We like what we do and our job satisfaction is high. We're making a difference by helping to preserve the precious resources in our state parks and providing high quality recreation for everyone to enjoy.
California State Parks contain the finest and most diverse collection of natural, cultural, and recreational resources to be found within California. These treasures are as diverse as California: From the last stands of primeval redwood forests to vast expanses of fragile desert; from the lofty Sierra Nevada to the broad sandy beaches of our southern coast; and from the opulence of Hearst Castle to the vestiges of colonial Russia. Together, State Park System lands protect and preserve an unparalleled collection of culturally and environmentally sensitive structures and habitats, threatened plant and animal species, ancient Native American sites, historic structures and artifacts... the best of California's natural and cultural history. With over 340 miles of coastline, 970 miles of lake and river frontage, 15,000 campsites and 4,500 miles of trails, the State Park System provides wonderful recreational, educational, and inspirational opportunities for over 67 million visitors a year.
The District Superintendent II has the authority and responsibility to plan, organize, direct, implement, evaluate and control the District’s overall operation for the purpose of efficient and effective utilization of District resources in order to meet the Department’s objective of providing quality service and experience to the public. The District Superintendent II provides leadership, supervision, mentoring, and employee development opportunities to staff and maintains cooperative professional relationships within the community and with our state park partners in order to further the philosophy and purposes of the State Park System. This position will work closely with the managers and supervisors in all sections of the operation, as well as, division and headquarters offices.
The San Diego Coast District office is located in Old Town San Diego, California. Of the 280 California State Parks, San Diego Coast District manages 13 parks from Carlsbad State Beach to the extreme southwest corner of the continental United States at Border Field State Park. Some of the most visited parks in the system are included in these urban areas. Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, the home of the original Mexican pueblo of San Diego, and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, the home of the endangered Torrey Pine, both enjoy hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.
The successful candidate should have broad and extensive (more than five years) experience in the management or administration of a park, public recreational, historical area, or a resource or recreation management organization, at least four years of which must have included the supervision of staff.
To provide for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state's extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation.
California Department of Parks and Recreation
Parks are essential to the well-being of environments, economies and all people. California’s state parks and the recreational programs supported by the California Department of Parks and Recreation and its divisions of Boating and Waterways, Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation, and Office of Historic Preservation, are gateways to these benefits and to opportunities to connect with families, friends, and communities.
With 280 state park units, over 340 miles of coastline, 970 miles of lake and river frontage, 15,000 campsites, and 4,500 miles of trails, the department contains the largest and most diverse recreational, natural, and cultural heritage holdings of any state agency in the nation.
More than 67 million people annually visit California’s state park system. The system includes:
•Lakes and Reservoirs
•Natural and Cultural Preserves
•Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Areas
•Spanish-era Adobe Buildings
Together, state park system lands protect and preserve an unparalleled collection of culturally and environmentally sensitive structures and habitats, threatened plant and animal species, ancient Native American sites, historic structures and artifacts... the best of California's natural and cultural history.
Additionally, the Office of Grants and Local Services (OGALS) develops grant programs to provide funding for local, state, and nonprofit organization projects. Since 1964, more than 7,400 local parks throughout California have been created or improved from OGALS' grant funding. Since 2000, the program has administered approximately $3 billion in grant funding throughout California.