Park Recreation and Resource Officers play key roles in facilitating safe and positive experiences for park visitors. Acting as ambassadors for the protection of Alberta's rich natural heritage and for responsible park use and enjoyment, these front line staff support the mandated purposes of Alberta Parks.
Park Recreation and Resource Officer is a service-focused position that enhances visitors’ camping and recreation experiences by monitoring visitor conduct, fostering a stewardship ethic, encouraging compliance and supporting issue resolution through information sharing and education. Depending on the location, the position also supports recreation goals by monitoring site conditions and nuisance/problem wildlife, monitoring and responding to visitation levels, assisting with public safety, performing maintenance and trail work and collecting campground revenue. This position may also help initiate and maintain relationships with permit holders, facility operators, volunteers and other stakeholders.
Lead Park Recreation & Resource Officer is a leadership position that directly supervises a team of Park Recreation and Resource Officers. The Lead position works alongside their team providing field level coaching and mentoring to ensure adherence to policy, procedure and occupational health and safety plans. Leads may take on the role of staff scheduling, project planning, resource allocation, monitoring staff performance and liaison with other supervisors and program areas.
The minimum qualifications for these roles are:
Park Recreation & Resource Officer: High school diploma. Preference will be given to candidates with related experience in the Natural Resources, Natural Sciences, Recreation Management, Tourism Development or other related areas
Lead Park Recreation & Resource Officer: High school diploma and 1 year of related experience in Natural Resources, Natural Sciences, Recreation Management, Tourism Development or other related programs. Preference will be given to those who have completed or are enrolled in a related post-secondary program. Supervisory or leadership experience is also required.
Both Park Recreation & Resource Officer and Lead Park Recreation & Resource Officer are required to have:
In addition to the requirements above, assets to these roles include:
Experience, knowledge and competency in: Proven oral and verbal communication skills with public/stakeholders, conflict resolution; outdoor recreation in a park setting; incident command systems; Microsoft Office software; use of power tools, certification in chainsaw, OHV certification, and advanced and/or wilderness first aid
Knowledge in: Alberta’s flora, fauna & history; federal and provincial recreation and resource management legislation; the Alberta Provincial Parks system; Indigenous culture; water safety and regulations; Reserve Alberta Parks processes; GPS and navigation processes