Parks Seasonal Hiring Opportunities

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Ohio’s 74 state parks provide more than 1,000 miles of woodland trails and 64 lakes where visitors can hike, bike, boat, swim, fish, hunt or just unwind and enjoy nature. Recreational facilities include 18-hole golf courses, disc golf, dog parks, archery ranges and more. Ohio State Parks also offer theme campouts, special events and celebrations of Ohio’s heritage, along with fun and educational naturalist programs. Gathering spaces, from outdoor picnic shelters and gazebos to meeting rooms and day lodges, provide places for families and groups to host reunions and special functions in scenic settings. Most of our park areas are open year-round, and admission is free. Fifty-six Ohio State Park campgrounds offer camping experiences as diverse as the parks, with a mix of secluded tent sites and rustic facilities, as well as electric and full hookup sites in campgrounds with all the amenities. Dozens of getaway rentals provide a handy and affordable option for a vacation or weekend outing. Hundreds of woodland and lakeside vacation cottages offer the comforts of home, close to outdoor adventures. Guest rooms in eight full-service lodge and conference centers promise a relaxing escape surrounded by natural beauty.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Parks & Recreation 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, Naturalist Aides 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 ($8.10/hr):
Natural Resources Specialists work throughout the park and primarily perform Unskilled Conservation 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).

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 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 rescue swimmers in distress, enter water to aid potential drowning victims, use rescue equipment (e.g., rescue tube, rescue board, boat) to pull swimmers to safety. They perform emergency first aid (e.g., administers CPR, holds compress to bleeding area, covers victim). They guard designated swimming areas 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 park officer for enforcement. They clear swimming area & coordinate 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 area (e.g., picks up litter, empties trash containers, checks restrooms & vending machines).

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: 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

NATURALIST AIDE ($15.47/hr):
Naturalist Aides develops interpretive programs (e.g., park history & ecosystems (both plants & animals) for state parks and preserves. Serves as a tour guide and takes park guests through nature centers (e.g., small cabins, barns, buildings containing small animals & plant life) and tours of park lands to include natural areas/preserves. Develops cooperative environmental education programs and researches park natural history to present talks/seminars on guided hikes, tours of park natural areas &/or slide programs. Prepares & presents speeches, seminars & slide demonstrations before large & small audiences; assembles slides in park files & collates slide program sequences.

In addition, the position is responsible for administrative duties which include recording program attendance, ordering office supplies, materials & equipment to make nature displays. Remove debris from nature trails to include picking up litter & noting & documenting potential hazards. Cleans & removes litter from nature centers/office spaces. Cares for live animals used in nature centers and maintains cleanliness of animal care equipment.

MINIMUM CLASS QUALIFICATIONS FOR EMPLOYMENT: 1 course or 3 mos. exp. in biology; 1 course or 3 mos. exp. in botany; 1 course or 3 mos. exp. in zoology; 1 course or 3 mos. exp. in outdoor safety practices; 1 course or 3 mos. exp. in public relations.


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.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Division of Parks & Recreation’s administrative offices are located at 2045 Morse Rd, in Columbus Ohio with State Park and Natural Area & Preserves located statewide.


Map of State of Ohio Parks

Questions about this information can be directed to the Office of Human Resources, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 614-265-6981

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