About this Opportunity!
Senior Park Planner
(Full Time, Exempt)
Salary: $64,700 - $80,550
Under the supervision of the Planning Manager, this position is
responsible for project management including design and planning,
preparing construction documents, writing specifications, presenting
at public and Board meetings, and overseeing construction and
entitlement of specific capital improvements to parks, trails, open
spaces, and recreation facilities.
- Performs conceptual and master planning, park development
entitlement process, park design, planting plans, pavement design,
detailed construction drawings, cost estimating, and specification
writing for capital projects.
- Prepares and issues bid documents for capital projects or project
elements. Coordinates, reviews and negotiates bids and makes
recommendations for value engineering and awarding contracts.
Prepares construction contracts and manages project budgets.
- Acts as project manager, field coordinator and inspector for
medium to large parks, trails, and open space capital improvement projects.
- Coordinates projects with internal departments, multi-discipline
consultants, and contractors.
- Produces hand and computer graphics varying from conceptual
sketches to technical construction drawings and details, including
3-D graphic perspectives as necessary to convey design ideas.
- Attends public meetings as necessary to review and present plans
to citizen groups, developers, governmental agencies, city councils,
planning commissions, District staff and District Board of Directors.
- Facilitates public input meetings with homeowner associations and
- Acts as the District’s representative for inter-agency project
design with entities such as cities, counties, utilities, school
districts, etc. as needed.
- Acts as Department head in the absence of the Planning Manager.
- Reviews and redlines construction drawings and other documents
prepared by the Park Planner II, Park Planner I and Park Planner
Intern. Assists with general projects related questions and District
policy questions from the Park Planner II, Park Planner I, and Park
- Completes appropriate paperwork and reports to complete project tasks.
- Writes miscellaneous project correspondences.
- Writes grant applications to Arapahoe County Open Spaces, Great
Outdoors Colorado, and others.
- Manages and/or prepares technical specifications, standard
details, and other internal design standards and documents to ensure
consistency in project development and reporting.
- Assists with establishing work-related tasks for Park Planner I
and Park Planning Intern. Assists with general project related
questions from the Park Planner I and Park Planning Intern positions.
- Assists in analyzing and preparing budgets for the 5-Year Capital
- Demonstrates the ability to work independently and professionally,
and make timely and appropriate filed decisions.
- Effectively handles a variety of customer and vendor situations
and is responsible for maintaining excellent working relationships.
Responds promptly to citizen and customer inquiries, handles and
resolves customer complaints in an appropriate manner.
- Answers questions and requests from the public concerning parks,
trails and open space projects.
- Required to attend multiple weeknight meetings and possibly attend
an occasional weekend meeting.
- Attend and participate in staff meetings, trainings, and orientations.
- Attend work on a regular, reliable and punctual basis.
This job description should not be construed to imply that these
requirements are the exclusive duties of the position. Incumbents
may be required to follow any other instructions, and to perform any
other related duties, as may be required.
Education and/or Experience:
- A Bachelor's Degree in Landscape Architecture from a university
accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board.
- Minimum of six (6) years of experience in the field of Parks and
Recreation design and a minimum of three (3) years of construction
- A combination of education and experience may be considered.
Licenses, Certifications, and Other Requirements:
- Registered Landscape Architect in the State of Colorado or the
ability to obtain within one (1) year of employment.
- Must possess a valid Colorado Driver License or the ability to
obtain upon hire and maintain an acceptable driving record.
Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Knowledge of park planning terminology, construction procedures,
park development processes and procedures, recreational planning
principles, and methods and techniques of land use and environmental
and site planning.
- Demonstrated skills in AutoCAD, PC, graphic
- Demonstrated skills in developing, facilitating and leading presentations.
- Must be highly motivated and take direction well with excellent
interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbally.
- Ability to research, gather, organize and analyze information.
- Ability to provide outstanding customer service and get along with
coworkers, patrons, and supervisors and interact with employees and
vendors in a professional manner.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships
with other employees, public officials, private consultants,
contractors and the public.
- Ability to work independently and with a team in a fast-paced and
high volume environment with emphasis on accuracy and timeliness.
Material and Equipment Used
To successfully perform the required job duties, this position
regularly uses a phone and other office equipment. Computer programs
such as AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Cloud, Sketch Up and other graphics
programs, Microsoft Office programs: Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint,
Project and Microsoft Internet Explorer are required. This position
also sometimes uses manual drafting equipment, instruments, materials,
and plotter/scanner/printer. This position may need to drive a
District vehicle and/or a personal vehicle for business purposes.
This position primarily works in a comfortable office environment
subject to continuous interruptions and background noises. Works
outdoors on construction project job sites subject to variable
weather, ecosystems and landscapes.
Stand, walk, sit for extended periods, handle and operate objects and
office equipment, reach outward and above shoulder and carry, pull,
push or lift up to 25 lbs. Navigate construction job sites with uneven
terrain and obstacles. The employee must be able to see close up and
at a distance with vision acuity and the ability to adjust focus
allowing a broad field of vision. The employee must communicate
clearly and effectively, must understand and be understood.
This list is not all-inclusive and represents examples of the work
environment and physical demands.
Perks of Employment at South Suburban
- Comprehensive Medical, Dental and Vision package
- Retirement packages with employer contribution/match
- Free Employee Assistance Program
- Paid time off
- Opportunities for training and promotion from within
- Flexible schedules
Our mission is to foster healthy living through stewardship of the
environment, parks, trails, and open space by providing recreational
services and programs.
We serve residents in Bow Mar, Columbine Valley, Centennial west of
I-25, Littleton, Lone Tree and Sheridan and unincorporated portions of
Douglas, Jefferson and Arapahoe counties. We operate four full-service
recreation centers, golf courses, outdoor pools and restaurants, two
ice centers and miniature golf courses, and a BMX track, a sports
dome, batting cages, an entertainment center, a hotel and a nature
center. In addition, we maintain nearly 3,800 acres of developed and
open space land, including 119 multi-purpose athletic fields, more
than 100 parks, nearly 80 miles of trails, 60 playgrounds, 56 tennis
courts, and the 880-acre South Platte Park.