Idaho seeks trails-boating-recreation bureau head


December 2, 2009

Title: P & R Recreation Resources Bureau Chief - Department of Parks and Recreation

Open for Recruitment: November 20, 2009 - December 12, 2009
Announcement # 00968016676
Salary Range: $25.35 - $30.58 per hour-Plus Competitive Benefits
Location(s): Boise

The Idaho Department of Parks & Recreation is accepting applications for P & R Recreation Resources Bureau Chief to work in our headquarters office in Boise. This position’s responsibilities include management of the following programs:


• The statewide boating program which incorporates all boating safety education and awareness training, boating law enforcement training and coordination efforts;
• Supervision of the Boating Law Administrator functions in conjunction with the U.S. Coast Guard;
• Coordination of motorized off-highway vehicle (OHV), and non-motorized trails and facilities programs; 
• Construction, maintenance, grooming, safety education and awareness and user liaison programs statewide.
• The State Recreational Grants Program which includes state and federally funded programs such as Land and Water Conservation Funds, Recreational Vehicle Fund and Waterways Improvement Fund, etc.
• The Outdoor Recreation Resource Analyst, who provides outdoor recreation planning and data support to National Forests and Bureau of Land Management for Travel Plans; Director-level correspondence on federal land management planning documents assessing and addressing potential impacts and proposes mitigation measures to protect outdoor recreation opportunities.
Please visit our website at www.parksandrecreation.idaho.gov
for more detailed information about this program.
Major program responsibilities include:
• Maintaining liaison with federal, state and local agencies and ensuring that public input is solicited for relevant projects
• Evaluating existing legislation and policies and directing staff in recommending and drafting changes to legislation, rules, and policies
• Providing technical assistance and direction to agency staff, project sponsors and applicants on new and on-going projects and county programs
• Preparing, recommending and monitoring the program budget
• Establishing program objectives, policies and procedures
• Reviewing trends and working with staff to recommend changes in program planning, construction techniques and recreation philosophies
• Reviewing project proposals for overall compliance and assisting with Idaho Park and Recreation Board presentations.
Minimum qualifications include:
• Good knowledge of
• Recreation planning theory and methods
• Outdoor recreation planning criteria, design and construction methods
• State and federal management and travel planning processes and impacts on trails, boating, and recreational vehicle safety and use issues;
• Considerable knowledge of management practices
• Experience
• Supervising professional level staff
• Negotiating agreements between groups with conflicting interests
• Coordinating outdoor recreation activities with land-use agencies
• Interpreting and applying laws and regulations relating to federal, state and local recreation programs
• Evaluating laws and regulations and translating them into operational procedures
• Communicating effectively orally and in writing
Preferred candidates will have a combination of college degrees and four or more years experience working in an outdoor recreation setting (seasonal experience does not apply), with increasing responsibilities for:
• Working with the public, governmental and special interest groups to develop and negotiate agreements, programs or action plans,
• Experience drafting laws, regulations, and/or policies and working with local and state law makers to pass specific legislation or rule,
• Managing a professional level staff with a wide scope of programmatic responsibilities,
• Administering a multi-faceted budget.
NOTE:  Interviews are tentatively scheduled for January 19th and 20, 2010.  Those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted by phone and/or email the latter part of December. 

EXAMINATION:

The exam for this position is a rating of your education and experience. Scores are based on the narrative response to the questions as verified by work history, education, and resume.  Applicants must receive a minimum rating of 70 to pass this examination. Notification of your test results will be available online when the review process is completed. Applicants submitting paper applications will receive written notification of the test results.

HOW TO APPLY:

Click on the Apply Online button to the left and follow the instructions provided to complete the Application Checklist and Exam for this position. If you are unable to use the Apply Online process, you must respond to the exam questions on this announcement and complete a State of Idaho Application. For a paper application, click on Forms at the top of the screen.

When completing your online application information, please select
• Department of Parks and Recreation under "Agencies,"
• Full-time employment under "Job Type/Shift" and
• Boise under "Cities."
When updating your online application information, be sure you complete all items in the Application Checklist. Without this information, your name may not appear on the hiring list.

