Overview & Organization

Marin County Parks manages over 16,000 acres of parks and open space.
Parks staff working together on Kent Island resrtoration

Mission & Services

Marin County Parks is dedicated to educating, inspiring, and engaging the people of Marin in the shared commitment of preserving, protecting, and enriching the natural beauty of Marin's parks and open spaces, and providing recreational opportunities for the enjoyment of all generations.

Operations &
Maintenance

  • Maintains safe and sustainable parks, preserves and landscape areas.
  • Assists and educates visitors to parks and preserves.
  • Monitors conditions of facilities, land, landscape areas, and natural resources.
  • Coordinates with County Service Areas (CSAs).
  • Manages Integrated Pest Management (IPM).
  • Enforces Parks and Open Space District codes.

Natural Resources & Science

  • Develops annual work plan for controlling invasive vegetation in open space while minimizing herbicide use.
  • Manages fire fuel reduction in open space, in coordination with regional fire agencies.
  • Guides habitat reclamation in parks and preserves.
  • Trains field staff on monitoring of natural resources.
  • Coordinates collaborative research projects regarding native plants and wildlife.
  • Manages Parks' rare and native plant nursery.

Landscape
Architecture

  • Manages facility improvement plans and projects.
  • Develops and implements progress on park master plans.
  • Manages site and landscape design for all park properties.
  • Oversees capital construction of parks projects.
  • Coordinates Parks' Dedication Programs.

Communications & Education

  • Provides public information about Marin County parks and preserves.
  • Promotes opportunities for community engagement and the work of the department.
  • Coordinates and supports free naturalist walks and other public events.
  • Coordinates sign program.
  • Maintains information streams about Parks in a variety of media channels.

Planning &
Acquisition

  • Manages purchase of new land and real estate transactions.
  • Coordinates and manages conservation and trail easements.
  • Fulfills environmental review and permitting requirements for park and preserve projects.
  • Engages in road and trail planning.
  • Resolve encroachments.
  • Maintains accurate records of County property boundaries.

Government &
External Affairs

  • Coordinates Measure A grant funding to local governments and non-profit partners.
  • Leads local and regional policy, funding, and legislative efforts that support parks and open space.
  • Develops partnerships that connect people to parks and support the health and stewardship of public lands and communities.
  • Provides leadership and support for other externally-focused county priorities and initiatives.

Administration &
Finance

  • Develops annual budgets.
  • Manages all aspects of Parks department finances and accounting functions.
  • Prepares materials for boards and commissions.
  • Participates in annual financial audits.
  • Provides in-person customer service to members of the public.
  • Manages payroll.

Governance

Marin County Parks reports regularly to four county-wide boards and commissions, including the Marin County Board of Supervisors. Parks staff also consult regularly with five regional boards and councils. Parks properties are governed by Marin County Municipal Code, Title 10. Open space preserves are regulated by Marin County Open Space District Code, found in Marin County Municipal Code, Appendix A.