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Park Operations Manager

Forest Park Forever

  • Location: St. Louis, MO

Forest Park Forever was founded in 1986 to fund major improvements and repairs within Forest Park, a major urban park located within the city limits of St. Louis, MO. Forest Park is home to many of the metropolitan area’s most important cultural venues as well as providing 1,300 continuous acres of open space for recreational use by the general public. Forest Park Forever has been successful in raising almost $100 million for park improvements and restoration projects since its inception. With the bulk of the major capital projects now complete, the focus of the organization is shifting to care and maintenance of the assets within Forest Park.

Position Overview

The selected candidate will be responsible for the management and maintenance of a wide variety and a large number of park areas, facilities and historic resources located within Forest Park. The person in this position will be responsible for planning, organizing, coordinating, and controlling certain park operations and to establish operational priorities in conjunction with the Department of Parks of the City of St. Louis; including: maintenance and management of park open space, trails, natural areas, lakes, athletic fields and park facilities, as well as operations such as park planning, construction, horticulture, and forestry. As the designated leader in park operations management, all short and long range planning, annual budgets, purchasing procedures, contract negotiations and reporting will be handled through this position. The selected candidate will interact extensively with citizens and advocacy groups including neighborhood associations, boards and commissions, friends’ organizations, athletic councils and clubs, individual and group volunteers, and mayor/boards appointed task forces.


  • A Bachelor degree in Parks and Recreation Management, Natural Resources, Horticulture, Landscape Architecture, Construction Management or related field.
  • Five years’ operations experience, including three years in upper management.
  • Knowledge of principles, practices, and methods of park planning, development, horticulture, forestry, fleet operations, facility management, turf management, maintenance, and park operations.
  • Knowledge of budget planning and program administration.
  • Ability to read, evaluate and modify construction and landscape documents including specifications and blueprints.
  • Ability to communicate effectively to the public, staff, elected officials, boards and commissions, both orally and in writing and to prepare clear and concise reports of a technical nature.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with other employees, contractors, architects, private institutions, city and state organizations, and the general public.
  • Ability to establish and maintain an effective safety program.