Associate Planner

City of Santa Barbara

The Parks and Recreation Department seeks an energetic individual to fill an Associate Planner position in its Capital Projects Team. Current projects include park master plans for Ortega Park and Dwight Murphy Field, implementation of a sustainable trail program for Parma Park, and development of open space management and park improvement plans for Franceschi Park, Hale Park, and the Douglas Family Preserve, among others. The Associate Planner performs high-level professional planning and project management in all phases of park renovation and development, including scoping, design, permitting, and construction; prepares requests for proposals for outside contractors, completes development applications and submittals for design review and permitting, and assists in preparation of construction specifications and bid documents; prepares and maintains project work plans, timelines and budgets, coordinates contracts with technical consultants, construction and landscape maintenance contractors, monitors contract compliance including project schedules, deliverables and invoices;  prepares grant applications; secures local, state and federal permits; participates in City inter-departmental teams engaged in community resiliency initiatives, including Community Wildlife Protection and Sea Level Rise Adaption Plans; conducts community meetings and implements project outreach programs; prepares written staff reports and other correspondence; and makes public presentations to City Boards and Commissions.

Knowledge of: Principles and practices of municipal and park planning; policy development, public participation, environmental management and growth management issues; planning issues related to environmental and open space preservation; principles and practices of natural resource protection and restoration; applicable sections of Federal, State, and local laws and codes pertaining to environmental issues; sustainability concepts and practices; research methods and techniques, including demographic and statistical analysis and preparation of reports, graphs, and maps; planning theory and practice and  an understanding of the physical, social and environmental issues of the City and region; and City organization, operation, policies and objectives.
Ability to: Develop and monitor implementation of policy related to environment, natural resource and biological protection, and open space preservation issues; apply and educate others on sound natural protection and restoration and environmental assessments and protections; manage multiple park planning projects; administer contracts with outside consultants; prepare and conduct presentations; local, state and federal permit processing; write comprehensive and concise reports; develop work plans; work with interdepartmental teams on major projects; prepare clear and concise reports; organize and correlate statistical data; work independently in the absence of supervision; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; develop and maintain budgets; write grant proposals; manage design, construction, and grant contracts; work with members of the community; read and understand site plans, construction plans, project proposals, CEQA, Coastal Act, and federal, state and local planning and environmental regulations; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with elected officials, City staff, and members of the public and community organizations.
Experience and Training: Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

   - Experience: Four to five years of increasingly responsible experience in urban planning, parks and recreation, and/or natural resource management in either current or comprehensive planning.

  - Training: Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in planning, geography, public administration, business management, landscape architecture, environmental studies, city and regional planning, or a closely related field.

Local government agency experience; California coastal planning experience; GIS experience; professional planning experience dealing with environmental, biological, and open space preservation issues, is desirable.
License Requirement: Applicants must possess a California driver's license.

Applications must be completed online at

Completed city application, including a resume and letter of interest, and responses to the supplemental questionnaire must be received online by 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 11, 2020.

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