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Recruitment #18-GV6-01


THE JOB: Under general direction provides overall management for maintenance, planning and operation of county parks, beaches, landscape areas, and open space preserves within assigned geographic areas; supervises and manages assigned staff, department programs and functions; coordinates recreational programs and activities with other department teams and stakeholders. Performs related work as required.

Employment Standards

THE REQUIREMENTS: Any combination of education and experience, which would provide the required knowledge and abilities, is qualifying, unless otherwise specified. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Bachelor’s Degree with major course work in natural resource planning, parks administration, or related field. 
Four years of increasingly responsible experience in the management, operation or protection of a park, forest, public recreational, or historical area including two years of experience as a supervisor. 
Possession of a two-year college degree from an accredited college. 
Six years of experience in the management, operation or protection of a park, forest, public recreational, or historical area three of which should be as a supervisor.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: May work irregular hours or schedules. License, Certificate Requirements: Valid Class C Driver License; certification from a nationally recognized Pool Certification Program may be required.

Special Working Conditions: Exposure to variable temperatures and weather conditions; cramped work spaces; heights, such as on ladders, scaffolding and roofs; strong and unpleasant odors and fumes; noise; exposure to allergens such as poison oak, pollen, and bee stings; the possibility of exposure to infections which might cause chronic disease or death; and the possibility of exposure to toxic substances or chemical irritants.

Knowledge: Thorough knowledge of the procedures and techniques of evaluating and administering programs; parks and/or open space maintenance principles and practices; the principles and practices of program management including planning and program analysis. Working knowledge of the principles and practices of supervision and training; principles of organization and administration of fiscal, personnel and related aspects or park program management; administrative techniques including planning, organizing work and evaluating operations; principles and practices of natural resources conservation, park management, and general law enforcement; budget preparation, administration, and control; safe work procedures; contract development and administration. Some knowledge of grant sources and grants administration.

Ability to: Plan, organize, manage and coordinate the operation of the countywide park program, landscaping and open space maintenance program; plan, organize and coordinate the countywide facility use/reservation program; supervise, train and evaluate staff; evaluate division operations and procedures and develop techniques and procedures to increase efficiency and effectiveness; define, analyze, evaluate and solve problems with services and programs; ensure that staff understand and follow safety procedures and design and conduct ongoing safety programs; negotiate and administer contracts and grants; determine work priorities and coordinate personnel, materials and equipment; prepare and monitor division budget; interpret, explain and apply applicable laws, legislation, ordinances and administrative policies/procedures; prepare clear and concise oral and written reports; communicate effectively before groups; develop and maintain maintenance standards; interpret plans, blue prints and specifications; learn to input, access and analyze data using a computer; move over rough and steep terrain; make field visits to park facilities to supervise staff and events; climb ladders to inspect buildings; move in cramped areas, such as under a house, to perform inspections.


VACATION - 16 days 1st year, increasing to 31 days per year after 15 years service. Available after 1 year service.
ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE - One week advanced upon appointment; two weeks accrued each year; can be taken in cash or time off.
HOLIDAYS - 13 paid holidays per year.
SICK LEAVE - Six days per year.
BEREAVEMENT LEAVE - 3 days paid in California, 5 days paid out-of-state.
MEDICAL PLAN - The County contracts with CalPERS for a variety of medical plans. For most plans, County contributions pay a majority of the premiums for employees and eligible dependents.
DENTAL PLAN - County pays for employee and eligible dependent coverage.
VISION PLAN - The County pays for employee coverage. Employee may purchase eligible dependent coverage.
RETIREMENT AND SOCIAL SECURITY - Pension formula 2% at age 60 or 2% at age 62 as determined based on provisions of the CA Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013(PEPRA). Pension benefit determined by final average compensation of three years. County participates in Social Security.
LIFE INSURANCE - County paid $50,000 term policy. Employee may purchase additional life insurance.
LONG TERM DISABILITY PLAN - Plan pays 66 2/3% of the first $13,500, up to $9,000 per month maximum.
DEPENDENT-CARE PLAN - Employees who pay for qualifying child or dependent care expenses may elect this pre-tax program.
H-CARE PLAN - Employees who pay a County medical premium may elect this pre-tax program.
HEALTH CARE FLEXIBLE SPENDING ALLOWANCE (HCFSA) - Employees may elect this pre-tax program to cover qualifying health care expenses.
DEFERRED COMPENSATION - A deferred compensation plan is available to employees.

Selection Plan

THE EXAMINATION: Your application and supplemental questionnaire will be reviewed to determine if you have met the education, experience, training and/or licensing requirements as stated on the job announcement. If you meet these criteria and are one of the best qualified, you may be required to compete in any combination of written, oral and/or performance examinations or a competitive evaluation of training and experience as described on your application and supplemental questionnaire. You must pass all components of the examination to be placed on the eligible list. The examination may be eliminated if there are ten or fewer qualified applicants. If the eligible list is established without the administration of the announced examination, the life of the eligible list will be six months and your overall score will be based upon an evaluation of your application and supplemental questionnaire. If during those six months it is necessary to administer another examination for this job class, you will be invited to take the examination to remain on the eligible list.

HOW TO APPLY: Apply Online Now!  Click on the link below; or print out an application and supplemental questionnaire and mail/bring them to: Santa Cruz County Personnel Department, 701 Ocean Street, Room 510, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060.  For information, call (831) 454-2600.  Hearing Impaired TDD/TTY: 711.  Applications will meet the final filing date if received in one of the following ways:  1) in the Personnel Department by 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date, 2) submitted online before midnight of the final filing date. 


To comply with the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act, Santa Cruz County verifies that all new employees are either U.S. citizens or persons authorized to work in the U.S.

Some positions may require fingerprinting and/or background investigation.

NOTE: The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract.

An Equal Opportunity Employer