New Job Director Of Parks, Recreation And Facilities In Saskatchewan

Director of Parks, Recreation and Facilities
Director of Parks, Recreation and Facilities

Director of Parks, Recreation and Facilities

Company : Town of Shaunavon
Salary : From $60,000 a year
Location : Saskatchewan

Full Description

Town of Shaunavon

Job Description

Position: Director of Parks, Recreation and Facilities

Supervising Committees: Wellness and Leisure Committee and Public Works Committee

Supervisor: Chief Administrative Officer – Town of Shaunavon

Reports to: Chief Administrative Officer – Town of Shaunavon


The Director of Parks, Recreation and Facilities is an out-of-scope position with the Town of Shaunavon. Under the direct supervision of the Chief Administrative Officer, the Director of Parks, Recreation and Facilities will be responsible for the planning, organization, direction, and general management of the Parks, Recreation and Facilities Department ( Parks, Campgrounds, Buildings and Cemetery), including all assets, facilities, and the oversight of external engineering and applicable service contracts. The Director of Parks, Recreation and Facilities must be an excellent leader who can discover the most efficient ways to run the Parks, Recreation and Facilities department and needs to be a team player who is good at dealing with the public, well organized and able to multi- task.


The Director of Parks, Recreation and Facilities is responsible for the Town of Shaunavon’s Parks, Recreation and Facilities Department’s success; you will work closely with the Director of Public Works and will lead a team of dedicated employees to accomplish your departmental objectives and goals within provincial legislation and guidelines established by Town Council.

Job Duties
1. Supervise the Parks, Recreation and Facilities department by:

a. Working with the staff:

i. for the effective use of workforce and equipment

ii. to ensure that vehicles and equipment are properly maintained and serviced

iii. to ensure all employees are trained on equipment

iv. to ensure vehicles and equipment are operated in an effective and safe manner

b. Ensure proper maintenance of all town-owned land and park facilities amenities and equipment, including but not limited to:

i. Memorial Park: Amphitheatre, Campground, Washrooms, Playground, etc.

ii. Sunnynook Park

iii. Jubilee Park: Crescent Point Wickenheiser Centre (Skating/Curling Rinks), Swimming Pool, Splash Park, Playground, Skate Park, Outdoor Rink, Campground, Ball Diamonds, Tennis Court, etc

iv. Avondale Park: Playground, Disc Golf, etc

v. Museum/Library, Shawnee Hall, and Fire Hall vi. Hillcrest Cemetery vii. Green Strips & Boulevards, Trees - buffer, nursery, parks and boulevard, Courthouse (Town Office), Town-owned Lots, Compost area and Airport land

c. Conduct proper and safe pest control of weeds, mosquitos, Richardson Ground Squirrels, etc. To have a thorough understanding of the Town of Shaunavon policies, procedures and safety regulations and implementation of such

d. Complying with federal and provincial regulations

e. Working with the public, contractors and Town of Shaunavon employees in a professional manner acceptable to the employer

f. Operating equipment as required

g. The hiring and management of staff

i. Training and evaluating staff and, when necessary, recommending disciplinary action ii. Approving time sheets and holiday requests

h. Preparing capital and operating budgets

i. Monitoring expenditures of time, money, and other resources

j. Responsible for inventory control of equipment/tools and supplies

k. Preparing reports and other documents when required

l. Maintain all plans and record drawings in connection with repair work and construction m. Conduct inspections of all work to ensure that:

i. Safety regulations are observed

ii. Work is being carried out following Town policy and procedures

n. Animal control, which may include assisting with Bylaw enforcement

o. Be willing to attend conferences, seminars, and training opportunities to keep updated and increase the knowledge necessary for an effective Director of Parks, Recreation and Facilities p. Respond to after-hour emergency calls

q. Willing to perform all other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

The following knowledge, skills and abilities are required :
1. High school diploma or equivalent
2. A minimum of three (3) years of equivalent directly related experience in Parks and playgrounds management
3. In-depth knowledge of supervisory practices
4. General knowledge of computer operations, facility maintenance & HVAC systems, artificial ice-making, turf & grass areas, horticulture practices, and building & grounds maintenance
5. Results-oriented self-starter with strong motivational skills
6. Proven ability to deal simultaneously with multiple tasks
7. Strong project management ability

