Davis Cemetery District New Job Postings


The Davis Cemetery District is recruiting for a Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent.

Located on Pole Line Road in east Davis, the Davis Cemetery District is a community tradition of historic natural beauty since 1855 to honor and remember loved ones. The District serves all faith and cultures and offers a wide range of options for memorialization. Designated as an arboretum in 2012, this 28-acre oasis offers green burials, standard and titan sealed liner burials, cremation plots, niche internments, and scattering gardens.

The Davis Cemetery District is an independent special district funded by city property taxes and the sale of interment rights, along with other miscellaneous fees.  It is governed by a five-member Board of Trustees appointed by the Yolo County Board of Supervisors.  Employees participate in CalPERS, the California Public Employees Retirement System, for health and retirement benefits.

District Vision

·       To strengthen the cemetery as an inviting space for remembrance, contemplation, and healing.

·       To enhance the cemetery’s ability to memorialize the history of Davis, its people, and the original Central Valley landscape through art, architecture and design.

·       To maintain the Davis Cemetery District as a center of local history, celebrating the diverse cultural heritage of the people of Davis.

·       To create an attractive environment that will encourage people to come and enjoy art, nature, and civic history.

·       To enhance the existing ecological function of the cemetery as an open green space and a sanctuary for native plant and animal life.

·       To reduce the use of pesticides, herbicides and fungicides while maintaining a healthy living landscape

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Davis Cemetery District to provide respectful and affordable interment services that meet the cultural, economic, religious and social needs of the community.

Positions to Be Filled

District Superintendent

The Board of Directors is looking for highly-motivated professional to assume the leadership role in this mission-focused organization.  The successful individual must possess the skills, sensitivity, and personal confidence to lead the Davis Cemetery District and its staff.  Many patrons of the cemetery are either anticipating or reacting to the loss of a loved one.

Job Description


In accordance with Board policy, the Superintendent is responsible for providing leadership of the Davis Cemetery District, including personnel matters, fiscal oversight, management of operations, Board and community relations, and strategic planning.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Hire District staff and perform all personnel related functions to include supervision, training, performance evaluations, and disciplinary actions.
  2. Review and recommend changes, if needed, to employee benefit packages and salaries.
  3. Manage day-to-day operations efficiently and ensure compliance with all rules and regulations of the California Health and Safety Code pertaining to public cemeteries.
  4. Ensure compliance with Board policies. Recommend changes when indicated.
  5. Communicate with the Board promptly regarding any current or potential violations of California law or Board policy.
  6. Seek out opportunities to streamline operations and incorporate technology into daily operations.
  7. Ensure prompt, accurate maintenance of all District records, including financial transactions, interment records, and all other records required by law or Board policy.
  8. Ensure that cemetery records are backed-up and maintained in a safe place.
  9. Ensure proper maintenance and upkeep of the grounds and buildings.
  10. Ensure an up-to-date and proper inventory of all major equipment and supplies; ensure that the equipment is properly maintained.
  11. Provide fiscal oversight to District operating and capital programs, including the development and management of annual operating and capital budgets. Operating and capital budgets are to be presented to the Board annually for approval.
  12. Recommend a 5-year Capital Improvements Plan to the Board for approval.
  13. Ensure that bills are paid promptly and accurately.
  14. Maintain a positive and professional relationship with the Board of Directors, employees, vendors, and the public.
  15. Ensure the completion Board meeting packets, including an agenda, fiscal report, analysis of action items,statusof operations, and other information pertinent to Board oversight.
  16. Seek out innovative cemetery best-practices and incorporate them into daily operations. Use them to inform strategic planning efforts.
  17. Recommend designs and areas for internment expansions, changes to the pricing structure, and other ideas for innovation.
  18. Provide back-up to sales and assume other duties as needed.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities Required:

  •  College degree, preferably in business or related field
  • Excellent communicator and public relations skills
  • Experience managing staff and operations, and developing strategic plans
  • Knowledge of operating and capital budget planning and oversight

Salary range:  $70,000 to $80,000 annually


Assistant Superintendent

The Board of Directors is looking for a professional to work under the leadership of the Superintendent, perform management-level functions, and provide District leadership in the Superintendent’s absence. Skills at interacting with those experiencing a personal loss

is critical.


