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Director of Parks, Recreation and Facilities


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Director of Parks, Recreation and Facilities Shaunavon, Saskatchewan


We have an exciting opportunity for a Director of Parks, Recreation and Facilities to join the Town of Shaunavon (SK).  As the Director of Parks, Recreation and Facilities you will ensure the proper maintenance of all town-owned facilities, parks, lands, and equipment and will be responsible for the planning, organization, direction, and general management of the Parks, Recreation and Facilities Department. We need a leader who is strong at process improvements and can find different and efficient ways to run the Parks, Recreation and Facilities department.  The Director of Parks, Recreation and Facilities should be collaborative team player who is good dealing with the public, is well organized and able to multi-task. If you are a qualified and motivated individual, this is an amazing opportunity to join a strong management team and be part of a supporting and open-minded organization that encourages new ideas and strives for the success of the community.


Often referred to as an “Oasis in the Prairies”, Shaunavon is a vibrant and picturesque community nestled in the Southwest corner of Saskatchewan. Shaunavon is proud to be a tourism, recreation and business hub of the Southwest corner of the province – with its vast tree canopy, luscious greenspaces, various recreation complexes (including the Crescent Point Wickenheiser Centre, splash park, swimming pool, playgrounds, disc golf course and more), a fully operational heritage & cultural center and a thriving business industry.

Shaunavon’s vision is to provide a safe and prosperous place to live, work, play and invest by creating an attractive and diverse environment for community members and visitors. Our community takes pride in being a welcoming host, inspiring example, and inviting home to people of all ages, backgrounds, and interests.

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  • Preparing capital and operating budgets,
  • Monitoring expenditures of time, money, and other resources.
  • Responsible for inventory control of equipment/tools and supplies.
  • Preparing reports and other documents when required.
  • Maintain all plans and record drawings in connection with repair work and construction.
  • Oversite of external engineering and applicable service contracts.
  • Installation and effective management of rink ice surfaces at the Crescent Point Wickenheiser Centre.
  • Coordinate and participate in recruitment activities (resume review, pre-screening, interviewing, job offer).
  • Ensure employees are properly on-boarded and feel welcome as a new team member.
  • Facilitate effective employee communications within the organization.
  • Work with management team to facilitate any personnel issues.
  • Responsible for communicating any HR or employee related activities.
  • Responsible for coordinating an effective three month and annual review process.
  • Assist with the execution of company-wide community initiatives.
  • Assist with updating and maintaining employee records, including paper filing.


  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • A minimum of three (3) years of equivalent directly related experience in Parks and playgrounds management.
  • In-depth knowledge of supervisory practices.
  • General knowledge of computer operations, facility maintenance & HVAC systems, artificial ice-making, turf & grass areas, horticulture practices, and building & grounds maintenance.
  • Valid Class 5 Driver’s License.
  • Standard First-Aid & CPR.
  • Level I certification in Arena Operations
  • Facility Management.
  • Other certifications would be an asset such as:
    • Refrigeration Operators’ Certification Program
    • Pool Operators Certification
    • Landscape Pesticide Applicator’s certification
    • Mosquito/Biting Fly Certificate
    • Pool Operators Level I
    • Arena Operators II


  • Oriented self-starter with strong motivational skills.
  • Proven ability to deal simultaneously with multiple tasks.
  • Strong project management ability.
  • Ability to work in a politically sensitive environment.
  • Ability to work independently and in partnership with others.
  • Ability to supervise and schedule staff.
  • Ability to think strategically and translate goals into operational objectives.
  • Ability to identify and promote community projects and initiatives.
  • Strong experience working with the public sector and government.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills demonstrated through the ability to facilitate, network, lead, research, negotiate, analyze, and resolve issues.
  • Effective negotiation and mediation skills.
  • Ability to operate light and heavy equipment including, but not limited to, tractors, snow blowers, rotary mowers, etc.
  • Ability to follow written and oral direction effectively.
  • Ability to respond to after-hour emergency calls.


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