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PARKS MANAGER - City of Gig Harbor ( Job # 19-0004)

This job is closed.

Minimum Salary: $42.24 per hour
Maximum Salary: $52.80 per hour
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Public Works - Engineering
Closes: February 24, 2019 at 5:00 PM. Applications first reviewed on: Monday, February 25, 2019
(Open to current employees and the general public.)


THE CITY OF GIG HARBOR is seeking a professional, motivated individual to fill the position of Parks Manager.  This person is responsible for acquisition, development and management of park properties.  Requires strong organizational, communications, computer, and public relations skills and must work closely with Public Works, Community Development, and Marketing Departments.

Hiring salary range: $42.24 - $47.52 per hour


Acquisition Tasks Include:

  • Grant writing for Parks projects.
  • City’s representative in real estate transactions.

Development Tasks Include:

  • Budget development for Parks Capital Fund.
  • Update the Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Plan and other parks planning projects.
  • Develop and manage Parks visioning/master planning efforts.

Management Tasks Include:

  • Develop and manage leases/agreements within Parks.
  • Review and make determinations on special event permits.
  • Manage the Parks Commission.
  • Work with Marketing Department on special events.

Controls Over the Work:

Under direct supervisory control of the Public Works Director, has indirect supervision over an assistant.  Ability to take initiative and work in a self-directed manner is often required for accomplishing tasks. Work is performed with limited supervision and the employee has relative independence and latitude for exercising independent judgment and initiative within the scope of oral and written instructions and established city policies, guidelines, and procedures.  Work requires the application of sound judgment and involves performance of complex tasks.  Work is reviewed for quality and timeliness of completed projects as well as the ability to get along with others and work well as a team member.

Ability to gain and retain effective working relationships with other city employees, city officials, other municipal agency officials, and the general public is essential.

Works with the Engineering Division to generate contract documents and perform construction management for Park Capital projects and manage associated consultants.  The operation and maintenance of Parks will continue to be under the supervision of the Public Works Superintendent.



  • Serves as the city liaison to citizens and committees on parks-related issues.
  • Attends various civic and business meetings on behalf of the city.
  • Reports to and advises the Public Works Director, and as appropriate the Mayor, City Administrator, and City Council, on immediate as well as emerging Park-related matters.
  • Manages the Parks Commission agenda, furnishing pertinent documents, reports and briefings as needed. 
  • Works with the Marketing Department on special events.
  • Assists with budget development for the Parks Capital Fund.
  • Manages Parks visioning/master planning efforts that includes updating the Parks, Recreation and Open Space (Comprehensive) Plan.
  • Plans, develops and manages activities at city-owned Parks.
  • Coordinates and manages leases and other Park-related agreements.
  • Participates in public processes and provides information and reports to elected officials, managers, committees, boards, commissions, and the general public.
  • Assists with seeking out funding sources, and prepares and processes grant applications for the development of city parks, structures, and associated programs.
  • Collects and prepares data for reports; prepares and presents recommendations pertaining to specific subject matter as directed by the Public Works Director or City Administrator.
  • Reviews and makes determinations on special use permits affecting Parks.
  • A valid Washington State driver’s license and a history of safe driving is an essential duty on the job.
  • Performs other duties as requested by the Public Works Director and City Administrator.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

  • Ability to learn the inner-workings and inter-relationships of city government operations and functions.
  • Ability to plan and prepare grants and monitor resultant programs and/or activity.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing, and to prepare technical and administrative reports.
  • Ability to read and interpret construction drawings, specifications, and landscape plans.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment within established procedures.
  • Ability to make independent decisions.
  • Ability to conduct research and produce reports.
  • Skill in soliciting support and coordinating the activities of a variety of individuals and groups (such a neighborhoods organization, city management team members, committees, and City Council) is critical to job success.
  • Knowledge of PC computers and Microsoft Office suite software with an excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

Work is performed in an office or conference room setting as well as outdoors. A moderate amount of local traveling is involved in park site visits and facility and area tours. The incumbent is exposed to occasional inclement weather and the normal transportation and construction activity such as high noise levels, moving vehicles and machines, dust and mud, and traversing of exposed and sometimes insecure walkways and platforms. May wear protective clothing and equipment such as hard hat, eye and ear protection, gloves and safety shoes. Work may require some exertion such as climbing, walking over rough surfaces and loose material; crouching, bending, stooping and reaching and lifting of light to moderately heavy items. Work requires average physical agility and dexterity.

Attendance at night meetings and community events is required. Meeting project deadlines may require working more than forty hours per week. 




  • Graduation from a four-year college or university with course work in Planning, Engineering, Public Administration, or related field; and
  • Three years related experience; and
  • Landscape architect background is desirable.

The City of Gig Harbor has a generous employee leave benefit, which includes vacation, sick leave, 10 paid or pro-rated holidays annually and 2 paid or pro-rated floating holidays. The City also provides medical, vision, dental, life insurance, Employee Assistance Program participation to qualifying employees. The City of Gig Harbor is a member of the Washington Public Employees Retirement System (PERS). The City of Gig Harbor also falls under Social Security’s Windfall Elimination Provision and earnings from this position will not be covered under Social Security.


This position is classified as non-exempt and is eligible for overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and is also covered by a collective bargaining agreement.


To apply for this position and future positions, please visit and select the City of Gig Harbor to find our current openings. Select the position you are applying for and select “Apply Now.” We will only be accepting online applications for this position. To be considered for this position, you must complete the application which includes the questions. Do not refer to your resume on the application, the work history and question section need to be completed.

Should you need an accommodation and/or assistance with the application process prior to the closing date, please email


City of Gig Harbor Civic Center
3510 Grandview Street
Gig Harbor, WA 98335