District Superintendent II - Bay Area District

California State Parks

Petaluma , California

Why work for California State Parks?

We like what we do and our job satisfaction is high. We're making a difference by helping to preserve the precious resources in our state parks and providing high quality recreation for everyone to enjoy.

California State Parks contain the finest and most diverse collection of natural, cultural, and recreational resources to be found within California. These treasures are as diverse as California: From the last stands of primeval redwood forests to vast expanses of fragile desert; from the lofty Sierra Nevada to the broad sandy beaches of our southern coast; and from the opulence of Hearst Castle to the vestiges of colonial Russia.

Together, State Park System lands protect and preserve an unparalleled collection of culturally and environmentally sensitive structures and habitats, threatened plant and animal species, ancient Native American sites, historic structures and artifacts... the best of California's natural and cultural history.

With over 340 miles of coastline, 970 miles of lake and river frontage, 15,000 campsites and 4,500 miles of trails, the State Park System provides wonderful recreational, educational, and inspirational opportunities for over 67 million visitors a year.

The Position

The District Superintendent II has the authority and responsibility to plan, organize, direct, implement, evaluate and control the District’s overall operation for the purpose of efficient and effective utilization of District resources in order to meet the Department’s objective of providing quality service and experience to the public. The District Superintendent II provides leadership, supervision, mentoring, and employee development opportunities to staff and maintains cooperative professional relationships within the community and with our state park partners in order to further the philosophy and purposes of the State Park System. This position will work closely with the managers and supervisors in all sections of the operation, as well as, division and headquarters offices.

Work Location

The Bay Area District office is located in Petaluma, California. The San Francisco Bay Area is diverse in breathtaking ocean views where anyone can find a place to settle which is suitable to their individual needs and desires.

The District includes Angel Island State Park, the largest natural island in the San Francisco Bay, which offers some of the best views of the surrounding Bay Area. With great hiking trails and many other recreational opportunities readily available, Angel Island is truly a hidden gem in the midst of the urban Bay Area. 

Just north of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, Mount Tamalpais State Park rises majestically from the heart of Marin County. Its deep canyons and sweeping hillsides are cloaked with cool redwood forests, oak woodlands, open grasslands, and sturdy chaparral.

The breathtaking panorama from Mount Tamalpais’s 2,571-foot peak includes the Farallon Islands 25 miles out to sea, the Marin County hills, San Francisco Bay, the East Bay, and Mount Diablo. On rare occasions, the snow-covered Sierra Nevada can be seen 150 miles away.

Sonoma State Historic Park is a scattering of historical attractions consisting of six midtown locations near Sonoma's Plaza.  Off the Sonoma Plaza are: Mission San Francisco Solano, the Blue Wing Inn, Sonoma Barracks, the Toscano Hotel & Kitchen, and the Servants Quarters (the remains of La Casa Grande).  General Vallejo's Home, also called Lachryma Montis, is less than a mile west of the Plaza.


The successful candidate should have broad and extensive (more than five years) experience in the management or administration of a park, public recreational, historical area, or a resource or recreation management organization, at least four years of which must have included the supervision of staff.


State housing is available.  For further information regarding this position, please contact Laurie Taylor at (916) 653-8288 or at laurie.taylor@parks.ca.gov.

Check out our website at https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=29307.

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