As the Crawford Park District (CPD) bids farewell to its Director, Josh Dyer, the search begins for a dynamic new leader to take the helm. After 17 fruitful years, including five as Director, Dyer’s departure marks the end of an era and the start of a new chapter for the CPD. His notable contributions have deeply enriched the community’s connection with nature and left a lasting impact on the parks and educational programs across Crawford County.

Legacy of Leadership

Under Josh Dyer’s guidance, the Crawford Park District flourished, enhancing its offerings and expanding park properties. His ability to foster significant relationships with the public and local schools has been pivotal in promoting environmental education and community engagement. As Dyer prepares to step down on May 31, the Park Commissioners have expressed their gratitude for his dedication and leadership, wishing him success in all future endeavors.

The Role Ahead

The CPD is now on the lookout for a Director who can build on this solid foundation and guide the district into the future. This position offers a unique opportunity to lead a passionate team dedicated to conserving natural spaces and providing educational programs that inspire and inform the public.

The new Director will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Park District’s operations. This includes:

  • Strategic planning and supervision of park developments and maintenance.
  • Financial management, including budget preparation and grant administration.
  • Enhancing public relations and community outreach efforts.
  • Leading a team of dedicated staff and volunteers.

Desired Qualifications

Ideal candidates will possess a Bachelor of Science in Parks and Recreation Administration or a related field, complemented by at least five years of relevant experience. Strong leadership skills, a thorough understanding of resource management, and proficiency in financial oversight are crucial. Experience in grant writing, fundraising, and program development will also be highly valued.

Apply Now

Prospective candidates are encouraged to submit their applications by May 31, 2024. Applications should include a cover letter and resume, and can be sent via email to, or by regular mail to:

Board of Commissioners Crawford Park District 2401 State Route 598 Crestline, OH 44827

More information is available here. The selection process may begin at any time, so early submissions are encouraged.

An Opportunity to Make a Difference

This role is not just a job—it’s a chance to make a significant impact on the community and the environment. The new Director will have the opportunity to lead initiatives that preserve and enhance the natural beauty of Crawford County, making it a haven for residents and visitors alike.