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Director Parks & Waterways


Posted by Bonner County on 06/28/2024

Job Basics

Industry Sector: Action, Outdoor, Snow, WaterSports

Job Categories: Admin/Clerical, Customer Service, Finance, Management, Operations, Public Relations, Trail Management

Company Type: Govt gency/USFS/NPS, BLM etc

State: ID

City: Sandpoint

Country: United States

Required Experience: 3 - 5 years

Contact Name: Rossemary Flynn

Contact Phone: 208-265-1456

Job Type: Full Time

Salary: $68,078.40 - $82,825.60

Required to Relocate: Yes

Required to Travel: No

Employee May Telecommute: No

Job Seeker Must Live Within: 50+ miles

Job Description & Requirements


Department:                       Parks & Recreation, Waterways, East Bonner Snowmobile, Priest Lake Snowmobile

Supervisor:                          Board of County Commissioners 

Supervision Exercised:        Recreation Program (Parks, Waterways, Groomers)

Exempt Status:                   Exempt

Benefits Eligibility Status:   Eligible

BOCC Approval:                  06/04/2024





Directs all operations of Bonner County's Recreation, including Parks & Recreation, Waterways and Snowmobile departments. Oversees Recreation employees, coordinates the activities of both Snow Groomers Committees, and represents Bonner County in all aspects of trails. Responsible for the effective operation of the county’s Parks & Waterways.




The essential functions of this position include, but are not limited to the following duties and responsibilities which are not listed in any particular order of priority and may be amended or added to by the County at any time:

·         Directs, supervises and participates in the ongoing development and implementation of departmental goals, objectives, policies and procedures; directs and ensures proper coordination of all administrative functions; prepares and submits reports of finances, staffing program and other administrative activities to the Board of County Commissioners; prepares agenda and documents, attends and participates in meetings representing the Parks and Recreation, Waterways and Grooming Departments.

·         Responsible to the Board of County Commissioners for implementation and monitoring of all planning, acquisition, capital construction and maintenance of parks, open space, landscapes, trail systems, boating facilities and coordinating activities with other County officials, departments, outside agencies, organizations and the public for the Parks & Recreation Department.

·         Ensures fiscal accountability by developing and implementing departmental expenditure guidelines.

·         Responsible for preparing and managing annual budget, forecasts revenues necessary to ensure appropriate staffing levels and other resources in support of operations for the coming year, and ensures compliance throughout the year to ensure proper spending is within appropriated funds. Budgets include Parks & Recreation, Waterways, Priest Lake Snowmobile and East Bonner Snowmobile.

·         Writes, monitors, and administers grants in accordance with funding sources needs and requirements.

·         Prepares and submits permits such as joint applications with Idaho Department of Lands and US Army Corps of Engineers for activities impacting jurisdictional waterways.

·         Reviews and approves accounts payable, payroll and other financial warrants, requisitions purchase orders, receipts and records or reports.

·         Ensures compliance with Bonner County personnel policies and procedures, as well as state and federal employment laws and regulations.

·         Investigates problems or inquiries when requested by the Board of County Commissioners.

·         Designs and implements parks maintenance and managements plans in conjunction with staff, landowners, advisory board’s and other governmental agencies.

·         Designs facility maintenance plans addressing landscape areas, buildings, restrooms, drinking water systems, irrigation systems, electrical, plumbing and playground areas.

·         Ensures facility compliance with state, local and federal requirements. Ensures County facilities are safe and operational for public use.

·         Forecasts and facilitates replacement of vehicles, watercraft and equipment.

·         Determines when an outside contractor is needed to make necessary repairs to the county facilities.


·         Coordinates Parks & recreational programs and projects with state, local and federal entities.

·         Assists in the County’s coordination process with the Federal Government as directed by the Board of County Commissioners.



·         Any combination of knowledge, skills, and abilities to competently perform the necessary functions of the job. Bachelor’s Degree in Parks and Recreation preferred, Business or Public Administration or equivalent; and a minimum of five years of experience serving in a public executive administrative position; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

·         Knowledge of community recreational organizations and the economic benefits of recreation to the county and participation in Bonner County & Idaho recreational activities.

·         Demonstrates knowledge and experience in grant management and marine laws.

·         Excellent interpersonal skills with knowledge of the appropriate methods and means of dealing with human behavior situations in a variety of business circumstances, both inside and outside the organization.

·         Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Ability to prepare clear and concise written reports and correspondence. Plan, organize and direct community workshops, meetings, and conferences.




Ability to perform those physical activities necessary to complete the essential functions of the job, either with or without reasonable accommodation. Requires continual communication (hearing and talking, both in person and over the telephone); regular walking, standing, and exertion of physical strength; and occasional exertion of moderate physical force. Requires good general vision.


Disclaimer: This job description is not an employment agreement or contract, and management reserves the right to modify it when necessary.


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About Bonner County

Bonner County was established in 1907 and is one of 44 counties in the state.  About 42,000 people live within our borders. The population has been growing steadily and has averaged seven to eight percent growth per year in the past five years.  Many of the people who relocate here are seeking a better quality of life and easier access to the recreational opportunities our area offers. Business owners, in particular, find it favorable to relocate or start up here because of the availability of commercial land, relatively low taxes, and an available labor force.

The recreational opportunities are unlimited and include water sports, four golf courses, bicycling, snowboarding, skiing, snowmobiling, hunting, world-class fishing, horseback riding, and wildlife viewing.

The landscape in Bonner County is a combination of towering mountains that range up into the 7,000-foot level and lush river-bottom valleys. The beautiful Selkirk Mountain range dominates the western side of the county and the sharp-peaked Cabinet Mountains border the County on the east. The County reaches across the entire width of Idaho’s panhandle between Montana and Washington, south to the Kootenai County line and north to Boundary County, the most northern county in the state.

Another dominant feature in our County is water. The largest lake in Idaho, Lake Pend Oreille, lies in the center, and the more remote waters of Priest Lake lie in the northwest corner. Three major rivers traverse our County. Clark Fork drains into Lake Pend Oreille from the east, and the Pend Oreille River drains out of the lake on the west. This is the point that is crossed on the Long Bridge when entering Sandpoint from Highway 95 south. Priest River drains from Priest Lake and reaches the waters of the Pend Oreille River in the town or Priest River. A number of other creeks, rivers, and smaller lakes dot our landscape too.

As for towns, they provide more services and entertainment than one would expect. Sandpoint, at about 6,000 people, is the largest city and serves as the County seat. This eclectic town, located right on Lake Pend Oreille, has a hospital, airport and a library as well as a theater, community theater, and two indoor shopping malls. A renowned regional destination resort, Schweitzer, is just 9 miles from Sandpoint and features 2,350 acres of skiable terrain. The second largest town, Priest River, lies on the western edge of the County along the shores of the Pend Oreille and Priest rivers. Other communities include Sagle, Cocolalla, Ponderay, Hope, Clark Fork and Priest Lake.