The Park Superintendent III is responsible for ensuring the proper maintenance and upkeep of county parks. An incumbent in this class directs the operations of a County park and its associated areas. The work is completed under the general supervision of the Commissioner of Parks and Recreation. The position may require interaction with state and local government employees, contractors, laborers, park rangers, vendors, park visitors, recipients of services, and the general public. The position exercises functional and direct supervision over related department staff. Does related work as required.




Supervises the daily operation and maintenance of a County park and its associated areas;

Directs and oversees the resolution of major maintenance problems and emergencies;

Assists in the preparation of the department budget, including projecting expenses, funding, equipment needs, and vehicle replacement;

Advises and assists park superintendents, department heads, and county staff on construction projects, emergency repairs, and project planning;

Supervises the daily programming and recreational opportunities provided at the Park and its associated areas;

Develops, manages, and monitors an infrastructure budget that addresses the physical needs of the Park and its associated areas;

Responds to and resolves customer inquiries, problems, and complaints;

Develops long-range planning for capital improvements in and around the Park and its associated areas;

Coordinates staff, equipment, and materials involved with maintenance projects within the Park;

Directs and oversees passive recreational opportunities within the park system;

Directs and oversees the operations of the marina;

Assists in the development and direction of numerous special events within park system facilities;

Develops and implements park-wide policies in support of employee and visitor safety, departmental protocol, and public relations;

Drafts materials and service requisitions after obtaining price estimates, quotes, and related information;

Drafts specifications for sealed bids and requests for proposal;

Interviews, hires, evaluates, schedules, supervises, disciplines, and performs other personnel actions related to subordinate employees;

Develops and implements policies, procedures, goals, and objectives for functions under the direction of the position;




Comprehensive knowledge of the purposes, principles, terminology, and practices employed in park management;

Comprehensive knowledge of advanced professional techniques in park management;

Comprehensive knowledge of legislation, current problems, and professional literature related to park management;

Comprehensive knowledge of local and state law, procedures, and policies as they relate to the mission of the department;

Comprehensive knowledge of administrative planning, management, and supervision as it applies to the position;

Comprehensive knowledge of the development and design of educational and recreational programs;

Comprehensive knowledge of the operation and maintenance of equipment and technology used by the department;

Thorough knowledge of Onondaga County government, geography, economics, demographics, society, goals, politics, policies, and procedures;

Thorough knowledge of the preparation and interpretation of statistical, technical, and narrative reports regarding department activities;

Thorough knowledge of personnel laws and regulations;

Thorough knowledge of county department operations, organization, accountability, and responsibility;

Thorough knowledge of resources available for use in the completion of department objectives;

Thorough knowledge of large-scale and government budgeting policies and procedures;


Ability to analyze recent problems, assess future problems, and formulate complex action plans to facilitate resolution of said problems;

Outstanding professional leadership ability;

Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.






Two (2) years of permanent competitive class status in the title of Park Superintendent I or II.


Open Competitive:


A) Six (6) years of paraprofessional or professional level work experience, or its part time equivalent in park operations, maintenance, or management, at least two (2) years of which must have been in a professional level 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 Bachelor's Degree in Forestry, Environmental Science, Park and Recreation Management, or a closely related field and two (2) years of professional level work experience, or its part time equivalent in park operations, maintenance, or management; or,


C) An equivalent combination of the above described education and work experience.


07/2017 Revised