Parks Supervisor

City of Ocoee

Ocoee,  Florida

Under general direction, this is responsible supervisory work involving responsibility for the maintenance of park facilities, park grounds and athletic fields. The employee in this classification supervises field crews engaged in irrigation, horticultural, and turf maintenance and care of parks and other City properties. The employee provides technical advisement to crews as needed, ie., chemical applications, fertilization rates, irrigation management and scheduling, horticultural care. The work involves organizing, planning and implementing daily work assignments and longer-term work projects. The work is performed under the general supervision of the Assistant Director with independent judgment used to determine work methods and procedures and review through reports, observation and periodic discussions.

Essential Functions

The list of essential functions, as outlined herein, is intended to be representative of the tasks performed within this classification. It is not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class. The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein if such duties are a logical assignment to the position.

  • Assists in the planning, organization and implementation of departmental goals and objectives; assists in the formulation of division policies and procedures.
  • Plans, organizes, and implements parks maintenance, repair and development activities; coordinates renovation, construction and development projects.
  • Directly schedules and supervises Parks’ Division employees; coordinates and issues equipment, materials and supplies; inspects the work of staff engaged in the maintenance and upkeep of park and city properties.
  • Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the City’s policies and procedures and applicable laws.
  • Assists with supervision and oversight of maintenance contracts for parks, grounds, cemetery, right-of-way maintenance and other areas as assigned.
  • Provides for the safety of both the public and employees relative to the use of machinery, equipment, pesticides and fertilizers.
  • Inspects and monitors horticultural installations, tree/shrubbery trimming, irrigation systems, and other parks and City property projects for compliance with work orders, proper methods and techniques, proper operating conditions, and safety compliance.
  • Supervises and provides technical advisement and assistance on turf, landscape and arbor management to include the selection and installation of materials, the handling and application rates of pesticides, fertilizers and other horticultural products, and water management and programming of control systems.
  • Assists in the managing assigned parks and facilities and ensures the safety and cleanliness of parks equipment; routinely inspects park grounds and facilities and submits recommendations on the upkeep, upgrade, construction and/or renovation of parks.
  • Participates in the development and implementation of City-wide special events.
  • Performs public relations functions between the City, community and various civic agencies and groups.
  • Performs moderately complex administrative duties, e.g., reviews and evaluates program statistical data, generates and submits reports and documentation, responsible to complete assigned staff payroll, researches special projects and issues.
  • Assists with the annual budget preparation; reviews and maintains accounts; reviews and approves receipts and budgetary expenditures.
  • Train and orient employees on job skills, safety procedures and other department rules, procedures and practices.
  • Performs related duties as directed when such duties are logical/appropriate assignment to position.

Minimum Qualifications
Minimum of two (2) years of responsible supervisory experience in parks, maintenance, horticulture, landscaping, forestry or closely related work. Such experience would normally be gained after graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in Parks and Recreation Management, Horticulture, Landscaping, Forestry or related fields and increasingly responsible work experience in a related area. Other combinations of training and/or experience which can be demonstrated to result in the possession of the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the duties of this position will also be considered. Requires possession of or ability to obtain a State of Florida Pesticide License in Ornamental and Turf within first six (6) months of employment and to maintain certification. Must posses and maintain a valid Florida Driver’s License and prefer CDL class B endorsement. Certification in one or more of the following areas is desired: Playground Inspection certification, Irrigation certification for Landscape or Turf, Intermediate Maintenance of Traffic Certification.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

KSA's: -

  • Thorough working knowledge of the principles, practices and materials used in parks, grounds and athletic field care and maintenance; parks management and general construction trades work.
  • Considerable knowledge of methods, materials and equipment used in the modern practice of horticulture, arboriculture, agronomy and related fields.
  • Considerable knowledge of applying pesticides, chemicals, and fertilizers safely.
  • Considerable knowledge of the hazards involved in the work and safety precautions to be taken.
  • Knowledge of the installation and maintenance of playground equipment and playground sites.
  • Knowledge of work zone safety and traffic control.
  • Knowledge of installation and maintenance of irrigation systems and turf management.
  • Skill in both oral and written communications for the effective development and presentation of departmental reports.
  • Skill in the use of microcomputers and associated programs and applications necessary for successful job performance.
  • Skill in the proper use and safe operation of various hand and power operated equipment utilized in all phases of landscaping and tree maintenance
  • Skill in both oral and written communications for the effective development and presentation of departmental reports.
  • Ability to maintain records and prepare reports.
  • Ability to effectively plan, direct and manage a staff comprised of entry and journey level employees engaged in carrying out departmental functions.
  • Ability to establish and maintain a professional effective working relationship with departmental personnel, all levels of employees, City officials, other government agencies and the general public
  • Ability to provide safety training for employees engaged in pest control activities.
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions and communicate clearly and concisely.
  • Ability to supervise subordinates in a manner conducive to high performance and good morale.
  • Ability to provide safety training for employees engaged in maintenance activities.


Tasks involve the ability to exert physical effort in light to medium work, and may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of weight up to 50 pounds and occasionally heavier items (75 pounds or over).


Work performed in usual field conditions with exposure to some environmental factors, including heat, humidity and inclement weather.


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