County of Alameda

Park Supervisor (#1132H)

Bargaining Unit: ( )
$47.36-$57.58 Hourly / $3,552.00-$4,318.50 BiWeekly /
$7,696.00-$9,356.75 Monthly / $92,352.00-$112,281.00 Yearly


Under general direction, to supervise the operations of the Grounds Division of the Parks Department, to include the supervision of landscaping, planting, repair and maintenance of park equipment, including District vehicles, grading and drainage of park areas, and overall maintenance of parks; to provide high quality customer service; and to perform related duties as required.


The Parks Supervisor is the division head and directs all phases of landscape work district-wide. The Parks Supervisor is required to be able to effectively handle, with minimal supervision, grounds personnel from hiring, training and evaluating the employees to participating in the discipline of employees. The Parks Supervisor is also required to plan and carryout landscaping jobs from sketches, plans or from general instructions given by the Parks Superintendent. This class differs from the Senior Caretaker and Senior Equipment Operator classes by the latter classes having responsibility for a crew, while the Parks Supervisor is responsible for the entire Grounds Division.


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. Interviews and recommends the hiring of parks employees; evaluates performance of subordinate employees and participates in the disciplinary process.

2. Reads and interprets blue prints.

3. Prepares and oversees budget for the Grounds Division.

4. Plans landscape construction projects from soil preparation through tree and shrub planting.

5. Supervises and inspects the maintenance of trees, shrubs and turf including spraying and fertilization.

6. Requisitions supplies and materials including seed, plants, fertilizer, chemicals, tools and other supplies.

7. Establishes and directs in-service and safety training programs.

8. Keeps and maintains comprehensive work records.

9. Coordinates and oversees court referrals and volunteer programs.

10. Gives daily work assignments through Senior Caretakers and Senior Equipment Operator to park Caretakers and Equipment Operators. Gives daily work assignments to Equipment Mechanic.

11. Conducts field inspections of parks and facilities; inspects trees and animal care operations. 

12. Coordinates the activities of the Parks department with other departments, agencies, vendors and contractors.

13. Oversees all tree work in the District to assure it is to established standards; selects trees and plans all tree plantings.


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:

Education: Possession of a Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university in Horticulture or a related field,


Certification: Certification as an Arborist, Qualified Applicator, Irrigation Auditor or other related certification.



Experience: The equivalent of two (2) years experience in the class of Senior Caretaker or Senior Equipment Operator or an equivalent or higher level maintenance class in the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District Service.


Experience: The equivalent of four years of increasingly responsible experience in the planting and maintenance of trees, park and landscape areas, including administrative and supervisory duties.

License: A valid California Motor Vehicle operator’s license and a good driving record.

Special Requirements:

Current Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation AED and First Aid Training Certificate within six months of employment.

Certification as an Arborist by an accredited organization is desired. Pest Control Adviser Certification desired.


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 supervision. 

Landscaping principles. 

Laying out, grading, drainage and working of ground areas from totally uncultivated to finished condition including the establishment and maintenance of turf. 

How to plant shrubs and trees in this climate zone and their proper care. 

The use and application of fertilizers. 

Principles of Integrated Pest Management practices and the proper use of pesticides and applicable pesticide regulations. 

Operation and maintenance of gardening tools and power equipment. 

Care, maintenance and layout of athletic fields. 

Safe work methods and safety practices. 

Computer operations related to the work.

Ability to: 

Supervise the work of full-time, hourly, volunteer and court appointed workers. 

 Establish and maintain effective working relationships. 

Be proactive in problem solving. 

 Prepare and maintain a variety of written records and reports pertaining to the work. 

Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. 

Manage and prioritize work. 

Represent the District to other agencies, user groups, the general public and private contractors. 

Exhibit a high customer service priority. 

Establish and maintain effective communications with co-workers at all levels of the organization. 

Within CALOSHA guidelines, withstand periods of physical exposure to the presence of fumes, odors, dust and pollen without incapacitating adverse effect. 

Safely transport, lift objects weighing up to forty (40) pounds. 

Recognize safety needs. 

Work with minimal supervision.




AM:po revised/retitled 5/28/09

Old title: Supervisor of Parks

CSC Date: 1/27/2010