Parks Superintendent – Frankfort, IN

Under general direction of the Mayor and the City of Frankfort Board of Works, we are seeking a visionary Parks Superintendent with a demonstrated experience of providing executive management of park planning and infrastructure projects and directing leisure, recreational and park programming to improve the quality of life for all City of Frankfort residents.

Interested candidates must attach a resume and a copy of their transcript or degree(s) and send to:
City of Frankfort
Director of Human Resources
301 East Clinton Street
Frankfort, Indiana 46901
[email protected]

Status: Exempt
Reports: Mayor
The Park Superintendent summary includes operational responsibility of the Parks and all additional complexes, including administration of policies and procedures, formulate and administer budget and fiscal matters, planning, construction, maintenance, landscaping and turf management, coordination and supervision of all park systems; to plan, direct and review the activities and operations of athletic fields and Aquatic Center; to coordinate assigned activities with other City departments and outside agencies. The Park Superintendent exercises direct supervision over professional, clerical and maintenance staff including Aquatic Center and athletic fields.


Duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Develop, plan and implement goals and objectives; recommend and administer policies and procedures for recreation facilities;
  • Coordinates activities, schedules, and services with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations, provide staff assistance to the Mayor, prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence;
  • Monitors and directs the Petting Zoo and Aviary;
  • Direct, oversee and participate with staff in the development of the athletic and Aquatic Center work plans; assign work activities, projects and programs; monitor workflow; review and evaluate work products, methods and procedures;
  • Supervise and participate in the development and administration of the department budget; direct and forecast funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; monitor and approve expenditures; implement mid-year adjustments;
  • Participate with the City Council, Board of Works, commissions and groups to plan and promote capital improvements and expanded services; attend and participate in professional groups and committees;
  • Select, train, motivate and evaluate personnel; provide and coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline and termination procedures;
  • Act as purchasing agent for the Parks, Recreation facilities and Aquatic Center; review and approve purchases;
  • Respond to and resolve difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints;
  • Monitor the quality of services provided by the Department; ensure that all services are efficient, effective and courteous;
  • Perform physical labor to ensure readiness of recreation facilities as necessary to accomplish projects;
  • Perform minor carpentry, electrical, plumbing and machine maintenance;
  • Inspect parks facilities for cleanliness and safety; participate in maintaining park grounds;
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


  • Organizational and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of programs, policies and operational needs;
  • Principles and techniques of operating and maintaining pool equipment and facilities;
  • Modern and complex principles and practices of athletic fields and community Aquatic Center development and administration;
  • Principles and practices of supervision, organization, administration and personnel management;
  • Principles and practices of budget preparation and administration;
  • Principles and techniques of supervision, training and performance evaluation;
  • Principles and practices of horticulture, mechanical maintenance and general construction;
  • Personnel policies as applied to interviewing applicants;
  • Basic accounting;
  • Stay abreast of trends and innovations to provide quality services;
  • Prepare and administer a budget;
  • Select, supervise, train and evaluate assigned staff;
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals;
  • Identify and respond to public and City Council issues and concerns;
  • Interpret and apply Federal, State and local policies, procedures, laws and regulations.
  • Operate, maintain and use a variety of equipment, machinery and tools in the maintenance and repair of park facilities;
  • Five (5) years of increasingly responsible experience in parks and grounds maintenance and management, and community related services including administrative and supervisory responsibility;
  • Parks and Recreation degree or an equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in business administration, horticulture, or a related field;
  • Possession of an appropriate, valid Indiana driver’s license;
  • Skills in Events and Programming

Knowledge of:

  • Knowledge of public parks and recreational policy formulation, strategic planning; and excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Principles and practices of business correspondence and report writing.
  • Pertinent local, State, and Federal laws, rules, and regulations.
  • State and local capital planning process.
  • Qualities and characteristics of materials, equipment, and supplies available for the techniques of maintaining municipal parks, parkways, recreation, facilities and other landscaped areas related buildings.
  • Climate, insects, plant diseases, and other conditions affecting the growth of vegetation in local area.
  • Names, qualities, and characteristics of most trees, shrubs, grasses, and other vegetation throughout the local area.
  • Principles and practices of the playground, cultural and community center planning, and the philosophy and objectives of public recreation.
  • Principles and practices of policy development and implementation.
  • Variety of recreational and cultural activities suitable for all age groups.
  • Negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
  • Knowledge of USDA-APHIS
  • Knowledge in playground regulations
  • Knowledge in IOSHA rules
  • Knowledge of Greenhouse operations

The working and requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee:

  • Regularly required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear;
  • Frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls;
  • Occasionally required to climb or balance;
  • Regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds;
  • Occasionally lift and/or move more than 100 pounds;
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus;
  • Regularly works near moving mechanical parts and in outside weather conditions;
  • Regularly exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, extreme cold, and extreme heat;
  • Occasionally works in high, precarious places;
  • Occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock, risk of radiation, and vibration;

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud.

Interested candidates must attach a resume and a copy of their transcript or degree(s) and send to:
City of Frankfort
Director of Human Resources
301 East Clinton Street
Frankfort, Indiana 46901
[email protected]


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