Parks Superintendent

DEFINITION:

This position is the Department Head for parks and facility maintenance and is responsible for the design, construction, and management of District infrastructure, including grounds and urban forest, irrigation, information technology, and facilities. The maintenance responsibilities oversee three main areas; parks, facilities and irrigation.

Under general direction of the District Administrator, this position plans, organizes, coordinates, and manages capital improvement and facility development projects; administers the work of contract and District personnel engaged in the repair and maintenance of District parks and facilities; directs the District’s safety and security programs; facilitates, administers, and manages the District’s capital improvement project grant programs; plans and directs the operation and management of the District Information Technology systems, infrastructure, and applications; and performs other job-related work as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS:

This position requires a high degree of independence and professional judgement, as well as experience in personnel management, public relations, and technical competence in the field of park design and natural resource management.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

Assignment, responsibilities and duties include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Manages capital improvements and facility development projects, including design, specification development, bidding, awarding of contracts, contract administration, and inspection of work.
  • Plans and directs the operation and management of the District information technology systems, infrastructure, and applications.
  • Directs the District park patrol and security programs.
  • Oversees the inspection of parks, facilities, and equipment athletic fields and school parks for safety and maintenance needs.
  • Project Management.
  • Responsible for staff training and development to assure competency, safety and provide for professional growth.
  • Manages and participates in the development of the Parks division annual budget.
  • Supervises the preparation of plans and drawings for the development of new park sites and renovations or replacements in existing facilities.
  • Serves as the District Safety Manager. Supervises safety program and training of employees to insure compliance with State and Federal safety regulations.
  • Manages the Districts work order system using Facility Dude Solutions software.
  • Assists community groups in parks programs and investigates and resolves complaints relating to division responsibilities.
  • Administers contracts, leases and agreements and assists in the generation of revenues.
  • Prepares proposals to secure funding and supervises grant or contract programs.
  • Attends Advisory Board of Directors meetings.
  • Establish and maintain electronic database and contract management programs.

EXAMPLES OF NON-ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Responds to public inquiries and assists with resolutions and alternative recommendations.
  • Prepares RPTs, staff reports, written correspondence, construction estimates, schedules, presentation graphics and other project related documents.
  • Reviews work of assigned staff and consultants establishes and maintains positive working relationships with coworkers and the public using principles of good customer service.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:

 Knowledge of: 

  • Principles and best practices of park planning and design, construction, park landscape design and management, and public agency administration.
  • Development and management of community recreation facilities.
  • Applicable federal, state, and county regulations and laws relating to construction, maintenance, and safety of park and recreation facilities.
  • Budget preparation and administration techniques.
  • Safe work practices.
  • Computer programs appropriate to the position.
  • Computerized irrigation systems and programming.

Ability to:

  • Establish and maintain cooperative relationships.
  • Positively interact with members of the community, other government agencies and employees, and elected or appointed officials.
  • Prepare and administer operating and capital improvement budgets. 
  • Research, evaluate and recommend policies and programs to comply with Federal, State and local laws and regulations.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, verbally and in writing.
  • Understand and be respectful of diverse populations, cultural backgrounds and physical ability needs and differences.
  • Build consensus to bring successful conclusion to various projects and issues.
  • Train and supervise personnel and volunteers.
  • Oversee the preparation of park design and improvement plans.
  • Check plans, specifications, and standard construction practices for compliance with contract requirements.

 Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in park management, construction management, horticulture, forestry, architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, park administration, recreation, business administration, public administration or a closely related field
    An advanced degree may be substituted for up to two years of the required experience.
  • Five years of increasingly responsible park and facility development and/or maintenance experience, including varied administrative, supervisory, and management experience.
  • Possesses a Pesticide Control Advisor License (P.C.A.) and/or a Qualified Applicator Certificate is desirable.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

Possession of the category of California Driver’s license required by the State Department of Motor Vehicles to perform the essential duties of the position. Continued maintenance of a valid driver’s license and compliance with established District vehicle operation standards are a condition of continued employment.

MEDICAL/PHYSICAL REQUIREMENT:

Successful applicants for employment must pass a pre-employment medical examination administered by a county health services department physician including a drug-screening test as well as a fingerprint and background check. Incumbents must be able to:

  • Stand, walk, balance, stoop, kneel, climb, crawl, and bend while performing field inspection duties;
  • Talk, see, and hear with sufficient acuity to successfully perform all aspects of the job;
  • Push, pull or perform simple grasping and fine manipulation;
  • Use electronic equipment, including telephone, cellphone, computers, printers, and other standard office equipment;
  • Work outdoors on project sites and indoors in an office environment;
  • Drive or travel in vehicle to various sites or district facilities and be exposed to dust, smoke, noise, machinery and equipment, moving objects and other vehicles, and wet and/or slippery surfaces;
  • Be exposed to varying climates and temperature conditions;
  • Lift and carry materials and equipment up to 50 pounds

OTHER:

  • FLSA status for this position is Exempt.
  • Applicants for employment must successfully criminal background check.

To Apply:  Interested applicants can apply by submitting a District application (found online at morpd.com). Applications shall be sent to Debra Tierney, Office Manager at (redacted), or they can be hand delivered or mailed by using U.S. Mail, to the MORPD District Office at 3344 Mission Ave., Carmichael, CA., 95608.

This recruitment is open until filled. First review of applications will occur on March 11, 2019.

Probationary Period:

The probationary period for this classification is one (1) year.

Parks Superintendent Job Description March 1 2019.doc.pdf