County of Alameda

Park Services Specialist, HARD (#1115H)

Bargaining Unit: ( )
$30.23-$36.74 Hourly / $2,267.25-$2,755.50 BiWeekly /
$4,912.38-$5,970.25 Monthly / $58,948.50-$71,643.00 Yearly

Under direction provides administrative support to the landscape architectural and project management functions related to the construction of park and recreation capital and improvement projects of the District; facilitates the public works bidding process; and performs other related duties.


The Parks Services Specialist position is found in the Parks Department. This position reports to the Parks Superintendent and works closely with all Department Heads on District-wide projects and is responsible for performing a variety of administrative support activities requiring the exercise of initiative and independent judgment. This position is distinguished from the Secretary I in that the majority of duties of the former involve a greater scope and complexity of administrative activities, regulations and guidelines.

NOTE: The following list of duties are those usually performed by most employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Not all duties listed are necessarily performed by each individual in the classification.

1. Prepares formal and informal bid package, including plans and specifications for development projects.
2. Administers the bid process. Provides project administration, administering projects through completion; participates in pre-bid and pre-construction meetings; processes addendums and change orders; manages and monitors job files.
3. Monitors all prevailing wages throughout the duration of the project.
4. Prepares legal advertising for all district projects including online advertising requiring scanning and uploading of all required documentation including plans and specifications.
5. Maintains all District plans, which may include updating drawings and plotting plans on CADD. 6. Prepares a variety of graphic media for District Board meetings and public presentations.
7. Prepares a variety of correspondence, reports, draft policies and procedures, and other written materials; may access varied data bases or use information from various sources to prepare such materials.
8. Represents the District and acts as a liaison with public/private organizations, regulatory enforcement representatives, contractors, vendors, other departments and the general public.
9. Prepares special projects such as researching information, summarizing data, evaluating alternatives and preparing narrative and/or statistical reports.
10. Maintains organized and detailed records of projects.



The equivalent of three years of increasingly responsible experience which must have included at least two years of construction or project administration, landscape architecture or park management in a public park structure, Agency or District.


Possession of an Associate of Arts degree or the equivalent of two years of college coursework (90 quarter or 60 semester units) from an accredited college or university in construction management or a related field.

Possession of a valid California Class C Driver’s License at the time of appointment. Individuals who are appointed to this position will be required to maintain a valid California Driver’s License throughout the tenure of their employment.

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 the duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• Principles of public administration.
• Computer applications related to the work, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher, Photoshop and CADD
• Research and report preparation principles.
• Laws and regulations as they pertain to public works projects and construction.
• Prevailing wage regulations.
• State and Federal labor laws.
• Principles and procedures of record keeping.
• Fundamentals of park planning and landscape architecture.

Ability to:

• Access and update landscape architectural plans, construction and details using computer aided drafting software (CADD).
• Use standard office equipment, including computer, fax and wide-format plotter.
• Drive a motor vehicle in order to visit work sites and attend meetings.
• Collect, compile and summarize varied information, consider alternatives and reach sound conclusions.
• Explain and apply regulations and proper procedures in varying situations.
• Prepare clear and accurate reports, correspondence, procedures and other written materials.
• Organize and prioritize work to meet critical deadlines.
• Maintain accurate records and files.
• Exercise sound judgment within established policies and procedures.
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted during the course of the work. 
• Communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.
• Safely transport and lift objects weighing up to forty (40) pounds.

New spec: 1115H
AM:cs 8/20/13
CSC Date: 10/16/13



  • Ten (10) working days paid vacation each year; fifteen (15) days after five (5) years of service; and twenty (20) days after thirteen (13) years of service Fourteen (14) paid holidays a year. Sick leave is accrued at the rate of one (1) day per month.
  • Choice of three (3) health plans for employees and their dependents, most, if not all of which is paid for by the District. The medical plan design offered to employees is a $15 HMO Plan or High Deductible PPO Plan. Employees may elect coverage provided through one of the two medical carriers, United Healthcare HMO or PPO, Kaiser Permanente HMO Comprehensive dental plan for employees and their dependents.
  • Vision care reimbursement benefit.
  • Social Security paid for by District and employee.
  • Public Employees Retirement System 2% at 62 for new hires; 2% at 60 for new employees hired after January 1, 2013 that are already members of CalPERS.
  • Long Term Disability Plan paid by District.
  • Life Insurance policy ($75,000) paid by District.
  • Deferred Compensation Plan available, employee funded.
  • Employee Credit Union services.
  • Educational Tuition Reimbursement.
  • Employee Assistance Program.
  • Post employment healthcare plan contribution of 2.52% of base salary paid by District.
  • State Disability, employee funded