Park Planner

    • Job Tracking ID: 513080-787922
    • Job Location: Littleton, CO
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: August 31, 2021
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About this Opportunity!

Park Planner

(Full Time, Exempt)

Salary: $62,000 - $84,000 per year

Position Summary:

South Suburban Parks and Recreation District is a community-driven organization that provides both indoor and outdoor recreation amenities to six communities and three counties in the southern metropolitan area of Denver, Colorado. Our Planning Department is seeking a Park Planner interested in all aspects of planning, who seeks to innovate, lead, and coordinate planning efforts. The Planning Department is a dynamic workplace responsible for 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.
  • Acts as project manager for the design and construction of park, trail, and open space capital improvement projects.
  • Prepares appropriate paperwork and reports to complete project tasks, including budget management and financial reports related to capital improvement projects.
  • Produces 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.

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:

  • Graduation from an accredited college with a Bachelor's Degree in landscape architecture or a closely related field.
  • Minimum of four (4) years of professional landscape design, planning or other closely related experience.
  • A combination of education and experience may be considered.
  • Knowledge of park planning terminology, construction procedures; park development processes and procedures, recreational planning principles; methods and techniques of land use and environmental and site planning.
  • Proficient skills in AutoCAD, Photoshop and InDesign.

Employee Benefits & Perks at South Suburban

  • Comprehensive Medical, Dental and Vision package
  • Medical and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Retirement packages with employer contribution/match
  • Free Employee Assistance Program
  • Paid time off including vacation time, sick leave, personal leave and holidays
  • District paid life insurance and long term disability
  • FREE use of District fitness centers and swimming pools
  • Discounts on recreation classes and golf
  • Opportunities for training and promotion from within
  • To view a complete listing of the District’s most current benefit package, please visit

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.