Employment Opportunities

Director of Department of Parks and Recreation

Description. The City of Petoskey, Michigan is seeking experienced candidates to lead its Parks and Recreation Department that includes seven full-time staff members and 30 seasonal workers. This position reports directly to the City Manager and supervises the operations of 23 parks, three non-motorized trail systems, 144-slip City marina, summer campground, and a winter sports park with two ice rinks, sledding and skiing hills. The position is also responsible for buildings/grounds/streetscape maintenance, some construction activities and oversight of the City’s forestry management and tree planting programs. The Director position also provides administrative oversight for 32 youth and adult recreation programs with over 3,500 participants.

Requirements. Bachelor's Degree in Parks and Recreation Administration or a related field with at least five years of progressively responsible management experience in municipal parks and recreation. The successful candidate will need to work effectively with the City Manager and four other Department Heads as well as City Council, Boards and Commissions and the general public.     

Preferred skills include working in a multi-disciplinary parks and recreation system, successful grant writing experience, park maintenance experience, and the ability to provide visioning and execution for expansion and improvements of multi-use trails, recreation programs and the City’s award-winning park system. The ideal candidate will be a dynamic and enthusiastic individual who is committed to improving both the City parks system as well as recreation programming within the community.    

Michigan driver’s license required with good driving record. Candidate must be able to pass a criminal background check.

Other Information. Inquiries may be directed to the City Manager’s office at 231-347-2500 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Additional position information can be found at www.petoskey.us/jobs. Starting salary negotiable, depending on experience and qualifications of the successful candidate.  

Applications must be received by 5:00 P.M., December 28, 2016.   Please send city employment application, resume with cover letter and five work-related references to the City Manager’s office:

City Manager’s Office

City of Petoskey

101 East Lake Street

Petoskey, MI 49770

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The City of Petoskey is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



Modified Date Friday, 20 February 2015

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