Deadline to apply: January 29, 2018 @ 5:00 PM, PST
Salary: $95,130.00 – $135,127.00 annually
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.
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.
Metro is the regional government that provides integrated resource management for the 24 cities and unincorporated areas in the Portland metropolitan area. Facilities, public assets and governance services include the Oregon Convention Center, the Oregon Zoo, Portland’5 Centers, Expo Center, transportation planning, growth management, solid waste system management and recycling services, and regio...nal parks and natural areas. Metro operates the Oregon Zoo, the Oregon Convention Center, the Portland Expo Center and Portland'5 Centers for the Arts. Together, these popular destinations host about 1,500 events and attract nearly 4 million people annually. The venues provide a variety of experiences for visitors and residents – contributing to the livability of the Portland region and beyond.