Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District

Are you are you a bright, motivated, and skilled Accounting professional who values the preservation of open space and public access to preserves? Do you enjoy providing excellent customer service to a diverse employee group on a variety of accounting issues?   The Accountant position at Midpen is an exciting opportunity to bring your accounting expertise to support our mission.


About the District:  Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is a regional greenbelt system in the Santa Cruz Mountain region comprised of over 63,000 acres of land in 26 extraordinary open space preserves, permanently protected for public enjoyment and recreation. The District is a growing organization with a focused mission that guides our work, and where every employee makes an impact.  If you are looking for an outstanding opportunity to contribute to the legacy of open space protection and outdoor recreation, working with an incredible team of like-minded colleagues, we invite you to apply for this position!  To learn more about the District, visit our website,, and view our “Working for Midpen” video on our Jobs page.


About the Position: The ideal candidate has solid public sector accounting experience to perform diverse, specialized, and complex work involving significant accountability and decision-making.  The candidate independently performs the full range of accounting duties including, but not limited to: overseeing  accounts payable/receivable; participate in and oversee all activities related to payroll; works directly with the external auditors to facilitate the year-end audit; participates in the compilation and preparation of District budget; interprets, explains, and applies general and governmental accounting/auditing principles and procedures, laws, and regulations; analyzes financial data and prepares a wide variety of financial reports and statements; prepares reports taken to the Board of Directors and various other committees.  Must have knowledge of basic principles and practices of budget development and administration; accounting and finance software systems and other computer software and systems related to accounting and payroll processes; and the ability to analyze, interpret, summarize, and present financial, administrative and technical information and data in an effective manner.  The incumbent has a proven ability to build positive and productive relationships, provides excellent customer service to all District departments; possesses excellent communication and interpersonal skills; as well as excellent judgment and proactive problem solving skills to effectively plan, organize, oversee, review, and evaluate the work of accounting staff.  For additional information, see the Accountant job description on the District website for details.


Work Environment: The Accountant is part of Administrative Services at the District’s office in Los Altos, California and will work in an office environment. This position reports to the Finance Manager. Administrative Services provides finance, accounting, budget, information technology, human resources, and office management to the District’s visitor services, land management, and project delivery departments to enable the District to accomplish its mission.


Employee Benefits: The Open Space District provides an excellent benefits package including health, life & disability insurance as well as CalPERS pension. Please see the Benefits page on the District website for details.


Licenses & Certifications Required: Possession of a valid California Driver’s License.


Education and Experience:  Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:

Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in accounting, finance, or business administration and two (2) years of responsible professional public accounting experience.


How to Apply: Apply online at  Final filing date is March 1, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

The CalOpps system will close to submission of applications at 5:00 p.m. on March 1st.  CalOpps will not accept submissions after 5:00 p.m. for applications begun before 5:00 p.m.


The following four application items are required:

1. Fully completed CalOpps employment application 

2. Cover letter 

3. Resume 

4. Supplemental question responses

Supplemental questions may be previewed at the beginning of the application. Incomplete applications will not be considered for the position. Applicants with the most relevant experience and qualifications suitable for the position will be contacted for interviews.


Recruitment Timeline:  We recommend applicants’ schedules be open during this period for panel interviews:

First Interview: March 23, 2018

Final Interview/written exercise: March 30, 2018

Estimated Start Date: late-April 2018



Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Applicants with disabilities may request reasonable accommodation by contacting the Human Resources department.

Put your passion for Open Space to work!