Recreation and Neighborhood Parks Manager Sarasota County Government Sarasota County Government 42 reviews


Parks, Recreation & Natural Resources

About Our Job

US News & World Reported that Sarasota, Florida is the number 1 place in Florida and Number 18 in the country for best places to live. We need your help to create wonderful multi-modal experiences for residents and vacationing guests travelling in Sarasota.

Are you looking for an opportunity to provide senior leadership and management of the Parks & Recreation Department?

The Parks & Neighborhood Parks Division is responsible professional work and technical staff assistance in the management and operation of the Recreation and Neighborhood Parks Division of Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources; plans, organizes, directs, coordinates and supervises the use, activities and events!

About Our Job

Under direction of the Division Manager, performs complex and responsible professional work and technical staff assistance in the management and operation of the Recreation and Neighborhood Parks Division of Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources; plans, organizes, directs, coordinates and supervises the use, activities and events; supervises staff, operations and maintenance; ensures environmental stewardship and regulatory compliance; establishes procedures and guidelines and contributes to policy-making; strategic planning; oversees budgets; serves as a resource for and coordinates with other staff, the Division Manager, other governmental agencies and other units across the enterprise; performs related work as required.

Job Description:

  • Recreation Centers and Neighborhood Parks: Manage and supervise staff to provide excellent customer service to park users in the delivery of services such as reservations, community wide events, summer camp and therapeutic recreation activities at 11 recreation and specialty facilities; ensure Parks staff to provide clean, safe, accessible and welcoming parks and venues by providing park maintenance, janitorial services and volunteer efforts; provide and ensure appropriately designed and managed public access to parks, preserves, and amenities, coordinate on CIP projects in the planning and development of park facilities; consult on business operations in parks, protection of amenities and natural resources; coordinate with public safety officials (law enforcement and EOC) and Risk Management staff to ensure safe parks. Protection of natural areas, resources and wildlife, historic and cultural resources; provide for well-designed and managed trails and water access points; ensure environmental education programs and other education opportunities to park users and visitors.
  • Develops and directs the implementation of goals, objectives, policies, procedures and work standards for park staff, volunteers, contractors, and other partners that operate in or work to build or maintain county managed parks and park amenities and lands. This includes a comprehensive and diverse program of park services, public information and engagement and marketing, recreation program activities, and technological advancements. Manages proactive assessments of fraud awareness, prevention, detection and risk mitigation activities in area of responsibility; oversees financial, compliance, operational and performance audits; reviews audit findings and ensures appropriate controls are established and implemented; initiates disciplinary procedures as appropriate.
  • Respond to complaints, investigate problems, and provide resolution to a wide range of issues or problems. Respond in a timely manner to public inquiries and requests for information or services. Coordinate with public agencies regarding proposals for the use of public park lands and amenities for infrastructure improvements or maintenance, marketing and education, and other general government uses of park lands. Respond to the requests for press and public information needs. Attend and present at various public boards, committees and associations (e.g., County Commission, Parks Advisory and Recreation Council, various municipal park advisory boards, Boys and Girls Club, Laurel Civic Association, etc.).
  • Direct, plan, control, and supervise park operations and infrastructure development and reconstruction, assuring that projects align with the desires of the community, planning and regulatory requirements, permits, and conditions. Review and approve park development designs and proposals that function appropriately and are consistent with construction and maintenance standards. This is work involving participation in team design and permitting meetings, on-site coordination and supervision of contractors and staff, quality control inspections, public workshops and construction and landscape design input from a wide variety of stakeholders and the general public. Work with County, State and other agencies (e.g., Operations and Maintenance, History Center, FDEP, Office of Financial Planning) to plan for and implement non-capital park improvement projects and improvements.

About You

Minimum Qualifications : A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in recreation, leisure services, education, one of the biological or natural sciences, or related field, and four (4) years of professional experience related to the position. An Associate’s Degree from an accredited college or university and six (6) years of job-related experience. Year-for-year experience may substitute for the college degree. Two or more years of supervisory experience required. Advanced professional certification highly preferred.

Preferred Qualifications : Previous experience in the management of recreation facilities, events and programming. Previous experience in management of major construction or park development projects. Well versed in dealing with public and political issues. Previous experience with media relations. Exceptional writing skills. CPRP preferred.

Job Competencies : Ability to plan, direct, and supervise the operations and activities of Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources, plan, organize, train, evaluate and direct work of assigned staff; organize, prioritize and follow-up on work assignments; knowledge of public recreation trends and community needs and resources; work independently and as part of a team; make sound decisions within established guidelines; maintain and exhibit discretion and integrity when handling sensitive information; identify and respond to County and community-related issues and concerns; follow written and oral directions; observe safety principles and work in a safe manner; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing at a professional level; establish and maintain effective working relationships; and exercise sound, independent judgment. Considerable public contact is required which demands a high degree of tact.

Subject to Passing Substance Screening: This position is subject to passing a pre-employment substance screening. An applicant who fails to pass a required drug screening test shall be disqualified from employment in any class for a period of five (5) years.

About Everything Else

Pay: $60,174.40 – $79,788.80

Employee Type:

At Will (Budgeted)


  • Enjoy great benefits including Health, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance, Short-Term and Long-Term Disability, Flexible Spending Accounts, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Florida Retirement System (FRS) and many, many more!
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  • Utilize our award-winning wellness program including free gyms and classes at multiple Sarasota County Government locations.
  • Enjoy 11 paid holidays, 3 personal days and 16 paid vacation days in the first year of full-time employment with increasing accrual rates with years of service. (That adds up to a possible 30 days off in your 1st year!)

Sarasota County Government is a Tobacco Free/Drug Free Workplace

Sarasota County Government promotes diversity and inclusion in its workforce and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender identification or expression, genetic information, religion, national origin, marital status, age or disability. A job applicant with a disability who requires reasonable accommodation to participate in the application/selection process is requested to make known the need for an accommodation to Human Resources or appropriate county staff members. For assistance with the application, please call 941-861-5741.

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