Who we are:
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is committed to its mission “To ensure a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all.” Our agency embraces the insightful use of our natural resources to assure the continued safety, happiness and prosperity of Ohio’s people.
ODNR owns and manages state parks, state forests, state nature preserves and wildlife areas. We license all hunting, fishing and watercraft; oversee and permit all mineral extraction, monitor dam safety, manage water resources and serve as the second largest Law Enforcement presence in the State of Ohio.
We are accepting applications for a Environmental Education Manager within the Division of Parks & Watercraft, headquartered in Franklin County. The address is 2045 Morse Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229. To learn more about the Division of Parks & Watercraft please visit Ohio State Parks & Watercraft.
What you will do…
Develop & maintain a statewide environmental education program for the Division of Parks & Watercraft;
Research, develop, & edit content for a variety of educational mediums;
Establish, grow & maintain partnerships with local and statewide education & environmental education groups;
Work with staff to develop, define & implement a statewide nature education scope of services;
Coordinate large-scale & local special events.
What’s in it for you…
At the State of Ohio, we take care of the team that cares for Ohioans. We provide a variety of quality, competitive benefits to eligible full-time and part-time employees. For a list of all the State of Ohio Benefits, visit our Total Rewards website! Our benefits package includes:
Quality, affordable, and competitive medical benefits are offered through the Ohio Med PPO plan.
Dental, Vision, and Basic Life Insurance
Dental, vision, and basic life insurance premiums are free after completing an eligibility period. Length of eligibility period is dependent on union representation.
Employee Development Funds
The State of Ohio offers a variety of educational and professional development funding that varies based on whether you are a union-exempt employee or a union-represented employee.
Time Away From Work and Work/Life Balance
Paid time off, including vacation, personal, and sick leave
11 paid holidays per year
Ohio Public Employees Retirement System
OPERS is the retirement system for State of Ohio employees. The employee contributes 10% of their salary towards their retirement. The employer contributes an amount equal to 14% of the employee’s salary. Visit the OPERS website for more information.
The Ohio Deferred Compensation program is a 457(b) voluntary retirement savings plan. Visit the Ohio Deferred Compensation website for more information.
Ohio is a Disability Inclusion State and strives to be a Model Employer of Individuals with disabilities. The State of Ohio is committed to providing access and inclusion and reasonable accommodation in its services, activities, programs and employment opportunities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other applicable laws.
We are ready for you!
We’re glad you’re interested in pursuing a rewarding career with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources! Exploring and protecting the natural beauty of Ohio will prove to be the most enjoyable career opportunity you will ever find!
Official Position Description:
For the Division of Parks & Watercraft, acts as statewide environmental education manager; develops & implements statewide educational programming standards &/or policies & directives; correlates environmental education programs to Ohio’s Learning Standards; researches, develops, & edits content for a variety of educational mediums (e.g., text for brochures, text & photos for displays, written training material, script for radio & video); establishes, grows & maintains partnerships with local & statewide education & environmental education groups; plans, organizes, & leads educational training sessions for staff on a variety of topics; works with staff to develop, define & implement a statewide nature education scope of services (e.g., what offerings are available, by whom, where); reviews & audits environmental education programming, providing feedback to staff & managers; coordinates large-scale & local special events; assists with tracking & providing oversight to the completion of training; maintains training budget.
Performs miscellaneous administrative duties: facilitates compliance & certifications for any environmental education or education training or programs, works with managers to contribute to annual performance audits, including creating standard performance goals for naturalists, develops, evaluates & compiles program reports, makes program recommendations, prepares correspondence, schedules external & internal instructors, prepares & maintains training documents (e.g., lesson plans & tests, schedules, educational materials, attendance rosters, brochures & pamphlets, etc.), determines needs & orders, purchases & maintains materials & equipment, creates or update standardized forms.
Serves as liaison with other divisions, state, local & federal agencies; represents division in public relations work (e.g., prepares news releases, appears on radio & TV, participates in meetings, gives speeches & presentations); coordinates workshops/meetings; handles sensitive or complex issues & complaints; represents section/division at meetings; obtains National Association of Interpreters (NAI) accreditation (after employment).
UNUSUAL WORKING CONDITIONS: Requires travel.
Completion of graduate major core program in natural resources area (e.g., parks & recreation, forestry, fisheries, wildlife, environmental, conservation biology, natural science (e.g. biology, geology, wildlife, botany, ecology, agronomy) AND 18 months experience providing education in natural resources topics (e.g., parks & recreation, forestry, fisheries, wildlife, environmental, conservation biology, natural science (e.g. biology, geology, wildlife, botany, ecology, agronomy) AND a valid driver’s license.
Completion of undergraduate major core program in natural resources area (e.g., parks & recreation, forestry, fisheries, wildlife, environmental, conservation biology, natural science (e.g. biology, geology, wildlife, botany, ecology, agronomy) AND 30 months experience providing education in natural resources topics (e.g., parks & recreation, forestry, fisheries, wildlife, environmental, conservation biology, natural science (e.g. biology, geology, wildlife, botany, ecology, agronomy) AND a valid driver’s license.
54 months training or 54 months experience providing education in natural resources topics (e.g., parks & recreation, forestry, fisheries, wildlife, environmental, conservation biology, natural science (e.g. biology, geology, wildlife, botany, ecology, agronomy) AND valid driver’s license.
6 months experience as Natural Resources Administrator 1, 22911, in assigned area AND valid driver’s license.
Equivalent of minimum class qualifications for employment noted above.
Knowledge of: employee training & development; public relations; department policies & procedures (ODNR, Parks & Watercraft)*; government structure & process (local, state, & federal rules & regulations)*; Skilled in: word processing (Microsoft Office Suite); equipment operations (personal computer, fax, copier, digital camera, audio visual equipment). Ability to: define problems, collect data, establish facts & draw valid conclusions; calculate fractions, decimals, & percentages; originate &/or edit articles for publication; prepare meaningful, concise, & accurate reports; gather, collate & classify information about data, people or things; cooperate with co-workers on group projects; prepare & deliver speeches before specialized audiences & general public; handle sensitive inquiries from & contacts with officials & general public.
*Developed after employment
Competencies: Analyzing data or information; getting information; communicating with supervisors, peers, & subordinates.
Must maintain a valid driver’s license
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is committed to providing access and inclusion and reasonable accommodation in its services, activities, programs, and employment opportunities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other applicable laws. To request a reasonable accommodation due to a disability please contact the Office of Human Resources at 614-265-6981 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Effective July 1, 2015 applicants must apply online for positions at all state agencies except the Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD).
The final candidate selected for the position will be required to undergo a criminal background check. Criminal convictions do not necessarily preclude an applicant from consideration for a position. An individual assessment of an applicant's prior criminal convictions will be made before excluding an applicant from consideration.
STATUS OF POSTED POSITIONS: Applicants can view the status of this position by logging into their user profile on the Ohio Hiring Management System [OHMS] Home page at the following link careers.ohio.gov, and selecting "My Profile".
Background Check Information
Selection devices, proficiency testing and/or assessments may be used to determine if an applicant meets and is proficient in the minimum qualifications for this position.