This position exists to direct and administer the Department of Natural Resources and the Division of Parks and Trails programs, activities, policies, budgets, and rules at Fort Snelling State Park, including the Upper Post Unit. This position serves to create, communicate, and implement the vision for this "Ambassador" park to become the central hub of focus and promotion of the entire system of state parks, trails, and other outdoor recreation units. This position's focus will be on both in reach and outreach to create a new identity that elevates Fort Snelling State Park as a unique and premier unit, in the state system, and will play a pivotal role in advancing efforts to become more inclusive, relevant, and diverse in our outdoor recreation offerings.
Responsibilities include: • Management of Fort Snelling State Park: Providing leadership, direction, management, and supervision. • Community and Public Relations, Partnerships, Outreach, and Visitor and Interpretive Services: Providing vision and strategic direction. • Fiscal management, policy and planning: Plan, administer, supervise and implement all aspects of fiscal management, state policy, and strategic planning in the park and Upper Post. • Personnel Management and Culture of Respect: Direct, lead, support, supervise and appraise activities and programs of all park staff. • Cultural and Natural Resource Management: Provide strong leadership in prioritizing the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the park's significant cultural and natural resources in consultation with the regional/area resource specialists. • Facility Development, Management, and Asset Prevention: Direct and administer the park's development, maintenance, and rehabilitation programs. • Safety, Enforcement and Emergency Services: Direct and administer enforcement and emergency services to resources, facilities, visitors, and staff. • Management of Trail Connection Projects: Provide high level of project management and collaboration with a complex and multi-agency set of partners in establishing a trail network of local, regional, and state segments that connect Fort Snelling State Park with existing authorized and proposed trail segments in the Minnesota and Mississippi river valleys. • Collaboration with Upper Post Redevelopment Project Manager: Provide high level of strategic direction and collaborative support to the Upper Post Project Manager in the development and reuse of the Upper Post Military Reservation at Fort Snelling.
Minimum Qualifications: A Bachelor's degree or advanced degree in natural or cultural resource management, parks and recreation, natural science, communications, public relations, business management, political science, public administration, social science or closely related field AND THREE YEARS professional level experience in a natural resources setting, agency or organization; including budget development and fiscal management, work planning and partnership and visitor management experience and THREE YEARS of supervisory experience in a governmental agency, or in a natural resource setting, organization or agency.