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East Bay Regional Park District Reviews

Updated May 12, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great"

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    Former Employee - Lifeguard in Alameda, CA
    Former Employee - Lifeguard in Alameda, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at East Bay Regional Park District part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay, great people, paid education.

    Cons

    Would schedule for hours and then call off later. Irritating. Union dues are also the same no matter hours worked. So if you work 4 hours in a period for any reason you'll lose over half your paycheck to the union.

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Don't believe the hype"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at East Bay Regional Park District full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible Hours. Beautiful parks and natural resources.

    Cons

    Below market pay. Poor worker morale. Eroding benefits. No end in sight. Run don't walk away unless you are desperate.

    Advice to Management

    Attract better talent. Lose the 1960s way of administration. New website and hip social awareness only gets you so far. The bones are weak.


  3. "Excellent place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA

    I worked at East Bay Regional Park District (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Learn emergency skills for life.

    Cons

    Long hours, hot days, rude guests


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  5. "Great organization!"

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    Current Employee - Lifeguard in Antioch, CA
    Current Employee - Lifeguard in Antioch, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at East Bay Regional Park District part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Paid training. Livable wage. Good work environment.

    Cons

    will schedule to work and then send home when no crowd on a common basis. Terrible hours for swim instructors

    Advice to Management

    If I am scheduled to work then I will work. do not schedule me if you know you are over scheduling.


  6. "Very positive...though it takes them an awfully long time to go through a hiring process."

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    Current Employee - Attendant in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Attendant in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at East Bay Regional Park District part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fairly flexible scheduling, great people to work with, and, this being a Parks District, beautiful locations in which to work.

    Cons

    They have 60+ parks in a number of counties. Getting into a specific park that is fairly close to one's home is supremely challenging.

    Advice to Management

    None at the present time.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Feel good about what you do!"

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    Current Employee - Web Designer in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Web Designer in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at East Bay Regional Park District full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A noteworthy organization with a long history of preserving and maintain open space and natural resources.

    Cons

    No more than any other similar organization. Limited career opportunities in some positions.

    Advice to Management

    Look at the career ladders of other public organizations and notice the various steps. Consider staff retention as a principle goal.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "One of the greatest places to work in bay area!"

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    Former Employee - Naturalist in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Naturalist in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at East Bay Regional Park District full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Secure, stable job with livable wage and great benefits. Great community of co-workers who care about each other. Many positions work outdoors protecting the environment or teaching about the natural and cultural history of the regional parks.

    Cons

    No shared half time positions for new mom's. Not flexible with work hours. Weekend work.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "A medley of professionalism and high school 2.0 nonsense"

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    Former Employee - Lifeguard I/II in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Lifeguard I/II in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at East Bay Regional Park District part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The lifeguard pay is one of the highest paying high school wage and includes yearly COLA. Unionized and Organized, EBRPD pays meticulous attention to detail when it comes to employee paid trainings and patron satisfaction in its public parks.

    Cons

    The juvenile politics of the conflicted aquatics management are unnecessary and tarnish EBRPD's image as a whole. Hypocrisy and favoritism run rampant, particularly in the south where physical appearance is deemed an indicator of competence (namely that bulk = skill). Opportunity for advancement is based on ambiguous or non-adhered to factors.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of aquatics management. Get a better pulse on your seasonal employees, it'll avoid the unpleasant situations you run into on a yearly basis with respect to... well... college party-related activities. Do exit interviews so you can learn from where to improve (you already do entry + interviews).


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Interpretive Student Aide II"

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    Current Employee - Interpretive Student Aid in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Interpretive Student Aid in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at East Bay Regional Park District part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nature! animals, working with kids, lots of free time, hiking at work

    Cons

    not much room for advancement


  11. Helpful (1)

    "EBRPD"

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    Current Employee - Lifeguard I in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Lifeguard I in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at East Bay Regional Park District full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great company, have been working for them for the past 4 years. Love my job and the people that work there.

    Cons

    lots of seasonal employment, not many full time positions year round.


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