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GENERAL RECREATION USE MANAGEMENT

Essential Competencies

ENTRY LEVEL - General Recreation Use Management Specialist

Description:The knowledge related to providing visitors with specific outdoor recreation/cultural experience opportunities in national park units.

1. Outdoor Recreation Management Concepts: how parks provide specific outdoor recreation experience opportunities
2. Basic Planning Concepts: Area and Park level plans
3. Provision of general outdoor recreation opportunities
4. Recreation impact problem identification, monitoring, and mitigation measures

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Understanding of outdoor recreation/cultural experience opportunities to be provided in specific park units.

Knowledge of General Management Plan and Activity plans as they apply to managing visitors and their activities in park units.

Ability to develop a general program and work with other specialists and programs to provide specific recreation opportunities.

Ability to monitor use, identify and monitor recreation problems, and recommend mitigation actions to management.

Ability to implement programs to protect park and recreation resources.

PROFESSIONAL LEVEL - General Recreation Management Specialist

(Professional Level generally reached when skills are combined with skills in other areas: Specialized Visitor Management Services, Law Enforcement, Interpretation, Concessions, Outdoor Recreation Planning, Natural Resources Management, etc.)

Description: The knowledge related to fully providing visitors with specific outdoor recreation/cultural experience opportunities in national park units.

1. Outdoor Recreation Management Theory: understanding of how parks provide specific outdoor recreation experience opportunities and how these can be managed
2. Planning theory--as it affects recreation in park units (area, park, and activity level plans
3. Program development and management--Providing specified outdoor recreation/cultural resource experience opportunities in park units
4. Recreation use monitoring, impact identification, monitoring, and mitigation

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Detailed knowledge of outdoor recreation/cultural experience opportunities to be provided in park units and an understanding of how to provide those opportunities.

Detailed knowledge of community/regional plans, General Management Plan and activity plans as they apply to managing visitors and their activities in parks.

Knowledge and understanding of Park Management Policies as they apply to and affect recreation in park units.

Ability to develop and administer programs to provide specified outdoor recreation/cultural resource experience opportunities.

Ability to monitor use, identify and monitor recreation problems, and to develop and administer preventive or mitigation programs (this includes the understanding of a variety of direct and indirect control measures).

Ability to administer renovation and vegetation management programs.

FULL PERFORMANCE LEVEL - Outdoor Recreation Planning Specialist

Description: The level of knowledge required to plan for specific outdoor recreation/cultural resource experience opportunities in general or activity-specific types of park plans.

1. General Systems Theory/Land Use Planning
2. Outdoor Recreation Planning Theory
3. Outdoor Recreation Management Theory
4. Site Design Theory and Techniques
5. Understanding of Public Involvement Processes

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Understanding of General Systems Theory and land use planning processes as they apply to recreation in national parks.

Detailed understanding of outdoor recreation theory and how to provide specific outdoor recreation/cultural experience opportunities in national parks.

Detailed understanding of how to manage visitor use.

Understanding of Site design and management.

Understanding of vegetation and fire management, especially as they relate to visual resource management.

Understanding of public involvement processes as applied to recreation activity planning.

Ability to carry out planning process and produce finished recreation plan of park or specific activity.

MANAGER\SUPERVISOR: Visitor Management

Description: The level of knowledge required to integrate the visitor use management and planning with the planning, administration, and management of other NPS mandates and values.

1. Basic concepts of outdoor recreation planning and management
2. Recreation management theory: role of management in providing specific recreation opportunities.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of recreation planning and management concepts.

Detailed knowledge of regional/GMP/activity level plans that relate to or affect management of recreation in their unit.

Detailed knowledge of NPS Management Policies, especially as it affects the provision of recreation in national parks.

Knowledge of future trends, especially ecological, economic, and social, as well as technology changes that will affect recreation activities .

Knowledge of public involvement processes as applied to planning.

National Park Service
Training and Development Division
Essential Competencies
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