Parks Specialist / Land Steward - Yarmouth Parks, Recreation & Community Services

Yarmouth Community Services
Job Description
Nature of Work
This is a semi-skilled position which involves the upkeep, care, and overall maintenance and repair of Town parks, conservation lands, public grounds, open spaces, and other related facilities and projects.  This position coordinates year-round oversight of Town lands, seasonal activities, and projects, as necessary.  A strong emphasis is placed on this position for planning and development of related easements/licenses/fees, neighbor relations, upgrades to current and future properties, related documents and informational material, among other tasks.

Work is often performed independently, however under the general supervision of the Yarmouth Community Services Director.  Limited supervision is also provided by the Parks Superintendent.
Essential Job Functions
  • Provides staff support to the Parks and Land Management Committee, partnerships with outside organizations (Maine Conservation Corps, RRCT, etc.) and regional groups, as necessary.
  • Identifies, suggests, and manages acquisitions, easements, and licenses for open space and trail connections. 
  • Facilitates and manages any town, state, or federal application and permit requirements for open space related site improvements.
  • Assists in reviewing documents for related real estate transactions in cooperation with Town staff.
  • Researches and prepares grant applications for acquisition of properties, easements, licenses, and projects.
  • Maintains database for open space parcels with assistance from YCS, DPW, Engineering, Planning, and Code Enforcement departments.
  • Provides information for website and all social media postings regarding open space related information and events.
  • Maintains all physical and electronic records regarding open space parcels’ projects and programs.
  • Contributes to the development and maintenance of GIS layers related to open spaces and public lands.
  • Develops and participates in educational and recreational outreach programs to promote sustainable use of open space with assistance from YCS staff and associated committees.
  • Creates educational material to keep the public informed about recreational opportunities, natural resource values, and management of town lands.
  • Develops and implements town-wide volunteer stewardship plan and organizes training opportunities for volunteers.
  • Prepares annual reports to grant institutions such as Land and Water Conservation Fund, Land for Maine’s Future, The Nature Conservancy, Maine Department of Transportation, and Maine Secretary of State.
  • Participates in regional meetings with private and public open space managers to coordinate regional efforts when beneficial to the town.
  • Consults with, oversees, and supports the town Tree Warden, as assigned.
Requirements of Work
  • Knowledge of the standard practices, processes, materials, tools and equipment.
  • Basic skills in operating power and hand tools safely.
  • Ability to perform and operate manual labor for extended periods and under unfavorable weather conditions.
  • Ability to understand write reports, plans, and project outlines.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
  • Professionally contact and communicate with community groups, general public, volunteers, and Town staff.
  • Perform work in a normal office setting, not subject to extremes of temperature, noise, odor, etc
  • Use computer, keyboards, and other office equipment requiring eye-hand coordination and finger dexterity.
Desirable Training and Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree with experience in outdoor/environmental recreation management, conservation, natural resources, or related degree.
  • Desired skills and knowledge include, but are not limited to, local, state and federal permit requirements, conservation regulations, carpentry, vehicle and trailer maintenance and repair, powered equipment operation and repair, landscaping equipment, chain saws, various mowers and bush hogs, and principles and practices of parks and recreation maintenance. 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, grant writing abilities, and research capabilities.
  • Ability to exercise independent, professional judgment in the analysis and implementation of laws, rules, and regulations.
  • Ability to use a computer for reports, permits, grant writing, and emailing purposes, knowledge of Microsoft Office computer programs, and practices of safe work habits required.
Necessary Special Requirements
Must be able to possess current CPR certification and first aid training within 60 days of employment.
Must pass background confirmation and satisfactory criminal background checks.
Must be able to pass a standard medical examination.
Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs.
Must provide transportation to all sites.
Possession of a valid State of Maine Motor Vehicle Operator’s License.
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