The Outdoor Recreation Inclusion Specialist, possessing advanced knowledge and skills, plans, implements and evaluates a variety of outdoor recreation programs under the program auspices of Outdoor Recreation (OR) for people of all abilities. Programs include, but are not limited to, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, mountain biking, handcycling, backpacking, camping, adventure racing, fishing, orienteering, etc. Audiences include youth, teens, adults and seniors as well as people with and without disabilities. Programs enhance the appreciation of nature and support health and wellness initiatives.
Plans, develops and presents a comprehensive variety of outdoor recreation programs that serve to enhance the mission and values of Cleveland Metroparks which promote environmental education and stewardship and enhance the participant's health and wellness.
Assists other Cleveland Metroparks employees, contract instructors, volunteers and outside vendors with delivery of programs and services for people of all abilities.
Establishes program goals and objectives in cooperation with participant focus groups, employees, instructors and volunteers and delivers outdoor recreation programs at Park District and off-site locations.
Evaluates program participation and makes recommendations for improvement. Implements and evaluates revisions.
Submits records of program attendance, statistics and other reports as required.
On average, devotes 60% of time specifically to inclusive programming and 40% to other programming needs.
Purchases materials and services in accordance with Park District policies and guidelines.
Collects program fees (as applicable) and submits reports, receipts and deposits in accordance with Park District revenue handling policies.
Assists with storage and maintenance of OR equipment, program materials, office, and storage facility.
Ability to monitor safety concerns i.e. weather, water conditions, etc, and make sound/safe decisions.
Coordinates special events and large-scale projects involving OR.
Creates educational or promotional materials including Facebook postings, Twitter and other social media, class handouts, and brochures as assigned.
Assists in supervising, and training, seasonal OR employees, volunteers and/or contract instructors as assigned. Works cooperatively with OR manager.
Ability to assess individuals and/or groups with disabilities to determine program needs.
Establish strong partnerships with community groups/organizations who provide services for people with disabilities, and collaboratively create effective programming whether custom or general public that promotes outdoor recreation and health and wellness to these groups.
Deliver inclusive programming for custom groups as well as to the general public.
Have comprehensive knowledge of a variety of disabilities, so you know how to best assist participants in programs.
Create a comprehensive training for other program staff addressing best practices for adapting programming to accommodate all participants, ADA language, etc.
Represent Outdoor Experiences on the ADA Committee for Cleveland Metroparks providing consultations as it relates to ADA and inclusive programming.
Keeps direct supervisor promptly informed of key/significant issues or concerns.
Actively participates in long- and short-term planning. Communicates to assure initiatives are compatible with divisional goals and Park District mission. Participates in district-wide planning as directed.
Carries out duties and responsibilities in a safe and efficient manner to maintain safe work environment and surrounding area for oneself, co-workers and public. Responds to hazardous situations and/or potentially unsafe conditions by taking corrective action as capable and promptly notifying supervisory personnel.
Performs related duties as assigned or apparent
Assists OR Manager with drafting the Emerald Necklace Newsletter including submitting write-ups and organizing text, creates text and suggest layouts for exhibits brochures and other educational materials, provides electronic responses to visitor/participant questions, gives timely responses to public inquires, and completes other writing assignments as assigned.
Stays informed by continuing education for professional growth, i.e. attend relevant conferences, seminars and certification programs.
Maintain a working knowledge of adaptive equipment modifications that can make OR programming more inclusive
Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in outdoor recreation, therapeutic recreation, or related discipline or equivalent combination of education and experience as well as being a current Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS). Minimum of two (2) years experience working with people with disabilities and teaching outdoor recreation curriculum classes.
Must have a good driving record (less than six (6) active points on driving records at the application stage of the hiring process) and possess a valid Ohio driver's license.
Must currently be a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) as well as successfully pass or hold the minimum required level of certifications for courses they will be expected to instruct. Various staff may be required to hold different certifications to ensure Outdoor Recreation as a whole has sufficient, well-trained staff. These certifications include but are not limited to: American Canoe Association Instruction in either canoeing, kayaking, and/or stand up paddleboarding including Adaptive Paddling Endorsement, Wilderness First Responder, Professional Ski Instructors of America-Nordic Level 1, Professional Climbing Instructors Association-Base Managed Instructors, U.S. Sailing Level 1 Instructor, Ohio Boating Education Instructor, League of American Bicyclists League Certified Instructors,International Mountain Bicycling Association Level 1 Instructor, and U.S. Sailing Instructor.
Demonstrated experience in planning and implementing outdoor recreation programs to a variety of audiences including youth, teens, adults, seniors, people with disabilities, and people without disabilities. Preferred skill areas include, but not limited to, sailing, GPS, bicycling, camping, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, backpacking and winter activities.
Demonstrated experience and skill competency in leading at least five of the outdoor recreation activities identified below:
Canoeing, Cross-Country Skiing, Sailing, Kayaking, Fishing, Snowshoeing, Family Camping, Map and Compass, Backpacking, Bicycling/handcycling, Rock Climbing and Stand Up Paddleboarding
Demonstrated experience in facilitating adaptive outdoor recreation programs.
Demonstrated ability to problem solve, prioritize, manage multiple projects, computer literacy, attention to detail, meet deadlines, collaborate with others, make difficult decisions, and provide leadership to co-workers.
Demonstrated ability to drive, back up, and park OR trucks/vans with trailers to transport equipment as required.
Demonstrated ability to work flexible hour and weekends with a history of self-motivation. Must be willing to work weekends, holidays and evenings as required.
Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with stakeholders, including employees and the general public.
Ability to speak and write clearly, concisely and persuasively using correct grammar, spelling and punctuation with ability to communicate one-on-one or in group settings.
Ability to perform work with a high degree of accuracy and organization.
Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective communication and interpersonal skills and to work cooperatively with others.
Ability to perform with considerable independence and initiative.
Must be a non-smoker/tobacco user.
Candidate must successfully pass a credit check, background check and fingerprinting.
Cleveland Metroparks, known as the “Emerald Necklace,” is a collection of conserved green space featuring natural beauty and diversity and is dedicated to conservation, education and recreation.Cleveland Metroparks is an integral part of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio’s regional identity. Founded in 1917, Cleveland Metroparks was the first natural-area Park District in Ohio. The system was at the ...forefront of the national movement to preserve areas of natural beauty for public enjoyment and improved quality of life.Cleveland Metroparks at a glance:•18 Reservations•One nationally acclaimed Zoo•One full-service restaurant, Merwin’s Wharf•Eight golf courses•Over 23,000 acres of prime natural habitat•17.5 million recreational visitsCleveland Metroparks is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse and talented workforce.