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Park Supervisor - Forester

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS: This is an important supervisory position, involving responsibility for assisting in the formulation and implementation of plans for the development, maintenance and use of County parks and forest areas.  Work is carried out under the general supervision of the County Highway Superintendent, according to generally established policies and procedures, but considerable latitude is permitted for the use of individual initiative in determining work methods and project priorities.  Supervision may be exercised over subordinate personnel.  Does related work, as required.

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES:
Supervises and actively participates in the work of developing and maintaining county parks and forests;
Manages the work of protecting, developing, maintaining and administering county park and forest areas; plans programs and projects in conjunction with the County Highway Superintendent; lays out the work of others; makes regular inspections;
Supervises the maintenance of park facilities and infrastructure; repair, painting, storing of tables, picnic and recreation equipment; removal of garbage and trash; snow clearance; grass cutting; supervises the operation of saws and delivery of wood to fireplaces; provides first aid for the public;
Executes the plans of the County Highway Superintendent for the construction of new buildings, roads and repairs, trails, sewers, drain ditches, construction of fireplaces, bridges, recreational equipment and other projects as needed;
Supervises the physical care of the park and forest, including planting and trimming trees; pest eradication; control of tree diseases; landscaping and park beautification projects;
Plans and supervises a program of park protection against fire and natural disaster response; assigns workers; performs regular patrols; inspects and maintains fire fighting equipment; utilizes public appeal methods, such as posting notices;
Develops environmental awareness and education programs for schools, youth groups, adults and general public at the Interpretive Center; establishes connections with existing community groups and organizations, such as the Genesee County Cornell Cooperative Extension, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Soil and Water Conservation District, GLOW Solid Waste Management, Genesee Valley BOCES and the Genesee Community College;
Requisitions supplies, materials, equipment and labor; maintains park equipment inventory; park equipment; handles related correspondence;
Supervises enforcement of park rules and regulations; parking of cars; quieting of disturbances; assigns workers to direct traffic; approves permits and applications;
Confers regularly with the County Highway Superintendent on preparation of reports and budget requirements, for recommendations on park facilities and infrastructure and execution of programs;

Applies for grants and other outside funding avenues to promote park improvements and to support environmental educational initiatives.

The above examples of duties are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES, AND/OR PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS: Thorough knowledge of the operation, maintenance and repair of park facilities and infrastructure; thorough knowledge of tools, techniques and terminology involved in park maintenance and forestry; thorough knowledge of environmental and conservation terminology, education, and procedures; working knowledge of forestry and landscape architectural procedures; ability to develop environmental education programs; ability to develop construction schedules and implement cost controls; ability to plan and supervise the work of park maintenance personnel; ability to read and interpret plans, blueprints and specifications; ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions; ability to maintain simple records and to prepare reports; industry and dependability; initiative and resourcefulness.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms.  The employee constantly is required to stand; walk; and use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls.  The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in outside weather conditions.  The employee is frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions.  The employee is occasionally exposed to risk of electrical shock.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Graduation from high school or possession of an appropriate equivalency diploma recognized by the NYS Department of Education, AND EITHER:

  1. Possession of a Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited or NYS registered college or university in Forestry, Natural Resource Conservation, Landscape Architecture or related field;
    OR:
  2. Possession of an Associate’s Degree from a regionally accredited or NYS registered college or university in Forestry, Natural Resource Conservation, Landscape Architecture, or related field, AND two (2) years of full-time, paid experience in forestry or park maintenance, conservation, environmental education, park and recreation management, or landscape operations, one year of which shall have been in a supervisory or administrative capacity;
    OR:
  3. Any equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of (A) and (B) above.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT FOR APPOINTMENT AND CONTINUED EMPLOYMENT:
Possession of an appropriate valid New York State Driver’s License.