Park Manager - County of Sonoma

County of Sonoma

Sonoma County Regional Parks Seeks an Experienced Professional to be the next Park Manager!


The Park Manager Position
Under general direction of the Deputy Director, the Park Manager oversees the daily operations of the County's 56 parks. The Park Manager has eight direct reports including an Assistant Park Manager, four Supervising Park Rangers, and three Maintenance Supervisors; and oversight for Park Rangers, Parks and Grounds Maintenance Workers, a Project Specialist and Volunteer Coordinator, and approximately 80 seasonal staff. The Park Manager has administrative responsibility over all park law enforcement activities, and supervises and coordinates maintenance efforts at all park sites, historical buildings, and coastal access trails. This position is also responsible for preparing and managing an annual budget in excess of $14 million, and tracking and monitoring revenues, while developing revenue enhancement strategies. Additionally, the Park Manager is a member of the Department's management team which works collaboratively on Department communications and outreach in order to create solutions that ensure public safety and enjoyment of park facilities, while promoting Sonoma County park lands.

The Ideal Candidate
The ideal Park Manager candidate 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. This individual is a capable leader and manager of staff, who possesses a depth of supervisory and leadership experience that includes team building, coaching, and employee development. The ideal candidate will have budget and project management experience, along with an awareness of the many environmental, political, economic, and social variables that affect park and natural resource operations and management. Additionally, the ideal candidate will possess:

  • Expertise in current natural resources management best practices, procedures, and regulations
  • In-depth knowledge of parks, open space preserves, campgrounds, aquatic facilities, and their related maintenance
  • Extensive experience overseeing public safety programs and staff to include park rangers who also function as peace officers, emergency medical technicians, and visitor service providers
  • Experience with park design, park revenue models, and labor relations principles
  • Demonstrated experience developing park business plans, and creating metrics to measure for success
  • A proven capacity to maintain positive working relations with diverse communities and a diverse workforce


The Regional Parks Department
The Regional Parks Department manages the County's renowned system of regional and community parks, from redwood forests to coastal prairies and beaches. These facilities host over 5 million visitors annually and include: three regional recreation areas, thirteen open space parks and preserves, four paved and four multi-use trails, seven community/neighborhood parks, nine river access parks, five campgrounds, and two marinas. It is the mission of Sonoma County Regional Parks to create healthy communities and contribute to the economic vitality of Sonoma County by acquiring, developing, managing, and maintaining parks and trails countywide. Sonoma County is a globally significant "hotspot" for biodiversity. Regional Parks is responsible for preserving irreplaceable natural and cultural resources, and offering opportunities for recreation and education to enhance the quality of life and well-being of residents and visitors to Sonoma County.

The Department employs 82 permanent staff and has an operating budget of approximately $22.4 million. 20% of the budget comes from the County general fund, the remaining balance is from rents, concessions, charges for services, internal reimbursements and gasoline sales, transient occupancy, and other fees. The Department's budget is divided into four divisions, Operations and Maintenance, Planning & Acquisition, Administrative Services, and Community Engagement.

For further information, minimum qualifications, & to apply, please visit: EOE Apply by 9/18/17!

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