The purpose of this class within the organization is to oversee maintenance and operations of all parks, playgrounds and athletic fields, including special events and to oversee the preservation of the Town’s existing tree canopy. This class works independently, under limited supervision, reporting major activities through periodic meetings.
Reporting to the Director of Parks and Recreation, the Superintendent of Recreation Maintenance will be responsible for supervisory, planning and coordinating work in overseeing the day-to-day operations of the parks maintenance division of the Parks & Recreation Department and assisting the Director of Parks and Recreation in developing new recreation facilities and improving existing facilities. The Parks Superintendent will have supervisory responsibility for permanent employees as well as part-time and/or seasonal employees within the division.
This is an Exempt Position.
Duties and Responsibilities
The functions listed below are those that represent the majority of the time spent working in this class. Management may assign additional functions related to the type of work of the class as necessary.
Oversees all parks, grounds and athletic field maintenance, turf management and project management operations. Oversees the Town’s urban forestry. Oversees and monitors a variety of projects such as the construction, renovation, and restoration of parks, athletic facilities, historic sites, cemeteries and assets; Directs crew set up and break down for special events; coordinates ground maintenance with other department park projects and special events Interacts with contractors, vendors, engineers, staff and purchasing agents; serves as the liaison with project engineers; develops and evaluates bids and reviews contracts, blueprints, site plans and project specifications. Inspects contract work to ensure specifications are met. Responsible for the effective supervision and administration of assigned staff including staff development, prioritizing and assigning work, performance management, employee relations, and related activities. Provides performance direction, feedback, mentoring, coaching and training to staff. Promotes teamwork and collaboration. Conducts annual employee evaluations; disciplines and/or counsels employees when needed; hires workers for seasonal positions. Ensures staff is trained and certifications are current. Prepares and monitors park maintenance budget and equipment purchases. Negotiate sensitive issues and analyze conflicts and facilitate resolutions. Submits timesheets for payroll. Investigates and resolves mowing and work complaints from the Town's Zoning Department. Interacts with the public and others outside the work unit to obtain and provide information and assistance in a variety of circumstances. Screens and responds to inquiries and complaints; provides information on policies and procedures.
Additional Duties: Responds to citizen complaints and calls from police during regular hours; provides on call coverage after hours. May be required to work evenings, weekends, holidays, overtime and shift work. Works with other jurisdictions on joint projects including monitoring construction jobs. Represents department at internal and external meetings and conferences. Performs related work as assigned.
Examples of Essential Work (Illustrative Only)
Directs, supervises, trains and evaluates park facility maintenance operations and the work of park personnel involved in park maintenance, protection and preservation of the Town’s tree canopy, repair activities, special event support, facility management, and customer service delivery;
Inspects park areas and related facilities to identify maintenance, cleanliness and repair needs and assigns subsequent duties to the appropriate personnel, inspecting all projects upon completion;
Supervises the bi-annual process of winterizing and spring start-up activities for athletic fields, irrigation and other related facilities;
Inspects and supervises repairs as necessary on plumbing systems, playground equipment, picnic equipment, water fountains, restrooms, sports complexes, fences, rental shelters and related buildings and equipment;
Maintains thorough and accurate records on inventories needed for maintenance and repair activities and orders all parts as necessary;
Inspects public use facilities for safety features and assigns immediate repairs to remedy any unsafe area;
Prepares and submits budgets, controls expenditures, and performs other financial monitoring/accounting as required;
Helps to develop specifications and contract documents for vendor services, evaluates bids;
Oversees the work of private contractors;
Develops, plans, manages and implements contractual agreements with organizations and citizens, and ensures compliance of same;
Promotes and ensures an environment of employee safety by explaining all safety precautions and monitoring for their use;
Oversees the care and maintenance of all divisional vehicles, tools and related equipment;
Prepares reports and/or completes special projects for the Parks and Recreation Director as requested;
Makes recommendations as to policy and procedure changes to enhance efficient and effective operations;
Keeps immediate supervisor and designated others fully and accurately informed concerning work progress, including present and potential work problems and suggestions for new or improved ways of addressing such problems;
Attends meetings, conferences, workshops and training sessions and reviews publications and audio-visual materials to become and remain current on the principles, practices and new developments in assigned work areas;
Responds to citizens’ questions and comments in a courteous and timely manner;
Communicates and coordinates regularly with appropriate others to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of interdepartmental operations and activities;
Utilizes personal computer applications to include personal computers, word processing and spreadsheets
Performs other directly related duties consistent with the role and function of the classification.
Requires six years full time supervisory level public park maintenance or closely related experience.
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor’s degree in park administration, environmental sciences, recreation, forestry, natural sciences, leisure studies, landscape architecture, horticulture, agriculture or a similar field and/or equivalent experience.