About this Opportunity!
Senior Park Planner
(Full Time, Exempt)
Salary: $64,700 - $80,550 per year
Under the supervision of the Planning Manager, the Senior Park
Planner is responsible for project management, including: design and
planning, preparing entitlement and construction documents, writing
specifications, presenting at public and Board meetings, and
overseeing construction of specific capital improvements to parks,
trails, open spaces, and recreation facilities. The position directly
supervises the Park Planner I and II positions, and assists in
preparing and administering the Department budget and carrying out the
overall mission and goals of the Planning and Development Department.
- Performs conceptual and master planning, park development
entitlement process, park design, detailed construction drawings,
cost estimating, and specification writing for capital improvement projects.
- Prepares and issues bid documents for capital improvement
projects. Coordinates, reviews and negotiates bids; and makes
recommendations for value engineering and awarding contracts.
- Acts as project manager, field coordinator and inspector for
medium to large parks, trails, open space and recreation facility
capital improvement projects.
- Prepares appropriate paperwork and reports to complete project
tasks, including budget management and financial reports related for
capital improvement projects.
- Coordinates projects with internal departments, multi-discipline
consultants, vendors, and contractors.
- Produces computer graphics varying from rendered site plans to
technical construction drawings and details, including 3-D graphic
perspectives as necessary to convey design ideas.
- Attends public meetings to review and present plans to citizen
groups, developers, various governmental agencies, and District
Board of Directors.
- Facilitates public input meetings with homeowner associations and
citizen and user groups.
- Acts as the District’s representative for inter-agency project
design with entities such as cities, counties, utilities, school
- Acts as department head in the absence of the Planning Manager.
- Supervises the Park Planner positions, including but not limited
to: work production and products, establishing schedules and
milestones, ensuring policy and standards are being followed, and
addressing personnel issues.
- Manages and/or prepares technical specifications, standard
details, and other design standards and documents to ensure
consistency in project development and reporting.
- Writes grant applications to Arapahoe County Open Spaces, Great
Outdoors Colorado, and others.
- Assists in analyzing and preparing budgets for the 5-Year Capital
- Demonstrates the ability to work independently and professionally,
and make timely and appropriate decisions.
- Effectively handles a variety situations and is responsible for
maintaining excellent working relationships. Responds promptly to
citizen inquiries, and handles citizen complaints in an appropriate manner.
- Required to attend multiple weeknight and occasional weekend meetings.
- Attends and participates in staff meetings, trainings, and orientations.
- Attends 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:
- Must have a Bachelor's or Master’s Degree in Landscape
Architecture from a university accredited by the Landscape
Architectural Accreditation Board.
- Minimum of six (6) years of recent landscape architecture
experience, public projects preferred.
- Minimum of two (2) years of supervisory experience.
- Experience with construction administration, field inspections,
and entitlement processes.
- A combination of education and experience may be considered.
Licenses, Certifications, and Other Requirements:
- Registered Landscape Architect in the State of Colorado is not
required, but preferred.
- 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.
- Proficiency in AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite, Bluebeam, and
- Excellent verbal, graphic and written communication skills
including developing, facilitating and leading presentations.
- Must be highly motivated and take direction well with excellent
- Ability to research, gather, organize and analyze information.
- Ability to provide outstanding customer service and get along with
coworkers, patrons, and supervisors.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships
with other employees, government agencies, public officials,
consultants, vendors, 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 computer, phone and other office equipment. Computer
programs such as AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Cloud, Bluebeam, 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
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.