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Please complete all sections of the online application even if a resume is attached.
Please include with your completed application packet: College Transcripts (unofficial are accepted), and a letter of interest.
Please complete the Supplemental Question (please limit response to no more than 500 words).
Incomplete applications may be disqualified.
Complete job description available upon request to the Department of Human Resources.


Performs professional duties in the administration and operations of Missoula County’s system of parks, trails, conservation, and other county lands managed by the Parks, Trails and Open Lands Program (PTOL). 

Representative Examples of Work:

Oversees the operations of the county’s system of parks, trails and conservation lands.   Establishes system-wide policies, and determines resource allocation, levels of service, operational workplan priorities. Sets the maintenance schedule within the allocated maintenance budget. Directs and oversees field investigations and research; provides review, analysis and formal recommendations; and leads the implementation of program priorities related to the planning, acquisition, development and enhancement of parks, trails and conservation lands throughout the County. Creates and fosters strategic partnerships with the public, private sector, non-government organizations, and local, state, federal, and tribal agencies to plan, acquire, develop, enhance and maintain parks, trails and conservation lands. Serves as the county’s lead negotiator and technical expert for the development of partnership agreements, maintenance contracts, facility rental agreements and site lease agreements for parks, trails and conservation lands. Develops professional reports and documents to provide direction and support the work of PTOL including system-wide assessments, safety/risk/liability assessments, asset management plans, facility development grants, technical reports and system databases. Provides strategic leadership to County boards, committees and the Commission. Leads engagement and outreach efforts, collects feedback, analyzes and considers the array of individual community needs and interests related to parks, trails and conservation lands. Plans, coordinates, conducts and leads meetings, makes public presentations, and develops and implements media campaigns for specific initiatives. Provides professional review, analysis and formal recommendations on complex local government and other planning efforts to ensure parks, trails and conservation land needs are adequately assessed and considered.

Minimum Qualifications:

Requires a Bachelor’s degree.  Degrees best suited for this position are parks and recreation management, public administration, planning, geography, and resource or conservation management.   Master’s degree is preferred. Requires five years of experience in program development and management. Experience in community planning and overseeing operations of parks, trails or conservation land management programs desired. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Physical/Environmental Demands:

The work requires the ability to walk over rough, uneven terrain and to travel to remote work sites and meeting locations during all seasons. Frequent field work will be required, in addition to working in an office setting, using a computer keyboard. May require occasional light lifting (up to 20 lbs). The work schedule may require attendance at meetings before and after normal work hours, including weekends.

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