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Park Supervisor


Under direction, develops, implements, monitors, evaluates, and supervises park maintenance and fleet management programs; ensures that District parks are maintained in a safe and compliant condition. Hires, trains, evaluates, and supervises staff. Performs related work as required.

Supervision Received And Exercised

Receives direction from higher-level management staff. Exercises direct supervision over assigned staff.

Distinguishing Characteristics

The Park Supervisor is a direct supervisory level classification responsible for developing, implementing, monitoring, evaluating, and supervising the operations, staff, and activities of park maintenance to maximize service delivery to the community. Performance requires the use of independence, initiative, and discretion. This classification is distinguished from the Parks and Facilities Manager in that the latter is responsible for strategic planning and management of all District parks and facilities.

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.

  • Develops, implements, monitors, evaluates, and supervises the operations of park maintenance and fleet management.
  • Oversees and supervises the activities of subordinate staff; hires, assigns, trains, directs, schedules, and monitors staff duties; evaluates employee performance and initiates disciplinary actions when needed.
  • Responsible for the appropriate training of employees in assigned areas of responsibility. Plans and conducts in-service training programs; monitors status of required licenses and certifications; structures the evaluation and professional development of staff to ensure a high performing team.
  • Oversees and manages contract services.
  • Performs safety inspections of District parks and ensures that safe work methods and safety precautions are observed; utilizes appropriate safety equipment in working around hazardous chemicals and in hazardous environments.
  • Plans, schedules, prioritizes, and may assist with maintenance, repair, renovation, and construction projects; makes recommendations on planning, development, and implementation of new facilities and/or park areas.
  • Works collaboratively with other District departments; confers regularly with other District supervisors and managers.
  • Prepares and manages park maintenance and fleet budget and grants; projects revenue and expenditures; monitors and tracks expenditures; monitors inventory and purchases authorized supplies and equipment.
  • Serves as District representative with external organizations; attends and/or speaks at meetings, community and professional functions, and conferences, as assigned.
  • Maintains records; prepares a variety of operational and business reports and associated correspondence.
  • Assists with District special events as needed.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in ornamental horticulture, parks administration, natural resources, or a related field;
  • Five years of relevant professional experience, with at least one year in a supervisory capacity.
  • Any combination of training, education, and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Knowledge of:

  • Principles, practices, methods, and techniques of planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating park and fleet maintenance.
  • Principles and practices of supervision and leadership, including work planning, assignment review, evaluation, discipline, and training.
  • Theories, principles, methods, materials, techniques, and equipment used in the construction, maintenance, and repairs of parks and related facilities.
  • Proper horticultural practices related to parks, plants, trees, and shrubs including species identification and disease management.
  • Methods and techniques of manual and automatic irrigation system installation, operation, and repair.
  • Operational characteristics of a variety of tools and equipment.
  • Methods and techniques of inspecting maintenance and repair work to ensure compliance with safety requirements, District standards, and quality requirements.
  • Relevant laws, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Occupational hazards and related safety precautions.
  • Principles and practices of administrative procedures, recordkeeping, budgeting and financial management.
  • Principles and practices of grant writing and management.
  • Principles and practices of contract and procurement administration.
  • Principles and techniques for fostering effective work groups, inter-departmental relations, and community partnerships while providing high level of customer service.
  • Modern office practices, methods, and computer equipment and applications.

Ability to:

  • Select, supervise, and lead staff and volunteers, including planning, organizing, training, evaluating, and coordinating the work of multiple assigned areas and working teams.
  • Plan and develop policies and procedures.
  • Perform skilled park maintenance and repair work in a diverse range of trade areas.
  • Manage contracted services.
  • Read and understand complex construction and development plans and specifications.
  • Review work to be performed and identify resources necessary to complete the work.
  • Respond appropriately to changing situations.
  • Understand, interpret, and apply all relevant laws, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Manage budget development, monitor program revenue and expenses, and maintain accurate financial records and reports.
  • Perform grant writing and management.
  • Develop marketing materials, public relations programs, and make presentations.
  • Speak effectively in public.
  • 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.
  • At time of appointment, must possess at least two of the following:
    • California Department of Pesticide Regulations Qualified Applicator’s Certificate (QAC), Categories B or C,
    • California Department of Pesticide Regulations Qualified Applicator’s License (QAL), Categories B or C,
    • International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Arborist Certificate,
    • California Department of Agriculture Pest Control Advisors License (PCA); (catagories A, D, E, & G are desirable)
    • Certified Irrigation Auditor through the Irrigation Association (IA).
    • Backflow Tester Certificate,
    • Playground Safety Inspector Certificate.

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. Exposure to chemicals, mechanical and electrical hazards, and hazardous physical substances and fumes. 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.

Pre-Employment Conditions

  • Department of Justice fingerprint clearance.
  • Medical exam and drug testing clearance.

Classification Details/History

Date Adopted: 5/31/17 Job Code: 5435L FLSA Status: Exempt Supersedes: Park Supervisor dated 7/29/15