The work involves responsibility for overseeing the daily operation, maintenance, and long range development of a county park or municipal park system. Under the general supervision of the administrative staff of the Onondaga County Department of Parks and Recreation, an employee in this class oversees and directs all public programming and maintenance at an assigned park. An employee in this class exercises wide leeway in carrying out the responsibilities of park operation, maintenance, public programming, and planning. Any major decision made with respect to the oversight of a park, is reviewed by the appropriate administrative member(s) through conference and/or submission of narrative reports composed by the Park Superintendent I. An employee in this class exercises general supervision over a number of regular and seasonal program and maintenance support staff. Does related work as required.




Plans and schedules building and grounds maintenance tasks by identifying needs of the park.

Inspects maintenance projects to ensure work is being done properly, that work standards and procedures are followed and that work progresses according to schedule.

Meets with visitors to discuss and explain park activities, rules and regulations and to resolve any issues or concerns.

Plans, organizes, and promotes special events.

Supervises and directs subordinate park staff.

Advises the department regarding modifications needed to facilities.

Ensures that all park facilities are clean, safe, and maintained in a manner that meets or exceeds public expectations.

Procures materials, supplies and equipment needed for park operations, programs, and visitor services.

Interviews and hires permanent and seasonal employees subject to the approval of appropriate administrative staff members.

Prepares and administers the Park’s annual operating budget and related funding sources.

Maintains a variety of records relating to park operations including employee records, equipment inventories, monies spent in tasks of operation, maintenance records, lease agreements, contracts, sales of tickets and other revenue.

Plans, designs, recommends, promotes, and implements all public programs in the Park including program budgets, staffing needs, and program fees.

Maximizes useful life expectancy of park equipment and machinery by insuring that an appropriate preventative maintenance plan is followed.

Trains, supervises, and evaluates workers in the performance of maintenance tasks and public program responsibilities.





Good knowledge of proper park maintenance methods covering buildings, grounds and equipment.

Good knowledge of park policies, rules and regulations.

Good knowledge of the methods and principles of supervision.

Good knowledge of recreational programming.

Working knowledge of computer programs such as Microsoft Word and Excel.

Skill in the use of tools and equipment used in park building, grounds and equipment maintenance.

Ability to maximize public and community support for the park by building positive relationships with local businesses, organizations, and volunteers.

Ability to plan, schedule, evaluate, and supervise the operations and maintenance activities of workers.

Ability to prioritize expenditure of budgeted funds without exceeding authorized limits.

Ability to identify and articulate physical and capital needs through oral presentations and narrative reports.

Ability to recommend recreational programs and activities which improve service to the public.

Ability to maintain favorable public relations by answering questions, explaining rules and regulations and resolving complaints.

Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.






Two (2) years of permanent competitive class status as a Recreation Supervisor, Park Naturalist II, Safety Officer, Park Ranger II, Park Supervisor, or Hatchery Operations Supervisor.




A. Five (5) years of work experience, or its part‑time equivalent, in park operation, park maintenance or park management, at least two (2) years of which must have been in a supervisory capacity; or,

B. Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees with a baccalaureate degree in Forestry, Environmental Science, Park and Recreation Management, Resource Management, or a closely related field and one (1) year of professional level work experience, or its part time equivalent, in park operation, park maintenance, or park management; or,

C. An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of (A) and (B).


Special Necessary Requirement


When required to operate a motor vehicle, possession of a valid New York State Non-CDL or CDL, including any special endorsements, as required for the type of vehicle being operated.