans for the employee and qualified family members
  • Paid sick leave, vacation, personal leave and 10 paid holidays per year
  • Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP).
Minimum Qualifications:
  • To qualify for this role, you need a Bachelor's degree in Park and Recreation Administration, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Studies or a related field and 3 years of experience as a Park Manager or equivalent natural resource manager;
  • Or Six years of progressively responsible experience as a Park Manager or equivalent natural resource manager

How to Apply:

  • Ensure that your application materials clearly demonstrate how your experience and education meet the desired attributes, duties, and qualifications listed above for the position. Candidates whose training and/or experience most closely meet the needs and desired attributes of the position, may be invited for an interview.
  • External Applicants: Click on the “Apply” link and submit your application. View this video for help.
  • Internal Applicants (Current State of Oregon employees): Apply via your employee Workday account. View this job aid for help.

After You Apply – Action Required:

  • Log in to your Workday account before the job announcement closes to see if you have any pending tasks or actions. These can be found under the “My Applications” section.
  • Make sure to complete these tasks or actions before the job announcement closes. Be sure to check both your email and Workday account for updates regarding this recruitment.
  • Eligible veterans will be given veterans' preference. If claiming veterans’ preference please be sure to check your Workday account for pending tasks or actions under your “My Applications” section – this is where you will be asked to upload your qualifying preference documentation after you apply.

Additional Information:

  • This position is full-time, permanent, and is located at Fort Stevens State Park.
  • This position is management service and is not represented by a union.
  • Please save a copy of this job announcement for your reference, as it may not be available for you to view after the job closes.
  • You may be asked to complete a skills assessment or submit a writing sample as part of the application screening process.
  • Oregon Parks & Recreation Department does not offer visa sponsorships. Within three days of hire, all applicants will be required to complete the US Department of Justice Form I-9, confirming authorization to work in the United States. Oregon Parks and Recreation Department uses E-Verify to confirm that applicants are authorized to work in the United States.

Special Requirements:

  • To be hired, you must have a criminal records and driving records check that meets OPRD criteria at the time of hire, and throughout employment.
  • You must have a valid driver’s license at the time of hire and throughout employment
  • Must obtain First Aid/CPR Certification and OPRD Enforcement Officer Status after appointment

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