Parks Manager - Public Works Department

City of Oxnard | Oxnard, CA

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Posted Date 6/25/2020

$76,754.91 - $127,493.39 Annually 

The City of Oxnard's Public Works Department is seeking a Parks Manager with strong technical and supervisory skills to be part of the Maintenance Services team.  The ideal candidate will have experience with the management and operation of a landscape maintenance program for a large organization, such as a city, including facilities construction and repair, budget development and oversight, contract administration and employee evaluation and discipline.  
Under general direction, plans, organizes, coordinates, directs and participates in the maintenance, construction and repair of park,  public grounds, medians, parkways, street trees, and landscape assessment districts; supervises graffiti abatement programs; prepares and administers program budgets; ensures safe work practices, work quality and accuracy; prepares, supervises and maintains work records and reports; serves as a technical resource for assigned personnel; performs related duties as assigned.
The Parks Manager is the supervisory level class responsible for the City's landscape maintenance programs performed by both City work crews and contractors.  This classification is distinguished from the next lower classification of Senior Groundsworker by the performance of administrative duties involving a higher level of complexity and difficulty, and by supervisory responsibility for the above mentioned activities.
General direction is provided by the Maintenance Services Manager.  Exercises direct supervision over assigned landscape maintenance staff, volunteers and court assigned workers. 

The normal work week is Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.  This position may be required to be available to work additional hours as needed to respond to workload needs. This position is not eligible for overtime pay. 


Essential Functions


Include but are not limited to the following:
  • Plans, coordinates, prioritizes, monitors and participates in the work of crews involved in the construction, repair and maintenance of park and recreational facilities in widely scattered locations; inspects park areas and project sites to evaluate work progress, resolve problems and determine additional needs; directs and schedules work projects, including planning and estimation of required personnel, materials and equipment; may supervise and coordinate the City's tree trimming and graffiti abatement programs.
  • Provides day to day leadership to assigned crews; monitors work activities to ensure safe work practices, work quality and accuracy; ensures compliance with applicable rules, policies and procedures; coordinates the work of the division with other City departments, outside agencies or concerned community groups; assists in the formulation and implementation of divisional goals and objectives; supervises and participates in developing plans, work processes, procedures and systems to achieve goals; monitors division performance.
  • Selects, supervises, trains and evaluates the performance of subordinates; establishes performance goals for crews and individual employees; assumes responsibility for motivating and training assigned personnelinitiates discipline procedures as appropriate.
  • Prepares project bid specifications and oversees the work of contractors; reads landscape blue prints and oversees the installation of irrigation and plant material; establishes irrigation schedules and supervises the maintenance of sprinkling systems; directs and supervises the preparation, application and required reporting of herbicides and pesticides; supervises the installation, painting, and repair of playground equipment, park furniture, bleachers and other program facilities; directs the construction and maintenance of athletic fields and playgrounds. May require knowledge of traffic control, depending on assignment.
  • Develops schedules and methods for performing assigned duties; maintains appropriate work records and documents which may include timesheets and work orders; prepares statistical and/or analytical reports; prepares and administers budgets for assigned program areas; prepares requisitions for materials and supplies; assists in the preparation of equipment specifications.
  • Attends community and citizen meetings; maintains and develops cooperative working relationships with employees, outside agencies and the public.


Minimum Qualifications

The following are minimal qualifications necessary for entry into the classification:
Any combination of education and experience that has provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for a Parks Manager. A typical way of obtaining the required qualifications is:

Education and/or Experience:
  • Four (4) years of progressively responsible experience in the operation and maintenance of park facilities, including two (2) years of supervisory experience, 
  • Two years (60 units) of college level coursework in horticulture, landscape architecture, parks, forestry or a related field 

License, Certification and Other Requirements:
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid and unrestricted class C California driver's license. 

Highly Desirable Qualifications:
  • A Bachelor's or Master's degree in in horticulture, landscape architecture, parks, forestry or a related field or an Master's degree in Public Administration
  • A Qualified Pesticide Applicator Certificate, a certified Arborist License or a Playground Safety Inspector License, all issued by the State of California.


Employment Information


The selected candidate must pass a thorough background investigation.

UNION MEMBERSHIP: Positions in this classification are represented by Oxnard Mid-Managers Association (OMMA).


  • Submit NEOGOV/Government Jobs on-line application.
  • Complete and submit responses to the supplemental questions, if required.
  • Upload resume, cover letter, proof of degree (transcript) or other requested documents.

Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the relevant information in the online application and include the information only on the resume. Applications and/or Supplemental Questionnaires that state "see my resume" or "see my personnel file" are considered incomplete and will not be accepted. Cover letters and/or optional resumes are not accepted in lieu of a completed application.

The list of qualified candidates established from this recruitment may be used to fill other full-time, part-time, and temporary assignments. There is currently one (1) full-time vacancy within the Public Works Department. 

For most positions, the City of Oxnard relies on office automation (Microsoft Office) and web-based enabled tools, therefore candidates must be proficient and comfortable with computer use to perform functions associated with on-going work.
Regular and reliable attendance, effective communication skills, and development of effective working relationships are requirements of all positions.
City staff may be required to play an active role in the event of an emergency, which may include changes in responsibilities and working hours.
The list of qualified candidates that is established from this recruitment may be used to fill other full-time, part-time and temporary assignments as vacancies arise.

This position requires a twelve (12) month probationary period.

Pursuant to California Government Code Section 3100, all public employees are required to serve as disaster service workers subject to such disaster service activities as may be assigned to them.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY: The City of Oxnard is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from all qualified applicants.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, medical condition, disability or sexual orientation.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: The City of Oxnard makes reasonable accommodation for the disabled.  If you believe you require special arrangements to participate in the testing process, you must inform the Human Resources Department in writing no later than the filing date.  Applicants who request such accommodation must document their request with an explanation of the type and extent of accommodation required.

LEGAL REQUIREMENT: On the first day of employment, new employees must provide proof of citizenship or documentation of legal right to work in the United States in compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, as amended. The City participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with you. Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S. If E-Verify cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, this employer is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or Social Security Administration (SSA) so you can begin to resolve the issue before the employer can take any action against you, including terminating your employment. Employers can only use E-Verify once you have accepted a job offer and completed the Form I-9. For more information on E-Verify, please contact DHS. 888-897-7781

For questions, please contact: Megan Walker,, (805) 385-7592

NOTE: The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract.  Any provision contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice.


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