The Application Checklist items include:
• Personal Information
• Education
• Work History
• Cities
• Agencies
• Job type

GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT STATE EMPLOYMENT BENEFITS:  
• Retirement 
• 10 Paid Holidays 
• Health, Dental, & Optical Insurance 
• Wellness Program 
• Employee Assistance Program 
• Sick & Vacation Leave Accrual 
• Short & Long-Term Disability Life Insurance 
• Super Saver 401K

Quality of Life You Can Afford to Enjoy
• One of the Lowest Cost-of-Living States in the West
• Some of the Lowest Energy Costs in the Nation
• Opportunity to Experience and Enjoy a Variety of Seasons
• One of the lowest median house prices in the Northwest

A Great Place to Raise a Family
• Wholesome, Family-Centered Communities
• Good Schools;
• Great Year Around Recreational Opportunities for the Whole Family
• Outstanding Cultural Amenities
• Voted #2 Most Secure Place to Live

Education is a State Priority
• Sixth-Highest Literacy Rate in the Nation
• Idaho's Students Score Well Above the National Average on the SAT
• Almost every city with a population over 20,000 has a college or university.
• Nearly 64 percent of the state’s total general fund is allocated to education.
Crime Rate
• Idaho's Crime Rate is one of the Lowest in the West
• Boise a city with over 190,000 people had just 9 murders in 2007
• Idaho, with a population of 1.5 million people, had just 49 murders in 2007

Recreation
• 19 Ski Areas; 600 Miles of Nordic Trails; 464,000 Acres of Lakes and Reservoirs
• 6,000 Miles of Streams; 2,400 Miles of Rivers to Float or Boat
• 30 State Parks; 15 National Forests;
• Professional Sports

Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability. In addition, preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations. If you need special accommodations to satisfy testing requirements, please contact the Division of Human Resources.

Exam: P & R Recreation Resources Bureau Chief - TRAEX
The exam for this position is an evaluation of your related education and experience. The “typically met” statements describe the minimum level requirements for each item. Your score may be increased if you have more education, training and/or experience than is described in these statements.

For each question, please describe all of your related education, training and experience.

For any education or training, please describe the course titles, content and hours/credits/length for each.

For experience, please provide job title and describe job duties, employers and employment dates. Be sure to identify level and scope of experience.

1. Describe your knowledge of management practices AND experience managing supervisory and line staff. Experience supervising only seasonal and/or volunteer staff will not qualify.

Graduation from the Idaho State Certified Public Management Program can substitute for 1 year of experience.

When describing experience identify level and scope of experience. Be sure to include any experience supervising facility maintenance, maintaining security of establishments and facilities and providing various services to the public.

This is typically gained by at least 4 years of work experience with responsibility for all the essential elements of management, to include managing supervisory and line staff; OR a Bachelor’s degree in business administration, public administration, human resources, or a closely related field, AND 2 years of work experience with responsibility for all the essential elements of management, to include managing a supervisory and line staff.

2. Describe your knowledge of the following:

Recreation planning theory and methods;
Outdoor recreation planning criteria, design and construction methods;
State and federal management and planning processes and impacts on trails, boating and recreational vehicle safety and use issues.

Typically met by at least a Bachelor’s degree in Outdoor Recreation Management, Park and Recreation Management or closely related field and a minimum of 2 years working in a recreation program or equivalent setting with responsibilities for identifying needs, planning and constructing outdoor recreational facilities, AND experience working with state and federal management and planning processes and the assessment of environmental impact on trails, trailheads, campgrounds, docks, launch ramps, etc OR at least 4 years working in a recreation program or equivalent setting with responsibilities for identifying needs, planning and constructing outdoor recreational facilities, AND experience working with state and federal management and planning processes and the assessment of environmental impact on trails, trailheads, campgrounds, docks, launch ramps, etc.

3. Describe your experience with negotiating agreements between groups with conflicting interests.

Typically gained by approximately two years of full-time work experience negotiating actions or coordinating multi-interest committees to produce consensus or dispute resolution within the community. This experience may be as a technical advisor negotiating recreational use plans, legislative issues, rules and regulations.

4. Describe your experience evaluating, interpreting and applying laws and regulations relating to federal, state and local recreation programs.

Typically gained by at least two years of experience developing conclusions and establishing policy based on interpretation of federal or state regulations could include a primary job responsibility of interpreting laws, rules, and/or regulations to employees, special interest groups and/or the public. Scope here could be limited to one program or topic area. Experience merely following established policy does not apply.

If you have questions,
please contact us at:
(208) 514-2490
FAX: (208) 334-3751
EMAIL: jobs@idpr.idaho.gov

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