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Lake Metroparks is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, national origin or disability in employment.

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Lake Metroparks Administrative Offices
Personnel Department
11211 Spear Rd.
Concord Twp., OH 44077

Contact information
phone: 440-639-7275
fax: 440-639-9126

TTY Capabilities are available by calling 1-800-669-9226
Office Hours: Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm

Full Time

Chief Financial Officer

Grade: K,  Exempt ($35.9178/hr. min., $74,710 annual minimum.  Salary commensurate with experience.)

Method for applying: Apply online.

Closing date: Application must be received in the Personnel Department at Lake Metroparks.  Open until filled.

Brief description: Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Chief Financial Officer of Lake Metroparks directs and manages a broad spectrum of administrative functions (treasury, finance, investments, purchasing, and human resources) to assure compliance with all related regulations and laws; and other duties as assigned.


  • CPA required, MBA preferred.  Three years or more experience as Chief Fiscal Officer in local government preferred.
  • In-depth knowledge of government accounting and finance.
  • In-depth knowledge of Ohio revised code related to public financing.
  • Personnel management experience.
  • In-depth interpersonal skills: demonstrated emotional intelligence; proven track record of establishing and maintaining critical relationships internally and externally; demonstrated trust and integrity.
  • Broad, general knowledge of human resource practices and policies.
  • Leadership skills (individual and team): coaching, team building, goal setting, decision making, problem solving and analytical skills.
  • In-depth written and oral communication skills; stand-up presentation skills.
  • Computer proficiency: understanding and personal proficiency in operation of business information systems and accounting programs.

Park Planner

Rate:  $35,656/annual minimum, Exempt

Method for ApplyingApply online

Closing Date:  Applications must be received by the Personnel Department at Lake Metroparks.  Open until filled.

Brief Description:   Assist Park in implementing park improvements.  Design and manage minor capital improvement projects.


  • Bachelor Degree in Landscape Architecture, Planning or Related Field.
  • In-depth computer proficiency: AutoCAD, GIS & GPS, Photoshop, and Microsoft Office Suite.
  • In-depth written, graphic, drawing and oral communication skills.
  • Planning and estimating skills.
  • Project management and construction supervision skills.
  • Demonstrated initiative; ability to work without supervision.
  • Interpersonal skills: demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all types of people (internal and external).
  • Experience or educational background in as a landscape architecture or park planning.

Part Time

Maintenance Park Worker (Weekends/Farmpark)

Wage:  $7.95 to 10.00/hr. min. (Depending on Experience)

Method for ApplyingApply online

Closing Date:  Open until filled.

Brief Description/Requirements:  Part-time position working 16-28 hours in building maintenance at Farmpark in Kirtland. Must be willing to work primarily weekends. Requires highly motivated individual with ability to perform physical labor, snow removal, janitorial duties, minor repairs, painting, litter removal, and assist with special events/park programs.

Maintenance Park Worker (Weekdays)


Wage:  $9.25/hr. min.


Method for ApplyingApply online


Closing Date:  Open until filled.


Brief Description/Requirements:  Part-time position working 16-29 hours per week year-round in building maintenance at Penitentiary Glen Nature Center in Kirtland.  Must be willing to work primarily weekdays.  Some weekends, holidays and evenings required.  Requires highly motivated individual with the ability to perform physical labor, landscaping/perennial gardening, snow removal, janitorial duties, minor repairs, painting, litter removal, and assist with special events/park programs.  Ability to process orders and stock supplies.  Experience in troubleshooting HVAC systems helpful.



Wildlife Care Specialist


Rate/Hours:   $9.25/hr. minimum; Up to 28 hours/week, must be able to work evenings, weekends and holidays.


Method for ApplyingApply online


Closing Date:  Open until filled.


Purpose of Position:  Primary responsibilities are providing follow through animal care and wildlife care operations that maximize efficiency and increase the quality of animal care.  Secondary responsibilities are providing training and enrichment for program animals.


Brief Description:   

Animal care - Provide follow through animal care for the following aspects: nutritional needs, nursing and weaning schedules, surgeries, medication, triage, pre-release conditioning, housing, and release, ensuring needs are being met through the rehabilitation process, rehabilitation research, ensures that animals are being handled in a manner which maximizes human and animal safety, make accurate euthanasia decisions; perform euthanasia and knowledge of Schedule II Controlled drugs.


