The typical park and recreation agency is staffed with 36 full-time equivalents (FTEs) that include a mix of full-time and part-time staff. But, the size of the staff expands exponentially as the size of the jurisdiction served by the agency expands.

Another way to view agency staffing is to measure it relative to the population of the area that the agency serves. The typical park and recreation agency has 7.9 FTEs on staff for each 10,000 residents living in the jurisdiction served by the agency. Agencies tend to have fewer FTEs on staff when located in more populated areas. There are many responsibilities covered by an agency’s park and recreation professionals but more than half of all primary work responsibilities involve operations and maintenance.

Gain a greater understanding of the current state of park and recreation agencies by downloading the 2018 NRPA Agency Performance Review.

Interact with More Data

Dig deeper into the agency performance data with these interactive figures presenting detailed crosstabs of the data for every table and chart presented in the 2018 NRPA Agency Performance Review:

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