With minimal supervision, the Assistant Superintendent will manage customer services related to sales, advertising and marketing, community engagement/cultural events, arboretum planning, and daily financial actions.  In addition, this position will function as second in charge, and assist the Superintendent with management responsibilities as needed.  In the absence of the Superintendent, the incumbent provides leadership to staff and assumes the responsibility of the District’s daily operations.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Provide customer assistance to the public and administrative assistance during internments
  2. Sell plots and arrange internments
  3. Maintain and update interment records and maps and ensure electronic back-up of all records
  4. Manage public relation activities to inform and educate the community about the District
  5. Market the cemetery and advertise its services
  6. Manage cultural events and history tours
  7. Develop plans to maintain and enhance thearboretum
  8. Maintain and update the District website
  9. Process deposits and claims, file sales tax returns, and prepare monthly financial reports
  10. Process and maintain payroll records and employee files
  11. Provide staff support to the Board of Directors
  12. Perform management duties assigned by the Superintendent and provide leadership in the Superintendent’s absence


Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

College degree, preferably in business, communications, or a related field

Experience in customer relations, sales, or marketing

Excellent communicator

Strong interpersonal skills

Knowledge of or interest in plants and landscaping


Salary Range:  $50,000 to $60,000

To Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter electronically to:

Questions may be directed to Joan Planell, Interim Superintendent, at 240.623.6201.

Applications received by close of business on Friday, October 5 will receive preference.

A PDF version of the following description can be found Davis Cemetery District job Posting


Memorial Day Ceremony Monday, May 28th

Memorial Day Ceremony
Monday, May 28th 10:00 a

The Davis Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6949 and the Davis Cemetery District will host its annual Memorial Day ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday, May 28th, at the Davis Cemetery & Arboretum, 820 Pole Line Road. The Davis Brass Ensemble will perform a medley of patriotic music from 9:30am-10:00am. The Memorial Day program will be from 10:00am-12:00 pm.
Davis Boy Scouts , Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts will place the flags on the graves of veterans early that morning and pick them up that evening.
The ceremony will feature the Davis Brass Ensemble, Davis Children’s Chorale and the Davis High School Madrigals, Carol Kessler, Davis Poet Laureate Dr. Andy Jones, an introduction by Mayor Pro-tem Brett Lee and the keynote speaker will be Jerry Coker.

The son of a career soldier, Jerry Coker lived in the Midwest and Alaska until his father retired from the Army and settled in California. In 1968 Jerry enlisted in the US Marine Corps one week after high school graduation, serving as a rifleman in South Vietnam with the Second Battalion, 26th Marine Regiment. In the spring of 1969 he was severely wounded from grenade fragments during night operations in Quang Nam Province, southwest of Danang City.

After a lengthy recovery in Japan and stateside, Jerry returned to school, married his girlfriend, Jan, and began to write fiction. He earned degrees from UC Davis in English Literature and the Brown University Graduate Writing Program, returning to California in the late 70s to begin a diverse career that began at UC Davis. At UCD he served as a recruiter, publications writer and editor. In his corporate career he served as a marketing manager, researcher, business proposal manager and contract administrator. He later served as a management consultant, high school English teacher, and was the owner of an Information Technology staffing augmentation consulting firm with State and Federal Clients.
During these nearly forty years in Davis, he shared the raising of their two boys, Nathan and Drew with Jan, a musician and long-time Davis elementary school teacher. After the boys left their hometown to find their own path, both serving in Iraqwith the Marines and then eventually returning to the area with their own wives and now grandchildren, Jan and Jerry realized their small part in the full circle of life, and how precious that participation is.

He is author of two World War II historical fiction novels, First Among Men (2013, Pocol Press), about the 1943 invasion of Attu Island in the Aleutians of which his father participated; and Into the Wet (2015, Black Rose Writing and 2017, Pocol Press second printing), about the 1942 campaign of the Japanese Army to take New Guinea from the Australian Army, known as the battle for the Kokoda Trail.

We will be in need of volunteers to aid in the handing out of programs and the removal of flags later in the afternoon.  The Veterans of Foreign Wars is accepting monetary donations.

Please contact if you would like to help.

Davis Cemetery July 5th Special Board Meeting


Davis Cemetery District Board

Special  Meeting


Date:                 7/05/2018                 

Time:                4:00 PM   

Location:          820 Pole Line Rd., Davis, CA


Call to order/introductions: Chairperson Larry Dean, Vice Chairperson Bill Marshall, Board members: Dennis Dingemans, Marilyn Mansfield, Stephen Souza.


Approval of agenda


Public comment:

Opportunity for members of the public to address the Davis Cemetery District Board on issues related to Davis Cemetery District business but which do not appear on the agenda. The Davis Cemetery District Board reserves the right to impose a reasonable time limit afforded to any one topic or to any individual speaker.


New Business

  1. Petrea Marchand of Consero Solutions will present her recommendations to the board.
  2. Consideration of any recommendations suggested by the Petrea Marchand’s report.
  3. FY 17/18 budget adjustment
  4. FY18/19 budget adjustment
  5. Brown Act Training session with County Supervisor Provenza.



I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing agenda was posted on Friday, June 29, 2018 by 4pm at the Davis Cemetery, 820 Pole Line Rd., Davis, CA 95618 by Kristi Dvorak Community Outreach Director





We are always looking for a few helpful hands to assist in beautifying our gardens.  If you would like to assist in weeding, pruning and planting we would love to hear from you.  We will also be starting a new program with seed starting.

