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Employer: Riley County
Division: Parks
Job Title: Parks Manager
Salary: $28.54 Hourly

Job Description:



Job Title:                  PARKS MANAGER


Department:             Public Works                        Division:  Parks         

Reports To:             Public Works Director

Pay Grade:               T                                             Status:  Full time                     

FLSA Status:           Exempt


Position Summary:  The purpose of this position is to manage and direct the Parks Division within the Public Works Department.  This position is required to provide supervision for the planning, design, construction and maintenance of 6 county parks and other county owned grounds and facilities. Responsibilities include organizing, supervising, hiring, firing, training, motivating, evaluating, and disciplining a group of 6 to 9 employees.  This position requires initiative, independent and creative thinking to achieve success.   A person in this position is required to bid projects, purchase materials and equipment, schedule and prioritize work and perform project management.  This employee exercises discretion in carrying out work details and in the allocation of work to subordinates.  Duties are performed independently without daily supervision.


Essential Functions:

  • Provides general administration and management for the Parks Division
  • Provides safe and functional county parks, grounds and facilities
  • Recruits, selects, interviews applicants, evaluates and recommends hiring new employees
  • Conducts employee performance appraisals, administers discipline and recommends terminations
  • Responds to major emergencies, complaints or requests and takes appropriate actions
  • Creates work orders
  • Assists in developing budgets and allocates funds for the Parks Division
  • Responsible for snow and ice removal procedures
  • Plans and schedules short and long range projects
  • Meets regularly as a part of the Public Works Management team
  • Meets periodically with subordinates to discuss projects and other topics
  • Responsible for the planning and construction of county park infrastructure, equipment and facilities
  • Prepares bid specifications, maintains bidders list, prepares cost estimates, places orders and accepts shipments
  • Plans, schedules and supervises the work of regular and seasonal employees
  • Schedules and conducts Park Advisory Board meetings
  • Advises the Park Board regarding planning and implementation of projects
  • Advises local communities in projects, park related issues and facilitates facility improvements
  • Provides for regular and punctual attendance
  • Negotiates, coordinates and supervises capital improvement projects
  • Administers and enforces departmental policies, procedures and safety training program
  • Responsible for the allocation of funds and facilitates facility improvements for the community parks in the small towns located in Riley County
  • Performs spot checks of assigned staff during projects and upon completion to ensure conformity
  • Administers grants for the Parks Division


Secondary Functions:

  • Assists in creating and maintaining  job descriptions
  • Membership in industry organizations
  • Performs as Department spokesperson as needed
  • Makes recommendations for purchase of new types of equipment and replacement or modification of existing equipment
  • Maintains a clean work area
  • Attends and participates in staff meetings and related activities
  • Attends workshops, conferences and classes to increase knowledge
  • Performs related work as required during and after regular hours, any day of the week, including holidays



Any satisfactory equivalent combination of experience, education and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities listed below will be accepted.



  • Graduation from high school is required
  • Two years of vocational training or equivalent is required
  • College level courses in Park Management and Conservation practices are desired
  • A Class A Commercial License and tanker endorsement shall be obtained within the first 6 months of employment
  • Kansas arborist’s certification is desired
  • Shall obtain a certified turf and ornamental pesticide applicator’s license within 6 months of employment
  • A certified playground safety inspector classification is desired   



  • Five years of experience in Park related operations is required
  • Five years of direct supervisory responsibility is required
  • Basic computer skills required (ie. Microsoft office)
  • Knowledge of the principles of administration, organization, management and supervision of personnel
  • Knowledge of laws as they relate to park operations, personnel administration and budgeting
  • Knowledge of the materials, methods and practices essential to the installation and maintenance of trees, turf and facilities in county parks
  • Knowledge of materials required to maintain and construct county parks
  • Knowledge of basic engineering practices, the principles of construction inspection and materials testing
  • Knowledge of weed control, insect and fungus control, fertilizing practices, tree pruning techniques and other practices related to park and grounds maintenance
  • Knowledge of pesticides and fertilizers and their safe and effective application
  • Knowledge of electrical, plumbing, heating and air conditioning, and commercial appliance operation



Ability to follow oral and written instructions

Ability to work independently with little or no supervision

Ability to express oneself clearly and concisely both orally and written

Ability to deal tactfully with people

Ability to administer, make decisions and recommendations utilizing good judgment

Ability to instruct, train, plan, organize, schedule, and assign work for subordinates, consisting of multiple crews, performing a wide variety of technical tasks on complex projects

Ability to recognize and identify unsafe conditions and initiate corrective action to protect the general public

Ability to make mathematical computations with efficiency and accuracy

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with employees, supervisors, other government agency officials, and the general public


Supervisory Control: Work is performed independently and on own initiative in accordance with established procedures and policies  This employee and the Department Head  consult to set deadlines, define the scope of major projects, and determine the type of work to be done on large or critical projects.  The Department Head occasionally provides general direction and reviews work.

Supervisory Responsibility: This position manages and directs the Parks Division of the Public Works Department.  This position is required to provide supervision for the management of 6 to 9 employees including organizing, training, hiring, firing, motivating, evaluating and disciplining while performing general or specialized work in tree, turf, grounds and facility maintenance and construction.


