Parks Manager

City of Santa Barbara

The Parks Manager plans, coordinates, and manages the construction, maintenance, and restoration of parks, parkways, medians, street trees, landscaped areas, and beach facilities; develops regular and preventative maintenance plans, staffing schedules, and associated labor and material costs; administers maintenance contracts; coordinates programs and services with other managers, service providers, advisory bodies, and community groups; provides professional, administrative, and technical support to the Assistant Parks and Recreation Director, Parks and Recreation Director, and the Parks and Recreation Commission. The Parks Manager is responsible for Division budget development and management, as well as performance measure reporting.  The Parks Manager reports to the Assistant Parks and Recreation Director and works with other Department Managers and the capital projects staff in the implementation of recreation programs, community collaborations, resource development, and facility management. The Parks Manager participates in City interdepartmental teams related to neighborhood improvement initiatives, and works collaboratively with the Public Works, Police and Fire Departments to address City landscape and infrastructure projects, as well as park safety and high fire hazard reduction programs.

The ideal candidate will be a seasoned administrator with parks planning, development, and maintenance experience as well as a strong grasp of staff supervision, budgeting and financial management. Exceptional leadership, oral/written communication, and interpersonal skills are key to a successful candidate. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience in compliance with Occupational Health and Safety Administration Act (OSHA) and related standards, project and program planning, management and evaluation, horticulture and landscape design, urban forestry, park infrastructure development, and applicable conservation and environmental practices. The ideal candidate will also have demonstrated leadership, employee motivation and teambuilding skills, and be well versed in principles and practices of employee supervision, selection, training, evaluation and discipline. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of trends in the field of parks maintenance, budgeting, grant administration and purchasing practices, including contract negotiation and administration. The ideal candidate will establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with elected and appointed public officials, colleagues, community groups, the general public and others contacted in the course of work.

The equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in horticulture, landscape architecture, urban forestry, environmental science, public or business administration or a related field is required. However, a combination of education and experience will be considered at the sole discretion of the City. Applicant must also demonstrate at least six years of increasingly responsible planning, development, and maintenance experience, including at least three years of supervision of maintenance supervisory personnel.

Visit the City’s website at to view more information and to complete and submit the application and required supplemental questionnaire by 5:30 pm on October 20, 2021.