Arizona State Parks and Trails protects and preserves 35 State Parks and Natural Areas. The agency also includes the State Trails Program, outdoor-related Grants Program, the State Historic Preservation Office, as well as the Off-Highway Vehicle Program, and more. Arizona State Parks and Trails provides over 1,400 camping and RV sites throughout the parks and manages 8 of the top 25 most visited natural attractions in Arizona. To learn more about Arizona State Parks and Trails, visit our web site at azstateparks.com.
Arizona State Parks and Trails Mission Statement: Managing and conserving Arizona's natural, cultural and recreational resources for the benefit of the people both in our park and through our partners.
Tonto Natural Bridge State Park
10 mi N. of Payson, Hwy 87
Payson, AZ 85547
Tucked away in a tiny valley surrounded by a forest of pine trees, Tonto Natural Bridge State Park has been in the making for thousands of years. It is believed to be the largest natural travertine bridge in the world. The bridge stands 183 feet high over a 400-foot long tunnel that measures 150 feet at its widest point.
Visitors can stand on top of the bridge or hike down below to capture the true size and beauty of this geologic wonder.
SUMMARY OF DUTIES
Under the direction of the Region Manager, the Park Manager is responsible for the day-to-day operation and maintenance of a recreation-based or natural resource/historic park. These responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Operates park with a business acumen and entrepreneurial spirit that focuses on revenue generation, cost effectiveness, and innovation;
Develops and manages park’s operating budget and revenue targets on a weekly, monthly and annual basis;
Develops partnerships through fostering and maintaining positive relationships with external organizations such as, but not limited to, friends groups, chambers of commerce, media, special interest groups, elected officials, and local, state and federal government agencies;
Provides excellent customer service to all visitors;
Performs administrative duties such as preparing reports, project management, and updating the park’s Annual Operating Plan;
Supervision and training (e.g., Manager-In-Training Program) of Assistant Park Managers, Park Ranger II's, Park Ranger Specialists and Volunteers;
Directs and/or performs park maintenance, improvement projects and park inventories;
Participates and represents the Agency in a variety of capacities (e.g., public meetings);
Ensures compliance with all park policies and procedures while conserving the natural resources and ensuring public safety for our customers and employees.
Successful applicants will attend the Arizona Parks Academy and will participate in the Manager-In-Training (MIT) program. This program has been developed to create a standard by which our park managers will receive training according to an established curriculum. The MIT is a program with classroom and field experience. MIT participants will be immersed in the Arizona State Parks experience, its properties and programs.
This position must be able to work weekends, holidays and evenings, and could possibly relocate to another state park seasonally and/or permanently.
Positions may require EMT or Water/Waste Water Certification. If EMT must be able to meet eligibility requirements. Housing on park may be available and may be required depending on location and availability.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES: Basic knowledge of park operational needs and quality standards; natural, recreation, and cultural resource management; grounds and facilities maintenance, construction trades (such as carpentry, masonry, electrical, and plumbing, vehicle maintenance and repair); public speaking and interpretation; visitor safety and employee safety standards; employee/volunteer management and training concepts; supervisory and managerial principles and techniques; employee performance appraisal systems and progressive discipline; rule enforcement procedures and practices; budgetary and fiscal management; computers and Microsoft Office Suite Programs (i.e. Word, PowerPoint and Excel); and AZ State Parks and Trails culture and Mission.
Skilled in work management and leadership, rule enforcement practices and techniques, interpersonal relationships, mentoring and team building, supervisory techniques, multi-tasking, responding to visitor complaints, emergency response, problem solving, prioritizing work and meeting deadlines, effective verbal and written communication, public speaking, equipment operation, and work effectively with large numbers of people.
Ability to effectively and efficiently run the park in an independent manner, speak to the general public, effectively and efficiently run park systems, maintain park facilities and equipment, train and manage volunteers and staff, identify and correct safety hazards, write reports and letters, create and track the park budget, use all Microsoft Office Suite programs, use a computer, collect and process fees using Agency computer programs and electronic processes, effectively communicate in person, in writing, and over the phone with patrons, partners, and staff, travel overnight, work and schedule staff to work holidays and weekends, respond to emergency situations, live on park (if required), relocate to another state park seasonally and or permanently on a periodic basis.
An ideal candidate would have:
Bachelor’s Degree in the area of Park Management, Natural Resource Management, Recreation, or closely related field.
Experience in park management and operations.
Employment is contingent upon completion of a post-offer medical/physical examination and the agency's ability to reasonably accommodate any restrictions.
Requires possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver's license appropriate to the assignment.
Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver's license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.).
The State of Arizona offers an outstanding comprehensive benefits package including:
Affordable medical, dental, life, and short-term disability insurance plans
Top-ranked retirement and long-term disability plans
Arizona State Parks protects and preserves 35 State Parks and Natural Areas. The agency also includes the State Trails Program, outdoor-related Grants Program, the State Historic Preservation Office, as well as the Off-Highway Vehicle Program, and more. Arizona State Parks provides over 1,400 camping and RV sites throughout the parks and manages 8 of the top 25 most visited natural attractions in ...Arizona.
Arizona State Parks Mission Statement: Managing and conserving Arizona's natural, cultural and recreational resources for the benefit of the people both in our park and through our partners.