CPRS Job Listing

Job Ad ID: 724

Parks & Facilities Manager

Salary: $73,154 - $80,652 annually (DOE)
Location: Chico, CA
Closing Date: May 9, 2021

Do you enjoy working with a strong team of creative and passionate professionals? Are you looking for a job that is fun, full of variety and makes a significant contribution to the quality of life in your community? The Chico Area Recreation and Park District is looking for a dynamic leader to fill this management position. The ideal candidate will be a bold visionary with outstanding people and management skills. Demonstrated success in team leadership, change management and strategic planning. In addition, the successful candidate will have a proven track record in fiscal responsibility, possess excellent oral and written communication skills and be confident, collaborative and a decisive leader with good judgment. This position reports directly to the General Manager.

About Chico Area Recreation & Park District

As a California Recreation and Park District, the Chico Area Recreation and Park District (CARD) is committed to improving and protecting the quality of life for all residents of the Greater Chico Area by providing essential recreation, park and open space facilities and services. The District accepts this public trust and conversely expects each of its employees to do the same.

About CARD

For 70 years, CARD has provided parks and recreation services in Chico, CA.  Oversite is provided by a 5-member elected board of directors. CARD provides quality recreational programs and facilities for the greater Chico area. Parks are beautifully maintained, and a wide variety of recreational opportunities are offered for all ages and abilities. Services include community parks that are home to a wide variety of sports fields, neighborhood parks that are nestled in the beautiful neighborhoods of Chico, a gym which is home to successful youth and adult sports programs, Chico Creek Nature Center and, 4 community centers which include 2 premier wedding venues.

About Chico
Chico is located in the north end of the Sacramento Valley. Home to California State University, Chico and Butte Community College (home of Aaron Rodgers), Chico has something for everyone. Beautiful natural surroundings, quality shopping, cultural opportunities in both indoor and outdoor settings, quality education opportunities for children and a fun and unique downtown area.


In addition to the positive work environment, CARD offers a fantastic benefit package that includes 80 hours of paid vacation, 80 hours of administrative leave, 12 days of paid sick leave, 6 additional days of holiday pay between the Christmas and New Year holidays along with nine (9) paid holidays throughout the year and, defined contribution of $1050 per month toward health, dental and vision cafeteria benefits, Life Insurance and an Employee Assistance Program. 

This position participates in the Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS). In Fiscal Year 2019/2020 Classic Members in this position will contribute 8% and New Members will contribute 7%. Benefits of CalPERS membership include:

  •  Classic Members (membership in CalPERS before 01/01/2013) – 2% @ 55
  • New Members (membership in CalPERS after 01/01/2013) – 2% @ 62


Starting salary is $73,154 - $80,652 annually, depending upon experience.  The Parks Manager will be eligible for a step increase following the successful completion of a 6-month probation period. 


