Position Summary: Under limited supervision of the Community Services Director or designee, manages, directs, and monitors the development and maintenance activities, renovations or construction of all county parks, play lots, open spaces, athletic fields, tennis courts, cemetery, stables area, rodeo arena and dressage area, and other parks, facilities and public grounds. Maintains confidentiality of privileged information.
The general level and nature of this position are described in the headings below. This is not an all- inclusive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel in this classification. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Manages daily operations of the Parks Division, including establishing work priorities, which involves the organization of personnel, equipment and materials to complete maintenance and construction projects, and assists in resolving problems related to the day-to-day operations.
Assists with the development and execution of the strategic operating goals and objectives; oversees the planning, development, implementation and maintenance of programs, policies, procedures, goals, budgets, systems and processes. Establishes goals and objectives for development and completion of seasonal and annual work.
Supervises personnel including work allocation and prioritization, training, performance evaluation and management; motivates employees to achieve high performance, creates and fosters a team-oriented and collaborative work environment.
Performs public relations and customer service duties.
Develops annual operating budgets, evaluates the need for and recommends additional equipment, resources and personnel. Reviews and controls expenditures in accordance with approved budget; monitors work of contractors/vendors; reviews material and labor costs, maintains all invoices.
Oversees the new construction, modifications, and renovation of parks, related facilities, and landscapes.
Oversees the work of contractors, including but not limited to meeting with user groups, design development, bid package preparation, and construction inspection.
Attends public hearings and meetings as required and responds to public inquiries/input regarding park programs and operations; receives evaluations and responds to inquiries and complaints regarding the county’s park policies, procedures and programs.
Reviews, analyzes and evaluates bid specifications and responses to bids and proposals for capital equipment, construction, and irrigation needs.
Plans and implements projects; develops and establishes deadlines, goals, objectives workflow and operational procedures.
Prepares designs and permit applications for park improvements.
Manages design and construction service contracts from scoping to execution phases.
Reviews architectural, engineering and landscape design plans and documents, pertaining to park construction and development projects and implements projects accordingly.
Responsible for creating and implementing a water management/conservation plan throughout developed parkland.
Coordinates with Pavement and other divisions for snow and ice operations.
Maintains professional and technical knowledge by conducting research; attending and presenting seminars, educational workshops, classes and conferences; reviewing professional publications; establishing networks; participating in professional societies; conferring with representatives of contracting agencies and related organizations.
Trains personnel on safety rules and regulations and proper use of equipment, use of pesticides and other chemicals; maintains database of licensure of personnel.
Provides communication of special programs for annual spraying, annual cleanup, snow and ice control programs.
Coordinates with the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Manager to implement Parks Division response to wildfires.
Prepares and coordinates the collection, compilation, and analysis of program activity data; develops, writes, and presents comprehensive statistical and narrative program reports.
Provides oversight for emergency conditions and responds to emergency problems.
Conducts regular inspections of parks, play lots, athletic fields, and other park facilities. Recommends and implements modifications to public park facilities to eliminate hazards.
Acts a liaison between committees and Parks Division.
Maintains confidentiality of all privileged information.
Contributes to a team effort and accomplishes related results as required.
Performs other duties as required.
Minimum Qualifications: • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Landscape Architecture, Park Resource Management, Agricultural Sciences or related field, or equivalent combination of education and related work experience. • Four years’ experience in public parks and/or private sector grounds maintenance. • Two years’ supervisory and/or management experience across all years of job related experience. • Must possess or have the ability to obtain within six months of employment and must maintain New Mexico, JS6 Journeyman Irrigation License or approved equivalent. • Must possess or have ability to obtain within six months of employment and must maintain valid 3A and 3B State of New Mexico Pesticides, Herbicides, and Fungicides Licenses. • Must successfully complete pre-employment physical exam prior to commencing work. • If in possession of a CDL-B Driver’s License, must successfully complete mandatory drug screening and subsequent random drug and alcohol screenings. • Successful completion of the County’s Need to Know training within one year of employment.