8. Ability to work in a politically sensitive environment

9. Ability to work independently and in partnership with others
10. Ability to supervise and schedule staff
11. Ability to think strategically and translate goals into operational objectives
12. Ability to identify and promote community projects and initiatives
13. Strong experience working with the public sector and government

14. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills demonstrated through the ability to facilitate, network, lead, research, negotiate, analyze, and resolve issues

15. Effective negotiation and mediation skills
16. Ability to operate light and heavy equipment including, but not limited to, tractors, snow blowers, rotary mowers, etc.
17. Ability to follow written and oral direction effectively
18. Ability to respond to after-hour emergency calls
19. Special Requirements:

a. Hold a valid Class 5 Driver’s License

b. Standard First-Aid & CPR

c. Arena Operators I

The following certificates are considered an asset, and employees are encouraged to complete:

a. Refrigeration Operators’ Certification Program

b. Pool Operators Certification

c. Landscape Pesticide Applicator’s certification

d. Mosquito/Biting Fly Certificate

e. Pool Operators Level I

f. Arena Operators II

Personal Attributes
The incumbent must maintain strict confidentiality in performing the duties of the Director of Parks, Recreation and Facilities. The incumbent must also demonstrate the following personal attributes:

  • honesty, trustworthiness and integrity
  • respect
  • possess cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • flexibility
  • has a strong sense of personal integrity and upholds ethical practices
  • must be bondable
  • subject to a police criminal record check

(The unavoidable, externally imposed conditions under which the work must be performed and which create hardship for the incumbent, including the frequency and duration of physical demands, environmental conditions, demands on one’s senses and mental needs.)

Physical Demands
(The nature of physical effort leading to physical fatigue)

Work is primarily conducted in an outdoor environment, and the Director of Parks, Recreation and Facilities:

  • Must be physically capable of performing various physical tasks, including walking, running, sitting, lifting, crouching, or kneeling for extended periods.
  • Must be able to move arms and legs quickly.
  • Excellent stamina is required.
  • Use of Personal Protection Equipment will be required (e.g. hard-hat, safety boots, etc.).
  • May regularly work near moving mechanical parts and in outside conditions that include inclement weather, heat and humidity, and exposure to dust.
  • Work at high elevations and in confined spaces at times.
  • Interacts with employees, management, and the public at large.
  • Job requires the ability to work with tools, lumber, and other building materials.
  • Must be able to lift, push, pull, or carry (50 lb) objects, use abdominal and lower back muscles to provide support over time without fatigue, and effectively throw an object.
  • Requires good manual dexterity (hand, hand with arm, two hands) and multi-limb Coordination.
  • Noise level may be loud occasionally.
  • Hazards associated with the construction industry, including conditions with moderate risks which require planned safety precautions for limited periods.
  • Overtime may be required and/or working for extended hours. Should be available for work seven days a week, as needed.
  • May be required to respond to emergencies.
  • Must have sufficient visual and hearing capabilities to respond to public needs and detailed work.

Environmental Conditions
(The nature of adverse environmental conditions affecting the incumbent)

The incumbent will be exposed to the sun, ultraviolet (UV) radiation, high levels of heat, and/or other climatic conditions. The incumbent may face constant interruptions and must meet with others regularly.

Sensory Demands
(The nature of demands on the incumbent’s senses)

The incumbent may be challenged with situations, and programs may be noisy and busy, making it difficult for the Director of Parks, Recreation and Facilities to concentrate. He/she will be expected to use cleaning materials and be in contact with chemicals that require safe handling and use.

Mental Demands
(Conditions that may lead to mental or emotional fatigue)

The incumbent must deal with various people on various issues, and stress may be caused by the volume of work to be completed.


Employee Signature Printed Name Date

I certify that I have read and understood the responsibilities assigned to this position.

Supervisor’s Title Supervisor’s Signature Date

I certify that this job description accurately describes the responsibilities assigned to the position.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the incumbent(s) of this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and activities required of the position.

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: From $60,000.00 per year


  • Company pension
  • Dental care
  • Disability insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Extended health care
  • Flexible schedule
  • Life insurance

Flexible language requirement:

  • French not required


  • Monday to Friday
  • Weekend availability

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Shaunavon, SK S0N 2M0: reliably commute or plan to relocate before starting work (required)


  • Parks and Playground Management: 3 years (preferred)


  • Arena Operators I (preferred)