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City of Torrance
Class Code: 5723

Class Designation: Civil Service 

March 2014

Representation Unit:Torrance Professional &
Supervisory Assoc.


Park Services Supervisor


Under direction, supervises assigned park maintenance activities, staff and operations. Assigned operations include the maintenance, construction and repair of park facilities, playground equipment, and shelters; turf maintenance; pest control; landscaping; irrigation systems, etc. Work involves prioritizing and scheduling assigned park maintenance activities; supervising work crews engaged in daily maintenance operations; reviewing and approving completed work; and preparing and maintaining operational and administrative records. Performs related work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This class differs from the Park Services Manager in that the incumbent is not responsible for planning and directing the entire division. This class is distinguished from subordinate positions by its responsibility for supervising and managing the personnel and activities rather than performing the skilled work and manual labor of the projects. Work is judged primarily on overall results with latitude in determining work methods and assignment requirements. Work may require the development of recommendations consistent with directives, policies and regulations.

Supervision Exercised/Received

Receives supervision from the division manager; exercises direct supervision over subordinate personnel.

Examples Of Essential Duties

The following duties represent the principal job duties; however, they are not all inclusive.

  • Plans, coordinates and supervises daily operations and activities of assigned work crews engaged in park maintenance, repair and landscaping work; plans daily operations; assigns work to crew members; obtains and issues necessary materials, equipment and supplies; and provides direction and instructions to crews.
  • Supervises staff; supervisory duties include instructing, assigning, planning and reviewing work, evaluating work performance and completing performance evaluations, coordinating activities, maintaining standards, allocating personnel, acting on employee problems, selecting new employees, implementing employee discipline, providing training, advice and assistance as needed.
  • Reviews and evaluates work in progress and upon completion; approves final work product; and ensures work adheres to quality standards and safety practices, including the safe handling and application of pest control chemicals, may supervise the work of contractors for assigned projects.
  • Conducts park inspections; examines park facilities, grounds, walkways, fences, athletic fields, game courts, playground equipment and other recreational structures such as barbecue pits and picnic tables; determines condition; completes records of findings; identifies needed repairs and maintenance work; prioritizes maintenance and repair work; estimates costs and needed equipment, materials and manpower; and establishes maintenance project schedules.
  • Supervises the maintenance of tools and equipment used in maintenance and landscaping duties; schedules and coordinates preventive maintenance and repair on tools and equipment; replaces broken or damaged tools and equipment; ensures tools and supplies are properly cleaned, stored and secured; and prepares requisitions and purchase orders for needed materials and supplies.
  • Provides information, assistance and directions to the general public regarding the park and the use of its facilities; interprets policies and procedures; discusses City policies, contract requirements, other project related issues with contractors; and represents the City in matters pertaining to the performance of contractors on assigned projects.
  • Prepares administrative forms, production reports, vehicle maintenance reports, and other program information and submits to director, manager and other City officials as required; and maintains operational records and files.
  • Coordinates activities and operations with other department personnel as needed; works with department staff to identify special maintenance needs and to prepare for special events; and establishes effective working relationships with City personnel and other agencies.
  • Communicates to the Park Services Manager the status of assigned employees, areas and projects.
  • Responds to after-hours emergency situations as needed.
  • Examples Of Other Duties

    While the following tasks are necessary for the work of the unit, they are not an essential part of the purpose of this position and may also be performed by other unit members.

  • Serves on boards, teams and committees as assigned.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Qualification Guidelines

    Knowledge of

  • Policies, procedures, equipment, materials and techniques pertaining to park maintenance operations, including planting, cultivating and maintaining trees, shrubs and lawns.
  • Principles and practices of horticulture and landscaping techniques.
  • Maintenance of irrigation and sprinkler systems.
  • Principles and practices of supervision, training, and employee relations.
  • Safety hazards and proper safety procedures, protective equipment and policies. 
  • Ability to

  • Supervise subordinates including training, assigning, monitoring and evaluating work, counseling and disciplining staff, and processing grievances.
  • Prioritize and assign work; and to manage assigned resources including budgets and inventory.
  • Establish effective working relationships with City officials, contractors, employees and the general public.
  • Operate radios, modern office equipment, computers and software applications.
  • Operate assigned tools, equipment and vehicles for the purpose of training staff and demonstrating proper techniques.
  • Identify, address and resolve park maintenance and personnel issues.
  • Implement and adhere to City and department rules, regulations and policies which govern park maintenance operations.
  • License or Certificate

    Requires a valid California Class A driver's license.  
    An Arborist Certificate, Playground Safety Inspector Certificate or a Qualified Applicator's Certificate (categories B and C) is highly desirable.

    Education and Experience

    Any combination of education and experience that would have provided the required knowledge and skills is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills would be:
    High school graduation or equivalent, supplemented by vocational training in park maintenance, horticulture or a related field; and four (4) years of experience performing park maintenance work, at least two(2) years of experience at the Lead or Senior level; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience such as an Associate's degree in park management, landscape architecture, horticulture or a related field and three (3) years of experience; or a Bachelor's degree in park management, landscape architecture, horticulture or a related field and two (2) years of experience.

    Special Requirements

    Physical Ability: Tasks involve the ability to exert light physical effort in sedentary to light work, but which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of light weight (5-10 pounds). Tasks may involve extended periods of time at a keyboard or work station.
    Sensory Requirements: Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate colors or shades of colors. Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate sounds. Some tasks require visual perception and discrimination. Some tasks require oral communications ability.
    Environmental Factors: Some tasks may risk exposure to dirt, dust, pollen, odors, wetness, humidity, rain, fumes, and toxic agent.
    Career Ladder Information

    Experience gained in this classification in addition to training and course work may serve to meet the minimum requirements for promotion to Park Services Manager or Streetscape Manager.