Placer County

Parks Administrator (#13582)

$53.59-$66.92 Hourly / $9,288.93-$11,599.47 Monthly / $111,467.20-$139,193.60 Yearly


To plan, organize, direct and manage the activities of the Parks and Grounds Division within the Public Works and Facilities Department including land acquisition and park planning, design, development and improvement; to coordinate parks activities with other divisions and departments and to provide highly complex staff assistance to executive management staff.


The Administrator level recognizes positions that provide full-time line and functional management responsibility for a division or program area within a department.


Receives administrative direction from executive management staff.

Exercises direct supervision over professional, supervisory, technical, maintenance and clerical staff.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Prepare parks master plan, including environmental and fiscal impacts.
  • Provide staff assistance to various commissions and advisory groups.
  • Develop and implement division goals, objectives, policies and procedures.
  • Plan, organize and direct Parks and Grounds Division activities including land acquisition and park planning, design, development, and improvement.
  • Direct, oversee and participate in the development of the Parks and Grounds Division work plan, assign work activities, projects and programs, monitor work flow, review and evaluate work products, methods and procedures.
  • Prepare the Parks and Grounds Division budget; assist in budget preparation; participate in the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; administer the approved budget.
  • Recommend the appointment of personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; conduct performance evaluations; recommend discipline; implement discipline procedures as directed; maintain discipline and high standards necessary for the efficient and professional operation of the Department.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other District employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Represent the Division to outside agencies and organizations; participate in outside community and professional groups and committees; provide technical assistance as necessary.
  • Research and prepare technical and administrative reports; prepare written correspondence.


Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: Five years of increasingly responsible experience in park planning, design and development, including two years of supervisory responsibility.

Training: Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in landscape architecture, parks and recreation, environmental design or a related field.

License or Certificate:
May need to possess a valid driver's license as required by the position.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.


Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of park planning and development, including environmental and land development processes.
  • Principles and practices of leadership, motivation, team building and conflict resolution.
  • Pertinent local, State and Federal rules, regulations and laws.
  • Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment.
  • Principles and practices of policy development.
  • Principles and practices of organizational analysis and management
  • Principles and practices of supervision, training and performance evaluation.

Ability to:

  • Organize and direct the Parks and Grounds Division operations.
  • On a continuous basis, analyze budget and technical reports; interpret and evaluate staff reports; know laws, regulations and codes; observe performance and evaluate staff; problem solve department related issues; remember various rules and procedures; and explain and interpret policy.
  • On a continuous basis, sit at desk and in meetings for long periods of time.  Intermittently twist to reach equipment surrounding desk; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; use telephone, and communicate through written means.
  • Perform the most complex work of the division.
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion.
  • Interpret and apply County and Department policies, procedures, rules and regulations.
  • Prepare and administer a budget.
  • Supervise, train and evaluate personnel.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

CLASS: 13582; EST: 9/2/1995; REV: 11/17/2015;