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Parks and Open Space Superintendent

Marin County Parks

Recruitment #1141-16-11

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The Marin County Human Resources Department and Marin County Parks are accepting applications for the position of Parks and Open Space Superintendent.

CURRENT VACANCY: There is one full-time vacancy in the department. The eligible list established from this recruitment will be used to fill the current vacancy and any future vacancies for open, fixed-term, full-time or part-time positions that may occur in this assignment while the list remains active.

ABOUT MARIN: Located in the North Bay Area across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, Marin
County is a dynamic community of 259,000 engaged and culturally diverse residents. From its tidelands to the top of Mt. Tamalpais, Marin enjoys a high quality of life marked by beautiful beaches, groves of redwoods and oaks, rolling foothills, and scenic valleys. The mild, year-round Mediterranean climate is highlighted by cool, coastal fog tempering the warm inland temperatures of summer. Incorporated communities include Belvedere, Corte Madera, Fairfax, Larkspur, Mill Valley, Novato, Ross, San Anselmo, San Rafael (the County seat), Sausalito, and Tiburon. The County’s active economy includes finance, movie and video production, agriculture, aquaculture, computer software, communications equipment, printing, and tourism.

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT:  Marin County Parks offers an extensive system of regional and community parks, open space preserves, and trails for public use and enjoyment. The Department consists of two divisions: the Parks and Landscape Division and the Marin County Open Space District (MCOSD). The Department is responsible for planning, acquiring, and managing the County’s open space system, which includes more than 16,000 acres of open space and more than 250 miles of public trails, as well as the County’s park system with five regional parks, eight neighborhood parks, and six paved multiuse paths. In addition, the Department works closely and collaboratively with private organizations and public agencies within the county that manage and preserve open space lands, parks, and protected environmental sanctuaries including Marin Municipal Water District, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, California State Parks, and National Marine Sanctuaries. The County’s park and open space systems are enjoyed by millions of visitors annually.

Position Information

Under general direction, this position provides senior leadership to subordinate managers and supervisors with responsibility for operations of several parks, landscapes and open space preserves consolidated by geographic region or facility type. Principal responsibilities are park operations, visitor services, and maintaining infrastructure and equipment. Plans, develops and achieves published operational goals and standards by coordinating and overseeing the operations of assigned parks, facilities, and programs. Performs representational duties internally and externally with staff, other county departments, outside agencies, contractors, special interest groups and the general public. Also serves as a key member of the department’s senior leadership team with significant involvement in overall strategic planning, budget development and management. This position may include special assignments like the management of the department’s Integrated Pest Management program, volunteer program, permitting or other duties as assigned.

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE: The ideal candidate for this position will have personal and professional integrity, be highly organized, possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills, approach their work with enthusiasm, and demonstrate a strong commitment to customer service. He or she is also a capable leader and manager of staff; a project manager; and aware of the many environmental, political, economic and social variables that affect park and natural resource operations and management. The ideal candidate will have budget experience and a depth of supervisory and leadership experience that includes teambuilding, coaching, employee development and discipline. Well-developed verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work cooperatively with divergent groups is ideal.

The ideal candidate has a general understanding of routine parks and facilities maintenance. Knowledge of park design, blueprint reading, traffic circulation, revenue collection, and labor relations principles is ideal. The ideal candidate serves as a representative of the department with staff, external organizations, and the public. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of natural resources management procedures, regulations, laws, theories, practices, and principles and application of same at a professional level. Proven supervision and management skills, the ability to write and communicate effectively and to maintain positive working relations with a diverse workforce are ideal.

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of education and experience that would provide the knowledge and skills listed in the class specification. Typically, equivalent to a Bachelor's degree plus four years of increasingly responsible experience in parks, open space and/or landscape maintenance and operation. Two years of the experience must have been at a supervisory level.  

NOTE: The successful candidate will be subject to a background investigation prior to appointment.

Testing Schedule

Depending on the number of qualified applications received, the examination process may consist of a supplemental application screening, highly qualified review, online assessment, written examination, oral examination, practical/performance examination, or any combination to determine which candidates’ names will be placed on the eligible list.

Applicants are encouraged to apply early. This recruitment may close at any time once a sufficient number of acceptable applications have been received. The first application review will be on December 14, 2016.
ONLINE APPLICATIONS: You may apply online at