Parks Superintendent

Company Name: Chelan PUD
Phone Number: (509) 661-4540
City: Wenatchee
State/Provence: Washington
Zip: 98801
Job Title: Parks Superintendent
Number of Openings: 1
Position Type: Operations
Posting Start Date: July 19, 2016
Salary: $60,000 - mid $70,000's
Salary Per: Per Year
Work Time: 40
Work Time Type: Hours


Chelan County PUD is located in the geographical center of Washington State at the confluence of the Columbia and Wenatchee rivers.   A public power leader, the complex and progressive nature of PUD operations offer a unique mix of challenges and opportunities.

We rely on the mighty Columbia River for much of our hydropower generation and we’re proud to take a leadership role in environmental stewardship as related to this great river system. Each year we dedicate millions of dollars and thousands of work hours to protect and enhance fish, wildlife and plant ecosystems. As part of hydropower operations, we’ve also built 14 parks covering more than 700 acres that serve more than 3 million visitors each year.  Built between 1978 and 1995, the PUD spent $67 million developing the 14 recreational facilities that include ballfield complexes, Apple Capital Loop Trail and Rocky Reach Visitor Center.

Rated by National Geographic as one of the top 10 mountain towns in the U.S., Wenatchee is a recreational paradise with an abundance of adventure. The natural beauty of the Wenatchee Valley provides a vivid backdrop to its thriving economy, where the quality of life is high and the climate is moderate with four distinct seasons, including about 300 days of sunshine!

We are a small town to some and big city to others. We invest in our children and believe that education is the key to our future success.

We live a life of abundant choices and enjoy water sports on the Wenatchee and Columbia rivers, hiking, biking, rock climbing and unlimited golfing. Downhill and cross-country skiing are just minutes away. The area is also known for producing quality wines.

Consider Chelan PUD as a career choice today! The community is waiting for you.

This position supervises the operation and maintenance of Chelan PUD (District) parks, remote sites with landscaping and/or irrigation, utilities, roads and buildings owned by the Chelan PUD. The Parks Superintendent is responsible for interviewing, hiring, evaluating, counseling, disciplining and terminating staff as required. This position provides personnel management, succession planning, professional development, guidance for training, safety, and technical issues associated with the Parks Department field staff, while maintaining a consistent interpretation and compliance of the collective bargaining agreement. This position monitors an annual budget to assure efficient operation and maintenance of the parks, to provide a safe and secure environment for park users, and to protect the benefit this investment provides to the public and the District.

JOB FUNCTIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function of the job satisfactorily.  Indicate whether the function is an essential function (EF) or a secondary function (SF) of the position.  Essential functions are those activities that, if not performed, would significantly and fundamentally alter the position.  Typically, essential functions account for the largest commitment of time.  Secondary functions are activities not fundamental to the job and may need to be relaxed to accommodate an otherwise qualified applicant with a disability.

#  EF/SF % of Time Job Functions
1. EF 50 %  Manage parks staff including but not limited to supervising, directing, interviewing, hiring, evaluating, promoting, and terminating of staff as required.  Plan, schedule and coordinate efforts with staff to address a wide range of tasks as required from internal and external customer requests.  Provide guidance and direction for all employees as to department policies and department expectations.  Ensure employees are customer service oriented and coach and counsel as necessary.  Oversee and approve of uniform clothing inventory of park apparel.

2. EF 10%  Develop, assign, and evaluate the effectiveness of maintenance programs and their related activities.  This includes inspecting work to determine if it is performed according to schedule and quality control standards.  Work with the Park Foremen to ensure accommodations are made for special events hosted in the parks such as Ridge to River, Apple Blossom, 4th of July fireworks show, Bach Festival, craft shows, car shows and others as requested.  Work with others who request assistance.

3. EF 10% Coordinate athletic uses of the park facilities including related programs and special events for District operated parks.  Create and implement the processes associated with scheduling all park uses.  Ensure compliance with and consistently implement all park policies and procedures.  Assist the Park Manager in creation of any new policies and procedures and provide feedback on the effectiveness of the existing policies and procedures.

