Assistant Director of Public Works – Derry Township

Deadline: January 5, 2024

Position Summary


The Assistant Director of Public Works oversees the operation of the Township’s parks; develops and implements park maintenance and improvements. Assists the Public Works Director with planning, design, and modification to infrastructure and directs operations in absence of Director.


Provides a variety of complex professional and administrative work in developing, scheduling, and directing the crew leaders and park maintenance teams. Instructs all departments in operating and maintaining facilities and infrastructure to improve efficiency and meet regulatory requirements.


Reports to the Director of Public Works


  • Managing and supervising park staff and activities.
  • Overseeing the operation, maintenance, and development of park facilities and equipment
  • Ensuring visitor safety and compliance with park regulations
  • Developing and implementing park management plans
  • Managing park budget
  • Coordinating park construction projects and park beautification
  • Assists Director in the day-to-day operations of the divisions of the Public Works department; oversees construction and maintenance of structures and facilities such as roadways.
  • Assists Director in developing plans and projects dealing with short- and long-range growth for the Township infrastructure and services; performs research and cost opinions.
  • Attends and participates in all required meetings, conferences, and professional seminars; in the absence of the Director attends Township meetings providing information on the operations of the department.
  • Develops an integrated arboricultural plan, administers such plan to ensure the care, preservation, pruning, planting, replanting, removal, or disposition of publicly owner trees and shrubs.
  • Assists Director in developing capital and operational budgets for the department; recommends cost effective procedures for maintenance and repair to infrastructure and township facilities.
  • Interacts with residents and business within the community to provide information and assist in resolving their concerns.



  • Graduation from a 4-year college or university with a degree in Horticulture, Landscape Maintenance, and/or a combination of education and relevant work experience.
  • Minimum of six years previous parks maintenance experience including at least two years working with utilities and industry sectors.
  • Possess a current Certified Pesticide Applicators License valid in the state of Pennsylvania or the ability to obtain within six (6) months of hire.
  • Possess a current CDL License valid in the state of Pennsylvania or the ability to obtain within six (6) months of hire.
  • Ability to operate a variety of power construction and ground maintenance equipment.

How to Apply

Salary is commensurate with experience. For consideration for this position, please forward a cover letter, resume and three (3) professional references to: Christopher S. Christman – Township Manager at or by standard mail to the address below:

Attn:  Assistant Public Works Director Search

Township of Derry
600 Clearwater Road
Hershey, PA 17033

For consideration, all applications must be received by Friday, January 05, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. Interview and background investigation will be conducted. The Township of Derry is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to providing equal opportunity in recruitment, hiring, and all other employment practices and decisions.