Parks Operations Specialist

County Of Sonoma   Santa Rosa, CA   Full-time     Other
Posted on May 6, 2022
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tarting salary up to $33.59/hour* ($70,106/year) plus a cash allowance of approximately $600/month* 

County of Sonoma's Regional Parks include more than 50 parks, trails, and beaches from Petaluma to Gualala and Sonoma to Bodega Bay. Many offer wild landscapes while others feature sports fields, playgrounds, campgrounds, boat launches, and an environmental education center. Regional Parks also offers a range of recreation, education, and natural resource programs that enhance the quality of life and well-being of individuals, families and communities. Please visit http://parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov to learn more about the various programs and resources offered by the Regional Parks Department.  

As the department's Parks Operations Specialist, you will assist our executive management team by providing technical and administrative support for a variety of department-wide efforts. You will work closely with the Park Manager, Operations Analyst, and Park Project Specialist in a collaborative environment to support the Regional Parks operational needs. This position will work most of the time in the office and will have the opportunity to work a percentage of the time in the parks coordinating with field staff and/or partner agencies. Additional responsibilities will include: 

  • Researching projects, including current legislation and trends in order to help move new park construction projects through the process
  • Creating reports and presenting information to the team
  • Coordinating and scheduling meetings, including drafting agendas and note taking
  • Creating departmental/operational manuals as needed
  • Conducting research and analysis of potential grant opportunities

To effectively support the department's various operational functions, our ideal candidate will possess:

  • Knowledge of clean energy and climate related technologies, energy efficiency, and climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • Experience working in a park setting and understanding of current park practices
  • Superb organizational and time management skills, with a strong attention to detail and the ability to prioritize competing deadlines
  • Experience preparing, reviewing, and editing complex and detailed public and internal documents
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience researching, tracking, analyzing, and interpreting data
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and general computer competencies 

What We Offer 

Working at the County of Sonoma offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better our communities. You can also look forward to excellent benefits* including:
 

  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range
  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance of up to $1,000 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • County paid 100% premium contribution for the majority of employee-only and employee + family health plan options
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment


*Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can be found in the County of Sonoma Salary Resolution (SalRes)

This recruitment is being conducted to fill a Parks Operation Specialist position in the Regional Parks Department. This employment list may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra-help (temporary) positions as they occur during the active status of the list. Qualified County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment. The Civil Service title of this position is Administrative Aide.
 

APPLICATION SUBMISSIONS REQUIRE THE SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE BE COMPLETED.

 

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Any combination of course work and training that would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, academic course work in public administration, business administration, management, accounting, political science, economics, statistics, English composition, psychology or closely related courses would provide such opportunity. 
 
Experience: Work experience that would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, some experience related to general administration, accounting, budgetary analysis, or human resources work including the compilation, tabulation, analysis, and presentation of statistical and narrative written reports would provide such opportunity. 
 
License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of: administrative techniques and principles of organization, accounting, budget and human resources administration; techniques and practices of research methodology, data collection, and preliminary analysis; report writing; application and use of basic statistics; interview techniques sufficient to obtain information related to employment and administrative matters; written and oral communications, including language mechanics, syntax and English composition; modern office methods and procedures; database, spreadsheet and word processing applications including basic methods of graphic presentations. 
 
Ability to: collect, compile and analyze qualitative and quantitative data; understand and explain laws, regulations and policies governing program operations; communicate effectively orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with management, employees, clients, and the public; understand program objectives in relation to departmental goals and procedures; organize and prioritize work assignments; use and understand common database, spreadsheet and word processing applications; learn specialized computer applications. 

Certain positions may require the ability to speak, read and write fluent Spanish.
 
Positions allocated to this class may require specific knowledge and abilities.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying

 

  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application. Be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.