Senior Park Planner

    • Job Tracking ID: 513080-736364
    • Job Location: Centennial , CO
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: July 27, 2020
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About this Opportunity!

Senior Park Planner

(Full Time, Exempt)

Salary: $64,700 - $80,550

Position Summary:

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.

Essential Duties:

  • 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 citizen groups.
  • 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 Planner Intern.
  • 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 Improvement Plan.
  • 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 inspection experience.
  • 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.

Working Environment :

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.

Physical Requirements :

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

About Us

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.