County of Alameda

Park Superintendent HARD (#1110H)

Bargaining Unit: ( )
$62.80-$76.33 Hourly / $5,024.00-$6,106.40 BiWeekly /
$10,885.33-$13,230.53 Monthly / $130,624.00-$158,766.40 Yearly

Under general direction of the General Manager, the Park Superintendent is the administrative head of the Park Department and is responsible for the planning, designing, directing and management of the District’s parks and facility maintenance.


The Park Superintendent designs, plans, develops and directs maintenance operations for all facilities and sites owned or operated by the District which include landscaped areas, sports facilities, open space lands, buildings, structures and equipment required to perform such maintenance.


NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Plans and coordinates the development of parks and facilities with community needs in mind. Recommends changes for redevelopment as needs and resources change.

2. Organizes and directs the maintenance of park areas and facilities.

3. Provides general direction for the landscape planning staff planning for new park areas or in making changes in exiting areas.

4. Directs the execution of landscaping plans including the proper planting of trees, shrubs, ground cover and flowers in the various park sites of the District.

5. Directs the maintenance of the District’s fleet of vehicles and equipment.

6. Develops a variety of maintenance programs such as pest control, weed abatement, water and energy conservation, turf and landscape maintenance, etc.

7. Addresses community and civic groups, explaining the District’s park program and encourages support for it. Responds to citizens’ concerns.

8. Directs the purchase of major items of equipment; requisition, supplies; maintains records and prepares reports.

9. Interviews and selects personnel for the Park Department, evaluates performance of subordinates.

10. Prepares and administers the budget for personnel, supplies, equipment and capital outlay for the Park Department.

11. Attends Board of Directors, civic and other community meetings as required in the administration of the Park Department.



A combination of training and experience which demonstrates that a person has obtained the required knowledge and is able to perform the required work (with reasonable accommodation, if needed). A person with the following combined training and experience would typically qualify to compete in a selection process.
Possession of a Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized college or university, preferably with specialization in landscape architecture, ornamental horticulture, park administration, or in a closely related field. (Master’s Degree in Park Administration or a closely related field desirable.)


Five (5) years of full time increasingly responsible, experience in park management, at least three (3) years of which must have been in an administrative or supervisory capacity.


Valid California Motor Vehicle Operator’s license and a good driving record.
California Pest Control Advisor’s License is desirable.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above minimum qualifications in the announcement of an examination.


NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:
• Principles and practices of Public Administration and Business Administration including but not limited to, budget preparation and control, personnel management, administrative procedures, and organization and management.
• The concepts objectives and requirements of a well-rounded parks and recreation facilities acquisition, development and maintenance program.
• Park and recreation facilities planning, principles and problems.
• The selection and use of pest and weed control substances and the laws relating thereto.
• Principles and procedures used in developing and administering a Park Department.
• Federal, State, County and City laws, regulation, codes, ordinances and rules pertaining to park and Public Agencies’ operations.

Ability to:

• Analyze organizational and administrative concerns and problems and adopt effective courses of action.
• Recommend policies and procedures designed to provide effective and efficient public service levels.
• Prepare and present clear and concise reports; maintain accurate records; speak and write effectively.
• Establish and maintain effective relationships with public officials and with the general public.
• Advise architects, engineers, contractors and suppliers of District requirements and inspect work and materials to ensure compliance with specifications and plans.
• Exhibit a high customer service priority.
• Establish and maintain open and honest communications with co-workers at all levels of the organization.
• Withstand sustained periods of sitting while intermittently operating keyboards, twisting and reaching to operate other equipment without incapacitating adverse effect.