Please remember to attach the required documents, as separate documents, Cover Letter, Resume and Supplemental Questions listed in this announcement. Applications missing the requested documents will be considered incomplete and may not progress further in the process. Documents not requested will not be considered in the recruitment process. This position closes at 11:59 PM Mountain Time on January 20, 2019. You must apply through the State of Montana Career site.
1. How have you successfully managed interpretive service programs for an organization? In your response include examples that illustrate your specific experience in interpretive program planning, delivery and evaluation. Describe any experience you have with developing interpretive and/or education programming at a systemic level.
2. How have you developed policy or guidelines for a volunteer program? Describe your experience with volunteer program management; include examples of effective volunteer recruitment, retention and recognition efforts that you have been responsible for.
3. Do you have experience with National Community Service programs such as AmeriCorps or VISTA? Describe your level of involvement and responsibility associated with the program.
Identity of applicants who become finalists may be released to the public if the Department deems it necessary. Employees who exceed 1,040 hours in a calendar year are also provided health, dental and life insurance. Other benefits include retirement, paid vacation, sick and holidays. This position may be covered by a VEBA (Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association).
A successful applicant will be subject to a background investigation.
Women and minorities are under-represented in this job category and are encouraged to apply.
The Parks Division is responsible for conserving the scenic, historic, archaeological, scientific, and recreational resources of the state, and for providing for their use and enjoyment. The program includes operation, maintenance, and administration of all Montana State Parks and affiliated lands.
The Division and Regional Park units actively manage “volunteers in parks” and AmericCorps programs, direct park friends and support groups, host special events, administer commercial uses, enlist community members with park planning, and engage local communities through natural and historical education and interpretation of the resources we manage.
Describe the Job’s Overall Purpose:
This position coordinates the state parks interpretive and educational services; volunteers in parks; and AmeriCorps programs. The incumbent serves as a subject expert and provides statewide leadership in these programs through training and mentoring of regional field staff. The position is supervised by the Operations Bureau Chief and is located in the Helena Parks Division Office.
The position is based in Helena, MT a community known for its prime location to a multitude of outdoor recreational opportunities. From hiking, biking or skiing in the surrounding mountains the land and waters accessible near Helena offer a magnificent way to experience Montana. As the Capital City of Montana, Helena's high quality of living attracts and retains excellent employees who enjoy the area's unique recreational opportunities, excellent public school system and cultural amenities.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
This position requires knowledge and skills in the following disciplines: The principles of interpretation; interpretive exhibit and media design; public education system curriculum design; facilitation and public process management; parks and outdoor recreation management principles and best practices; volunteer management principals and best practices; planning theories, methods, and terminology; comprehensive management systems; program evaluation; survey design and analysis; public involvement techniques and how and when to apply them appropriately; conflict management; consensus building; budget administration; human resource management and supervisory skills; Montana Environmental Policy Act; National Community Service Trust Act; FWP and Parks Division policies; and the interrelationship between planning, management, policy development, and field operations.
The position requires excellent writing and organizational skills; public speaking and interpersonal communication skills; training agenda and curriculum development; training and conference planning and facilitation skills; the capacity to effectively develop and use audio-visual aids; employee supervision skills; contract management skills; personal computer software utilization skills (e.g., word processing, graphics, spreadsheets, databases); and the capacity to prioritize, manage, and complete a variety of competing tasks, often under pressure.
The position requires the ability to quickly develop creative solutions to problems in a changing, inter-disciplinary environment. The ability to learn new material, explain it to others, and effectively integrate it with existing information affecting division programs is also essential. The position requires the capacity to work with a diversity of personalities at various levels inside and outside the agency, in order to complete complex projects, including work plans and timelines. The incumbent must possess the ability to effectively delegate and make assignments for different components of a large project. The ability to see a large and time-consuming project through from beginning to end is essential.
Minimum Qualifications (Education and Experience):
The knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for this position are typically acquired through a Masters degree in parks & recreation management; outdoor recreation planning; policy development; social science; cultural or natural resource interpretation or management, or related fields.
Other methods of obtaining necessary qualifications may include a Bachelors degree in a related field with 3 to 5 or more years of recreation management and outdoor recreation planning & research related work experience. Other methods may also apply.
Additional Salary Information: Health Insurance, Paid Leave and Holidays, Retirement Plan
Internal Number: 18143156
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