City of Detroit Park Superintendent in Detroit, Michigan

Park Superintendent


MI 48226, MI

Job Type

Certified-Regular Civil Service


General Services

Job Number


  • Description

  • Benefits



Under general supervision, plans, develops, schedules, supervises and coordinates the land management and ground maintenance for the citywide park system.

Examples of Duties


  • Directs a group of professional employees in the work of park maintenance directly or through delegation to subordinate supervisors.

  • Interprets and implements the plans of management.

  • Observes conduct of subordinate supervisors and other employees at work.

  • Plans programs and schedules for work units.

  • Prepares detailed plans for the accomplishment of objectives.

  • Establishes standards for the successful performance of staff, other departmental personnel and contractual work as required.

  • Inspects field conditions and equipment to determine course of action and availability of resources.

  • Responds to major problems or actions as required to meet program objectives.

  • Devises methods of providing more effective services and better relations with park users.

  • Compares performance with objectives and takes steps necessary to correct unsatisfactory performance and recommends changes or modifications.

  • Develops and implements procedures necessary to meet new situations.

  • Reports regularly on performance metrics.

  • Prepares procedures, policies, and rules and regulations to implement program objectives.

  • Responds to complaints received from the public concerning weed control and grounds maintenance.

  • Interacts with interested groups regarding landscaping subjects and maintenance projects.

Minimum Qualifications


Bachelor's Degree in horticulture, landscape design or a related field of study.

Five years of progressively responsible experience in landscape maintenance and construction activities including three years which have been in a supervisory capacity.

Equivalent combinations of education and experience that provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Supplemental Information


  • Standard methods used in the maintenance of parks.

  • Standard principles and practices of landscape design.

  • Park Maintenance principles and practices.


  • Planning, prioritizing and organizing general landscape and maintenance activities.

  • Supervising the work of others.

  • Observation.

  • Communicating effectively, both orally and in writing.

  • Use of basic equipment, tools, and supplies used to support ground maintenance activities of a large park maintenance organization.


  • Use personal computer and common office software.

  • Interact effectively with subordinates, other departmental personnel, and the public with tact and diplomacy.

  • Display initiative and be resourceful in addressing work problems.


Employees in this class must possess a valid State of Michigan Commercial Pesticide Applicator Certification with categories 3A, 3B and 6.

Employees in this class will be required to operate a motor vehicle; a valid State of Michigan Operators License is required.

Candidates considered for placement in this classification may be subject to a Criminal Background Investigation based on the requirements of the position.


Work involves frequent walking, bending, climbing and exposure to fumes, dust and seasonal weather conditions.

Employees in this class are required to wear appropriate safety attire in accordance with departmental and MIOSHA safety regulations.


  • Interview: 70%

  • Evaluation of Training, Experience and Personal Qualification: 30%

City Employees Benefits Summary


The City of Detroit offers a competitive and comprehensive employee benefit package. We pride ourselves on the longevity of our employees. Part of the reason for the low turnover rate is the exceptional benefit package listed below. Benefits include, but are not limited to the following:


Eligible for hospital, surgical, and prescription drug benefits after ninety-one (91) days of employment.


Eligible for dental care after sixth (6) months of employment.


Eligible for eye care after six (6)months of employment.

Life Insurance

Optional group insurance available to employee and their family. The City pays 60% of premium for first $12,500 of employee life insurance. Employee may purchase, at own expense, life insurance for spouse and each dependent.

Long-Term Disability Insurance (Income Protection Plan)

The City offers disability insurance through payroll deductions for persons who become disabled and who are not yet eligible for a service retirement.



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Sick Leave

City employees accrue sick leave based on the number of regular hours worked. Full time employees earn ninety-six (96) hours of sick leave per year. You may carry over your unused sick leave. Effective July 7, 2012 maximum accumulation is 300 hours.

Other Leave Policies

The City also has the following paid and unpaid leaves; funeral leave, Family and Medical Leave, jury duty, military duty leave, unpaid personal leave,


City Employees Retirement System

As a regular City employee you automatically become a member of the General Retirement System. This entitles you to a retirement allowance after:

• Completion of thirty (30) years of service; - At age sixty (60) if you have at least ten (10) years of service, or - At age sixty-five (65) with eight (8) years of service. (In the event of disability, other eligibility rules apply); • An early, actuarially reduced, retirement is offered after you have attained at least twenty-five (25) years of service; • Employees are vested after ten (10) years of service, regardless of age.

Advancement Opportunities

Employees have many opportunities for growth and career advancement throughout all City departments and divisions.

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Detroit. Always remember that you are a part of a team with a common Vision of delivering excellent service to the citizens of the City of Detroit.