- Hourly / - BiWeekly /
- Monthly / $38,601.00-$61,038.00 Yearly
A Park Services Associate I is the intermediate level of work in the operation of a State park. Employees interpret and apply Park rules and regulations to ensure voluntary compliance with park standards, coordinate forest and park programs, and inform visitors of forest and park resources. Employees in this classification do not supervise, but may provide guidance to seasonal employees and volunteers.
Employees in this classification receive moderate supervision from a Park Services Associate Supervisor or other designated administrator. Employees may be required to work evenings, weekends, and holidays and may be subject to call-in based on staffing needs. The work is performed indoors and in the field under various weather conditions. The work requires lifting objects weighing twenty-five pounds or more and traveling throughout the State. Employees may be required to wear protective clothing and equipment, carry specialized tools, walk over uneven and rocky surfaces and bend or stoop in confined spaces.
Positions in this classification are evaluated using the Classification Job Evaluation Methodology. The use of this method involves comparing the assigned duties and responsibilities of a position to the job criteria found in the Nature of Work and Examples of Work sections of a class specification.
The Park Services Associate Trainee, Park Services Associate I, and the Park Services Associate II are differentiated on the basis of degree of supervisory control exercised by the supervisor over these employees. The Park Services Associate Trainee learns to perform duties under close supervision, the Park Services Associate I performs duties under close supervision at times and under general supervision at other times depending on the complexity of the specific duty being performed, and the Park Services Associate II performs the full range of duties under general supervision.
Interprets and applies park rules and regulations along with Natural Resources Park Police and other law enforcement agencies: Collects fees and prepares receipts for various permits issued to park visitors;
Directs traffic to maintain a safe and smooth flow of pedestrian and vehicular traffic;
Inspects concession areas for compliance with lease or permit conditions;
Inspects all park facilities and grounds for compliance of approved standards for safety and cleanliness;
Compiles park use statistics, keeps records and prepares reports of area activities;
Researches and analyzes the effects of area activities, such as hiking, biking, and camping, and any proposed activities on the park environment and resources and makes appropriate recommendations;
Monitors and reports on water quality, erosion, visitor impact and other conditions, identifies problems that can be corrected by immediate action, takes appropriate steps as needed, and reports more complex problems;
Prepares correspondence in response to inquiries about the park and its resources;
Plans the day-to-day activities of a recreational area providing facilities, such as camping and water-based recreation;
Contributes text to create and revise interpretive materials, such as guidebooks, handouts, exhibits and web pages;
May perform various tasks related to park operations, in developed and undeveloped areas, including interpretation, coordinating and managing special events such as athletic races, fairs and fishing events; collecting user fees; coordinating volunteer programs and serving as liaison with groups and organizations supporting the park services system; and providing assistance to, and answering questions from, visitors to the park system;
May respond to events in the park including visitor and natural emergencies and maintenance and use of park facilities;
May provide advice and direction to other State park employees, volunteers and seasonal workers employed in the State park system;
May assist in budget preparation by providing budgetary estimates pertaining to program, equipment, and maintenance needs for a specific area of park operations;
Performs other related duties.
Knowledge of principles and practices of park operations;
Knowledge of the State’s historical, cultural, recreational, biological and geological features;
Knowledge of natural resources management, principles, and practices;
Knowledge of the State budgeting, procurement and personnel management practices and regulations;
Skill in interpreting features of parks and lands in Maryland so that material may be understood by the general public;
Ability to comprehend park rules, regulations, policies, procedures, goals and objectives of the Department of Natural Resources;
Ability to react quickly and calmly during emergency situations;
Ability to investigate complaints and accidents occurring on park property;
Ability to inspect buildings and structures for safety hazards and initiate required corrective action;
Ability to learn to prepare clear and accurate written reports;
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
Ability to learn to use special equipment and tools;
Ability to work alone in isolated areas;
Ability to endure vigorous physical activity for prolonged periods;
Ability to plan, develop and organize a variety of formal and interpretative services;
Ability to work well with others.
Education: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in the field of park operations, recreation, education, business administration, forestry, social sciences, history or a natural resources or history related field.
Experience: One year of experience in forest or park management, recreation, or natural resources management, or preparing, developing or delivering programs that interpret natural, historical, cultural or recreational features. Notes:
1. Candidates may substitute a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in the field of park management, recreation, education, business administration, forestry, social sciences or a natural resources related field for one year of the required experience.
2. Candidates may substitute experience in park management, recreation or a natural or cultural resources related field on a year-for-year basis for the required education.
3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in management and program clerical and assistance classification or management and program clerical and assistance specialty codes in the general, administrative, clerical, and office services field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.