Santa Clara County Dept. of Parks & Rec. – Program Manager II – Countywide Trails Master Plan

If you are interested in joining a group of dedicated, collaborative, smart, passionate professionals who are committed to public service, consider joining our team. The County of Santa Clara Parks and Recreation Department is recruiting for the position of Countywide Trails Master Plan (CWTMP) Program Manager. This is a one‐of‐a‐kind opportunity to bring your leadership and collaboration skills to bear with a focus on completing a world‐class regional trail system for the Santa Clara County community.

Salary $109,398.28 ‐ $132,972.32 Annually

Santa Clara County

Santa Clara County, one of the original counties of California, was established in 1850, the same year California became a state. Once promoted as the “Valley of the Heart’s Delight,” after two centuries of an agricultural economy started by the Spanish missionaries, the focus has shifted to technology. The term ‘Silicon Valley’ was coined in 1971. The valley is currently home to approximately 2,000 high‐tech companies and approximately 4 million residents.

Parks & Recreation Department

Santa Clara County Parks’ five‐decade legacy of providing exceptional recreational opportunities in beautiful natural locations has resulted in one of the largest regional park systems in the California. Our mission is to provide, protect and preserve regional parklands for the enjoyment, education and inspiration of this and future generations. Since the first County parkland was acquired in 1924; the system has grown to include 28 regional parks encompassing over 52,000 acres of land. You will find hundreds of miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails, as well as campgrounds, yurts, lakes, cultural and historic sites and a wide array of outdoor recreation opportunities, including: archery ranges, a Velodrome, visitor centers, shooting range, off road courses, dog parks, golf courses and special event venues.

Our dedicated ranger, maintenance, resource management, administrative and interpretive staff are committed to supporting outstanding visitor experiences in balance with active stewardship of the County’s natural resources and waterways. With assistance from over 3,000 volunteers, donating more than 75,000 hours per year, we provide an outstanding park experience 365 days a year. Situated just south of the San Francisco peninsula, our park system hosts over 3 million park visitors annually.

Program Manager Responsibilities and Ideal Candidate Profile

The CWTMP Program Manager is a new position within the Department. The position was created to facilitate gap closures in the regional trail system as envisioned in the Santa Clara Countywide Trails Master Plan (1995). While the County does not have authority within incorporated areas, the plan included them through coordination with cities during the planning process. Thus, this position will play a unique advocacy role, considering the needs and interests of various key players to compose a singular vision and plan of action for each regional trail project, without enforcement capability. The position will work closely with the Department’s planning, real estate, and partnerships groups, plus executive management.

Key future projects include contributing to the update of the County General Plan, gap closures in urban portions of central, east, and south San Jose, as well as rural area trail projects located nearer the ridgelines that encircle the county. 

The ideal candidate will be a self‐driven, enthusiastic consensus builder with a proven track record of interpersonal and stakeholder relationship skills. He/she will possess a solid portfolio of significant planning, bike/ped transportation, government relations and/or trail design projects, plus ability to manage complex projects from start to finish. Effective candidates will be customer service‐oriented, politically astute, and will work effectively with elected officials, state and local agency representatives, other County departments, community

stakeholders, and the public. 

Position Responsibilities

  • Oversees major high‐visibility regional trail planning projects;
  • Projects involve complex technical, environmental, legal and political issues;
  • Maintains continuous public interface and inter‐jurisdictional coordination;
  • Makes decisions and recommendations with major and potentially long‐term implications for overall County organization, community, property owners, residents and other government agencies and organizations;
  • Natural resource management and environmental review will play a role in all projects

See the formal position description and apply online at No paper applications will be accepted. Applicants must apply online at This is a countywide recruitment, so Parks and Recreation Department‐related questions begin at supplemental question #93. All applicants are required to complete the supplemental questionnaire.

Recruitment ends on January 17, 2020.