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FIGURE 6

Median Number of Volunteers
120

All respondents

50

Jurisdiction
population

Less than 20,000

89

20,000 to 49,999

180

50,000 to 99,999

775

100,000 to 250,000

900

More than 250,000
0

100

200

300

400

500

600

700

800

900

1,000

FIGURE 7

Median Number of Hours Worked per Volunteer
18

All respondents

10

Jurisdiction
population

Less than 20,000

28

20,000 to 49,999

24

50,000 to 99,999

10

100,000 to 250,000

16

More than 250,000
0

5

In Figures 4 and 5, for example, the median
numbers of full-time-equivalent and part-time
employees (by budget size, jurisdiction population, and park acres maintained) demonstrate that
all but the largest departments responding employ
significantly more part-time than full-time staff.
Other data available on volunteer numbers and
hours (Figures 6 and 7) can also help a department better understand the nature and balance of
its staff-and compare its volunteer training and
retention practices to similar agencies.
For example, Figures 6 and 7 indicate that the
most substantial volunteer commitment among
respondents is taking place in agencies serving
jurisdiction populations of 20,000 to 49,999. The
median volunteer number in agencies that size
(89) just surpasses the number of part-time employees for agencies in that category (85). What
are those agencies, with median FTEs of only 21,
doing to get the full benefit of their large combined part-time and volunteer staffs?
These and other similar questions can be

10

15

20

25

30

Staffing Data: Comparing Apples to Apples
Comparing your staffing details with departments that have completely different
operations and structures will yield misleading results. One difficulty of reviewing
data from various departments is that a multitude of factors contributes to staffing
levels. They include:
■  Seasonal vs. year-round operation;
■  Cold weather vs. warm weather;
■  Overall duty emphasis on programming vs. land management and operations;
■  External duties related to jurisdiction (e.g., street trees, special events, grounds
care of public facilities, etc.)
All of this data can be found in the profile data for your department and others
with which you wish to compare.

answered by doing further research within the
system and contacting participating agencies in
that category for ideas, policies, and best practices.
The use of automation tools and systems is
another important component of department administration. Figures 8 and 9 show the current use
among database participants of two of the most
common types of computer-aided automation.

FIGURE 8

FIGURE 9

Does your department have an activity registration/
recreation program and membership management
system?
No
25.0%

Does your department have a computer-aided
maintenance management system (CMMS)?
No
75.5%

Yes
24.5%

Yes
75.0%

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