CPRS Job Listing

Job Ad ID: 1865

Aquatics and Recreation Supervisor

Salary: $5,988 - $7,278/Monthly
Location: Santa Rosa, CA
Closing Date: August 17, 2022

Become the next Aquatics and Recreation Supervisor and help grow the County of Sonoma's Recreation, Education, and Lifeguard services and programs!

Salary starts at $34.43/Hr. ($71,859.54/Yr.), plus a cash allowance of $600/month, and a competitive total compensation package!*

The County of Sonoma's Regional Parks include more than 50 parks, trails, and beaches from Petaluma to Gualala and Sonoma to Bodega Bay. Many offer wild landscapes while others feature sports fields, playgrounds, campgrounds, boat launches, as well as an environmental education center operated by Regional Parks. Included within these environments and facilities are a seasonally guarded swim lagoon at Spring Lake Regional Park, a seasonally guarded riverfront beach at Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach, and four additional riverfront beaches that are seasonally patrolled by a mobile water safety patrol. Please visit http://parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov to learn more about the various programs and resources offered by the Regional Parks Department.

The Aquatics and Recreation Supervisor hires, trains, and supervises several full-time team members and more than 30 extra help employees. This position trains staff on open water lifeguarding skills, CPR, AED, first aid, and other skills associated with program delivery.

The Aquatics and Recreation Supervisor promotes an inclusive work environment that is supportive of a diverse team. They work directly with Supervising Lifeguards, Lifeguards, and Recreation staff and are responsible for:

  • Designing, delivering, and evaluating fitness, water safety, and recreation opportunities that engage the community
  • Monitoring and maintaining compliance with industry regulations and best practices
  • Engaging the community by establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with media; community groups; schools; governmental agencies; and swim clubs, recreation vendors, and other private businesses
  • Representing Regional Parks on committees, councils, and community organizations
  • Conducting and coordinating presentations and special events at parks and other community event locations

The ideal candidate for the Aquatics and Recreation Supervisor position will possess:

  • A positive, team-oriented, and entrepreneurial spirit with a passion for parks, programs, and public service
  • Experience supervising and supporting the work of a team and proficiency with developing and maintaining effective operational systems, policies, and procedures
  • 1,000 hours of open-water lifeguard experience at a U.S. Lifesaving Association certified agency
  • Instructor certifications in CPR for the Professional Rescuer, Advanced First Aid, and Lifeguarding
  • Superior organizational skills with proven success bringing projects to completion
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, including experience in public speaking and presentations
  • Experience coordinating community events and activities
  • Bilingual English/Spanish skills are highly desired, but not required

What We Offer

When you join the County of Sonoma, you become part of a challenging and rewarding work environment where you gain the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better your community. You can also look forward to excellent benefits* including:

  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range
  • County paid 100% premium contribution for the majority of employee-only and employee + family health plan options
  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $650 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment

*Salary is negotiable within the established range and benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. For more information, including minimum qualifications, & to apply, visit www.yourpath2sonomacounty.org or call 707-565-2331. The County of Sonoma is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity and are committed to having a workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. Apply by 8/17/22



Education and Experience: Any combination of education and work experience which would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed herein.  Normally, this would include a Bachelor's degree, or equivalent, with coursework in environmental and social sciences, natural resource management, cultural history, education, marketing, public administration, communications, community organizing, recreation services, or a closely related field, AND two years of professional level experience performing public relations, marketing, or program management, or education activities in support of a program in the area of recreation, aquatics, natural resources, environmental and cultural education and/or outreach program that included at least one year supervising or leading staff. An advanced degree in a related field is highly desirable.

Required Certifications: First Aid for Public Safety Personnel (Title 22) card, AND American Red Cross or American Heart Association Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is required during the six-month probationary period.  For certain assignments (e.g., aquatics), the American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer certificate is required within one year of employment.  Once obtained, these certifications must be maintained throughout employment in this classification.

License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.


Knowledge of: the principles and practices of the strategies and methods of effective program development, coordination, and evaluation; technical program requirements in one or more park program areas (e.g., recreation, aquatics, interpretation, natural resources, environmental and cultural education, and/or outreach); effective teaching and training strategies; principles, techniques, and methods of public relations; supervision and leadership principles and techniques; office procedures and equipment including computers and applicable software applications; English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation; techniques for communicating effectively with culturally diverse partners and program participants; techniques of preparing business correspondence and reports; and fundamentals of instruction and curriculum development.

Ability to: develop, implement, and coordinate programs in park program areas (e.g., recreation, aquatics, natural resources, environmental and cultural education, and/or outreach); represent Regional Parks on various committees and councils, with community organizations, and in meetings; gather and analyze statistical information; communicate orally and in writing in a clear, concise, and effective manner for audiences with varied socio-economic, cultural, and educational backgrounds; establish and maintain effective working relationships with County staff, external partners, and stakeholders; and effectively use computer systems, applications, and modern business equipment to perform a variety of work tasks.

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