The new Superintendent of Parks should bring a creative problem solving approach, be willing to engage the community and collaborate with other departments and agencies on a wide variety of projects. The candidate should be an excellent communicator and be able to work on a multiple tasks simultaneously. The Superintendent of Parks plans, coordinates, evaluates and directs the work of the Parks Division of the Parks and Recreation Department, including development, operation, security and maintenance of the City's municipal wharf, parks, greenbelts, golf course, urban forest and other landscaped areas. The Superintendent manages and oversees projects; prepares and monitors budgets; supervises professional and field supervisory staff; and coordinates operations with other City departments and government agencies.
A Bachelor’s degree in park management, public administration, landscape architecture, forestry, horticulture, or a related field and five years of responsible, professional experience in park management, public works or a related field are typical qualifications.
Santa Cruz was incorporated in 1866 as a town under the laws of the State of California and received its first charter as a city in 1876. At that time the city was governed by a Mayor and Common Council consisting of four members. In 1907, the citizens voted for a new charter designating a Mayor as chief executive and a City Council consisting of seven members. Subsequent charters gave a Mayor and... four Commissioners both executive and administrative powers. At that time the city was divided into five departments: Public Affairs, Revenue and Finance, Public Health and Safety, Public Works, and Streets and Parks