City of Tampa

Park Operations Specialist (#105000) 020

$20.07-$28.45 Hourly / $3,478.80-$4,931.33 Monthly / $41,745.60-$59,176.00 Yearly


This is responsible work enforcing rules and overseeing the operation of a municipal park.  Bargaining unit position.

Nature Of Work

An employee in this class is responsible for performing a variety of tasks in the enforcement of City ordinances, permit regulations, and operating rules within the geographic boundaries of a municipal park. Employees are responsible for managing the operation and maintenance of the assigned park. Work is of average difficulty and includes but is not limited to performing such tasks as providing patrol service to reduce acts of vandalism and disturbance upon park property, maintaining the peace, and protecting the health and safety of the users. Tasks performed in the operation of the assigned park include coordinating with sponsors of special events to be held at the park, managing the day-to-day operation such as: mowing, minor painting, assuring cleanliness of the grounds and facilities, and preparing requests for maintenance and repairs to park facilities and grounds. Although under general supervision, employees are required to exercise considerable initiative and independent judgment, as well as tact and courtesy, in dealing with the public. Employees are expected to make rational decisions calmly and quickly in emergency or hazardous situations. An important feature of this job is the residency requirement; some employees will be provided with a place of residency within the boundaries of the assigned park throughout employment where they will be required to live. Employees might be required to work flexible hours, weekends, holidays, and nights. After the park is closed, the employee will be off-duty except during situations requiring immediate attention. Work is reviewed through reports submitted, observations, and results obtained.

Examples of Duties

Enforces all City ordinances and official parks operating rules and regulations as promulgated by the department.

Oversees the day-to-day operation of the assigned park; meets the public and provides information concerning park operation; coordinates and oversees special events; develops and presents interpretive programs for visitors, students and other groups on nature, environment, flora, fauna, and similar topics; conducts nature tours; inspects park facilities and grounds and performs maintenance and repair work identified; recommends acquisition, changes and modifications to park equipment; requisitions materials for carrying out park operations; performs maintenance of grounds such as planting, mowing, trimming, spraying pesticides, etc.

Provides assistance to persons who are handicapped; initiates investigations of traffic accidents occurring within assigned park; makes proper disposition of nuisances, obstructions, dead animals, and other conditions which would tend to endanger the health, safety or convenience of the public; takes lost, stolen or abandoned property into custody and properly disposes of same.

Maintains peace and prevents disorder; patrols parks and park facilities on foot and by motorized vehicle to lessen the opportunity for crime and disorder within park boundaries; notifies Police Department of crimes and might initiate preliminary investigations of criminal offenses or incidents requiring police action until Police Officers arrive; renders first aid as required; takes necessary actions to report all persons observed violating the law; records relevant facts on appropriate forms and testifies in court when required.

Maintains records and prepares reports on attendance, community service worker hours, accidents, emergencies, vandalism, etc.

Performs related work as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Ability to: learn principles, accepted practices and methods of operating a municipal park; learn rules and regulations pertinent to parks operations; learn methods and techniques used in surveying maintenance needs for buildings and facilities; learn effective public relations principles and techniques; analyze problems and objectively deal with people; observe and record incidents clearly and completely and to prepare and present clear and concise reports both orally and in writing; act calmly and quickly in emergency and hazardous situations; establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, officials, other personnel, and the public.

Skill in: operation of a light weight motor vehicle and various parks and facilities maintenance tools.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited high school, vocational school or GED and one (1) year of experience in parks operation, facility and grounds maintenance, and/or security work; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Licenses or Certifications

Possession of:  valid Florida driver's license, CPR and First Aid certificates. 

Successful completion of a prescribed program of parking enforcement training.

Ability to obtain a Commercial driver’s license Class “B” with Air Brakes and Tanker endorsements and satisfactorily complete the Parks Maintenance course conducted by the National Recreation and Parks Association during the first year of employment.


Employees may be required to work rotating shifts, including nights, weekends, holidays and overtime as needed. During periods when the Mayor issues an emergency declaration for the City of Tampa, all employees may be required to work in preparation, response or recovery activities related to the stated emergency.

CLASS: 105000; EST: 8/14/2013; REV: 3/1/2021;