Placer County

Parks Administrator (#13582)

$54.13-$67.59 Hourly / $9,382.53-$11,715.60 Monthly / $112,590.40-$140,587.20 Yearly


Under general direction, assists the Director of Parks & Open Space in planning, organizing, directing, and managing the activities of the Department of Parks & Open Space, including land acquisition and park planning, design, development, and improvement; coordinate parks activities with other divisions and departments and 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 general direction from the Director of Parks & Open Space.

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


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

  • Assist in the preparation of the park master plan, including environmental and fiscal impacts.
  • Provide staff assistance to various commissions and advisory groups.
  • Recommend and assist in the implementation of department goals, objectives, policies, and procedures.
  • Assist in planning, organizing and directing department activities including land acquisition and park planning, design, development, and improvement.
  • Assist in the development of the department work plan, assign work activities, projects, and programs, monitor workflow, review and evaluate work products, methods, and procedures.
  • Participate in budget preparation and administration; 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 County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Represent the department 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. 
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Work is typically performed in an indoor office environment with some field work outdoors in varying temperature and weather conditions.


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.

Required 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 daily operations of the Department of Parks & Open Spaces.
  • 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 department.
  • 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.


Length of Probation: 
All permanent appointments from open eligible lists to positions in the classified service shall serve a probationary period of twelve (12) calendar months or two thousand eighty (2,080) hours, whichever is more. 

Bargaining Unit: 

CLASS: 13582; EST: 9/2/1995; REV: 4/13/2021;