top of page
Director of Parks and Recreation

Director of Parks and Recreation

Riverbank, CA, USA

Riverbank, CA, USA

City of Riverbank

Bryan Noblett and Greg Nelson


Lead Recruiter

Director of Parks and Recreation

Upload Cover Letter (PDF)
Upload Resume (PDF)

Apply Today!

Thank You for Applying!


The City of Riverbank offers an outstanding municipal leadership opportunity to a parks and recreation professional who thrives in an environment that achieves results by developing people, improving processes, and delivering important quality of life projects and programs to the community. The City of Riverbank is known as “The City of Action” for its outstanding delivery of municipal services. In this recruitment, the City is seeking its next Parks and Recreation Director. This position offers an exciting opportunity to work with a stellar team while enhancing the well-being and quality of life of those who call Riverbank home.


Riverbank is a welcoming and progressive city nestled in the heart of California’s Central Valley and has blossomed into a pleasant, growing community. Located in Stanislaus County and situated along State Highway 108, Riverbank is a convenient day trip drive to destinations such as San Francisco, Sacramento, Fresno, and Yosemite National Park. Riverbank offers a unique blend of the new with the old and maintains a sense of harmony between its rich agricultural history and its desire to modernize its service delivery to enhance the quality of life for residents. The city spans approximately 4.7 square miles and has a population of nearly 25,000.


Riverbank is home to a total of 16 parks, including 3 major city parks, a skate park, and a sports complex. The city is also the home of Jacob Myers Park, a 55-acre regional park located along the Stanislaus River. The park has amenities such as a playground, barbecue areas, boat ramp, picnic gazebo, and wedding gazebo. A one-mile loop pedestrian/bike trail and group camping area are open to the public as well as the City’s first dog park. Major community events include the Riverbank Cheese & Wine Festival held every 2nd weekend in October, the Halloween Haunted Hayride at Jacob Myers Park, and the annual Christmas Parade. The City of Riverbank offers something for everyone and prides itself on being a place where residents and visitors alike can enjoy a healthy quality of life. The Department and its staff embrace the vision that “Parks Make Life Better” for everyone.

Assisting the Director are two supervisors and two administrative staff. There are a total of 36 staff members (FTE and seasonal) in the department who all strive daily to deliver service to the community with integrity, honesty, and respect. The FY 23/24 Parks and Recreation budget is $2.4 million.


The Director of Parks and Recreation is an FLSA exempt department head and a key member of the City’s management team who reports directly to the City Manager. The Director is responsible for the overall management of the City’s Parks and Recreation Department, including recreation, aquatics, and cultural and community events. Additionally, this position is responsible for the planning, construction, maintenance and rental of parks and community facilities, including city offices.

The ideal candidate will bring knowledge of the recreational, cultural, and leisure needs of youth, teen, and adult populations of a modern, active community. The next Director will be a strong relationship builder who can work collaboratively with other agencies and stakeholders; and will have a strong background in both recreation and budget experience, especially identifying alternative funding sources such as grants and partnerships.


Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:

Education: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in recreation, public administration, landscape architecture or a related field.

Experience: Six years of increasingly responsible municipal experience in the delivery of parks and recreation services including at least three years in a supervisory or managerial capacity.

License or Certificates:

  • Possession of, or ability to obtain and maintain a Class “C” and/or appropriate valid California driver’s license at the time of appointment.

  • Possession of, or ability to obtain a Playground Safety Inspector certification, a Pool/Spa Operator certification, and Recreation Therapy certification.


The salary range for the Director of Parks and Recreation is up to $141,745 with placement in the range dependent on qualifications. Retirement is provided through CalPERS. Classic CalPERS members are eligible for 2% @ 60 formula, while PEPRA members are 2% @ 62.

An excellent executive benefit package is provided and is outlined in the detailed recruitment brochure found by clicking on the link on this page.

Employees work a 9/80 schedule with every other Friday off. Work hours are Monday through Thursday, 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM, and Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.


This recruitment will be handled with strict confidentiality. References will not be contacted until mutual interest has been established. Confidential inquiries are welcomed to Bryan Noblett or Greg Nelson at (916) 550-4100.

Interested candidates are encouraged to apply immediately as this recruitment will close once a stellar pool of candidates is established.

bottom of page