Program Coordinator I (Universal Access)

State Of Massachusetts Amherst , MA 01003

Posted 2 months ago

The Department of Conservation and Recreation manages one of the largest and most diverse state parks systems in the nation and protects and enhances natural resources and outdoor recreational opportunities throughout Massachusetts. DCR is a dynamic agency, and is one of the largest park systems in the nation. The DCR system includes over 450,000 acres of parks, forests, water supply protection lands, beaches, lakes, ponds, playgrounds, swimming pools, skating rinks, trails and parkways.

The Department of Conservation and Recreation, Universal Access Program seeks qualified applicants for the position of Program Coordinator I.


Field test, maintain and provide analysis for specialized adaptive equipment used by park visitors with disabilities. Evaluate recreation equipment in use during programs and at facilities.

Must have experience in handling and maintaining specialized adaptive equipment.

Maintain records, provide analysis and create reports tracking usage, durability, customer feedback and cost/use benefits. Research new developments in adaptive recreation equipment and provide reports and recommendations on purchasing and placement strategies.

Responsibilities will include inventory, cleaning, repairs, and maintenance. Transport equipment, event gear and supplies statewide. Provide seasonal maintenance for kayaks, canoes, adaptive bicycles, and hiking equipment.

Travel to all parks in all regions statewide where adaptive equipment is placed for public use in order to assess, maintain equipment or place new equipment. Provide park staff with training on proper use and maintenance of adaptive equipment.

Maintain Adaptive equipment database and usage reports. Provide reports detailing equipment issues that arise. Track equipment problems and follow up on solutions and repairs.

Equipment includes but is not limited to beach wheelchairs, adaptive golf carts, adaptive bicycles, hiking equipment, canoes and kayaks. Provide analysis and recommendations on where equipment should or should not be placed.

Maintain Universal Access Program vehicles, trailers and storage areas regular maintenance, repairs and modifications as needed. Must be able to monitor and regulate moisture infiltration in storage areas.

Instruct program staff or volunteers that assist with or use equipment provide guidance and training for safe and appropriate use; assign tasks for assembly, inventory, repairs, etc. as needed. Gather information from volunteers and contracted recreation specialists on equipment performance and needs.

Provide assistance at programs as directed:

Hiking equipment transport and support, fitting and transfer of participants, assist with hiking activity, provide physical and social support to participants, function as part of the program staff team

Cycling equipment prep and support, fitting and transfer of participants, function as part of the program staff team. Facilitate or provide repair of adaptive cycling equipment during program.

Other/Events provide support and instruction needed

Skating Provide direction and support for staff fitting and transfer of participants, assist with skating activity, provide physical and social support to participants, function as part of the program staff team.

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have at least (A) two years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional, administrative or managerial experience in business administration, business management or public administration the major duties of which involved program management, program administration, program coordination, program planning and/or program analysis, or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.


I. A Bachelor's or higher degree with a major in business administration, business management or public administration may be substituted for the required experience.*

II. A Bachelor's or higher degree with a major other than in business administration, business management or public administration may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required experience.*

  • Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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