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City of Reno, NV Parks Manager in Reno, Nevada

Parks Manager

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Parks Manager

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$103,152.72 - $125,355.43 Annually

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Classification Description Summary

Under administrative direction, directs, manages, supervises, and coordinates the activities and operations of the Parks Division within the Parks and Recreation Department including the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of City parks, horticultural and landscaping functions, urban forestry, and tree trimming activities; coordinates assigned activities with other divisions, departments, and outside agencies; and provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the Director of Parks and Recreation.

Essential Functions

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

Assume full management responsibility for assigned services and activities of the Parks Division including the maintenance of City parks, horticultural and landscaping functions, urban forestry, and tree trimming activities.

Assume full management responsibility for the design, redesign, and development of parks and recreation facilities; review contract proposals and construction plans; evaluate and recommend modifications; review and approve project submittals; track construction progress and ensure adherence to construction timelines and specifications.

Manage and participate in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for assigned programs; recommend and administer policies and procedures.

Manage the capital funding program for parks and open space acquisition and development; plan for use of park construction taxes, identify and secure public and private funding sources.

Monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; recommend, within departmental policy, appropriate service and staffing levels.

Plan, direct, coordinate, and review the work plan for park maintenance staff; assign work activities, projects, and programs; review and evaluate work products, methods, and procedures; meet with staff to identify and resolve problems.

Select, train, motivate, and evaluate division personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline and termination procedures.

Oversee and participate in the development and administration of the Division’s annual budget; participate in the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; monitor and approve expenditures; implement adjustments.

Assess and monitor work load, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identify opportunities for improvement; direct and implement changes.

Provide technical advice in the planning and construction of landscape, open space projects, and outdoor recreational facilities.

Respond to questions and inquiries from the general public regarding park facilities maintenance functions; physically inspect facilities as appropriate.

Supervise the care and maintenance of trees, floral plants, grass, and landscaping; coordinate maintenance and grounds keeping functions with appropriate City departments and staff.

Oversee and administer contracts for maintenance of parks and recreation facilities; develop specifications and bid documents; track contract performance and ensure adherence to specifications.

Maintain accurate records and files of maintenance operations and schedules; prepare correspondence, memos and reports as required.

Serve as the liaison for the Parks Division with other divisions, departments, and outside agencies; negotiate and resolve sensitive and controversial issues.

Serve as staff on a variety of boards, commissions, and committees; prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence.

Provide responsible staff assistance to the Director of Parks and Recreation; conduct a variety of organizational studies, investigations, and operational studies; recommend modifications to park maintenance programs, policies, and procedures as appropriate.

Attend and participate in professional group meetings; maintain awareness of new trends and developments in the field of park maintenance; incorporate new developments as appropriate.

Perform related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:

Operational characteristics, services, and activities of a comprehensive park maintenance program.

Advanced methods and techniques of parks construction and development.

Advanced principles and practices of landscaping, horticulture, and grounds keeping.

Principles and practices of program development and administration.

Principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration.

Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.

Principles and procedures of record keeping and basic report preparation.

Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.

Occupational hazards and standard safety practices.

Equipment, materials, chemicals, and supplies used for park, grounds, and tree maintenance.

Pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations.

Ability to:

Oversee and participate in the management of a comprehensive park maintenance program.

Oversee and participate in the management of a comprehensive parks and open space construction and rehabilitation program.

Oversee, direct, and coordinate the work of lower level staff

Select, supervise, train, and evaluate staff.

Participate in the development and administration of division goals, objectives, and procedures.

Prepare and administer large program budgets.

Prepare clear and concise administrative and financial reports.

Oversee and direct the maintenance and construction of City parks and associated facilities.

Delegate authority and responsibility.

Analyze and assess programs, policies and operational needs and make appropriate adjustments.

Identify and respond to sensitive community and organizational issues, concerns and needs.

Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications.

Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.

Research, analyze and evaluate new service delivery methods and techniques.

Interpret and apply federal, state and local policies, laws and regulations.

Work in a team based environment to achieve common goals.

Coordinate multiple projects and complex tasks simultaneously.

Meet the physical requirements to safely and effectively perform the assigned duties.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in park management, horticulture, floriculture, or a related field.


Six years of increasingly responsible experience in the development and/or maintenance of parks including two years of administrative and supervisory responsibility.

License or Certificate:

Possession of an appropriate, valid driver's license.

Supplemental Information


The conditions herein 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 job functions.

Environment: Work is performed primarily in a standard office setting with some travel to different sites.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Other Requirements

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Last Update: 09/2020

JD 11/2018

**Existing benefit package is currently under review. Benefits are subject to change.

No state income tax.

Nevada PERS retirement plan. Vesting in 5 years.

No social security participation, but Medicare deduction required (1.45%).

City paid medical, dental, and vision insurance coverage; paid 100% for employee and 55% for dependents.

City paid life insurance and long term disability insurance.

Twelve paid holidays.

Deferred compensation plans 457 and 401(a) available, with up to a 5% City match.

Vacation leave accrued at 5 hours per bi-weekly pay period.

Sick leave accrued at 4 hours per bi-weekly pay period.


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