Park Seeks Experience Coordinator

Picture of people enjoying the parkPark Experience Coordinator – Job Description

A part-time, year-round Park Experience Coordinator will oversee Ariel-Foundation Park (AFP) hosted programs and community events that make this amazing community asset a focal point for recreation, entertainment, and social interaction in Knox County.

Position Description

Duties of the Coordinator include:

  • Oversight of AFP’s volunteer program
  • Planning and oversight of regular programs to include, but not limited to, First Day Hike, Kids to Parks Day, Halloween Hootenanny, Candles and Carols, Summer Fitness, the AFP July 4th Celebration and the Summer Concert Series
  • Development of new program partnerships which provide opportunities for others to utilize the park to build meaningful community connections
  • Assistance with management of the tower and bridge community lighting program which recognizes, celebrates and remembers people, groups and initiatives as requested by sponsors
  • Facilitation of informational park tours and associated programs designed to expand understanding of the former industrial site and knowledge of natural resources through hands-on education and activities
  • Planning and coordination of licensed food vendors for programs
  • Oversee event workers onsite for AFP sponsored events
  • Management of annual programming budget and associated reporting
  • Other duties as assigned

The Coordinator reports to the Operations Manager and works in partnership with the Foundation Park Conservancy Board and staff of the Mount Vernon Arts Consortium.


  • Strong organization and planning skills, with attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Functional knowledge of MS Office
  • Self-motivated, able to work independently
  • Detail oriented with an adherence to deadlines
  • Ability to clearly communicate expectations and requirements to a wide range of individuals
  • Weekend, holiday, and evening availability
  • Reliability and flexibility related to work schedule
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds
  • Ability to work independently and safely, adhering to and reinforcing event safety standards
  • Ability to problem solve, manage multiple tasks and priorities, make an informed decision independently, and recognize and respond to emergencies
  • Ability to provide excellent customer service with a positive attitude to all patrons, guests and partners
  • Ability to work closely with fellow team members
  • Desire to learn and adapt to quick and ever-changing environments
  • Must have a valid driver’s license
  • High school diploma required; bachelor’s degree preferred

Preferred Skills and Areas of Experience:

  • Program coordination, planning and budgeting
  • In-person customer service delivery
  • Event staffing and/or management
  • House management experience
  • Experience working with or for a nonprofit

To Apply:

Cover letter and resume are required. Submit by mail to Ariel-Foundation Park, P.O. Box 644, Mount Vernon, OH 43050.

Park Info



 Ariel-Foundation Park, located in Mount Vernon, Ohio, is a 250-acre civic park that offers a one-of-a-kind experience for visitors of all ages.

Visiting Hours

Ariel-Foundation Park is officially open April 1 through November 15. Some areas of the park are accessible to pedestrians year-round. Daily hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. There are no admissions or parking fees. The Rastin Observation Tower, park museum, picnic pavillions, trails and other park features are free and open to the public. The Rastin Observation Tower is open during winter months, as long as weather allows.

Contact Us

Foundation Park Conservancy
P.O. Box 644, Mount Vernon, OH 43050
[email protected]

Mount Vernon City Parks Department
1700 Old Delaware Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050
[email protected]

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