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This classification performs specialized duties in management and administration of operations of County Parks Department, with primary duties including personnel management, Parks design and development, policy formulation, Parks maintenance operations, data research and preparation, grant writing, and employee training and supervision. 

Appointed by the Parks Director, this position serves as assistant to the department head, and acts for the Parks Director in his absence.  Serving as assistant to the department head, this position meets the definition of a ‘managerial “at-will” employee’ consistent with Personnel Rule 2.1, Definitions, and, as such, is exempt from due process, as outlined in Personnel Rule 1.3.4, Application of Rules. 


(Duties assigned to this classification include, but are not limited to, the following examples.)

l. Participate in management of program operations including supervising park programs, planning, park site operations and budget preparation.

2. Design and draft plans and specifications for park development and construction projects.  Provide field supervision and technical assistance for projects.

3. Inspect park areas, assess needs, identify and prioritize work projects, evaluate materials and equipment needed to perform project.  Monitor park water systems.

4. Manage park caretakers; establish program policy and procedure, provide guidance, determine solutions when problems arise.

5. Develop training programs for department to conform to OSHA safety regulations, e.g., blood borne pathogens, HAZMAT, confined space entry; train staff.

6. Prepare grant applications for park development and construction projects.  Provide required research, surveys, and data for request; give oral and written presentations.

7. Coordinate, evaluate, and administer program policy at large special events held in County parks.

8. Assess departmental equipment needs with support staff.  Prepare specifications and requisitions for procurement of materials, equipment, and fleet vehicles.

9. Prepare varied and complex reports including special surveys, research, statistical data for administrative duties and preparation of maps, brochures and exhibits.

10. Manage and supervise office staff.  Set office policies and procedures.  Evaluate and counsel office staff.


Knowledge of: Thorough knowledge of policies, procedures, materials and equipment applied to park programs; considerable knowledge of objectives, principles, practices, techniques and administration of personnel management; considerable knowledge of design and drafting techniques needed for park development and construction, data collection, survey techniques, research practices needed to prepare complex reports, safety management and ability to development employee training programs, methods and procedures of grant applications and ability to prepare oral and written presentations, Oregon Health Division Regulations for operation of public water systems.  Ability to: Meet and deal effectively and courteously with public agencies, employees, advisory boards, engineers, architects, other parks and recreational professionals, the public, and department heads; work independently; exercise sound judgment during confrontational or high pressure situations, make decisions in accordance with program and County policies; effectively supervise office staff; utilize problem identification and resolution techniques; gather, assemble, and analyze data for department operations and programs; establish and maintain records, reports, and statistical data; make decisions independently in accordance with established policy and procedures, establish new policy when applicable, and use initiative and judgment in completing tasks and responsibilities.

Education, experience and training: Bachelor's degree in business management, park administration, planning, landscape design, or architecture and four years progressively responsible work experience in management or planning which includes some supervisory experience OR a minimum of eight years of progressively responsible work-related experience OR any satisfactory equivalent combination of education, experience and training.  At time of appointment, must possess a valid Oregon driver's license.

Desirable qualifications: Knowledge of safety management and ability to develop employee training programs; Oregon Department of Health certificate in small water systems.


Work is performed under the guidance of the park director.  The employee works independently in administering a complex area of responsibility and confers with director for professional advice.  Discretion is required in applying general goal and policy statements, in development of recommendations, policies and procedures and in resolving program problems.  Work is accomplished within a broad framework, with authority and responsibility in area of service.  Periodic reviews of work performance are conducted in terms of expected results.


Work is performed within established departmental policy and procedure; federal, state, and county statutes, rules, regulations, and ordinances; personnel rules; park and recreation plans, reports, studies and survey reference material; accepted practices within park and recreation field; manufacturer's manuals and equipment catalogs.  Employee uses seasoned judgment in interpreting guidelines and contributes to modification of existing guidelines by recommending changes and adapting guidelines to situations encountered.


Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Work is primarily performed in the park main complex in an office environment and secondarily in the field.  Work may require bending, hearing voice conversation, keyboarding, lifting up to 50 pounds, sitting, standing and walking uneven terrain and exposure to outdoor elements.  A considerable amount of driving is required.

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