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Supervising Open Space Technician
Posted: January 4, 2017
Open Until Filled

We are the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority. Our mission is to conserve the natural environment, support agriculture and connect people to nature by protecting open spaces, natural areas, and working farms and ranches for future generations. We have protected over 20,000 acres of natural and agricultural lands in Santa Clara County. Our agency operates a network of open space lands to manage and conserve natural resources and provide opportunities for hiking, biking, and equestrian uses.

The Ideal Candidate

You are a hard-working and motivated individual with experience supervising a team of four or more. You enjoy being outdoors and working with your hands. You are capable of performing and supervising a wide variety of semi-skilled carpentry, building and field maintenance duties using hand and power tools such as chain saws, mowers, sprayers and similar equipment as well as performing routine maintenance and repair of assigned tools and equipment facilities.

You are a driven individual, who will use common sense and a strong personal commitment to your work to lead a team of Open Space Technicians to success in supporting the mission of the agency. Your attention to detail is an asset in scheduling work and planning projects, as well as documenting the day to day activities performed by your team. You want to lead a team in working safely and efficiently. You have a desire to learn and grow, and want to share new information with your team.

You possess knowledge of basic operations, services and activities of an open space maintenance and construction program; basic principles and practices of maintenance and construction and resource management, standard safety, and basic trade skills in plumbing, electrical and carpentry. Your experience in open space field maintenance and resource management enables you to perform well under general supervision and respond to requests and inquiries as necessary. You enjoy engaging members of the public by communicating the mission, vision and goals of the OSA by answering basic questions and interacting with visitors and neighbors in a friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful manner.


  • Supervising experience with a team of four or more.
  • Experience in construction, maintenance, and/or repair of parks and/or open spaces required.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California Driver’s license with a satisfactory driving record.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, Basic First Aid and CPR certification.
  • Ability to lift and carry materials and objects weighing up to 60 pounds.
  • Must have experience in the use of chain saws, weed whip, brush cutters, pumps and other small power equipment.
  • Ability to work outdoors in extreme weather and to work in and around poison oak.
  • This position is required to take and pass a pre-employment physical and background check.
  • This position will be an afternoon/evening shift and will require weekend work.

Salary range begins at $34.67 per hour. Salary dependent on qualifications. This is an exempt, full‐time position with excellent benefits.

Go here to apply for the job: Please include a cover letter and resume.

The Open Space Authority strives to engage a workforce reflective of the community it serves. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, gender, national or ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation or physical disability. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. The Open Space Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants with disabilities may request reasonable accommodation by contacting us at (408) 224-7476 or via email at


The Authority does not accept unsolicited applications. Applications received outside of an active recruitment process will not be considered.

OSA Staff

The Open Space Authority consists of both field and administrative staff. Field staff work primarily outdoors and perform a variety of functions including trail building, vegetation and resource management, various construction tasks, as well as making contact and sharing information with members of the public. Administrative staff perform numerous functions in support of the Authority’s mission.

Andrea Mackenzie, General Manager
amackenzie at openspaceauthority dot org

Matt Freeman, Assistant General Manager
mfreeman at openspaceauthority dot org

Marc Landgraf, External Affairs Manager
mlandgraf at openspaceauthority dot org

Lauren Monack, Director of Administration and Finance
lmonack at openspaceauthority dot org

Derek Neumann, Field Operations Manager
dneumann at openspaceauthority dot org

Donna Plunkett, Planning Manager
dplunkett at openspaceauthority dot org

Galli Basson, Resource Management Specialist
gbasson at openspaceauthority dot org

Andres Campusano, Open Space Technician ll
acampusano at openspaceauthority dot org

Megan Dreger, Grants Administrator
mdreger at openspaceauthority dot org

Patty Eaton, Communications Specialist
peaton at openspaceauthority dot org

Andy Burnside, Open Space Technician ll
aburnside at openspaceauthority dot org

Joelle Garretson, Executive Assistant
jgarretson at openspaceauthority dot org

Kellie Guerra, Clerk of the Board
kguerra at openspaceauthority dot org

Jim Guhe, Open Space Technician ll
jguhe at openspaceauthority dot org

Cliff Irrebaria, Open Space Techncian l
cirrebaria at openspaceauthority dot org

Linda Kwong, Planning Technician
lkwong at openspaceauthority dot org

Dana Litwin, Volunteer Programs Administrator
dlitwin at openspaceauthority dot org

Elizabeth Loretto, Office and Human Resources Administrator
eloretto at openspaceauthority dot org

Alisha Maniglia, Communications Coordinator
amaniglia at openspaceauthority dot org

Nisha McCarson, Office Assistant
nmccarson at openspaceauthority dot org

Marisa Mibach, Open Space Technician ll
mmibach at openspaceauthority dot org

Megan Robinson, Supervising Open Space Technician
mrobinson at openspaceauthority dot org

Teri Rogoway, Educational Programs Coordinator
trogoway at openspaceauthority dot org

Alexsis Shields, Administrative Assistant
ashields at openspaceauthority dot org

Jake Smith, Conservation GIS Coordinator
jsmith at openspaceauthority dot org

Ellen Stearns, Open Space Technician l
estearns at openspaceauthority dot org

Patrick Stevenson, Open Space Technician l
pstevenson at openspaceauthority dot org

David Tharp, Equipment Mechanic Operator
dtharp at openspaceauthority dot org

Justina Tien, Accounting and Financial Analyst
jtien at openspaceauthority dot org