Park Enhancement Coordinator


Under general supervision, coordinates and participates in a range of activities in the enhancement and protection of the District’s natural and cultural resources. Oversees and participates in resource preservation and protection projects and programs that engage the community; plans and assigns various ecological restoration tasks to staff and volunteers; and performs related work as required.

Supervision Received And Exercised

Receives direction from higher-level supervisory staff. Leads and directs lower-level staff and volunteers.

Distinguishing Characteristics

The Park Enhancement Coordinator is responsible for planning, overseeing, and directing the operations, services, staff, and activities in resource preservation and protection projects. Performance requires the ability to work independently with initiative and discretion within established guidelines. This classification is distinguished from the Park Supervisor in that the latter has overall administrative and operational responsibility for park maintenance, programs, and services.

Essential Duties And Responsibilities

Management reserves the right to add, modify, change, or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Coordinates and participates in a range of activities in the enhancement and protection of the District’s natural and cultural resources; oversees and participates in resource preservation and protection projects and programs that engage the community; assists program partners to develop and implement the annual work plan.
  • Directs or performs day-to-day program operations and project-based fieldwork; updates program partners on work status; identifies and reports program needs.
  • Maintains inventory of program equipment and supplies, including replenishing, replacing, and/or disposing of items.
  • Plans various ecological restoration and park, open space, trail, and streamside clean-up tasks.
  • Oversees the activities of staff and volunteers; plans, assigns, trains, directs, and monitors staff duties; provides input to supervisor for employee performance evaluations.
  • Receives and responds to questions and concerns from patrons; identifies issues and resolves problems or refers to supervisor as appropriate.
  • Plans, schedules, and coordinates program events, including volunteer days, and provides on-site oversight the day of the event; solicits in-kind donations from local businesses for events.
  • Provides information about programs, local ecology, native plant species, and project significance at events.
  • Prepares marketing materials for the volunteer program, such as brochures, newsletters, and announcements; uses social media and other forums to maximize community outreach and participation.
  • Operates equipment related to planting, plant care, and stream maintenance.
  • Inspects tools and equipment for safety and mechanical defects and to ensure that they are in proper operating condition; performs minor equipment maintenance as needed.
  • Observes safe working practices, including maintaining storage areas in a safe condition.
  • Assesses the volunteer program; monitors program performance; identifies needs and makes recommendations for improvement.
  • Within parameters of required certification(s), provides first-response emergency assistance for situations, including, but not limited to, injury, illness, and fire.
  • Prepares and maintains reports and records.
  • Assists with District special events as needed.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.


Education and Experience:

  • High School Diploma or GED, supplemented by two years or 60 units of college level coursework, in natural sciences, biology, wildlife, ecology, or a related field; Bachelor’s degree desirable;
  • Two years of relevant experience in park preservation.
  • Any combination of training, education, and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of leadership.
  • Principles and practices of ecology, wildlife, vegetation, trail, and stream management.
  • Basic riparian plant identification and care.
  • Pest and disease identification and control methods.
  • Techniques and methodology of leading program activities.
  • Methods and techniques of planning, evaluating, and implementing recreation programs.
  • Principles and techniques for fostering effective work groups.
  • Principles and procedures of recordkeeping.
  • Principles and practices for providing high level of customer service.
  • Occupational hazards and standard safety practices.
  • Modern office practices, methods, and computer equipment and applications.

Ability to:

  • Lead lower-level staff and volunteers, including training, work planning, organizing, scheduling, and coordinating.
  • Perform a range of duties related to trail, open space, and stream maintenance.
  • Safely and effectively use, operate, and maintain equipment and tools.
  • Observe and ensure that safe practices and principles are followed by staff and volunteers.
  • Make accurate mathematic calculations.
  • Maintain accurate records.
  • Identify and analyze community needs and promote interest in assigned program areas.
  • Understand, interpret, and apply all pertinent laws, codes, regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Independently organize work, set priorities, meet deadlines, and follow up on assignments.
  • Demonstrate strong customer service skills and establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships.
  • Use English effectively to communicate in person, over the telephone, and in writing.

Licenses and Certifications:

  • At time of appointment, California Driver’s License with a satisfactory driving record maintained throughout employment.
  • Completion of American Red Cross First Aid, CPR, and AED training within six months of hire and maintain certification throughout employment.

Physical Demands

Must possess: strength, stamina, and mobility to perform medium to heavy physical work, to work around machines, to climb and descend ladders, to operate a variety of tools and equipment, and to operate a motor vehicle; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen and to distinguish colors in wiring; hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone or radio. Frequent walking in operational areas to identify problems or hazards. Finger dexterity needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard and/or calculator and to operate tools and equipment. Incumbents in this classification bend, stoop, kneel, reach, and inspect work sites. Incumbents must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects weighing up to 50 pounds or heavier weights with assistance and/or the use of proper equipment.

Environmental Elements

Incumbents work in both indoor and outdoor environments with moderate to loud noise levels. May work in controlled temperature conditions, cold and hot temperatures, or inclement weather conditions. Incumbents will interact with individuals in interpreting and enforcing rules, policies, and procedures.

Working Conditions

Incumbents may be assigned an on-call and irregular work schedule, including weekends, early mornings, evenings, and holidays.

Classification Details/History

Date Adopted: 5/31/17 Job Code: PT466 FLSA Status: Non-Exempt Supersedes: Park Enhancement Coordinator dated 9/30/15