Parks Seasonal Hiring Opportunities

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The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Parks & Watercraft utilizes seasonal employees to meet the operational requirements during the busy recreational season. These positions are located statewide (e.g., State Parks including campgrounds, preserves, beaches, nature centers, marinas) and include Natural Resources Specialists and Lifeguards. All positions are unclassified (i.e., no civil service protection), are seasonal in nature (work a specified period of time), do not earn benefits and are subject to pre-employment State of Ohio Criminal Background Check.

Specific job duties and schedules may vary from location to location. The following is a brief description of the duties performed by each position type.

Natural Resources Specialist ($9.25/hr):

Natural Resources Specialists work throughout the park and primarily perform unskilled work (e.g., mows grass, trims bushes, paints, builds and/or repairs boardwalks, trails & fencing, pick-up liter). In addition, they may pick-up trash and/or empty trash receptacles outdoors and clean park facilities (e.g., empty trash, clean restrooms &/or shower houses, sweep floor).

* High School students’ (at least 16 yrs. as of hire date) with duty assignments restricted to providing assistance in a camp store or park office.

EQUIPMENT OPERATION: power tools, push mowers, string trimmers, hedge trimmers, z-turn and front mount mowers, pick-up trucks, two-way radios.

DUTY ASSIGNMENTS & SCHEDULE: may v may vary from day to day based on assigned Park Operations.

Lifeguard ($10.32/hr):

First and foremost, Lifeguards are responsible for ensuring the safety of parks guests in and around designated swimming areas within the park. They rescues swimmers in distress, enter water to aid potential drowning victims, use rescue equipment (e.g., rescue tube, rescue board, boat) to pull swimmer to safety. They perform emergency first aid (e.g., administers CPR, holds compress to bleeding area, covers victim). They guards designated swimming area against drowning & related accidents, advises public of pertinent provisions of Ohio Revised Code & Division rules & policies and request compliance with laws & rules and can summon natural resources officer for enforcement. They clear swimming area & coordinates beach patrons into human chain to search designated swimming areas & locate underwater drowning victims.

In addition, they attend training sessions, complete waterfront incident report forms and, inspect safety equipment for any needed repairs. Maintain beach & pool area (e.g., picks up litter, empties trash containers, checks restrooms & vending machines).

QUALIFICATIONS: Must Must be at least 16 years of age (as of date of hire), American Red Cross lifeguard training certificate or American Red Cross lifeguard training certificate 2, YMCA - National YMCA lifeguard certificate, Boy Scouts Of America - BSA lifeguard certificate or BSA aquatic instructor certificate, Ellis & Associates - national pool & watermark lifeguard training certificate, or nationally recognized equivalent; CPR (i.e., cardio-pulmonary resuscitation) certificate


Pre-Employment Criminal Background Check

The final candidate selected for a 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. If selected, you will receive an email from OpenOnline, the vendor under contract with the State of Ohio to conduct criminal background checks.


All State of Ohio Employees have two choices of how to receive their wages:

1. Direct Deposit – You have the option to have your paycheck electronically deposited directly into an account of your choice (e.g., checking, savings, credit union, etc.).

2. Payroll Card - The Key2Payroll card is a prepaid debit card issued by KeyBank, providing you with secure, convenient access to your pay. The Key2Payroll card is electronically reloadable by your employer and works similarly to other debit cards. Your money is electronically loaded to your card and available upon load, you gain quick and easy access to your funds without waiting in line to cash or deposit a check and this lower cost alternative allows you to save money by avoiding check cashing fees

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