Salary: $73,199.36 - $86,863.40 Annually

Location : Madison, WI


Job Number: 2024-00061

Department: Parks Division

Opening Date: 02/13/2024

Closing Date: 3/4/2024 11:59 PM Central

General Description

Madison Parks has over 270 parks covering over 6,000 acres, including 1,600 conservation acres. The Parks Division is responsible for the operations and maintenance of Olbrich Botanical Gardens, four public golf courses, Warner Park Community Recreation Center, the Goodman Pool, Forest Hill Cemetery, and maintenance of State Street and the Mall Concourse. We offer reservable shelters, athletic fields, swimming lessons, guided nature walks, ice skating lessons, and free movies in the park.

Our mission is to provide the ideal system of parks, natural resources, and recreational opportunities which will enhance the quality of life for everyone.

Current recruitment is to fill two (2) vacant positions - Central Parks Supervisor and West Parks Supervisor.

This is responsible supervisory work involving responsibility for the maintenance of park buildings, grounds, athletic fields, playgrounds, hardscape, natural area expansion and restoration, and facilities of the City. The work involves planning, organizing, record keeping, budgeting, public relations, report writing, evaluation and implementation of efficiency improvements, recommending and leading change efforts. Implement daily work assignments and longer-term work projects through Foreperson, Operations Leadworker, Leadworker and numerous full time and seasonal staff that may work out of separate facilities. The primary work location will be either the Goodman, Summit, Mall Concourse, or Sycamore Maintenance Facility. The work is performed under the general supervision of the Parks Operations Manager, with independent judgment used to determine work methods and procedures and review through reports, observation, and periodic discussions.

Standard work hours are Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to 3:00 pm.

A complete application must include an attached pdf cover letter (two (2) pages maximum) that addresses the following two (2) prompts: 

1) Highlight your relevant experience in leadership, including managing or supervising employee groups, leading teams, and/or leading formal or informal groups; AND

2) Ensuring a sustainable park system that can adapt to environmental changes is crucial. Please describe some of the challenges you think Madison Parks might have to overcome over the next few decades and what you think are potential solutions. Please describe your experience leading projects that address environmental sustainability.

The City of Madison is an equal opportunity employer functioning under an affirmative action plan. We value diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.  Black, Indigenous, people of color, women, trans, nonbinary, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply!

Examples of Duties and Responsibilities

General Maintenance Duties:

  • Plan for and ensure efficient routing, routines, and staff activity in all areas of responsibility including mowing and trimming in parks, boulevards, green spaces; natural areas management; and the removal of snow on assigned sidewalks, bike paths, bus stops, and parking lots.
  • Oversee repair, cleaning, and maintenance of buildings, amenities, grounds, and related maintenance equipment.
  • Oversee maintenance of athletic fields, ice rinks, landscape maintenance, and volunteer work for area of responsibility.
  • Support specialty work that may include overseeing work of Parks Landscape Maintenance Worker crew of ordering, planning for, scheduling, and planting trees; planning schedules and completion of beautification projects city-wide; support of the improvement of natural areas including the restoration and expansion of park natural prairie; support of the Land Steward Technicians and other Parks employees and volunteers; work of Parks Arborist including evaluation, recommendation, and removal of trees, pruning efforts, and work order response, including emergency response support.
  • Oversee planning, implementation, and completion of the work in assigned areas, which may include the Mall Concourse and State Street, Forest Hill Cemetery, and/or other related service area responsibilities.
  • Participate in planning meetings and provide input regarding special event setup and other community input needs.
  • Support continuous improvement effort by recommending and supporting process improvement projects.

General Administrative Duties:

  • Oversee the hiring, evaluation, training, check-ins, coaching, and discipline of staff.
  • Establish improvement goals for assigned staff through reviewing work performed and establishing standards for park maintenance.
  • Establish communication processes to ensure job assignments and work orders are effectively communicated and completed by a large staff.
  • Efficiently and effectively administer the separate annual operating budgets for the assigned area and other areas as assigned, including personnel, purchased services, supply, and inter-departmental costs.
  • Prepare reports and make recommendations on operating and capital budgets, fleet needs, programs, and other related items.
  • Recommend capital improvement opportunities for the Parks Division.
  • Respond to resident, stakeholder, property owner, and tenant concerns and issues. Meet with interested parties to provide information and/or answer questions about Parks, Mall Concourse, and or other park services.
  • Monitor and record payroll, benefit, FMLA, and other related work.
  • Prepare reports including vandalism, accident, and incident reports.
  • Receive and respond to grievances as required.
  • Perform related work as required.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in the area of business administration, ecology, turf management, horticulture, landscaping, forestry, or a related field.
  • Two (2) years of directly related lead work or supervisory experience in parks maintenance, ecology, grounds, turf maintenance, landscaping, or closely related field.


  • Associate's degree in the area of business administration, ecology, turf management, horticulture, landscaping, forestry, or a related field.
  • Three (3) years of directly related experience in parks maintenance, ecology, natural area land management, horticulture, grounds maintenance, turf maintenance, landscaping, or closely related field; two (2) years of which must include directly related supervisory or lead work experience.

If an applicant does not possess the specific requirements outlined above, HR will review the application materials to determine if the applicant possesses the following equivalent experience:

Four (4) years of experience in applying the following:

  • Management and maintenance principles, practices, and materials used in upkeep of parks, grounds, landscapes, and natural areas.

Two (2) years of experience in applying the following:

  • Supervisory, affirmative action, and related practices, policies and procedures.
  • Care and maintenance of typical parks amenities such as natural areas, athletic fields, playgrounds, shelter and restroom facilities, walking paths, dog parks, trees, and shrubs.
  • Parks winter activities including the building, maintenance, and operation of skating and hockey rinks.
  • Parks landscaping and horticulture practices and materials, including knowledge of plant diseases and pests and methods to control them.
  • Parks natural area land management, including knowledge of native and invasive plants and methods of control.
  • Administering annual operations budgets.

Familiarity with the following:

  • Fleet equipment and other equipment management, business administration, and office management practices and procedures.
  • Basic Microsoft product skills.

The City of Madison strives to provide exceptional customer service to all its residents and visitors. Therefore successful candidates will have demonstrated ability to effectively work with multicultural communities.

For a complete list of the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities, please see the class specification.

Special Requirements

  • Possession of a valid driver's license.
  • Possession of or ability to obtain a Wisconsin Pesticide Certification within the first three (3) months of employment and to maintain certification. Failure to obtain the certification within the required time period may result in forfeiture of the position, absent extenuating circumstances.

While not required, possession of a Class B Commercial Driver's License (CDL) is desirable. If the selected candidate does not possess a CDL, Parks will assist with obtaining one.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to physically access and inspect all parks facilities throughout the City.
  • This position requires work outdoors in all types of weather, including traversing all types of terrain, including uneven, wet, muddy, or snowy terrain.
  • Expected to perform work at a desk using a computer, telephone, and other traditional office equipment.
  • Expected to attend a variety of meetings outside normal working hours, including evenings and weekends.
  • Ability to participate in the Parks Manager on Duty program, including responding to phone calls outside of normal work hours.


215 Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd.
MMB Rm 261
MADISON, Wisconsin, 53703


(608) 266-4615