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King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks

Actively Recruiting:

Position title :
Supervisor III

Deadline to apply :

Type of Position :
Staff (Full-Time)

Town, City, Park, etc :
Renton, WA

State / Territory :

Organization/Program Description :

Be a part of King County Parks! King County Parks has evolved from 150 acres in 1938 to more than 28,000 acres. Today, our system consists of more than 200 parks, 175 miles of regional trails, and 215 miles of backcountry trails. Our mission is to steward, enhance and acquire parks to inspire healthy communities. We seek to cultivate strong relationships with community partners to enhance park amenities for all King County residents to enjoy today and for generations to come. Learn more at www.kingcounty.gov/parks.
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Position Description :

King County Parks and Recreation Division is seeking a Parks Maintenance Operations Supervisor to provide supervision and direction for assigned Parks Operations work units and to implement best practices for standard operating procedures system wide. This position will build and supervise effective work team, manage and measure performance, develop and implement Parks Maintenance Plans and Site Maintenance Plans, plan and deliver park and trail projects, allocate resources, and set priorities for successful results.

Individuals interested in joining our team must be committed to racial, social and economic equality for ALL people in King County. We welcome applications from people who will help us consistently demonstrate the values of equity, respect and partnership.

Who is Eligible: This position is open to all qualified candidates.

Temporary Telecommuting Requirement
The work associated with this position will be performed remotely, at least through July 5, 2021 in compliance with King County’s telecommuting mandate. It is possible that the work will be primarily performed remotely on an ongoing basis after July 5, 2021. Employees must reside in WA state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements. Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection (access may be supplemented in some situations) where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours. There will be situations where the employee is required to report to a County worksite. Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required by the department in alignment with the Public Health Directive from the Seattle & King County Public Health Officer.

To support employees during this time King County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.
Work Location: Primarily teleworking; position will report to the Parks Operations facility in Renton in the future.

Work Schedule: This position is exempt from the overtime provision of the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA) and is not overtime eligible. This full-time position works a 40-hour work week.

Job Duties :
  • Oversee the direction and management of assigned work crews in remote locations, including park districts, regional trails, and backcountry trails.
  • Develop, implement, and monitor Site Maintenance Plans for assigned work units. Establish objectives and priorities for work crews and be held accountable for the work performance of work units.
  • Develop and monitor annual budgets, staffing plans, and cost estimating for supplies and projects.
  • Administer Park programmatic permits such as back country trail building and repair.
  • Supervise employees in multiple bargaining units. Administer the provisions of collective bargaining agreements, including investigating and resolving grievances and complaints.
  • Direct and control the mobilization of staff in emergency situations.
  • Write technical reports, budget requests and correspondence for executive, department or division level signature.
  • Identify and implement best operating practices by developing and implementing Site Maintenance Plans for new acquisition and current properties.
  • Manage work with electronic maintenance management systems, such as Lucity, including corrective and preventive component work.
  • Respond to citizen inquiries.
  • Recommend capital improvement projects for Division, review specifications and drawings for CIP projects, participate in project status meetings, walk-throughs, and punch lists.
  • Monitor work quality and quantity; provide input and/or prepare performance appraisals to evaluate subordinates as appropriate; issue written reprimands and letters of counseling and/or recommend further disciplinary actions to higher level supervisor when necessary.
Requirements :

Required Qualifications:

  • At least five years experience in Park Maintenance Operations including working with a variety of skilled, semi-skilled and professional staff such as park maintenance workers, capital project managers, and trails groups.
  • Experience in a supervisory or leadership role and experience with performance management.

Our Ideal Candidate Will Have The Following Competencies:

  • Motivating Others: Creates a climate in which people want to do their best, can motivate direct reports and team members, empowers others, makes each individual feel his/her work is important.
  • Action Oriented:  full of energy for things he/she sees as challenging, identifies and seizes new opportunities, steps up to handle tough issues.
  • Problem Solving: Ability to identify creative solutions and figure out processes necessary to get things done. Can simplify complex processes. Looks beyond the obvious and doesn’t settle for the first answers.

The Most Competitive Candidates Will Have:

  • Experience in the planning, scheduling, and coordinating of a variety of skilled, semi-skilled and non-skilled workers, supervisors and support staff to satisfy the goals and objectives of the work unit and Division priorities.
  • Knowledge of King County Parks’ facilities, policies and procedures.
  • Timely and accurate decision-making skills in a wide variety of situations.
  • The ability to address and resolve complex internal and external  issues with tact and diplomacy across a broad and diverse customer base.
  • Skill in managing a vibrant and diverse workforce.
  • Skill in analyzing, developing, predicting, monitoring and balancing the budget of a work unit, a program, or a group of facilities.
  • Experience in developing resource requirements and cost estimating for park and trail construction and maintenance and determining appropriate equipment and supplies for work unit crews.
  • Ability to write specifications for purchases and contract for equipment and services.
  • Knowledge of how to develop and maintain preventive maintenance programs focused on trail structures, tree health and park buildings and structures.
  • Knowledge of Lean principles and continuous process improvement activities.
  • Familiarity with technical and administrative requirements of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), for compliance application on Park lands.
  • Experience with hazardous tree programs.
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse populations, and skilled in interpersonal relations, negotiation and dispute-resolution.
  • Ability to communicate in an effective and positive manner with employees, peers, supervisors, customers, County officials and union representatives.

Other Desirable Qualifications:

  • Pacific Northwest Parks and Recreation Maintenance Management School Certification.
  • Accredited training in Parks Risk management.
  • Knowledgeable in National Park, Trail and Open Space Standards.

Necessary Special Requirements:   Candidates must possess a valid Washington State Driver’s License prior to appointment or the ability to travel throughout King County in a timely manner. Final appointment is contingent upon successfully passing a criminal and driving history background investigations, reference checks, and a pre-employment physical.

Additional Benefits :

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees’ health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs

For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.

NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.

For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

Contact Information :

For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:
Patty Jurgens at [email protected] or (206) 477-4572

Additional Information :

Application and Selection Process: Application materials will be screened for clarity, completeness including online application, cover letter and resume, and responsiveness to the list of qualifications, skills, and abilities. The most competitive candidates may be invited to participate in one or more panel interviews. Applications without the following required materials may not be considered for this position.

  • King County application
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter detailing your background and what you can bring to this position
  • Responses to supplemental questions

Union Representation: this position is represented by Professional and Technical Employees – Supervisors, Local 17.

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Together, with leadership and our employees, we’re changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation’s best places to live, work and play. 

Guided by our “True North“, we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles–we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer
No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

To Apply
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