Job Code Pay Scale Group Pay Scale Type Bargaining Unit Civil Service or Non-Civil Service Last Executive Board Change Executive Board Change History
54320 06 ST B3 C 811-04 06/30/2023
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JOB CODE: 54320

SERIES NATURE OF WORK: The Park Manager job series describes professional work managing state parks for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR).

DEFINITION: This is professional work managing operations, maintenance, and related recreational and educational activities in a state park with budgetary and operational factors totaling a weighted point average of 109 or below in the DCNR park weighting system.

An employee in this job manages state park operations, including physical plant administration and maintenance, visitor services and safety, and environmental education. Work involves directing the maintenance of park grounds, structures, facilities, and equipment; recommending and implementing park operations policies; managing operational budgets; evaluating activities for compliance to park standards; and managing concession, recreational, and educational activities to ensure optimum use of facilities. Work includes communicating with the public to exchange information, ensuring compliance with park rules and regulations, and coordinating emergency response activities or search and rescue operations. Work is assigned in the form of broad goals and objectives and is reviewed by a professional supervisor for quality of results attained.

EXAMPLES OF WORK: (NOTE: The examples of work are representative of the work, but every position classified to this job may not perform all examples of work listed. Conversely, this is not an all-inclusive list of work examples.)

• Manages and supervises state park operations and staff, including physical plant administration, operation, and maintenance; visitor services and safety; recreational planning and facility scheduling; and environmental education.

• Determines purchasing and budgetary needs, prepares purchase and budget requests, and monitors expenditures according to the approved budget.

• Prepares contracts for park services, such as garbage disposal, latrine pumping, plumbing, and electrical maintenance services.

• Develops plans to remodel, construct, renovate, or repair park facilities and structures by determining equipment, supplies, and workforce needs; estimating costs of supplies, equipment, and payroll hours; and reviewing and commenting on plans for major park development or construction.

• Develops, reviews, and implements proposed park fees, regulations, policies, procedures, and standards.

• Manages concessionaire and activity-related lease compliance by monitoring rental payments, conducting on-site inspections, and confirming required insurance coverage is maintained.

• Facilitates recreational and educational activities by preparing special use agreements, determining activities permitted and facilities available, and explaining park-provided services.

• Administers the security and visitor services program by answering questions from the public, ensuring park facilities are used in a safe manner, and monitoring adherence to park rules and regulations.

• Ensures all park grounds, structures, facilities, and equipment are properly maintained according to the park maintenance program.

• Prepares letters, reports, and correspondence.

• Operates motor vehicles to travel to various work sites.

• Performs the full range of supervisory duties.

• An employee in this job may participate in the performance of their subordinates’ work consistent with operational or organizational requirements.

• Performs related work as required.


• Knowledge of the principles and practices of outdoor recreation.

• Knowledge of park programs, regulations, policies, procedures, guidelines, and standards.

• Knowledge of the principles and practices of park operations, maintenance, safety, and construction.

• Knowledge of safety principles and practices used in responding to emergency situations.

• Knowledge of the basic techniques, tools, and equipment used in the plumbing, electrical, and mechanical trades.

• Knowledge of the principles and practices used in construction project planning and management.

• Knowledge of budgeting principles and practices.

• Knowledge of the use and functionality of Microsoft Office Suite software.

• Ability to perform math functions including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

• Ability to develop and deliver formal presentations.

• Ability to operate a motor vehicle.

• Ability to communicate effectively in writing.

• Ability to communicate effectively orally.

• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

MINIMUM EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING: (NOTE: Based on the Entry Level Knowledges, Skills, and Abilities)

• Successful completion of the Park Manager Trainee program (commonwealth title);


• One year of professional experience managing physical plant operations, visitor services, safety services, or environmental education in a public park or recreation area; and a bachelor's degree in parks and recreation, forestry, engineering, natural sciences, landscape architecture, or a closely related field;


• One year of professional experience managing physical plant operations, visitor services, safety services, or environmental education; and four years of paraprofessional or technical experience providing administrative, maintenance, visitor, safety, or environmental education services in a public park or recreation area;


• An equivalent combination of experience and training.


• All positions require possession of an active motor vehicle license.

• All employees must pass psychological testing (Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI)). Failure to pass this test is a basis for removal from the position.

• All employees must pass Pennsylvania State Police and FBI criminal background checks. A record of conviction of a criminal offense for which more than one year in prison can be imposed as punishment is a basis for removal from the position.

• Employees in certain positions must obtain commission as a State Park Officer that includes powers of arrest and maintain this commission during employment in this job. Training will be provided by the Department.

• Employees in certain positions must obtain valid certification in standard first aid and adult, child, and infant CPR approved by the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, or equivalent. Training will be provided by the Department.