Assistant Park Manager- Pohick Bay Regional Park

Pohick Bay Regional Park, located in Lorton Virginia, a park of the NOVA Parks system, is looking for a new assistant manager for their beautiful scenic park! A unique location offering adventure on both land and water, Pohick bay is a local fan favorite. With boating, fishing, and hiking opportunities all around the park, it’s sure to never have a dull day! If hearing this makes you want to be a part of their growing team, then don’t hesitate to apply!

The ASSISTANT PARK MANAGER is responsible for assisting with planning, developing, coordinating, and executing an operational management plan for a park or facility.  Work is performed under the general direction of the Park Manager with considerable latitude for independent judgment and action.  The Assistant Park Manager assumes charge of park operations in the absence of the Park Manager.  Annual performance goals will be set for the Assistant Park Manager.  The Assistant Park Manager position is subject to transfer within the NOVA Parks system.

Hiring Salary Range:  $53,258.46 – $58,438.18

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (with illustrative examples of work)

Assist with management of personnel:

  • Plan, direct, and control the work of employees in the operation and maintenance of park facilities, grounds, and equipment.
  • Determine workload, assign priorities, schedule employees, and allocates resources.
  • Maintain attendance records, approve leave, and authorize payment of wages.
  • Develop and implement training programs for employees.
  • Analyze and resolve employee work problems through application and interpretation of Personnel Policies.
  • Develop performance standards and indicators and evaluate employee performance against those standards.
  • Ensure adherence to fair and equitable hiring practices.
  • Interview and hire applicants for part-time employment.
  • Promote high levels of work performance and employee morale.

Assist with management of facility operations:

  • Monitor operation to ensure customer satisfaction.
  • Inspect park facilities for adherence to NOVA Parks standards.
  • Monitor revenue-producing operations (to include programs and special events) to ensure compliance with business standards and procedures.
  • Operate facilities and fill in at all positions as needed.
  • Ensure compliance to federal, state and local regulatory standards including safety and health issues.
  • Ensure security of park facilities and assets.
  • May assume management responsibility for special facility with the park, such as swimming pool.
  • Ability to work a variety of shifts including weekends and holidays to meet the needs of the park operations.

Assist with management of facility and grounds maintenance:

  • Inspect park facilities, equipment, and grounds for hazards and for adherence to NOVA Parks standards.
  • Develop and implement preventive maintenance program.
  • Identify maintenance problems and hazards, implement corrective action or refer to Central Maintenance.
  • Operate various types of maintenance equipment as needed and perform related work including manual labor.

Assist with development and management of budget:

  • Recommend operations, maintenance, and development items for budget; implement operating budget.
  • Interpret and apply NOVA Parks policies and procedures to meet personnel, budget, property management, and general service needs of the park.
  • Monitor operating budget, resale inventories, and revenue projections to ensure sound fiscal management.
  • Authorize procurement of required items and/or services.

Assist with establishment and maintenance of positive public relations program:

  • Develop and foster a positive public image for the park and NOVA Parks.
  • Coordinate with the Marketing and Communications Administrator on marketing and promotion of programs and facilities.
  • Provide information to the public and special interest groups through presentations and other means using accurate, courteous, and diplomatic communications.
  • Maintain effective relationships with groups such as vendors, local law enforcement, and special user groups.
  • Encourage visitor comments; investigate and respond to complaints.

Assist with performance of administrative duties:

  • Develop short- and long-term goals and recommend operating objectives, strategies, and implementation plans.
  • Investigate accidents, thefts, vandalism, and other violations and file appropriate reports in a timely manner.
  • Represent NOVA Parks as designated legal authority in providing testimony and evidence in court.
  • Prepare and maintain various business, personnel, and administrative reports and records.
  • Initiate and monitor standard user permits; assist with the development of special contractual agreements.


Education:  Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in park management or closely related field preferred or an exceptional combination of education, experience, and training that is equivalent to a four-year degree.

Physical:  Non-manual and manual work with strength and dexterity necessary to perform all required tasks, including lifting, stooping, bending and working in tiring and uncomfortable positions in office and outdoor settings; will perform heavy manual labor in all weather conditions, lift items at or greater than 80 pounds, climb ladders, use tools, and operate equipment.

Experience:  Two years of progressively responsible experience in parks or conservation work (at Park Specialist level), or any equivalent combination of education, training, or experience which provides:

  • Knowledge of principles, methods, and practices involved in park management.
  • Knowledge and experience in personnel management.
  • Ability to develop comprehensive operating procedures and performance standards and to evaluate programs and employees against such standards.
  • Ability to review and analyze expenditures and revenues in determining appropriate budgets.
  • Considerable ability to identify and isolate problems and to initiate appropriate actions.
  • Considerable ability to deal effectively with the public and special interest groups, and to provide a strong, positive public relations program; with considerable ability to interpret and explain NOVA Parks policies, rules, and procedures to employees and to the public.
  • Considerable ability to communicate clearly and effectively; with ability to prepare written correspondence and present accurate reports.
  • Working knowledge of the materials, equipment, and procedures involved with park maintenance.
  • Ability to maintain knowledge of current trends and developments in the park and recreation profession.
  • Working knowledge of personal computers and various software applications.
  • Knowledge of and ability to perform duties of Park Specialist.
  • Possession of or ability to obtain and maintain driver’s license with safe driving record.
  • Certification or ability to obtain certification in CPR and first aid and other licenses as required.
  • Assistant Park Managers are subject to transfer.
  • Regular and predictable attendance is an essential function of the position.

Duties and responsibilities are designed to be the essential elements of the job.  They do not preclude the performance of related, or even unrelated, jobs which may be necessary to properly and efficiently complete all work assignments.  NOVA Parks reserves the right to amend job specifications to meet current needs.

Benefits:  This position is a benefit eligible position.  Benefits include medical and dental insurance, life insurance, long-term disability, retirement plan, and more.

Testing:  The Assistant Park Manager position is classified as a safety sensitive position.  Candidates for full-time, safety sensitive positions must submit to a pre-employment drug screening and achieve a negative result as a condition of employment.
It is the policy of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Contact 703-352-5900 and ask for Human Resources for assistance.