Parks, Recreation & Natural Resources
Under the direction of the Senior Manager of Parks, Programming and Stewardship, this employee performs professional work and provides staff assistance in the management and operation of the Beach and Water Access Division. Employee plans, organizes, directs, coordinates, and supervises the use and activities within the Division. The employee directs operations and maintenance, ensures environmental stewardship, regulatory compliance, establishes procedures and guidelines. This employee contributes to policy-making, strategic planning, oversees budgets, serves as a resource for and coordinates with other staff, the Senior Manager of Parks, Programming and Stewardship, the Director of Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources, other governmental agencies and other units across the enterprise-wide and within the Department. Employee also performs related work as required and in direct support of Sarasota County government operations.
Manage, supervise, and lead the Beaches and Water Access Team to provide excellent visitor services to park users in the delivery of services such as reservations, special events, and programs; work with the team and partners to ensure clean, safe and accessible parks and venues by providing park maintenance, janitorial services, arborists, and coordinate responses to seaweed, red tide and fish kills; work with regulatory agencies or programs (e.g., Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Sarasota County Environmental Permitting, Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, etc.) on beach and natural area activities and improvements to ensure compliance with environmental protection requirements and building codes; consult on concessions and business operations within parks. Ensure protection and appropriate management of amenities and natural resources, including beach habitat, listed species such as marine sea turtles, Florida scrub-jay, gopher tortoise and nesting shorebirds; coordinate with public safety officials (law enforcement, emergency services, Emergency Operations Center) and Risk Management staff to ensure safe parks. Maintenance and protection of natural areas, resources and wildlife, historic and cultural resources; provide for well-designed and managed trails, water access points and boat ramps; ensure environmental interpretive programming, education programs and other education opportunities for park users and visitors. Permitting, protection and oversight of the Sarasota County Artificial Reef Program; Intracoastal Waterway aids to navigation (e.g., navigational markers) maintenance; work with other agencies on the Sarasota County Derelict Vessel Removal program.
Develops and directs the implementation of goals, objectives, policies, procedures and work standards for staff, volunteers, contractors, and other partners that operate in or work to build or maintain county managed parks, beaches, and park amenities and lands. This includes a comprehensive and diverse program of park services, public information and engagement and marketing, ecotourism, 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.
Drafts ordinance amendments, resolutions, County Commission reports, letters and other correspondence for signature by administrators and the Board Chair. Respond to complaints, investigate problems, and provide resolution to a wide range of issues or problems. Respond 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, Siesta Key Association and other community groups).
Participate in park infrastructure development and reconstruction, assuring that projects align with the desires of the community, accessibility and/or universal design, planning and regulatory requirements, permits, and conditions. Review and approve park development/improvement designs and proposals that function appropriately and are consistent with construction and maintenance standards. This work involves participation in team design and permitting meetings, on-site coordination with consultants and staff, quality control inspections and public meetings. Work with County, State and other agencies (e.g., Facilities Maintenance, Historical Resources, Office of Financial Management, Planning and Development Services and FDEP) as well as other PRNR divisions (e.g., Maintenance Services and Park Planning and Development) to plan for and implement park improvement projects. Parks Unit Management Plan development and updates.
Other duties as assigned by Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Director or Senior Manager. The following must be included in all manager and director job descriptions.
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.
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 six (6) years of related experience related to the position OR a Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in an appropriate recreation, leisure services or environmental field with four (4) or more years related experience. Four or more years of supervisory experience required. May consider substituting years of experience for the four-year degree.
Preferred Qualifications: Previous experience in the management of beaches and water access parks; Previous experience in management of natural and cultural resources, park development, and improvement projects; Previous experience in coastal regulations; Well versed in dealing with public and political issues; Previous experience with media relations; Exceptional writing skills; Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP).
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; 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.