Requisition No: 230882 

Agency: Environmental Protection

Working Title: OPS PARK SERVICES SPECIALIST – 37970053

Position Number: 37970053 

Salary:  $13.50 per hour 

Posting Closing Date: 09/16/2020 






Class Title: OPS Park Services Specialist

Position Number: 37970053

Base Salary: $13.50 per hour/ 40-hour work week

Location: St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park

                 1000 Buffer Preserve Dr.

                  Fellsmere, FL 32948                

Contact:  Dylan Gavagni, Park Manager; (321)508-4075 dylan.gavagni@floridadep.gov

Closing Date09/16/2020






An opportunity is anticipated for a self-motivated, hard-working team player, with strong resource management, visitor services, protection, and maintenance experience to fill a Park Service Specialist position at St. Sebastian River Preserve in Fellsmere/Sebastian, in both Brevard and Indian River counties. The park is 22,678 acres and provides access through over 50 miles of multi-use trails, primitive camping and a wonderful visitors center. The park is well known for its quality resource management program, with 24 natural communities there is an abundance of endangered/threatened and keystone species such as the red cockaded woodpecker, Florida scrub jay and gopher tortoise.



This position is responsible for the coordination of volunteers, Assists in designing and organizing volunteer recruitment for service programs and special events. Monitors and defines suitable park volunteer needs. Plans and conducts volunteer orientation and training sessions. Plans, organizes, and conducts in-service training programs to meet the needs of the park's employees.


Assists in maintaining resource management activities; for providing visitor education and services: for maintaining and improving operations and facilities; and for establishing and maintaining good public and volunteer relations.


Participates in planning and conducting of resource management activities by implementing resource management techniques required in managing and restoring natural communities, which includes but is not limited to participating in prescribed burning.


Assists with the assessing, planning and implementation of maintaining and improving park operations and facilities.


Provide research planning, coordination and conducts the interpretation of the natural and cultural resources within the park, including but not limited to: Roving interpretation, guided walks, campfire programs, tours, recreation skills programs and special events.


Performs other related park duties as required including but not limited to visitor services such as checking in of campers, sale of merchandise, disseminate information, and provide assistance to campers.


Plans and conducts community outreach activities to expand public understanding of the Florida Park Service resource management and protection objectives. Represents the park and Florida Park Service to outside agencies and organizations, disseminating information and promoting outdoor recreational opportunities provided by the park.


Performs related work as required.


Knowledge, skills and abilities, including utilization of equipment, required for the position:

Knowledge, skills and abilities, including utilization of equipment, required for the position: Knowledge of: Florida ecosystems and resource management techniques required to manage and or restore natural communities; cultural resource preservation and restoration techniques; effective verbal and written communication principles and techniques; facility repairs and improvements. Skilled in carpentry to be able to carry out facility repairs and improvements and cultural resource preservation and restoration. Ability to:  participate in prescribed burning; coordinate volunteer scheduling, research, plan, prepare and effectively present educational and interpretive programs; work rotating shifts including nights, weekends and holidays; maintain a valid driver's license; tractors, ATVs and 4×4 vehicles operate personal computer; successfully meet position-specific DRP Burn Standards for Prescribed Fire.


Other job-related requirements for this position:  Successful completion of annual moderate pack test.


SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:  Prior to being hired, applicant will be given a single opportunity to take and successfully complete a supervised moderate pack test at a date and location to be announced.  Pack test requires applicant to complete a two mile walk while carrying 25 lbs in less than 30 minutes.


Salary disbursements are made electronically to your banking account bi-weekly. You are encouraged to maintain a bank account that allows electronic funds transfers.





The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.