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Under direction, to plan, organize, analyze, direct and coordinate the acquisition, planning, design and development of County parks and recreation or historic facilities; to develop and coordinate strategic initiatives to provide resources for developing parks and park related facilities; and to perform other work as required.




This single position class is responsible for the acquisition, planning, design and development of regional and community parks and related facilities. The incumbent has professional and management responsibility for park design and development, as well as for the cultivation, development and monitoring of resources for park development and improvement projects. The incumbent serves as a project manager for park development projects and may also review and approve complex plans and specifications prepared by other staff or consultants.


This class differs from classes in the Park Planner series in that the former is not only responsible for specific park planning projects, but also has overall management responsibility for countywide park development and revenue objectives. This class differs from the Parks Manager – Maintenance, in that the latter is responsible for managing park operations and maintenance rather than managing park acquisition, development, renovation and related revenue initiatives.




Oversees project planning and management for park and park/recreation facility construction, preservation and/or renovation projects, including land acquisition, public participation processes and project design, development and implementation; monitors revenue generation, then plans, develops and coordinates new or additional sources of revenue; explores and cultivates resource building opportunities for park development activities, including researching and pursuing new grant sources and public/private cooperative opportunities; prepares, negotiates and/or administers grants and contracts; establishes, strengthens and maintains cooperative relationships with leaders in volunteer, community and government groups and agencies in order to increase investment and engagement toward achieving park development goals; coordinates events that enhance public understanding and support of park development goals; coordinates park development activities with other County departments, other public agencies and community groups; prepares or oversees the preparation of regional, community and neighborhood park master plans and preliminary studies for various park projects; plans and facilitates community workshops and community meetings; prepares construction plans, specifications and cost estimates for parks, including grading and drainage, layout, accessibility, landscape and irrigation plans and details; prepares requests for proposals, reviews bids and recommends contract agreements; reviews construction plans and  specifications, and other technical documents prepared by others; plans, organizes, directs and evaluates the work of subordinate staff and/or outside contractors; conducts public needs assessments; assesses long and short range costs and fiscal resources, determines environmental requirements, gathers data and conducts field assessments; prepares reports to evaluate properties for future park acquisition and for park and recreational improvements and facilities; reviews program funding needs and formulates and prepares division budgets; secures local, state and federal approvals and permits; serves as parks project construction inspector to ensure conformance to plans, specifications and County standards, makes necessary design changes, and originates contract change orders and progress payments; prepares correspondence and detailed written, oral and graphic reports; attends and/or facilitates meetings and conferences; inputs, accesses and analyzes data using a computer; serves as the staff representative to commissions, committees and task forces; researches legislation and prepares reports and recommendations.




Knowledge of:


Thorough knowledge of:

  • Procedures and techniques of planning, organizing, evaluating and administrating park development projects and activities.
  • Principles of landscape architecture as applied to the preparation of designs, plans, specifications and cost estimates for the acquisition, development and renovation of parks and park facilities.


Working knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of contract development and administration.
  • Public and private grant application and administration processes and requirements.
  • Methods and procedures of land acquisition and capital project implementation.
  • Principles and practices of public administration, including organization, management and budgeting.
  • Public relations, communications and marketing.
  • Principles and techniques of evaluation and analysis.
  • Best practices for storm water management.
  • Safety and accessibility requirements for playground and recreational facility design.
  • The adaptability, requirements, and use of plants, shrubs and trees, both native and cultivated, in different landscaping situations.
  • Principles and practices of supervision.
  • Principles and practices of volunteer and donor engagement.


Some knowledge of:

  • Personnel policies and procedures.
  • Application of data processing to departmental operations.


Ability to:


  • Plan, develop, organize and coordinate park and resource development projects and programs.
  • Develop and execute a resource development plan to locate, pursue and cultivate potential public and private funding opportunities.
  • Develop effective partnerships with diverse constituencies, including volunteers and community partners.
  • Negotiate and administer contracts and grants.
  • Conceive and evaluate design and landscape architectural treatment for varied sites through planning studies and field inspections.
  • Oversee the preparation of plans and technical studies required for project review under the California Environmental Quality Act and for land use approvals.
  • Prepare plans and specifications for the construction of regional and community park development projects.
  • Estimate the cost of regional and community park acquisition, development, landscaping and related improvements, including drainage and irrigation systems.
  • Conduct bid processes per County standards.
  • Define, analyze, evaluate and solve problems.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, private consultants, contractors, public officials, donors, community partners, and the public.
  • Exercise good judgment and sensitivity in discussing and resolving issues.
  • Interpret, apply and explain laws, legislation, ordinances, and administrative policies and procedures.
  • Operate a computer to input, access and analyze information.
  • Prepare clear and concise oral and written reports.
  • Communicate effectively before groups.
  • Make field visits to park facilities to supervise staff and events.
  • Prepare and monitor project budgets and assist in preparation of division budget.
  • Supervise, train and evaluate subordinate staff.



Education and Experience:


Any combination of education and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying, unless otherwise specified. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


Four years of progressively responsible experience in park and/or recreational facility development, which included experience in developing resources and formulating long-range plans.


Possession of a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in park planning, park administration, landscape architecture, architecture, civil engineering or a related field.




License/Certificate: Possession of a valid license or certificate of registration as an architect, landscape architect and/or civil engineer from the State of California. Possession of a valid California class C driver license or the ability to provide suitable transportation that is approved by the appointing authority.

Special Working Conditions: Site visits may require climbing or traversing rough, uneven and/or rocky terrain, as well as exposure to: variable weather conditions and allergens such as poison oak, pollen and bee stings.




Bargaining Unit: 11

EEOC Job Category: 02

Occupational Grouping: 28

Workers' Comp Code:  0053