Land & Facilities Services Manager

Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District

Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District’s Land and Facilities Department has an excellent career opportunity for an experienced and motivated Land and Facilities Services Manager who will plan, organize, manage, oversee, and participate in all activities of the Land and Facilities Services Department; including oversight of fleet management, property management, construction, modification, maintenance, and repair of District lands and facilities. The ideal candidate will be an organized, detail-oriented, and collaborative self-starter with excellent oral and written communication skills. 


About the District:  The 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. In 2014, with broad public support, the District secured $300 million dollars of bond capacity with the passing of Measure AA, which serves as a mandate for the District to continue to pursue our mission to “acquire and preserve” open space land and “protect and restore the natural environment” in the lush regional green-belt system near Silicon Valley in the San Francisco Bay Area.  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!  View the interactive story map, Top 25 Future Open Space Project Portfolios, and also check out the Working for Midpen video on our Employment Opportunities page.


About the Position:  The Land and Facilities Services Manager is knowledgeable in the principles and practices of public land management, open space and preserve maintenance, resource management, and operations program development and management and long-term construction and maintenance planning and budgeting. 

Key responsibilities include:

  • Evaluate the need for, and develop plans and schedules for, long-term operations, construction, and maintenance programs; facilities management and maintenance programs; fleet management, and property management programs.
  • Manage and participate in the development and administration of large and complex budgets and allocate limited resources in a cost effective manner.
  • Monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; assesses and monitors the distribution of work, support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identify opportunities for improvement; direct the implementation of change.
  • Confer with planners, consultants, and outside agencies, neighborhood and community groups, and the public in acquiring information and coordination of encroachment, capital improvement projects, and related matters.
  • Assist in the negotiation and implementation of employee association contracts; chair meeting and conference sessions; analyze employee association proposals and make appropriate recommendations.
  • Respond to difficult and sensitive public inquiries and complaints.
  • Prepare, review, and present staff reports, various management and information updates, and reports on special projects as assigned by the General Manager or Visitor and Field Services Assistant General Manager.
  • Prepare leases, contracts, and other property management related documents for legal review.
  • Select, train, motivate, and direct department personnel. Evaluate and review work for acceptability and conformance with department standards, including performance evaluations.  Work with employees on performance issues; implement discipline and termination procedures; initiate and manage internal investigations.


Strong candidates are accomplished professionals with a highly collaborative management style, strong emotional intelligence, and superior people skills.  They are innovative leaders with a hands-on and proactive approach who take the initiative to resourcefully deal with complex issues and continue to build on the District’s reputation of excellence. Ideal candidates will inspire a high level of trust, demonstrate strong ethics and share a passion for the mission of the District.


For additional information about the position, see the Job Description on the District website.


Work Environment:  This position is part of the Land and Facilities Services Department at the District office in Los Altos, California.  The Land and Facilities Services Manager primarily works in an office setting with no direct exposure to hazardous physical substances, but will also visit various meeting and District field sites, that may require hiking through steep terrain and wildland areas and driving in remote areas on dirt roads.  Employee may be exposed to blood and body fluids when rendering First Aid and CPR.


Education and Experience:  Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. The General Manager reserves the right to select any combination of education, experience, and career history that will best serve the District in this key and important leadership role.

A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:

Education: Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university, with major coursework in park administration, resource management, natural sciences, or a related field.

Experience: Five (5) years of management experience in the protection, operation, or maintenance of parks, open space, forests, or public recreation areas and/or related facilities or property or facilities management for a public or nonprofit agency with the responsibility of managing park or open space lands.


Required Licenses & Certifications: 

Possession of a valid California Driver’s License;

possession of, or the ability to obtain, Basic First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification within six (6) months of employment;

possession of, or ability to obtain, the level of certification in the Incident Command System Courses as specified under the National Incident Management System (NIMS).


Salary and Benefits:   Annual Salary: $129,075 - $161-211 (DOE)

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


To Be Considered: Interested candidates should apply by submitting a compelling cover letter of interest and comprehensive resume to:

Mindy Vargas, HR Analyst II


Application deadline is December 3, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.


Recruitment Timeline: We recommend applicants’ schedules be open during this time frame for panel interviews at the Districts’ administrative office in Los Altos, California:

First Interview: December 11, 2018 

Final Interview/Written Exercise: December 14, 2018

Estimated Start Date: January 2019





                          Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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

(650) 691-1200 or via email at   

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