Under general supervision of the General Manager, the Parks & Facilities Manager exercises a broad range of authority over the overall maintenance and management of the District facilities including general maintenance and upkeep, capital improvements and new construction projects.  This position also exercises direct supervision over the Park Division staff. 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONSMay include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Direct, oversee, and participate in the development of the Park Division’s work plan; assign work activities, projects, and programs; monitor work flow; and review and evaluate work products, methods, and procedures.
  • Develop, plan, and implement division goals and objectives; recommend and administer policies and procedures; maintain a supportive role and display unity towards the District’s overall goals and objectives.
  • Prepare, administer, and oversee the Park Division budget; responsible for forecasting the need for additional funds for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; and monitor and approve expenditures.
  • Select, train, motivate, and evaluate personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; conduct performance evaluations; implement discipline procedures; and maintain discipline and standards necessary for the efficient and professional operation of the Park Division.
  • Monitor operating and capital budgets for the Park Division; responsible for forecasting funds for capital projects and future construction; prepare grant applications, negotiate contracts, agreements, and MOUs; advise and lead major capital planning and development efforts; and monitor and administrate individual facility budgets within the Park Division. 
  • Identify potential state/federal funds and grants; coordinate the development of grants, corporate sponsorships, and donations in accordance with District policies, to assist in funding services and programs. 
  • Develop and implement long and short-term strategic plans regarding staffing, facility enhancements, and new facilities in order to meet the needs and interests of the community.
  • Represent the Park Division, serving as a liaison and providing advisory support to other departments, the District Board, and outside agencies and organizations in the facilitation and delivery of programs and services for the community; participates in community and professional groups and committees; and provides technical assistance as necessary.
  • Participate in the coordination, planning, implementation, and promotion of complex or specialized projects involving other departments or outside agencies and organizations.
  • Conduct research, gather data and analyze trends, demographics and community conditions; and prepare and present studies and reports to the General Manager, District Board, outside agencies, organizations, or community groups; and prepares a variety of technical and administrative reports, documents, and correspondence.
  • Respond to community or public inquiries or complaints and resolve difficult or controversial issues consistent with District policy.
  • Act as the District Safety Officer and help establish, evaluate, and coordinate the District Risk Management/Safety Awareness program with the Safety Committee.
  • Responsible for the safety education of the Park Division staff and volunteers, as well as the inspection of facilities and equipment for safety, and taking appropriate correction action as needed. 
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with staff, co-workers, the General Manager, and the District Board. 
  • May fill in for the General Manager in his/her absence.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

CARD is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

Deadline for applications is May 9, 2021




  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Recreation and Park Administration, Park Management, or related field.  A Master’s degree in Recreation and Park Administration or Park Management is desirable.  Experience may be a substitution for degree.
  • Five years experience in the management, planning, organizing, implementation, and supervision of park maintenance, with a minimum of two years in a supervisory role over professional staff.
  • Knowledge of principles, practices, and planning of park and facility development, construction, and maintenance.
  • Knowledge of practices, principles, and methods of supervision, training and personnel management; budget management; recordkeeping, report writing, grant writing; program planning; and project management.
  • Knowledge of and ability to interpret pertinent local, State, and Federal laws, rules, and regulations.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to provide a high level of customer service and address issues tactfully. 
  • Ability to gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion. 
  • Ability to review and interpret project plans and specifications.
  • General knowledge of equipment and material procurement procedures.
  • General knowledge of park and building maintenance including the planting, cultivating, pruning, propagating and care of shrubs, plans, flowers, trees, and turf management. 
  • Basic knowledge of soils, landscape irrigation, turf, grass, shrub, and tree identification and care, and pesticides.
  • Basic beginning construction management and building and swimming pool maintenance. 
  • Ability to analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals. 
  • Ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to read and write at a level necessary for acceptable job performance.
  • Ability to be in compliance with and meet background check requirements.
  • Possess a valid California Driver’s License and be insurable on the District’s vehicle liability policy 


  • Frequent sitting, walking, or standing for long periods of time; occasional bending, twisting, kneeling or squatting.
  • Frequent lifting, pushing, or pulling up to 25 pounds; occasionally up to 50 pounds.
  • Frequent grasping, holding, and reaching, including reaching over head or shoulder. 
  • Constant use of overall vision.
  • Frequent hearing and talking in person; occasionally by phone. 
  • Frequent participant, public, and co-worker contact; occasional working alone.
  • Occasional exposure to loud noises and large groups of people.


Work is generally performed in a typical temperature-controlled office environment subject to typical office noise and in park shops or facilities.  Occasionally work may be performed outdoors.  Duties may include some equipment related noise or street noise. Will be required to work some weekends and evenings. 

How To Apply:

To be considered for this position ALL applicants must apply online, complete the on-line application in its entirety and answer all of the supplemental questions.

You can find this posting at: https://secure6.entertimeonline.com/ta/6096874.careers?CareersSearch

Agency: Chico Area Recreation & Park District (CARD)

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Contact Name: Michelle Niven
Contact Email: mniven@chicorec.com
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