Work With Us

Live Here. Work Here. Play Here.

Santa Cruz County Parks has always provided parks and services that hold our communities together. We exist 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.

Why Work with County Parks?

Our Mission

The County of Santa Cruz Department of Parks, Open Space and Cultural Services mission is to provide safe, well-designed and maintained parks, and a wide variety of recreational and cultural opportunities for our diverse community.

Why Work With Us

We are a close-knit, capable team of parks, recreation, and cultural professionals who thrive working in a community-based environment. We seek community members to join our team to help us build on our successes and expand and maintain our excellent parks, programs, facilities and special events.

Opportunities with County Parks


County Parks offers various permanent and seasonal positions including park maintenance workers, park service officers, lifeguards, and recreation leaders! Learn how to apply!


Whether you are seeking school credit, job experience, or experience in local government work, recreation, park planning, marketing, accounting, or clerical work, we have an internship for you. We value our interns and together we strive to create meaningful and impactful experiences!


Volunteering with County Parks is a great way to make a difference in your community, assist Parks staff in accomplishing a variety of projects, and meet new people!

Teach a Class With Us

Do you have skills you'd like to share with others? Do you love teaching? County Parks is always looking for quality, dedicated instructors to offer a variety of programs to our residents and surrounding community! Share your class proposal with us!

Call to Artists

County Parks issues Calls to Artists for a variety of arts opportunities throughout the year! Calls are for public art in County Parks, County-owned buildings, and other public spaces.

Concessionaire Program

County Parks offers opportunities for local vendors to operate at our parks or facilities!

Bids & ProposalsEXTERNAL LINK

Interested in working with Parks on a project? Check to see if any Requests for Proposals or Request for Bids are available!

Contact Us


(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.