Park Manager Trainee (PA State Parks, Parks Operations and Maintenance Division)

Park Manager Trainee (PA State Parks, Parks Operations and Maintenance Division)

State of Pennsylvania | Harrisburg, PA, 17101, US
Salary Range:$31,000 – $48,000 Salary range estimated by Zippia

Posted 4 days ago

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The Bureau of State Parks, Parks Operations and Maintenance Division is looking for energetic individuals to learn the administration, operation, and maintenance of a state park or park complex.  If you are a proactive individual who enjoys both hands-on work and administration, these positions will afford you the opportunity to learn how to oversee park operations and direct a staff of hard-working, dedicated professionals.

As a Park Manager Trainee, you will be responsible for assisting established Park Managers in the administration, operation, and maintenance of various state parks as part of the training program. On occasion, heavy physical work is required, and hazardous conditions may be encountered. You will be required to work outside in varying climactic conditions, including inclement weather. Hiking, and climbing over rough terrain will be required. Attendance at meetings, public events, etc. may require working outside of your scheduled shift.


While this position is headquartered at the Parks Operations and Maintenance Division office as a trainee, you will be traveling to State Parks throughout the Commonwealth for day trips and/or overnight trips. This could be for temporary work assignments, trainings, etc.  After successful completion of the Park Manager Trainee period, you will automatically be promoted to a working level Park Manager 1, and then will apply for competitive reassignment or promotion to a Park Manager position within the Bureau of State Parks.

Interested in learning more? Additional details regarding this position can be found in the position description.

Work Schedule and Additional Information:

* Full-time employment.
* Schedule varies. Holidays, weekends, and evenings required.
* Overtime and travel required. 
* Salary: In some cases, the starting salary may be non-negotiable.
* You will receive further communication regarding this position via email. Check your email, including spam/junk folders, for these notices.


Minimum Experience and Training Requirements:

* A bachelor's degree in parks and recreation, forestry, engineering, related natural sciences, or landscape architecture; or

* An associate's degree in parks and recreation, forestry, engineering, related natural sciences, or landscape architecture, and two years of experience in the administration services, operational services, administration of the maintenance of the physical plant operations, visitor services and safety program, or environmental education services in a park or an outdoor recreational program; or

* Applicants will be considered to have met the educational requirements once they are within 3 months of graduating with a qualifying degree. or


* Four years of experience as an Administrative Assistant 1, Park Maintenance Supervisor, or Park Ranger Supervisor in a State Park or State Park Regional Office, or four years of experience as an Environmental Education Specialist 1 in the Bureau of State Parks.

Necessary Special Requirement:  

* Possession of a valid motor vehicle operator's license as issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Conditions of Employment:  

* Willingness to reside on state park grounds when housing is available.  
* Willingness to work weekends and holidays and to be on call 24 hours per day.
* Willingness to wear a prescribed uniform. 

Other Requirements:

* You must meet the PA residency requirement. For more information on ways to meet PA residency requirements, follow the link and click on Residency.
* You must be able to perform essential job functions. 

Legal Requirements:

* A conditional offer of employment will require submission of criminal history reports. See hiring agency contact information. 

How to Apply:

* Resumes, cover letters, and similar documents will not be reviewed, and the information contained therein will not be considered for the purposes of determining your eligibility for the position. Information to support your eligibility for the position must be provided on the application (i.e., relevant, detailed experience/education).
* If you are claiming education in your answers to the supplemental application questions, you must attach a copy of your college transcripts for your claim to be accepted toward meeting the minimum requirements. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.
* Your application must be submitted by the posting closing date. Late applications and other required materials will not be accepted.
* Failure to comply with the above application requirements may eliminate you from consideration for this position. 


* Pennsylvania law (51 Pa. C.S. §7103) provides employment preference for qualified veterans for appointment to many state and local government jobs. To learn more about employment preferences for veterans, go to and click the Veterans' Preference tab or contact us at

Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS): 

* 711 (hearing and speech disabilities or other individuals).

The Commonwealth is an equal employment opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workforce. The Commonwealth values inclusion as we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most qualified people to serve the citizens of Pennsylvania. The Commonwealth does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, ancestry, union membership, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, AIDS or HIV status, disability, or any other categories protected by applicable federal or state law. All diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.

* Completing the application, including all supplemental questions, serves as your exam for this position. No additional exam is required at a test center (also referred to as a written exam).
* Your score is based on the detailed information you provide on your application and in response to the supplemental questions. 
* Your score is valid for this specific posting only.
* You must provide complete and accurate information or:
* your score may be lower than deserved.
* you may be disqualified.

* You may only apply/test once for this posting.
* Your results will be provided via email.