Full Time Parks and Nature Superintendent in Portland, Oregon at Metro

Parks and Nature Superintendent


Location: Portland, Oregon
Industry: Environment, Government, Jobs
Type: Full Time

Position Summary

Metro is looking for an experienced Parks and Nature Superintendent to guide our staff in offering safe, friendly and welcoming outdoor destinations. The Parks and Nature Superintendent will oversee the daily operations and routine maintenance of 18 parks and boat ramps and 14 historic cemeteries — the public face of a 17,000-acre parks and nature system spanning greater Portland. As the superintendent, you would play a key role in advancing our mission: protecting clean water, restoring fish and wildlife habitat, and creating opportunities for people to enjoy nature close to home. You would also work closely with the department’s management team and staff to shape how we implement Metro’s Strategic Plan to Advance Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion so that we can better meet the needs of people who haven’t always felt safe or welcome in our parks and natural areas.

This is an exciting time to join the Parks and Nature team. Thanks to voter investments, Metro’s park system is growing. More than half a dozen new sites are opening within a few years, expanding our footprint across the region. We’re looking for somebody who can help us integrate beloved parks like Blue Lake and Oxbow with brand-new public destinations like Newell Creek Canyon in Oregon City and Chehalem Ridge in Washington County. As the superintendent, you would rely on park supervisors for day-to-day operations while you focus on our portfolio as a whole and set direction on how we can advance our department mission and racial equity strategies on the ground and in our day-to-day work. We’re looking for someone who is enthusiastic and positive, results-oriented and strategic in guiding the operations of Metro’s unique park system. We also want a strong leader who is transparent and authentic, flexible and adaptable, who inspires and motivates, and empowers and promotes others to develop, learn and grow.

As our Parks and Nature Superintendent, you should have expertise collaborating with other government agencies and building partnerships with community organizations, neighborhood groups and advocates. You should also be prepared to work across the department with the managers and teams who oversee all aspects of Metro’s Parks and Nature work. This includes habitat restoration, land management, planning, volunteer and education programs, community grants, land acquisition, communications and more.

This position serves as a middle manager, directly supervising two park supervisors — who oversee rangers, maintenance technicians, an arborist and other workers. In this position, you would set the tone for park operations by planning, assigning and overseeing all operation needs across Metro’s system, as well as evaluating and implementing operating requirements for new sites. You would also manage annual and long-term budgets, lead hiring and other personnel decisions, respond to questions and complaints, and represent Metro when working with partners, contractors and the public. Candidates should be prepared to manage and support a range of technical needs — from special park operating licenses and vendor contracts to special use permits, park security issues and fee collection. By serving on internal work groups and task forces, you would provide an operations perspective and expertise to ensure the success of Metro’s park system as a whole. The right person for this job will have significant public sector experience in park operations and natural resource management, as well as good judgment, a positive attitude and self-awareness.


Application Guidelines:


Application requirements

Electronic application, and a single PDF document containing 1) cover letter, 2) resume and 3) answers to supplemental questions.

Essential Job Duties

An employee in this position must be able to perform all the essential job duties listed below with or without reasonable accommodation; however, this list is not intended to include all of the specific tasks which an employee in this position may be expected to perform.

  • Determines division and program missions, short-term and long-term objectives and strategies in consultation with the program supervisors, community, management and other related agencies.
  • Establishes organizational goals and objectives. Establishes organizational structure, assigns work, budget and other resources to achieve those goals.
  • Develops and implements policies, procedures, practices, work assignments, and staff authority and responsibility. Reviews department-wide processes and develops and implements improvements.
  • Hires, trains and evaluates staff and oversees activities in this area. Develops effective employee relations, labor relations and performance improvement programs.
  • Plans and manages the divisions’ financial resources including preparing, presenting and monitoring program budgets.
  • Develops and maintains effective relationships with affiliated federal, state and local agencies, tribes, and business and community organizations.
  • Directs all aspects of programs within assigned operations division.
  • Coordinates with other program managers to ensure effective delivery of services department–wide.
  • Implements, monitors and reviews service delivery processes to ensure services are cost-effective and delivered in a timely fashion.
  • Identifies opportunities for improvement and review with department leadership.
  • Ensures department program services are in compliance with relevant laws, regulations and guidelines.
  • Manages capital budget for replacement of department assets.

Metro organizes its positions into classifications. Classification descriptions are typically written broadly and do not include the specific duties and responsibilities of the positions. This position falls under the Manager II classification (click to read the full classification).Minimum Requirements

Five years experience leading or supervising staff in park operations or natural resource management. Bachelor’s degree in a related field, or any combination of education and experience which provides the applicant with the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the job.

Knowledge, skills and abilities

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices, legal requirements, regulations and laws applicable to area of assigned responsibility
  • Knowledge of management theory and the principles and practices of supervision
  • Knowledge of budget preparation and expenditure control
  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to build consensus among diverse groups
  • Willingness to learn or explore how to advance racial equity in our parks and natural areas
  • Willingness to learn or explore how to positively transform department culture
  • Skill and ability to be flexible and adaptable to change
  • Skill and ability to build a strong team culture, provide clear direction and ensure staff know what is expected of them
  • Skill in effective communication both orally and in writing, including preparation and presentation of reports, policy options and recommendations
  • Skill and ability in managing public policy development and analysis by involving and collaborating with customers, stakeholders and citizens
  • Ability to inspire and motivate staff and peers
  • Ability to work with communities of color and across generations to create safe and welcoming spaces
  • Ability to plan, organize and oversee assigned work programs, monitor work schedules, and evaluate the work of others
  • Ability to facilitate large and small groups dealing with controversial and/or competing viewpoints and desired outcomes
  • Ability to develop, implement and manage annual program area budget, and identify program funding sources
  • Ability to identify, write and oversee grant submittals in fundraising efforts
  • Ability to communicate effectively and successfully with Metro executive staff and managers, the public and various interest/business groups
  • Ability to strategically weigh risks and benefits of actions
  • Ability to fulfill Metro’s employee values of public service, excellence, teamwork, respect, innovation and sustainability.

Additional Information

Online applications: Metro accepts job applications online. If you need assistance or accommodation with your application, or access to a computer, call 503-797-1570.

Accommodation: Reasonable accommodation is available to anyone whose specific disability prevents them from completing this application or participating in this process. To obtain confidential assistance please contact Human Resources at 503-797-1570.

Public Employees Retirement System (PERS): New employees will pay the employee portion of the PERS contribution.

Representation/classification: This position is not represented and falls under the Manager II classification.

Veterans’ Preference: Under Oregon Law, qualified veterans may be eligible for veterans’ preference when applying for Metro positions. If you are a veteran and would like to be considered for a veterans’ preference for this job, please provide qualifying documents as instructed during the application process.

Criminal background check: In order to protect the well being of its employees, the public and agency assets, Metro may conduct criminal background checks on candidates selected for Metro positions. Criminal convictions do not necessarily preclude employment and will be considered on a case by case basis. A background check will only be conducted if you are selected as a finalist for a position. If selected as a finalist, you will be contacted by Human Resources prior to the initiation of a background check.

Equal employment opportunity:  All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, familial status, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability for which a reasonable accommodation can be made or any other status protected by law.  Assistance will be gladly provided upon request for any applicant with sensory or non-sensory disabilities.

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer


Salary: $95,130.00 - $135,127.00 Annually
Application Link: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/oregonmetro/jobs/1944855/parks-and-nature-superintendent?page=1&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs