Park Planner I - III

    • Job Tracking ID: 513080-803963
    • Job Location: Centennial , CO
      Littleton,
      Lone Tree
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: January 14, 2022
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About this Opportunity!

Park Planner I - III

Park Planner I - 0-2 years experience - $48,212 - $58,334 per year

Park Planner II - Minimum of 2 years of experience with field inspection experience preferred - $58,496 - $64,139 per year

Park Planner III - Minimum of 4 years of experience including construction administration, consultant management, entitlement, and field inspection experience - $65,806 - $79,606 per year

About this Opportunity!

Want to play a role in the planning and development of one of the largest parks and recreation districts in Colorado? Make a difference in the lives of more than 155,000 residents in south metro Denver by improving outdoor spaces and community facilities. If you love to play as hard as you work, South Suburban is the place for you.

This opportunity will allow the right candidate to contribute to the long-term goals of South Suburban Park and Recreation District’s Planning Department, while executing a variety of projects that improve the health, happiness and wellbeing of those in our community.

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.

Under the supervision of the the Planning Manager, this position is responsible for assisting with various capital construction project tasks for parks, trails and open spaces.

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:

  • A bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture, urban planning, engineering, architecture or a closely related field
  • Proficient skills in AutoCAD, Photoshop and InDesign
  • 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.
  • A combination of education and experience may be considered.

Licenses, Certifications, and Other Requirements:

  • 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:

  • General knowledge of landscape architecture, land use principles, and environmental and site planning.
  • Demonstrated skills in AutoCAD, PC, and graphics.
  • Demonstrated skills in developing, facilitating and leading presentations.
  • Ability to research, gather, organize and analyze information.
  • Must be highly motivated and take direction well with excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbally.
  • 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 Photoshop, 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 personal vehicle to various District facilities.

Working Environment :

This position primarily works in a comfortable office environment subject to 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. May occasionally climb, crawl, squat, kneel and bend and carry, pull, push or lift 50 lbs. or more with or without assistance. 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.

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 http://careers.ssprd.org

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.

  • 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.