Volunteer time will from 9-11 M-Friday and on special volunteer days.


Kristi Dvorak at

Quarterly Care of Grounds

The District is starting its first quarterly string trimming around all the monuments in the Cemetery. With this initial trimming of the year, there will be the removal of floral and memorabilia that does not conform to the District Rules and Regulations regarding the care of graves and Cemetery grounds.   Please contact us for a copy of our Rules and Regulations. We apologize for any inconvenience. We will save some decoration, that the Staff feels may be of value, for a two-week period.

Stasia Tikkanen “Landscapes with a Gist” Open House Sunday, April 8th

Gallery 1855 will host a one-of-a-kind exhibition by local artist Stasia Tikkanen. “Landscapes with a Gist” will run from April 3 to 30. An open house is planned from 1 to 4 p. Sunday, April 8.

The exhibit features conceptual landscapes that include a night-and-day series, an in-studio series exploring perception related to the time of day. The artist paints two scenes from the same environment, one in nightlight and the other in daylight to see how light alters the perception of a scene. In this series, she has explored subjectively chosen scenes in Davis.

Originally from Albuquerque, N.M., Tikkanen moved to Davis 16 years ago. With a bachelor’s degree in fine art studio from the University of New Mexico, she has worked as a professional studio artist, decorative painter and in galleries for a total of 20 years.

In 2013, she became a full-time studio and plein air artist.

“While painting in studio or outdoors in the tradition of plein air, I seek a general notion or idea in each environment I explore and try to capture it in my work,” Tikkanen said.“While painting, I ask myself, what does this scene make me think or feel? What is the gist of this scene? Be it a mood, a metaphor, symbolism or just an internal musing on my part, I find revealing it through landscape captures a reflection of human nature.”

The idea of conceptualizing landscapes got the attention of several patrons interested in specific themes. In 2014-2015, Tikkanen was privately commissioned to paint a landscape series featuring the high deserts and mountains of New Mexico and Arizona. This series reflects the culture of the area through color and subject while portraying the unique lighting of the high desert mountains and land features.

In 2016, Juanita Bucot published one of these paintings, “The Sandias,” as a book cover of her fiction novel “Spirit Gone Wild,” a journey through the southwest in the 1960s. Also in 2016 the artist focus extended further into the outdoors and scenes of Northern California.

After exhibiting in the 2017 Davis Art Studio Tour sponsored by the Davis Art Center, Tikkanen continued her Northern California focus with an in-studio series titled “Night and Day — A study of perception related to light.”

Davis Cemetery District Board Meeting April Agenda

Davis Cemetery District Board Meeting



Date:               4/25/2018                                

Time:              4:00 PM          

Location:         820 Pole Line Rd., Davis, CA


Call to order/introductions: Chairperson Larry Dean, Vice Chairperson Stephen Souza, Board members: Dennis Dingemans, Marilyn Mansfield, Bill Marshall.


Approval of agenda


Public comment:

Opportunity for members of the public to address the Davis Cemetery District Board on issues related to Davis Cemetery District business but which do not appear on the agenda. The Davis Cemetery District Board reserves the right to impose a reasonable time limit afforded to any one topic or to any individual speaker.


Announcements:  None


Approval of minutes:  Approval of February 21, 2018 , and March 21, 2018 monthly meetings.


Consent calendar:        None


Correspondence:           None


Superintendent’s Report:  Written and verbal.


Community Outreach Report:   Written and Verbal.


Financial Report:            Written and verbal.



Old Business:                1. Election of new Secretary to the Board, effective immediately.

  1. First Reading of the Policy revision.
  2.   Second Reading of the Personnel Policy.
  3.     360 Superintendent review process.
  4. Yolo LAFCO Election Ballot: Consolidated Redevelopment Oversight Board.


 New Business:

  1. Plot Expansion: Needs and Timing.
  2. Roadway Expansion Project.


Adjournment and scheduling of next meeting: Chairperson


I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing agenda was posted on Friday, April 20, 2018 by 4pm at the Davis Cemetery, 820 Pole Line Rd., Davis, CA 95618 by Joe Cattarin, Superintendent.



History Tours

Enjoy a stroll through history one of our  Davis Cemetery District History Tours.

The historic cemetery district is offering guided history tours on our beautiful grounds.. We will share the stories of the pioneer families and individuals who have shaped our city into what it is today.   We will also discuss the meaning of and changes to gravestone symbols from Victorian times to the present.

Tours will take about an 1 hour. Wear comfortable shoes. Guided cart tours are available but will limited to three individuals.
Contact Kristi Dvorak at or call 530-756-7807 to schedule an appointment.