The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a six-time National Recreation and Parks Association Gold Medal Award Winner, is seeking a Park Manager I to work within Montgomery Parks at Little Bennett Regional Park, in Clarksburg, in the Northern Parks Division. The Department serves a diverse population of more than one million residents in Montgomery County, Maryland, and manages 421 parks on more than 37,000 acres of parkland. The Department has an annual operating budget of over $100 million, a six-year Capital Improvement Program of over $180 million, and a career staff of nearly 800 employees. The Little Bennett Area contains one regional park, three recreational parks, two conservation parks and numerous local, and neighborhood parks, stream valleys and conservation areas, 28 athletic fields, 9 basketball courts, 17 playgrounds, and over 35 miles of natural surface trails. The selected candidate will, under direction, be responsible for managing the technical and administrative functions for maintenance and operations of the area. Will be part of a management team that coordinates the work of a 17 park staff. Supervises crews involved in various projects; such as the maintenance and repair of park amenities, inspections, trail maintenance, managed turf and meadow maintenance, tree planting and aftercare, Non-native invasive plant removal, snow removal, refuse and recycling collections, athletic field maintenance, custodial duties, special programming and management within a geographical area.
EXAMPLES OF IMPORTANT DUTIES:
Performs a wide variety of professional park operations and administrative work to assist in the planning and implementations of programs and projects within a geographical area. Conducts park inspections to troubleshoot problems identified, generates service request and follows through to ensure problems are corrected. Participates as part of a team with architects, engineers, consultants, etc. for park development projects, and coordinates work of park maintenance crews. Reviews blueprints. Estimates staff, equipment, materials, and supplies needed for projects.
Coordinates work of park maintenance crews. Supervises crews involved in various projects such as the maintenance and renovation of parks, buildings, and athletic fields; construction of small structures; and tree planting and landscape maintenance; natural resource projects to include reforestation, meadow management, and natural surface trail maintenance. Supervises the operation of major equipment (e.g., tractor, snow plow, backhoe, spreader). Provides technical assistance to staff.
Supervises designated personnel. Plans, schedules, assigns, and evaluates work; counsels staff on ways to improve performance. Recommends disciplinary actions. Assists in selection, and trains staff. Approves time cards and leave requests. Prepares, provides input and participates in staff evaluations.
Works with and provides assistance to park managers, and other staff engaged in developing, planning, and implementing revenue producing programs. Recommends fees, hours of operation, and staffing.
Conducts research to preserve and protect the park system, environment, and wildlife. Develops programs to achieve conservation goals. Coordinates and works with other park staff members to develop, implement, and facilitate interpretive programs. Identifies program needs and secures resources. Participates in program implementation.
Develops special programs or projects (for example, Harvest Festival, Adopt a Field, CDL training and coordination) for the community or the department to meet identified needs or to resolve problems. Meets with the community organizations and citizens. Participates as part of a team with architects, engineers, consultants, and project managers, etc., for park development projects.
Provides general assistance to park visitors. Enforces park rules. Assists proper authorities with investigating accidents, fires, and crimes.
Participates with supervisor in budget preparation and development for organizational unit. Monitors and keeps track of expenditures for designated programs and projects. Researches and initiates purchase requisitions for unit. Monitors and keeps track of expenditures for designated programs and projects. May approve payments to vendors and contractors.
May meet with citizens to discuss complaints about park facilities or maintenance (for example, drainage, landscaping, encroachment on park property). Coordinates with other units or directs crew to correct problem.
1. Bachelor's degree in park management/administration, outdoor recreation, natural sciences, or a related field and one year of park management experience that included supervision and leadership of a staff; or
2. An equivalent combination of education and experience.
3. Valid driver's license.
4. Additionally, contingent upon area of assignment, some positions in this class may require: a. Commercial Driver's License with appropriate endorsements upon appointment, or the ability to acquire one within six months. b. Maryland Department of Agriculture Pesticide Applicator's certification in the categories appropriate to the work assignment. c. Certification by the National Playground Safety Institute.
Internal Number: 12820
About The Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission
Created in 1927, The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission embodies the vision of forward-looking community leaders who saw the need to plan for orderly development and protection of the natural resources in the two suburban counties bordering the District of Columbia. During the Commission's proud 80 plus years of existence, the population of the area it serves has increased to more than 1.6 million residents who inhabit a bi-county area of great economic, racial, ethnic and geographic diversity.The Commission's facilities, programs and responsibilities have constantly evolved and expanded to keep pace with the needs of this vibrant community. From assuming responsibility for the entire public recreation program in Prince George's County in the '70s, to building and strengthening ongoing regional business partnerships, the Commission has continued to plan, fund and deliver quality, innovative programs, facilities and services for over three-quarters of a century. M-NCPPC benefits the citizens of Montgomery and Prince George's Counties by Turning Visions Into Reality.