Organization: MetroParks of Butler County
Reports to: Senior Environmental Projects Manager
Location: Forest Run Operations Center New London Road Hamilton, OH 45013
Summary: Under the direction and general supervision of the Senior Environmental Projects Manager, the Natural Resource Crew Leader will supervise the natural resource crew and coordinate Land Stewardship activities including but not limited to the maintenance and improvement of natural areas. This is a working supervisory position and as such the Natural Resource Crew Leader performs a variety of conservation, wildlife management, invasive plant control, and manual labor tasks related to the upkeep and improvement of MetroParks natural areas.
Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities – Essential Functions:
• Land Stewardship duties include supervising staff, scheduling staff, purchasing supplies for, and performing or coordinating staff to perform: conservation, wildlife management, invasive plant control, and other natural resource management projects.
• Assists with prescribed fires and nuisance wildlife as directed.
• Use, maintain, and instruct assigned workers on equipment including: chain saws, pole saws, blowers, brush cutters, trimmers, back pack sprayers, skid sprayers, tractors, four-wheel drive utility vehicles, licensed motor vehicles as assigned, skid steers, track loaders, and attachments in a safe and professional manner.
• Use, maintain, and instruct assigned workers on hand tools including but not limited to pruners, loppers, shovels, rakes, post hole diggers, hammers, paint brushes, rollers and cleaning equipment.
• Attends meetings and/or makes presentation as a representative of MetroParks as assigned.
• Keeps written records, inventories, and makes written reports as required and/or assigned.
• Aids in general public programming and special events as assigned.
• Aids in maintenance duties including, but not limited to: litter pick up, landscape development and upkeep, cleaning and maintenance of park facilities and public areas, mowing and trimming around park grounds as needed, applying pesticides and fertilizers, shoveling and plowing snow, and assisting with parking and crowd control for special events and programs.
• Prepares and maintains facilities, equipment and assigned areas for use by performing duties such as cleaning, painting, tightening, etc.
• Maintains accurate records of tasks performed and the cost of supplies and labor associated with those tasks. Purchases supplies and materials as authorized.
• Other duties as assigned.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Ability to work unsupervised, to organize and coordinate, to prioritize and self-initiate.
• Ability to maintain confidentially on sensitive issues and non-public records.
• Ability to meet and interact with the public in a professional, helpful and pleasant manner. Acts as a good-will ambassador for the MetroParks at all times. Maintains a professional, cooperative working relationship with other staff members.
• Follows MetroParks policies in Employee Guide and other policies as applicable. Requires subordinates to operate within same guidelines.
• The ability to effectively, efficiently, and safely complete assigned tasks in a timely manner is all also required for this position.
Required Education and Experience:
• High school diploma or GED; minimum of 18 years of age at the time of employment. At least 2 years of natural resource or grounds maintenance experience with a park agency, landscape or grounds maintenance company, similar organization is preferred for this position.
• Knowledge of and ability to operate common maintenance equipment, hand tools, and recreational equipment.
• Basic computer and software competency, which includes use of email, spreadsheets, word processing and PowerPoint required.
• Good character with no history of serious criminal activity (felony convictions) is required of all persons who are candidates for employment or employees currently working under the provisions of this position description.
• A valid driver’s license with an acceptable motor vehicle record allowing insurability by the park district’s current vehicle insurance carrier under existing coverage provisions at the time of employment and thereafter. Candidates for employment may not have more than 4 total points (or equivalent penalty) issued by a recognized licensing authority for driving-related violations on their driving record at the time of employment.
Work Environment & Schedule:
This part-time position requires availability for a flexible and intermittent work schedule. Ability to work in all outside weather conditions; wet and/or humid conditions, extreme cold (below 32 F degrees) and extreme heat (above 90 F degrees). Ability to work around various outdoor contaminants, such as pesticides, herbicides, and airborne and plant allergens. Some work assignments and tasks will require exposure to and work in inclement weather conditions.
Physical Demands: General good health and ability to perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be required to sit, stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle or feel, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, talk or hear. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, peripheral vision and ability to adjust focus.
The position functions and responsibilities are illustrative only and do not represent all the duties or tasks to be assigned or performed by an employee with this position title.
Alternates to the above qualifications may be acceptable as approved by the Executive Director.