Guidelines: The Public Works Director provides guidelines and general direction.  These guidelines may be provided either orally or in writing.  Various professional standards, state and federal regulations, tree and turf manuals, ASTM guidelines, Architectural guidelines, Extension Service brochures, equipment operator and repair manuals, traditional practices, departmental policies as well as personnel and procedure policies also provide guidelines.  Other guides are available for this position but the use of these require extensive training, previous experience and good judgment to interpret and adapt to a variety of specific situations.  For some work guidelines are scarce or non-existent which requires this person to be resourceful in developing new methods, designs or practices.


Complexity: An employee in this class is required to research a wide range of related problems of a technical nature.  The work involves a wide variety of related tasks requiring resolution of scheduling conflicts, critical selection of safe and economical construction and maintenance alternatives, and supervision of a diverse group of employees with a variety of skill levels.  This person must have the ability to determine the most cost effective method of resolving park and facility maintenance problems within certain re-occurring time restraints imposed by resource availability, the emergency nature of the problem, and the importance of public need. This position makes decisions which involves the assessment of unusual circumstances, variations in approach, the use of incomplete and/or conflicting data and the expenditure of funds.  This position requires the employee to routinely exercise independent judgment and make careful interpretations of more technical and complicated guidelines.  Determining the cause of some physical system malfunction often with limited information, the management of personnel, working with multiple projects with shifting deadlines, tracking expenditures, researching products and dealing with the public and others contributes to the complexity.


Scope & Effect of Work: This is a management position responsible for the construction, development and maintenance of county parks and other county owned properties.  This position affects the work performed by the Parks Division and the economical use of departmental funds, efficient utilization of department resources, and the ability of the Parks Division to provide a safe and functional park system.  A person in this position is required to respond to major facility emergencies when they become apparent, and to initiate corrective actions to protect the public.  This position is responsible for making sound decision limiting the County’s exposure, improving public relations and enhancing the County’s professional image.  If errors are made, the County’s image is affected, accountability is lost, operations and projects are jeopardized, services are not provided and citizen’s lives are affected.


Personal Contacts: Personal contacts are made with individuals or groups in the county organization and with persons and agencies outside the organization in unstructured settings.  Many meetings are formal and must be arranged well in advance due to of the scope of planning and preparation time required and the busy schedules of the participants.  Typical contacts include Director of Public Works, County Commissioners, subordinates, other departmental employees, Park Advisory Boards, Manhattan City employees, supervisors, vendors, contractors, Engineers, Architects, Riley County Police, legal counsel, other government agencies, news media and the general public.


Purpose of Contacts: To gather or to disseminate information, to persuade or be persuaded, to build rapport and cooperation, to provide a service, to represent Riley County and make decisions on behalf of Riley County.  To supervise, instruct, influence, motivate, train, coordinate and plan the work of subordinates, to obtain, clarify, or give facts to other departmental employees, sales, persons, vendors, contractors and other governmental agencies.  To receive complaints from the general public which are detailed, complex and sometimes of an emergency nature often from irate or hostile persons. To consult with the Director of Public Works and other supervisors in order to set overall objectives, determine available resource limits, set schedules, deadlines, define the scope of projects and to determine the type of work to be done.


Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The work encompasses both field and office work.  The field work may require physical exertion.  While occasionally performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand, walk, sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, talk and hear.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 70 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision.  The work requires sufficient body flexibility and strength to perform the necessary work to complete a project.  Exposure to machinery, heights, excessive noise, corrosive solvents, pesticides, flammable liquids and work in extremes of temperature, humidity, wind and cold are expected.  The office portion of this job is sedentary where the employee may sit comfortably in a controlled environment to perform tasks.  This position has a dimension which may lead to mental and physical fatigue.


Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

A portion of the work involves everyday risks or discomforts which require normal safety precautions typical of such places as offices, meeting or training rooms.  Work in an office setting can result in visual attention and dexterity in computer operation.

The remainder of the work is performed in the field where conditions will vary greatly.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, moving mechanical parts, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, varying weather conditions, extreme cold, extreme heat, and vibration.  The noise level in the work environment can vary from normal to very loud. On some occasions this employee may be required to use protective clothing such as a hard hat, safety vest, ear protection, boots, gloves, safety glasses or face shield.


Recruiting Requirement:  Riley County is accepting applications for a Parks Manager who is responsible for the management and operations of the Parks Division within the Public Works Department.  This position is required to provide general supervision for the planning, design, construction and maintenance of 6 county parks and other county grounds and facilities.  This employee supervises a group of 6 to 9 employees and works independently without daily supervision.

Applicant shall be a high school graduate, have two years of vocational training, have or obtain a Class A Commercial License and tanker endorsement within the first 6 months of employment, shall have or obtain a certified turf and ornamental pesticide applicator’s license within 6 months of employment.

Kansas arborist’s certification and a certified playground safety inspector classification is desired.

Applicant shall have five years of experience in Park related operations and five years of direct supervisory responsibility.  Basic computer skills required (ie. Microsoft office).

Salary range is $59,363 to $65,624.  Send Riley County application and current resume to Riley County Clerk’s Office, 110 Courthouse Plaza, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.  Applications will be accepted until position is filled.


Approved:                               Date:          


The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if work is similar, related or a logical assignment of the position.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and the employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

Vacancy Number: RL2019-02

Open Date: 2/5/2019 12:00:00 AM
Close Date: