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City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation Superintendent in Des Moines, Iowa

Parks and Recreation Superintendent



Parks and Recreation Superintendent


$80,516.80 - $102,065.60 Annually


Des Moines, IA

Job Type

Regular Full-Time



Job Number



12/21/2020 5:00 PM Central

Occupational Group

Civil Service

Location of Vacancy

Parks & Recreation



Selection Method

An education and experience review will be completed on all qualified applicants. Those applicants deemed most qualified based on the education and experience rating will be considered for certification to an eligibility list for appointment. Applicants who need a reasonable accommodation must inform this office at (515) 283-4213 or TTY at Iowa Relay at 711 or 1-800-735-2942 prior to the closing date.

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Distinguishing Features of the Class

Directs, manages, plans and supervises park/recreation maintenance, customer service and aquatic facility operations. Schedules and supervises the maintenance and repair of park/recreation areas and related facilities. Hires, trains and supervises full-time and seasonal employees in assigned areas. Serves as the point-of-contact between the Neighborhood Associations and the public in assigned area; performs directly related work as required. Manages park customer use programs and performs directly related work as required.

Please Note: Recruitment for and the projected timeline for filling this vacancy is not impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This position is part of an operation that must be performed regardless of circumstances.

Acceptable Experience and Training

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Leisure Studies, Parks and Recreation Administration or a related field; and

  • Considerable experience in facility maintenance and aquatic operations, including knowledge in aquatic facility operations and playground safety; or

  • Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the work.

NOTE: Transcripts verifying degree conferred need to be submitted to the City of Des Moines Human Resources Department; electronically to, by fax to 515-237-1680, or by mail to 1551 E MLK Jr Pkwy, Des Moines, IA 50317 by the application deadline.

Required Special Qualifications

  • Candidates for positions in this class must pass a post-employment offer physical examination and drug screen;

  • Possession of a valid Iowa driver’s license or evidence of equivalent mobility;

  • Ability to obtain Certified Pool Operator’s License within 1 year;

  • Ability to obtain Certified Playground Inspector Certificate within 1 year.

Examples of Essential Work (Illustrative Only)

  • Directs, supervises, trains and evaluates park/recreation facility maintenance operations and the work of park/recreation personnel involved in park/recreation maintenance, repair activities, shelter rentals, special event support, facility management, and customer service delivery;

  • Inspects park/recreation areas and related facilities to identify maintenance, cleanliness and repair needs and assigns subsequent duties to the appropriate personnel, inspecting all projects upon completion;

  • Directs, supervises, trains and evaluates aquatic facility operations and the work of aquatic personnel involved in swimming pool maintenance, program activities and operations of facilities.

  • Supervises the bi-annual process of winterizing and spring start-up activities for pool, sport complexes and other related facilities;

  • Inspects and supervises repairs as necessary on plumbing systems, playground equipment, picnic equipment, pools equipment, water fountains, restrooms, pool decks, sports complexes, fences, rental shelters and related buildings and equipment;

  • Maintains thorough and accurate records on inventories needed for maintenance and repair activities and orders all parts as necessary;

  • Directs, plans, organizes, markets and implements the delivery of aquatic programs;

  • Inspects public use facilities for safety features and assigns immediate repairs to remedy any unsafe area;

  • Prepares and submits budgets, controls expenditures, and performs other financial monitoring/accounting as required;

  • Supervises, plans, organizes, coordinates, implements, and evaluates recreation programs within assigned areas;

  • Supervise and manage the collection of fees for activities as necessary, maintains thorough and accurate records of participants and related materials;

  • Develops, plans, manages and implements contractual agreements with organizations and citizens, and ensures compliance of same;

  • Promotes and ensures an environment of employee safety by explaining all safety precautions and monitoring for their use;

  • Oversees the care and maintenance of all divisional vehicles, tools and related equipment;

  • Prepares reports and/or completes special projects for the Parks and Recreation Services Manager as requested;

  • Makes recommendations as to policy and procedure changes to enhance efficient and effective operations;

  • Provides needed information and demonstrations concerning how to perform certain work tasks to new employees in the same or similar class of positions;

  • Keeps immediate supervisor and designated others fully and accurately informed concerning work progress, including present and potential work problems and suggestions for new or improved ways of addressing such problems;

  • Attends meetings, conferences, workshops and training sessions and reviews publications and audio-visual materials to become and remain current on the principles, practices and new developments in assigned work areas;

  • Responds to citizens’ questions and comments in a courteous and timely manner;

  • Communicates and coordinates regularly with appropriate others to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of interdepartmental operations and activities;

  • Performs other directly related duties consistent with the role and function of the classification.