Job Posting

East Denver Park District Planner

Company / Agency

Denver Parks & Recreation

Position Closes

Sun, October 21st 2018

Experience Level

Mid 1 (1-4 Years)



Salary Range

Hiring Range: $72,414 - $90,000, depending on qualifications

Job Description

About Our Job

Application Process: We encourage you to apply as soon as possible because this posting may close without notice.


Denver's Parks Planning division consists of a team of highly-knowledgeable professionals dedicated to the development and improvement of the City & County of Denver's network of parks and parkways. The Parks Planning division's efforts in planning, design and construction management ensure that Denver's valuable system of parks foster's Denver's development as a world-class city and enriches the lives of Denver's citizens and guests for years to come.

Denver has over 6,000 acres of traditional parks and parkways which include 2,500 urban natural acres, over 300 acres of parks designated Rivers & Trails and an additional 14,000 acres of spectacular mountain parks. Guided by the Department's Master Plan, and priorities set by city-wide guidance documents, this position will provide direction for park development, restoration, and rehabilitation incorporating sustainability principles established by Denver's GreenPrint initiative.  For more information about Denver's Parks and Recreation Department, please visit:


The East Denver Park District Planner will develop, implement and manage parks planning initiatives to ensure that city, departmental, and division goals are met. This position will be responsible for projects and needs within the West Denver district.  This is an exciting opportunity for a planning professional to be an integral force in many significant projects that will positively impact the community for years to come.


Hiring Range: $72,414 - $90,000, depending on qualifications


Application Process: We encourage you to apply as soon as possible because this posting may close without notice.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Leads and manages planning and design projects, programs and policies including management of scope, schedule and budget on assigned projects
  • Coordinates and facilitates public participation in multiple stages of project planning through community outreach and engagement, public presentations and meetings; ensures adequate stakeholder involvement including collaboration with park maintenance operations staff and others
  • Attends and leads public meetings and events throughout Denver, some of which are held in the evening hours or on weekends, and conducts park site visits, as needed
  • Ensures efficient use of resources, adherence to plans, compliance with city standards and regulations and quality assurance
  • Provides timely and accurate reporting on project progress and addresses any project issues in coordination with internal staff or the public
  • Delegates work to and reviews the work of the Associate Parks Landscape Planner
  • Uses appropriate planning methodology and subject matter expertise to provide technical guidance and decision-making to assigned projects; completes intra-departmental plan review and recommendations on a variety of project initiatives
  • Prepares planning strategies and initiatives aligned with the mission, vision and values of the department and city
  • Coordinates ongoing annual planning efforts for Capital Improvement Projects (CIP)
  • Conducts research and analysis to determine the needs of the community and inform strategic responses
  • Demonstrates agility with work demands and shows initiative in proactively addressing needs and prioritizing
  • Identifies and fosters potential partnerships between the department and other interest groups, internal and external;  cultivates and supports efforts to secure grants and other project funding
  • Builds consensus and support for initiatives and brings stakeholders together who have opposing views and interests in order to successfully complete projects


About You

We are looking for a highly-motivated and organized planning professional who has superior relationship-building and communication skills.  Additionally, the incumbent will need to be agile in response to requests and possess creative problem-solving skills.  This position will require someone who is sensitive to equity considerations and is confident in their ability to work both cooperatively and independently.  Additionally our ideal candidate will possess the following: 

  • Professional experience performing project planning and design for parks and recreational amenities
  • Experience coordinating and implementing all stages of public participation and collaboration in planning and design
  • Experience working with diverse communities developing trusting, collaborative relationships with key community stakeholders
  • Experience conducting research and analysis to determine community needs regarding planning and design efforts
  • AICP Certification
  • Master's Degree or higher in Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture, Architecture, and Project Management, or directly related field
  • Proficiency with Adobe Suite
  • Bilingual skills (Spanish highly preferred)


*The hiring manager for this position would like to see a cover letter and resume; please be sure to attach this item when submitting your application.*


We realize your time is valuable so please do not apply unless you have the following minimum qualifications:

  • Education Requirement: Bachelor's Degree in Business, Management, Public Administration, Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Engineering, Project Management, Finance, Economics, Accounting, or a related field.
  • Experience Requirement: Two (2) years of professional project management experience in the related occupational group including coordinating, administering, and monitoring projects.
  • Education/Experience Equivalency: One (1) year of the appropriate type and level of experience may be substituted for each required year of post-high school education. A combination of appropriate education and experience may be substituted for the minimum education and experience requirements.
  • License/Certifications: By position, may require a Colorado Class “R” Driver’s License by the completion of probation. Licenses and certifications must be kept current as a condition of employment.


About Everything Else


Job Profile

CE2291 Project Manager I

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Position Type



Pay Range

Pay Range $72,414.00 - $115,862.00



Parks and Recreation


Assessment Requirement


The City and County of Denver provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, or any other status protected under federal, state, and/or local law. 


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