Community Opportunities

Jobs with County Parks


Live Here. Work Here. Play Here.

Santa Cruz County Parks has always provided parks and services that hold our communities together. Work with us to provide a healthy and vibrant county where everyone can be active, explore, learn, play and connect, and where our diverse natural and cultural resources are celebrated and protected for generations to come.

Job Opportunities

Park Service Officer

Learn the principles and techniques of assisting community members using County Parks facilities! Park Service Officers provide routine information and assitance to community members who rent or reserve park facilities. Work schedules include weekends, holidays and evenings and may fluctuate depending on season or condition. This position is perfect for a team player with excellent communication skills, someone who works well with diverse groups of people and thrives in a fast-paced environment.

Recreation Leader
(Park, Recreation & Cultural Worker I-IV)

Throughout the County we offer camps, after-school care, and enrichment programs! Park, Recreation & Cultural Workers are part of a professional and energetic team that creates a safe, fun, and rewarding experience for children. County Parks recreation staff thrive on bringing out the best in employees and program participants! This position is great for individuals who are passionate about learning, art, nature, math, theatrics, nurturing or reading! Share and explore with us as we engage with the children in our community!

Lifeguard & Head Lifeguard

The Simpkins Family Swim Center is the premier Aquatics facility in the County! Lifeguards and Head Lifeguards play essential roles in our coastal community and are part of a professional, healthy, and strong team. Lifeguards keep members of our community safe, teach swimming, participate in regular training exercises, supervise staff and programs, and work with children and families. Whether you are a recreational swimmer, surfer, or swim team enthusiast we have a place for you to learn and grow! All lifeguards require certification.

Park Maintenance Worker I-II

County Parks manages and maintains over 60 parks and beach access points throughout the County! Park Maintenance Workers are part of an experienced team which builds, repairs, and maintains County parks. This position offers skill development in construction and landscape projects, and parks and facility maintenance. Under general supervision, Park Maintenance Workers perform maintenance work in areas such as landscaping, carpentry, plumbing, irrigation, electrical, or equipment operation and maintenance. Thanks to the work of Parks Maintenance Workers, County Parks offers clean and safe places for the public to enjoy!

More Positions!

From planning to administration, there are many more jobs at County Parks! Follow the steps below to learn how to apply!
County Parks Organizational Chart PDF

How to Apply

Follow these steps to apply!
  1. Go to the Santa Cruz County Employment Opportunities Page.
  2. Scroll down and click on your desired position title.
  3. Follow the directions to submit an application.
  4. Questions? Email

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(831) 454-7901

Monday – Friday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, except holidays

Our physical office is open, but staff availability is limited as most staff members are working remotely.