The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) employs many people with many different job skills to help conserve Ohio’s natural resources and provide outdoor recreational opportunities. Like any business, it is limited by its budget as to how many people it can employ, so it has to evaluate carefully what positions (jobs) need to be done and who can best fill those positions. This same process takes place at the local government level as counties and cities also attempt to conserve natural resources and provide recreational opportunities for people.
Hiring employees to fill needed positions requires a careful selection process that can be done by a talent scout. Talent scouts evaluate positions and make recommendations of people to fill those positions so that their client can obtain the right knowledge, skills, and experience to meet its needs.
In this WebQuest, you will play the role of a talent scout working with a talent-scout consulting team. Your team’s client is the director (your teacher) of the new Conservation and Recreation Department in your area. Your teacher will help the class decide the boundaries of the area to be included in the new Conservation and Recreation Department. The area may include one or more counties and cities in your region.