Park Acquisition Specialist - Extra-Help

  • Sonoma County, CA
  • Santa Rosa, California
  • Sep 21, 2023
Variable Shift Clerical and Administrative Support
  • Salary: $52.56 - $63.89 Hourly USD

Job Description

Position Information

The Sonoma County Regional Parks Department seeks an experienced, professional Park Acquisition Specialist.

Starting salary up to $63.89/hour* depending upon experience.

Reg ional Park s' Planning Division has an exciting opportunity focused on bringing new parks to the County. As the Park Acquisition Specialist, you will lead, collaborate, plan, and oversee the work of Regional Parks staff involved in the acquisition and/or appraisal of property; direct the preparation of appraisal reports, detailing the valuation of land and improvements to be acquired; negotiate with property owners for the acquisition or leasing of real property; and direct the gathering and analysis of data relating to property ownership, costs, site surveys, and related matters.

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Significant experience in Park-related acquisitions and appraisal of property
  • Excellent time management skills, with the proficiency to continuously manage multiple projects and competing demands
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including the capability to engage and interact with a variety of audiences
  • A Real Estate License or Real Estate Appraiser's License

Extra-help employees relieve or augment permanent staff. Intermittent, extra-help employees are not in the classified civil service and do not have property rights to permanently allocated positions. In addition, they do not receive most regular employee benefits such as: long-term disability insurance coverage; accrual of vacation; participation in the County retirement program; or eligibility to take promotional examinations. Intermittent, extra-help employees are limited in their employment to a maximum of 1,380 hours within any twelve month consecutive period. Extra-help employees who meet the eligibility requirements may qualify for a County contribution toward medical coverage.

This recruitment is being conducted to fill an intermittent, extra-helpPark Acquisition Specialist position in the Regional Parks Department. This employment list may also be used to fill future extra-help positions as they occur during the active status of this list. The Civil Service title for this position is Supervising Right of Way Agent.

*Salary is negotiable within the established range.


Minimum Qualifications
Education: Any combination of educational course work or training including on-the-job training which would provide the opportunity to acquire and demonstrate the knowledge and ability stated herein.

Experience: Any combination of paid work experience which would provide the opportunity to use the knowledge and abilities stated herein. Normally, two years of journey level technical experience and some experience leading a group of employees engaged in right of way work will provide such an opportunity.

License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including necessary special endorsements, as required by the State of California to perform the essential job functions of the position.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Thorough knowledge of: laws, regulations, and procedures pertaining to the acquisition, disposal and leasing of public lands and the acquisition and termination of easements and access rights.

Considerable knowledge of: current principles and practices of property appraisal, negotiation, acquisition, leasing and disposition; and of appraisal and engineering practices and terminology used in land survey and property acquisition work.

Knowledge of: principles and techniques of management, including program planning, implementation and administration; budgetary practices and controls; training and supervision of subordinates; and of modern theories and methods of supervision and management which relate to the evaluating and coaching of subordinate staff.

Ability to: establish and maintain effective working relationships with peers, supervisors, subordinates, members of public, other County departments and persons who have an interest in the Right of Way Program; plan, train, and supervise a staff of employees; conduct successful negotiations; analyze situations and to select appropriate courses of action; read and interpret maps, plans, blueprints and real property descriptions; and to speak and write effectively and to prepare clear and concise reports.
Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying
  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application. Be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.

Please visit Getting a Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the hiring process, including the application process, examination steps, and department selection process.


The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

An Application and Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (pass/not pass) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant's combination of educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities that relate to this position to ensure satisfaction of the minimum qualifications for this position. Candidates who possess the minimum qualifications for the position will be placed on an extra-help employment list and referred to the department. The department may contact candidates from the employment list who possess the most appropriate job-related qualifications for further consideration.


A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer is contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.


Applications are accepted online at . Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Continuous recruitments may close without notice at any time that a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.

The County of Sonoma values diversity and is dedicated to creating a workplace environment that provides individuals with a sense of belonging. We are committed to having a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. The County is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer where all aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance, and business need.

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HR Technician: KK

IMPORTANT NOTE: Benefits described herein do not apply to Extra Help positions.


These are some of the excellent benefits the County offers:

Paid Time Off :Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals; 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year; and may be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment.

Health Plan : Choice of five health plans (a PPO, EPO, HMO, and two deductible HMOs) with a County contribution toward the premium (the contribution amount varies by bargaining unit. For specific details, please refer to the applicable MOU). A County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement is available for some bargaining units.

Retirement :Fully integrated with Social Security.For more information regarding eligibility, retirement contributions, and reciprocity with prior public service, please visit .

IRS 457 Plan : Pre-tax employee contribution up to the IRS annual maximum.

Retiree Medical :County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits.

Plus excellent dental, vision, disability, life insurance, professional development, and more.

For answers to specific questions regarding the employment process and more details about benefits or retirement, please contact Human Resources at (707) 565-2331.Additional details about benefit and compensation packages can be found in the MOUs located at . For specific information about health and welfare benefits including plan options, coverage, and premium amounts go to or, contact the Human Resources' Risk Management-Benefits Office at or (707) 565-2900.

*IMPORTANT NOTES: Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Base Pay


Job Address

Santa Rosa, California United States View Map