Greenways Ranger – City Parks & Rec

Location of Service: City of Knoxville, Parks & Recreation – 5930 Lyons View Pike

About City of Knoxville, Parks & Recreation:

The Parks & Recreation Department offers a wide variety of activities for each member of the family to enjoy. One of the main goals for the Department is to improve recreation opportunities for all Knoxvillians. With the programming of recreation centers, the construction of greenways trails and the upgrading of many city parks, great progress is being made toward the goal.

POSITION SUMMARY:

The CAC AmeriCorps member serving with City of Knoxville Parks and Recreation will serve cooperatively with Parks and Recreation personnel on various aspects of new and existing park/facility projects, playground planning, facility upgrades, pool maintenance, construction management, contract management, pond maintenance, gym renovations, and improvements and general maintenance projects. The member will also serve as a public ambassador for the city; communicating information to park and facility visitors, as well as partake in general facility and park maintenance including cleaning, litter collection, and painting as needed.

This opportunity will provide the member with insight into how a municipal parks and recreation department runs, including the challenges and successes they face. The member will have the opportunity to collaborate with groups on projects, and will also have the opportunity to work independently. This position will allow the member both the experiences of performing fieldwork and maintenance, as well as an opportunity to see what urban parks planning looks like.

SITE PREFERENCES/QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Strong preference will be given to team member who is actively pursuing a career in, engineering, horticulture, construction management, landscape architecture, engineering technology, parks management, environmental sciences, ecology, or other related fields.
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook).
  • Ability to work well with or without direct supervision while maintaining project deadlines.
  • Valid Driver’s License with good driving record.
  • Able to lift large heavy objects repeatedly without direct assistance.
  • This position consists of medium work, requiring the incumbent to exert up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 20 pounds (or less) of force frequently, in order to lift/carry, push/pull, or otherwise move objects.
  • Ability to work in a group or independently.
  • Conduct research and ask questions; self-motivated.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with members of the public, customers, and other agencies involved in park management.
MEMBER BENEFITS INCLUDE:
  • A modest living allowance of $20,000*, or, $851.06 bi-weekly (pre-tax), paid over 47 weeks. *Pending Grant Funding
  • Education Award of $6,495 (pre-tax) that can be applied to student loans and/or future education expenses
  • Up to $250 Relocation Reimbursement if relocating over 50 miles for service
  • A Health insurance subsidy is available for members covered through healthcare.gov
  • 10 Holidays
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Child Care Reimbursement
  • May be eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). In-house SNAP benefits specialist available to provide assistance in determining eligibility.
  • May be eligible for utility bill assistance. In-house specialists available to provide assistance with determining eligibility.
  • Professional development and networking opportunities.
  • Optional opportunity to enroll concurrently in Carson Newman MBA in Nonprofit Leadership

Equity and Inclusion: The Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee (CAC) is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will take action to ensure that members and employees are treated equally without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, gender, romantic/sexual orientation, age, handicap, cultural or religious convictions.  CAC AmeriCorps provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees.  Applicants with disabilities may request reasonable accommodation at any point in the recruitment / employment process.