Manager, Parks & Open Spaces - Town of Cochrane

Town of Cochrane

Manager, Parks & Open Spaces

The Town of Cochrane is located in the breathtaking Bow Valley corridor in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in southern Alberta. With a population of over 30,000 people, and growing steadily every year, Cochrane is a thriving town, surrounded by world-famous ranch country. Our western heritage is reflected in the Town’s architecture and our friendly people. The Town of Cochrane welcomes innovative and skilled individuals to join our team of over 250 employees.
The Town of Cochrane is excited to recruit for the position of Manager, Parks & Open Spaces! Our Parks and Open Spaces team proudly maintains over 500 hectares of the Town of Cochrane’s land as parks and open spaces. Residents and visitors enjoy nearly four dozen parks (many with playgrounds), summer fishing in trout ponds, outdoor skating in winter, and over 80 kilometers of pathways all year round. Parks and Open Spaces also maintains three cemeteries, many sports fields and dog off-leash areas.
The Manager, Parks & Open Spaces will connect issues management and build systems to support the team and the important day-to-day operational work being done at the Town. You will lead a team of diverse, passionate Operators seeking guidance and opportunities to respond to the growth of our municipality while aligning with the strategic vision of the future.
You will bring ideas on work activities, direct and guide projects, and seek input from technically competent and knowledgeable Operators and stakeholders. You are comfortable working with established objectives and processes, and have an interest in exploring new, faster or better approaches to improving performance to reach goals and meet schedules. There are opportunities to grow and rebuild the team, holding those accountable and preparing for future growth.
The Manager is responsible for the overall operation, planning and fiscal responsibilities for designated Town owned parks, open spaces, pathways, cemeteries and athletic fields. They have knowledge and understanding of the Cochrane region and its natural open space. They proactively identify and pursue opportunities, and lead collaborative initiatives and relationships with stakeholders, community groups. They share their knowledge of planning and development while ensuring all Town standards, policies and procedures are adhered to and maintained to provide a safe work and leisure environment for both staff and residents.

If you want to make a difference in our community and have at least 5 years of supervisory experience parks and open spaces field in delivering valuable service to residents, we welcome your application for the Manager, Parks & Open Spaces.

Why should you consider working for us?
Our employees enjoy many benefits including competitive public sector pay, comprehensive health and dental benefits package, professional learning and development opportunities and the opportunity to work with other talented municipal professionals.
As an organization, the Town of Cochrane has a focus on investing in people. This is not a boring municipality. We are growing into an organization with a focus on transparency, critical thinking, curiosity, reflection and innovation. We support experimentation as part of the growth process and strive for continuous improvement. We are municipal employees, and we are accountable to all the residents of the Town of Cochrane. Want to be a part of this exciting time?  

We are looking for someone who identifies with and can demonstrate and compliment our leadership competencies of:

  • People Matter
  • Inspire a Shared Vision
  • Always Learning, Always Growing
  • We Are Who We Decide to Be
  • Lead Yourself, Influence Others

The ideal candidate will have proven career progression within a parks and open spaces field with knowledge of legislation that guides parks and open spaces operations and maintenance in Alberta. We value self-driven professional development and will be looking for a candidate who has advanced their education and leveraged their experience to ensure technical and human-centered excellence. For this position, a degree or diploma in the areas of Turf Management, Horticulture or Business Management would be advantageous. We are excited to learn about what you can bring to the table in terms of your qualifications and passion for Cochrane’s beautiful Parks & Open Spaces!
The Town of Cochrane is committed to providing a healthy and safe work environment for all of its employees. As a Town of Cochrane employee, you must take reasonable care to protect your health and safety and that of others present at Town worksites, perform work safely, follow all relevant health and safety legislation, Town directives and procedures and attend all identified orientations and training.

Still interested? Here’s how to apply:

  • Qualified individuals are encouraged to submit your resume, and a letter stating how your experience match the required qualifications, skills and abilities for this position
  • All qualified candidates will be requested to complete an online suitability survey
  • Applications for this position will be accepted at until a suitable candidate is found
  • Annual salary range from $106463 - $125587

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All applicants must be legally entitled to live and work in Canada.

Organization: Town of Cochrane
Location: Cochrane, AB
Region: Calgary
Professional Category(s): Parks & Recreation, Program Management/Services, Executive / Administrative Management
Posted: June 21, 2022, 8:47 am
Expires: July 21, 2022, 4:30 pm

Employment Type: Full Time
Employment Length: Permanent
Education Requirement: Other trades certificate or diploma
Job Experience: 5 years or more
Rate: $106,463.00 to $125,587.00 Year

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