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Park & Watercraft Manager 2 - 20083778

Job Title: 
Park & Watercraft Manager 2 - 20083778
Company, Organization, or University: 
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Oregon, Ohio

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 Parks & Watercraft Manager 2 within the Division of Parks & Watercraft, headquartered at Maumee Bay State Park in Lucas county. The address is 1400 State Park Rd, Oregon, OH 43618. To learn more about Maumee Bay State Park please visit Maumee Bay State Park

What you will do…

Work outside in one of the most popular state parks in Ohio; offering excellent camping, swimming & boating opportunities
Oversee a wide-variety of ever-changing challenges related to managing all aspects of a park generating nearly 1.5 million dollars annually
Establish park goals and priorities
Serve as a direct supervisor
Provide a great public relations impact for ODNR while managing & overseeing private & state docks, cabin operations, campground operations, special events, visitor services, watercraft operations & other administrative functions
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:

Medical Coverage

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 complete 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
Childbirth/Adoption leave
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.
Deferred Compensation

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:

Plans & manages all operations of Class A park &, if assigned, oversees one (1) or more Class B park(s): coordinates & monitors complex budgetary & fiscal operations (e.g., develops annual & biennial budget requests relevant to operations, monitors approved budget for assigned park(s), reviews/approves timekeeping information, approves daily expenditures, participates in audits, reviews & analyzes park revenue including complex funding sources & multiple revenue streams); establishes goals & priorities (e.g., park development & facility utilization, preventative maintenance, human resources & strategic planning, land & water based recreational amenities, park & watercraft opportunities & programs, recommends &/or develops park & watercraft rules & regulations, develops & implements park & watercraft shoreline management plan); coordinates work performed in park & supervises assigned staff (e.g., prepares schedules, assigns job tasks, conducts performance reviews, participates in administrative investigations, disciplinary &/or grievance matters, conducts coaching &/or corrective counseling, approves leave, conducts training).

Manages facilities & equipment (e.g., monitors facility cleanliness, oversees fleet & equipment management, monitors infrastructure, conducts inventory (e.g., equipment, marinas, buildings, campsites), inspects or assists in inspection of park & watercraft infrastructure) & manages park & watercraft resources (e.g., schedules complex maintenance operations (e.g., water/waste water plants, lift stations, electrical issues, high volume of full-hook up campsites); monitors consumables, monitors boundaries for encroachments, purchases support services, oversees beach & lake management, over-sees pesticide application); oversees revenue generating operations including year-round overnight facilities (e.g., campgrounds, cabins, pools, concessions, marinas, boating registrations) & oversees contract compliance; coordinates with concession partners (e.g., ensures concessionaires are contractually compliant (e.g., properties, items & services), monitors all maintenance/repair/replacement items purchased/inventoried, assists with visitor complaints or concerns); coordinates capital projects at assigned location & updates stakeholders on park improvements; ensures public & employee safety (e.g., participates in concession reviews or inspections to ensure health & safety standards are in place, routinely liaises with law enforcement personnel due to in-creased volume of criminal complaints & personal injury incidents, identifies & mitigates safety hazards, participates in the development of emergency action plans, conducts safety meetings, implements & promotes safety procedures, con-firms compliance with regulatory requirements, provides visitor assistance as needed, monitors special event safety, facilitates weather emergencies, identifies need for temporary closure); operates equipment (e.g., state vehicle, watercraft, hand & power tools, personal protective equipment, tractors, mowers, all-terrain vehicles) to conduct work throughout park(s) & demonstrate equipment use & maintenance to staff.

Manages customer service (e.g., addresses visitor concerns &/or issues, manages employee interaction with public, resolves park & water use conflicts, solicits & implements customer feedback & recommendations, provides information & education); manages stakeholder relationships (e.g., concessionaires &/or contractors, interacts with friends groups, partners with local communities & organizations, oversees community projects, monitors volunteer activities, interacts with government agencies, cooperates with sister agencies, participates in community outreach); coordinates with concession partners in organizing most complex park & watercraft activities & special events (e.g., firework shows, trail &/or boat races, triathlons, hikes, permitted activities); tracks visitor attendance both day use & overnight; develops new customer programs, educational programs & special events; coordinates public relations & communications duties (e.g., participates in public speaking engagements, develops informational materials, conducts public information meetings, researches & develops marketing strategies, maintains website & social media, addresses media at local level).

Performs administrative duties (e.g., reviews reports, develops & solicits competitive bids, applies for grants & tracks grant spending, selects vendors, participates in recruitment & selection of employees, conducts staff meetings & attends department meetings, participates in in-service training seminars &/or conferences, represents chief at meetings, coordinates park & watercraft activities with other districts & /or divisions & offices; serves on agency committees).


Positions operating watercraft must complete boat operator education course per Ohio Revised Code 1547.05.


May be called 24 hours per day, 7 days per week; may work evenings, weekends &/or holidays; may be exposed to chemical spray, dirt, dust fumes & noise, unpleasant odors, human & animal waste; may be exposed to dangerous machinery; may work in or near water; works outside to include walking long & short distances, climbing & navigating rough terrain, steep slopes & embankments & exposure to outdoor elements (e.g., inclement weather, animals, insects, poison ivy); may be exposed to unsafe conditions.


Completion of graduate core program in natural resources management, parks & recreation management, facility management, hospitality management, business or public administration; 12 mos. supervisory exp.; valid driver’s license.

-Or completion of undergraduate core program in natural resources management, parks & recreation management, facility management, hospitality management, business or public administration; 12 mos. exp. in natural resources management, parks & recreation management, facility management, hospitality management, business or public administration; 12 mos. supervisory exp.; valid driver’s license.

-Or 36 mos. trg. or exp. in natural resources management, parks & watercraft management, facility management, hospitality management, business or public administration; 12 mos. supervisory exp.; valid driver’s license.

-Or 12 mos. exp. as Park & Watercraft Manager 1, 22516; valid driver’s license.

-Or equivalent of Minimum Class Qualifications for Employment noted above.

Knowledge of business development & administration; management science or public administration; project management*; recreation management; facility management; hospitality management; event management; budgeting; supervision; employee training & development; public relations; interviewing; computer software & hardware (e.g., ERP systems*); applicable agency, state &/or federal laws, policies, procedures & standards*; skilled & semi-skilled trade procedures (e.g., water/wastewater management, carpentry, plumbing, heating, electrical)*; safety practices & procedures (e.g., employee safety, equipment operations)*.

Skill in communicating with park visitors; conflict resolution; equipment maintenance & operation as assigned (e.g., facilities management (maintenance & repair of infrastructure); related skilled & semi-skilled trades (e.g., lock administration, water quality & management)*; use of office equipment (e.g., telephone, photocopier, fax machine, cash register, calculator, personal computer).

Ability to plan, assign, supervise & evaluate the work of staff &/or contractors; plan & coordinate special events; apply laws, policy, procedures & standards pertaining to agency operations; define problems, collect data, establish facts & draw valid conclusions to make operational decisions; maintain accurate records; prepare & deliver speeches before general public; respond to questions regarding outdoor recreation; handle routine &/or sensitive inquiries from general public; establish & maintain working relationships; demonstrate professionalism & exceptional customer service; engage in physical activities (e.g., walking, climbing, navigating uneven or rough terrain).

(*) Developed after employment.

Competencies: Organizing, Planning & Prioritizing Work; Monitor Processes; Making Decisions & Problem Solving.

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 Office of Human Resources at 614-265-6981 or

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, and selecting "My Profile".

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, October 5, 2022
Application Instructions: 
Go to our website and follow application instructions answering all questions fully
Dana Smith