CLASSIFICATION: CHIEF SUPERVISOR, BUREAU OF TRAILS
Class Code: 8795-29 Date Established: 07-01-73
Occupational Code: 3-3-3 Date of Last Revision: 11-12-09
BASIC PURPOSE: To supervise, develop, and implement all activities of the Bureau of Trails concerning Department lands open to the public, multi-use recreational trails, and the use of off highway recreational vehicles (OHRV’s), to include trail planning and maintenance, budgetary and administrative functions, legislative initiatives, informational releases, and enforcement of rules and safety regulations concerning trail use.
CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
· Plans, develops, and supervises the construction, maintenance, and use of the state recreational trail system and roads on department lands and supervises all snowmobile activities and functions concerning the off highway recreational vehicle (OHRV), and multi-use trail programs.
· Contacts landowners and conducts negotiations to secure deeds, rights of way, options, easements, and permits, to purchase property, and/or to secure settlements of damaged property claims. Resolves conflicts between governmental agencies and public and private landowners concerning OHRV/snowmobile and multi-use trail programs.
· Supervises and oversees the enforcement of OHRV and snowmobile rules and regulations, prosecuting violators in court as necessary.
· Discusses natural resource and recreational use issues with the legislature, including preparing and presenting public defense of proposed changes in agency policy or regulations, testifying on legislative bills in the interest of the Department of Resources and Economic Development, and proposing and/or developing legislative language concerning the public use of the statewide trail system.
· Meets with state officials, commissions and Legislative Committees as well as regional and private recreational agencies to obtain support and assistance concerning the establishment and maintenance of the statewide OHRV and snowmobile trail systems and supervises the development of promotional, educational, and environmental materials for public multi-use trails and OHRV trails. Prepares lectures and programs with clubs and other organizations and assists communities with their trail programs.
· Develops and supervises all budgetary functions incidental to the department’s responsibility for use and maintenance of trails and roads on department recreational properties, including obtaining and administering federal funds as appropriate. Supervises research activities and the preparation of reports concerning the economic benefits and environmental design of trails, trends concerning public use versus development, and the results of trail inspections and assessments.
· Exercise direct supervision over District Supervisors and office staff and supervises and develops training for all personnel, including program training for OHRV and snowmobile volunteers.
· Travels throughout the state by car, OHRV and snowmobile in order to conduct trail inspections and field investigations.
Skill: Requires skill in analyzing and interpreting data, policy, and procedures OR in using equipment in order to arrive at logical conclusions or recommendations.
Knowledge: Requires logical or scientific expertise to resolve problems of a specialized or professional nature in a wide range of applications.
Impact: Requires responsibility for achieving major aspects of long-range agency objectives by planning short- and long-term organizational goals, reviewing recommendations for procedural changes, and developing or revising program policies. Errors at this level result in incorrect decisions at an administrative level, and are detected subsequent to implementation in an overall evaluation process.
Supervision: Requires delegating supervisory or program responsibilities to subordinate managers, with overall accountability for hiring employees or approving program policies. The supervisor in this position assumes responsibility for an organizational unit, including developing long-range plans, analyzing staffing requirements, and formulating systemwide policies and procedures.
Working Conditions: Requires performing regular job functions in a controlled environment with minimal exposure to disagreeable job elements and little risk of hazard to physical or mental health.
Physical Demands: Requires light work, including continuous walking or operating simple equipment for extended periods of time as well as occasional strenuous activities such as reaching or bending.
Communication: Requires acting as the official representative of the agency, including explaining and defending current and long-range goals or objectives which directly affect public policy decisions regarding major state programs and services.
Complexity: Requires evaluating a combination of wide-ranging job functions to determine work procedures, to solve problems, and to reach conclusions by applying analytical, technical, or scientific thinking. This level also requires planning policies and long-term strategies, drawing conclusions based on available criteria, and evaluating the effectiveness of program objectives.
Independent Action: Requires independent judgment in planning and evaluating work procedures and in supervising the development of professional, technical and managerial standards under administrative direction and according to broad departmental guidelines.
Education: Bachelor’s degree with major study in parks and recreation management, outdoor recreation, forestry, mechanical, civil, engineering technology, or a related field. Each additional year of approved formal education may be substituted for one year of required work experience.
Experience: Seven years’ of experience in a supervisory or administrative position involving five years experience in public relations, business management, trail or forestry construction , general construction or a related field. Each additional year of approved work experience may be substituted for one year of required formal education.
License/Certification: Valid New Hampshire driver’s license. Must obtain a Commercial Driver’s License within one year of hire.
RECOMMENDED WORK TRAITS: Knowledge of the functions of the Division of Parks and Recreation and related state agencies. Knowledge of the layout and development of OHRV trails and programs. Knowledge of the use of computers and GPS (Global Positioning Satellite Systems) equipment and related software. Knowledge of the methods for securing property easements. Knowledge of environmental and other regulations concerning land use. Knowledge of the principles and practices of accounting and budgeting, including the tracking of financial information. Knowledge of the principles and practices of supervision, management, and conflict resolution. Knowledge of legislative practices and procedures and law enforcement ordinances. Ability to read and understand legal agreements and documents. Ability to learn the use of radio transmitters and other allied equipment. Ability to operate OHRV’s and snowmobiles. Ability to manage and oversee multiple projects and personnel. Ability to meet the general public with appropriate tactfulness and to successfully communicate with and speak before a variety of groups concerning recreational use and law enforcement, including private and public landowners, state and federal officials, commissions, legislative committees, and regional and private agencies. Must be willing to maintain appearance appropriate to assigned duties and responsibilities as determined by the agency appointing authority.
DISCLAIMER STATEMENT: This class specification is descriptive of general duties and is not intended to list every specific function of this class title.