Operations - Compliance with all state and federal regulations in housing and care, maintains accurate animal records and compiles statistics, remains current on rehabilitation methods through literature review, attending conferences, meetings and workshops, and networking with the rehabilitation community, assists with public relations, media, and administrative duties, volunteer training and supervision for Center volunteers, assist with educational programs as needed.


Education/experience:  Must have a bachelor’s degree in biology and experience working with wild animals, minimum of two years working in a wildlife rehabilitation center or equivalent animal care facility, experience working with native Ohio wildlife, and considerable knowledge of wildlife rehabilitation. Must be skilled in wildlife medicine (perform lab work, physical exams, take blood, give subcutaneous fluids, initiate treatment, calculate doses and administer drugs, and perform anesthesia).  Must be able to act decisively regarding constantly changing animal cases and situations for which there may be no existing protocol.  Must have experience in public speaking, and be familiar with computer systems.


Desirable traits/skills:  Have the ability to write and speak in a clear, concise manner.  Ability to work with people in a pleasant, enthusiastic manner.  Ability to handle multiple tasks in a high paced environment.  Able to work quickly, efficiently and calmly under stressful conditions.  Must be able to work cooperatively with co-workers and the public.  Be creative, flexible, well organized and innovative. Must be able to lift fifty (50) pounds, bend, and stoop.  Valid Ohio driver’s license with good driving record.

Admissions Clerk - Farmpark

Wage:  $7.95/hr. min.

Method for ApplyingApply online

Closing Date:  Open until filled.

Brief Description/Requirements:  Part-time, year-round position available at Lake Metroparks Farmpark in Kirtland providing outstanding customer service to park visitors.  MUST be able to work flexible schedule including weekends, holidays, special events, and occasional evenings.  This is a non-seasonal position requiring working throughout the year. Days of the week and hours will vary week-to-week from 0 to 24 hours. Requires exceptional interpersonal skills, accurate and efficient handling of cash and cash register transactions and related paperwork, with ability to use computer and calculator. Work involves standing and minimal lifting.


Summer Seasonal Positions

Applications for summer 2014 seasonal positions are now being accepted.
Click here for more information.


Lake Metroparks Farmpark College Internship Program


Lake Metroparks Farmpark’s mission is to help our urban society understand how farmers raise food, fiber, and other products that sustain and enhance human life. To fulfill this vision, Lake Metroparks Farmpark maintains a collection of livestock including equine, bovine, caprine, porcine, ovine, and avian individuals. Sustaining a suitable group of animals to meet exhibit and program needs is the goal of the Animal Care and Interpretation Department.


Lake Metroparks Farmpark’s College Internship Program works with students to develop animal care and handling techniques as well as routine care procedures. Staff will work with interns to meet specific curriculum requirements for college credit.

Interns will be scheduled depending on time required to meet interns curriculum needs, availability of staff, and timing of animal care tasks. Hours will vary and, as animal care is a 24/7 responsibility, may include weekends and/or holidays. This is an unpaid internship and on-site housing is not available.

Click here to download internship letter with objectives, requirements and contact information.

Lake Metroparks Kevin P. Clinton Wildlife Center
College Internship Program

The mission of the Kevin P. Clinton Wildlife Center is to reduce impact on native Ohio wildlife through human education and wildlife rehabilitation. Each year, nearly 2,000 injured and orphaned animals receive care and rehabilitation at the Wildlife Center—many eventually resume life in the wild. Some animals that cannot be released may become animal ambassadors and assist us in teaching about wildlife issues and conservation. 


To teach students the basic procedures and protocols involved with wildlife education and rehabilitation. They will develop and practice skills of animal husbandry/triage, environmental programming and handling/enrichment for program animals directly from professionals in their field of interest.

The students work a predictable, regular schedule and work six to eight weeks or more. Work days are 8 am to 5 pm.  Two-9 hour days are required per week, although interns can work up to 40 hours per week. The internship is unpaid and housing is not available. 

Click here to download internship letter with objectives, requirements and contact information.