4. EF 10% Schedule and implement effective training for staff to address: 1) efficient horticultural techniques, 2) skilled and safe operation of power and motorized equipment, 3) advancement in areas of professional growth and 4) compliance to current safety standards established by code, law, or District Policy.  Oversee the monthly safety meetings at the four park work locations.  Ensure that all Park staff have received training and are using the proper safety apparel and equipment for the specific task assigned.  Arrange for training as needed.

5. EF 5% Monitor an annual operating and maintenance budget.  Identify labor needs and provide oversight and administration of maintenance management programs developed for each of the work sites park staff is assigned responsibility for.  Track and monitor monthly park expenditures to insure adherence to approved budget.  Provide, when requested, reports to internal clients on project expenditures and progress.

6.  EF 5% Assist in the development of an annual major maintenance budget by conducting regular park facility inspections and documenting findings.

7. EF 5% Schedule and maintain a fleet of 50 plus trucks, trailers, landscape, and specialty equipment used on the parks.  Work with Fleet department management to evaluate maintenance frequencies and life expectancies of equipment.

8. EF Ongoing   Drive a motorized vehicle while conducting business on behalf of the District.

9. EF Ongoing Maintain regular and predictable attendance.  Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.  Comply with District policies.  Complete all required training. Maintain a working knowledge and comply with District safety procedures and specific safety requirements of this position, and those in accordance with applicable provisions of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) and Washington Administrative Code (WAC).

Directly supervises twenty (20) employees in the Parks Department.  Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws.  Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Experience Required:

Post-Secondary Education:
Bachelor’s degree in Parks and Recreation Management, or closely related field from four-year college or university; equivalent combination of education and experience.

A minimum of five (5) years park operations and maintenance experience or a related field combined with minimum (2) year supervisory experience which should include hiring, evaluating and disciplining preferably with union employees. Experience managing campgrounds, sports complexes, arboretums, and/or a similar recreation facility is desirable.

Specific KSA’s: A fully skilled incumbent will have the following specific knowledge, skills, and abilities:

• Working knowledge of all aspects of the construction trades
• Working knowledge of turf and horticultural techniques.
• Knowledge of Water Distribution Management, Wastewater treatment, Cross Connection Control, OSHA and WISHA Codes, Pesticide Applicator requirements and building codes.
• Knowledge of the principles and processes for providing customer service.
• Knowledge of personnel and human resources practices involved in recruiting, selecting, and training employees.
• Knowledge of collective bargaining agreements.

• Strong communication and interpersonal skills are required given the accent of supervision, employee training/development, and internal/external customer interaction.
• Coordination skills – adjusting actions in relation to others actions.
• Critical thinking skills – using logic and reasoning to evaluate solutions, conclusions or solutions to problems.
• Personnel management skills – motivate, develop and direct people as they work and identifying the best people for the job.

• Able to use desk-top computers and associated software/peripherals.
• Problem sensitivity – Ability to tell when something is wrong or likely to go wrong.
• Oral comprehension and expression – the ability to listen and understand information and ideas presented and to speak so others will understand.

Language Skills:
Must be proficient in reading, writing and speaking English.  Proficiency in reading, writing and speaking Spanish is preferred.

Computers & Equipment: A fully skilled incumbent will have the ability to utilize the following software, hardware, or equipment:

To perform this job successfully, an individual is required to have knowledge of PeopleSoft Financials; Microsoft Access; Microsoft Project; Primavera; PC Hardware; General Office Equipment; Heavy Equipment; Power Equipment; PeopleSoft Timekeeping/HR; Microsoft Outlook; Microsoft Excel; Microsoft Word; Microsoft PowerPoint; and Maximo Asset Management.  Must be able to operate Parks Reservation System Database Software; Internet Explorer; Computers; printers; PDAs; desk phones and cell phones.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The physical demands described here 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 functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk, hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and perform repetitive hand or arm motion.  The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl or twist torso; pull, push, or exert force; and taste, smell.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds above shoulder height unassisted.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee is occasionally exposed to work near moving mechanical parts; work in high, precarious places; in confined spaces; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; outdoor weather conditions; risk of electrical shock and vibration.  The noise level is usually moderate.

How to Apply:

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Interested parties must submit a resume and cover letter summarizing specific experience and interest in position/community.

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Posting End Date: August 15, 2016