Job Posting

West Denver Park District Planner

Company / Agency

City of Denver Parks and Recreation

Position Closes

Mon, March 26th 2018

Experience Level

Mid 1 (1-4 Years)



Salary Range

$72,414.00 - $115,862.00 Annually; $72,414.00 - $94,138.00 Hiring Range

Job Description

City and County of Denver
invites applications for the position of:
$72,414.00 - $115,862.00 Annually, $72,414.00 - 94,138.00 Hiring Range

The secret is out: Denver is the nation's top place to live, work, and play. Being the best place to live isn't easy; maintaining such a reputation means we need the best people working for the residents of Denver. People who want to make a difference; people who want to give back; people who want to be at the heart of this city and have a hand in creating our future. When you join us, you will employ your unique skills to do important and meaningful work critical to the success of both your organization and the city as a whole. Be a part of the city that you love. #WhereDenverWorks

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 5,000 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:

About Our Job

The West 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.

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
  • 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 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 demands 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, Project Management or directly related field
  • Bilingual skills (Spanish highly preferred)

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

  • Baccalaureate Degree in Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Engineering, Project Management, Planning or a related field
  • Two years of professional project management experience in the related occupational group including coordinating, administering, and monitoring projects
  • A combination of appropriate education and experience may be substituted for the minimum education and experience requirements.  In the Engineering and Science Occupational Group, two years of experience at the type and level of Project Inspector may be substituted for the minimum experience requirement. 
  • By position, requires a valid driver's license.

About Everything Else

Classification Title: We call this job a West Denver District Park Planner. The official job classification title is Project Manager I.
Hiring Range:  $72,414.00 - 94,138.00
Assessments/Testing: This position does not require testing.
Pre-employment Screening: An offer of employment is contingent on the verification of credentials and other information required by law and City and County of Denver policies, including the successful completion of a background check. Candidates must pass a criminal background check and other verifications required for the position which may include, but are not limited to, employment and/or education verification, motor vehicle record check, drug test, and/or physical. The existence of a conviction does not automatically disqualify an individual from employment except where federal or state law or regulations prohibit employment of an individual with certain convictions. For more information about the selection and employment screening process, click here.
Probationary Period: This position may require the selected candidate to complete at least a six-month probationary period prior to attaining career status with the City & County of Denver. For more information about the probationary period, click here.

Recruiter: EF

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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