Parks Director

DATE: 5-9-2000

JOB TITLE: Park Director
DEPARTMENT: Parks & Recreation

IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Director of Parks & Recreation

POSITION SUPERVISED: Parks, Golf, Building Maintenance employees

EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: A Bachelor of Science degree in parks management or related field, with 5 years experience; or equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

NATURE OF WORK: This individual is responsible for the operations and maintenance of public facilities and grounds, including: parks, trails, government buildings, and the municipal golf course. The position is responsible for overall supervision and assignment of maintenance activities within three divisions. The work is performed under the general direction of the Director of Parks and Recreation who assists in establishing priorities and other administrative and technical decisions. This individual is the supervising staff person for the West Hills Commission and a staff representative on the Park and Recreation Board.


I. Assigns personnel, schedules work crews, establishes work procedures, directs and supervises work in the maintenance of public grounds, park and recreation facilities, general government buildings, municipal golf course and equipment under the auspices of the Park and Recreation Department to obtain effective results from park and golf personnel.

A. Monitors work efforts of full and part-time staff so these individuals can be evaluated on job performance.
B. Details work assignments to supervisory personnel.

II. Maintains records as prescribed by the Director of Parks and Recreation.

A. Keeps records of equipment and personnel utilization and prepares other operating reports.
B. Park, government building, and golf staff shall remit report forms to the Park Director.
C. Maintains an inventory of small tools and equipment owned by the department.
D. Reviews bills and biweekly payroll submissions.

III. Purchases supplies and materials necessary to the operation of the Park Department.

A. Assists the Director in preparing the annual budget and developing work programs to meet stated budget objectives.
B. Operates within the established annual budget.
C. Obtain bids and quotes as necessary.
D. Makes recommendations to the Director of Parks and Recreation of the purchase or replacement of major equipment.

IV. Demonstrate to staff, whenever necessary, the safe and efficient use of materials, equipment, or methods necessary for the care and keeping of public lands and facilities.

A. Knowledge of planting and maintenance of trees and turf areas.
B. Knowledge of installation and maintenance of playgrounds and recreation apparatus.
C. Knowledge of building care and repair
D. Knowledge of athletic field maintenance, skating rinks, and tennis courts.
E. Knowledge of hazards and safety precaution of the work.
F. Skill in the use of all tools, equipment, and vehicles associated with the work.

V. Assists in the recruitment of full and part time employees through newspaper ads, radio announcements, agencies and other sources.

A. Responsible for interviewing and recommending for hire full time, seasonal and part time employees.

VI. Responsible for management of the Park and Recreation Department in the absence of the Director.

VII. Stays abreast of current park and golf maintenance practices by attending training seminars, conferences and professional associations.

VIII Language skills to include an ability to read, analyze, and interpret technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents such as laws and governmental regulations. Ability to effectively present information and respond to inquiries or complaints from personnel, regulatory agencies, or citizenry. Ability to write reports business correspondence, and procedure manuals. XI. Mathematical skills to include an ability to do simple and complex arithmetic such as add, subtract, multiply, and divide in whole numbers and fractions. Ability to develop and administer operating budgets. Ability to apply concepts such as percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

X. Reasoning ability to comply with Park policy regarding Operations management. Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with abstract and concrete variables. Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical programs and/or problems.


I. Establishes and maintains cooperative planning and working relationships with local sports associations, advisory boards, school district, Steele County, and the general public.

A. Promotes the use of Park and Recreation facilities, areas and equipment for group activities, recreation and relaxation. B. Disburses department information and services to local media. C. Attends civic club meetings, schools, and other public gatherings to promote the activities, functions, and enthusiasm for new programs and/or facilities in the City.


I. Must possess a valid Minnesota drivers license.


I. Employee must be capable of operating miscellaneous office and other equipment relative to this position which shall include but may not be limited to: personal computer, copier, fax machine, motor vehicles, communication equipment and related items.


I. Generally 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Occasional evening, weekend, or holiday work is required. This is an exempt position.

II. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may frequently be exposed outside weather conditions including extreme heat and humidity, extreme cold, as well as wet and slippery conditions. While outside the employee is occasionally exposed to direct sunlight, dust, pollen, and equipment exhaust fumes. The employee may need to traverse rough and uneven terrain and paved and unpaved trails. The employee is occasionally exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals. The noise level is the work environment is usually moderate but can be loud when around machinery or equipment.

In compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act the following represents the Physical and Environmental Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk on uneven and rough terrain as well as paved and unpaved trails, use hands and arms to handle and manipulate objects, tools, or controls; and operate foot controls on equipment. The employee frequently is required to stand. The employee is occasionally required to sit, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, talk, and hear. When training others in equipment operation the employee is frequently exposed to bouncing, jostling, twisting, and turning of the upper body. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally must lift and/or move up to 100 pounds.