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Park Steward Manager

Full Time
  • Full Time
  • Bend, OR
  • $6,488 - $8,045/ month USD / Year
  • Salary: $6,488 - $8,045/ month

Website Bend Park & Recreation District

Closing Date: Fri, May 17th at 5pm PST

Benefit Type: Full Time Benefits

Benefits Available: For a full description of our benefits, please click here.

About the job:

The Park Steward Manager develops and manages the Park Stewardship program and supervises staff and volunteers. Serves as liaison with local law enforcement agencies and contracted patrol and security services. Oversees a park use management program by providing assistance, information, and education to visitors; develops and manages methods to ensure park areas are enjoyable and safer for the public in accordance with facility and park rules and ordinances.

 A day in the life: 

The information provided below encompasses the typical duties and capabilities linked with this classification. Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Plans and coordinates the implementation, promotion, and evaluation of the park stewardship program; develops work plans, allocates resources and develops schedules to accomplish goals.
  • Develops and enforces rules and guidelines for the district as issues and activities in the park arise. Balances proactive and reactive efforts.
  • Monitors and evaluates division effectiveness in meeting established objectives; recommends improvements and modifications; maintains records; and prepares various reports on operations and activities.
  • Coordinates with Community Engagement team on awareness, marketing and communications. Assists in developing public education communications and outreach efforts including signage, collateral materials and website content.
  • Serves as liaison with the City of Bend Police Department and Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office; manages contracted patrol and security services; assists courts with information as need to exclude or prosecute violators.
  • Monitors use of off-leash dog areas. Addresses and responds to public questions, concerns and requests.
  • Serves as media spokesperson as needed.
  • Supervises staff and program in stewardship, including prioritizing and assigning work; coaching, training, and conducting performance evaluations. Assists with the supervision of volunteers; directs and coordinates to meet the needs of the district.
  • Maintains a variety of records; develops various reports and correspondence.
  • Conducts safety inspections, enforces safety regulations, and actively promotes safe work practices. Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Contributes to a positive and constructive working environment.
  • Reports child abuse or suspected child abuse as a mandatory reporter under Oregon law.
  • Maintains regular and punctual attendance.

What you’ll need for success:

Strong Knowledge of:

  • Principles, practices, associated tools, implementation and evaluation in assigned division;
  • Effective supervision, training and performance management practices;
  • Effective principles and practices of customer service and public engagement;
  • Applicable laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures for assigned division;
  • Policy and project development knowledge;
  • Business and management principles involved in strategic planning;
  • Personnel management, budgeting, financial planning and contracting; and
  • Effective project management processes and best practices.

Skill and Ability to: 

  • Communicate effectively and persuasively both verbally and in writing with a wide range of audiences, which may include public speaking;
  • Effectively plan, lead, and provide program oversight in developing goals and objectives for assigned area;
  • Use tact and diplomacy when dealing with elected officials, suppliers, government agencies and the public;
  • Exercise sound judgment to solve problems, work independently and make appropriate decisions regarding work methods and priorities;
  • Work cooperatively with others and create a positive, constructive and respectful relationship with staff and the general public;
  • Manage a high volume of tasks at one time, including organizing and prioritizing own work and the work of others;
  • Exercise independent initiative, judgment, and decision-making skills;
  • Analyze data and draw logical conclusions from mathematical formulas as well as policies and procedures; and
  • Operate office computer and associated software applications, technology, or other programs or equipment to collect and analyze data, retrieve information, and create documents and reports.

What we’re looking for:

Education, Experience, and Training

  1. Bachelor’s degree in a related field; AND
  2. Three (3) years of experience in a similar classification and/or performing similar tasks; AND 
  3. Two (2) years of supervisory experience; OR
  4. Any satisfactory combination of education, experience and training.


  1. Possession of, or ability to obtain valid Oregon driver’s license within 30 days with an acceptable driving history as defined by district driving policy.
  2. Possession of, or ability to obtain First Aid/CPR certification within 30 days of hire.

Supervision Received:

The Park Steward Manager works under the general supervision of the Director of Community Engagement.

Supervision Exercised:

Provides direction and supervision to staff, which may include hiring, training, evaluating and managing performance, goal development, providing discipline, responding to grievances and effectively recommending termination responsibilities. May provide guidance and consultation to other district staff, consultants, contractors and volunteers.

Working Conditions:

The following are working conditions, including environmental and physical demands, required for this classification.

  • Works in the office and field environment (75%/25% respectively). Exposure to noise, weather, hazards in parks, disgruntled patrons.
  • May require the ability to work evenings and off-duty hours for emergency call-outs.
  • Remain in a stationary position (sitting or standing) for extended periods of time, move about the office occasionally.
  • Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects.
  • Daily precise control of fingers and hand movements while operating computer keyboard, telephone, and standard office equipment.
  • Ability to work and maintain focus in a work environment with moderate noise (i.e., working around others making periodic phone calls or having conversations) and with frequent interruptions.
  • Understand, remember, communicate and apply complex oral and/or written instructions and factual information.
  • Requires crouching, bending, kneeling, grasping, sitting, and reaching.
  • May be required to travel to locations in, around, or outside the greater Bend area, including travel to District sites.
  • Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction and having the ability to receive detailed information through oral communication and making fine discriminations in sound.
  • Making substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
  • Ability to have clarity of vision at 20 inches or less.
  • Ability to maintain sustained concentration on computer screens; use keyboards and a variety of peripherals.


Please note that our application system does now allow you to save and come back to complete your application at a later time.

You will have to complete the application once you have started it. This position has some supplemental questions that might require extra time and each answer has a one-thousand-character limit. If you would like to write a longer answer, you may do so by completing your answers in a different document and uploading them as part of your application.

Please ensure you have all the information you need to complete the application.

1. Describe your previous supervisory experience including your role in: 

     A. Hiring

     B. Managing and Evaluating Performance

     C. Disciplinary Action including responding to grievances and termination. Include the number of years, number of    employees and your level of authority (assist, recommend or final decision)

2.   What is your leadership style approach to managing others including communications, providing feedback and coaching?

3.   How has your previous work experience prepared you for engaging with diverse populations in parks and recreation facilities? What does diversity, equity and inclusion mean to you in a professional setting?

4.   Please describe an instance when you had to apply your professional experience and approach to seeking voluntary compliance to rules. What was the outcome? If it occurred again, what would you do differently, if any?

Salary Description
$6,488 – $8,045/ month

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