East Bay Regional Park District – Planner

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The East Bay Regional Park District is a system of beautiful parklands and trails in Alameda and Contra Costa counties to the east of San Francisco. Established in 1934, the Park District is the oldest and largest regional park system in the United States, managing over 125,000 acres of parkland within 73 regional parks, and encompassing over 1,300 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding and nature learning.

Vacancy Situation: The Park District currently has one (1) vacancy working out of the Administrative Headquarters in Oakland, CA (2950 Peralta Oaks Court). The hiring pools established as a result of this recruitment will be used to fill the current vacancy and any additional vacancies that may occur during the one-year life of the hiring pools.

What You’ll Be Doing: Under general supervision, the incumbent will function as lead or support staff for preparation of park land use plans, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) documents, and resource evaluations for park, trail and open space projects, and will help implement the planning goals of the District’s Master Plan.

We’re Looking for Someone Who:

  • Has the ability to build and maintain collaborative relationships, remain flexible and adapt to changing priorities;
  • Takes a multidisciplinary approach to planning and is capable of leading multidisciplinary project teams;
  • Has project management experience and a keen eye for detail;
  • Understands how their work contributes to the overall mission of the Park District; and
  • Uses critical thinking and research skills to identify and solve problems, and make recommendations for addressing problems via appropriate communication, such as memos, presentations, public facing documents etc.

A Few Reasons Why You May Love This Job:
  • You’ll be working as a member of a dynamic team on a variety of planning projects;
  • You’ll be performing meaningful and valued work connected to our organizational mission;
  • You’ll be faced with exciting challenges requiring you to use logic and technical knowledge; and
  • We offer great benefits including medical, dental, tuition reimbursement, free parking and a retirement pension through California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS).
Our Values:
  • Respect: We honor each other, the park users we serve, and the land we steward.
  • Resilience: We creatively adapt to change. We address challenges with empathy, perspective, and determination.
  • Relationships: Our greatest strength lies in the trust, accountability, and teamwork we cultivate with our colleagues, partners, and the public we serve.
  • Responsiveness: We communicate openly, honestly and reliably.
  • Transparency: We hold the public’s trust through meaningful stakeholder engagement and unfettered access to timely and reliable information on decisions and performance.
  • Helps guide local planning and land use decisions;
  • Assists in securing regulatory agency permits;
  • Performs project scoping and scheduling;
  • Visiting field sites;
  • Facilitating inter-departmental coordination;
  • Prepares clear and concise planning or CEQA documents;
  • Posts public notifications;
  • Organizes facilities and equipment for public meetings;
  • Compiles comments from public review periods and prepares materials for review by the General Manager and the District’s Board of Directors; and
  • Performs related duties as assigned.
Education: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in planning, natural resource management, or a related field, AND
Experience:  One year experience dealing with CEQA and/or regulatory agency requirements.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 
Knowledge of :
  • Working knowledge of local government planning processes and regulatory agency requirements (i.e., CEQA, NEPA, Section 106 and the federal and state endangered species acts).
  • Use personal computers in the workplace with knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet and database software;
  • Excellent writing skills; and
  • Basic plant and animal identification skills.
Ability to: 
  • Ability to prepare basic graphic displays;
  • Be an effective team member;
  • Meet deadlines;
  • Prioritize work and coordinate several activities; and
  • Establish and maintain positive and cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work at all levels, including a culturally diverse general public, with a focus on quality service to internal and external customers.?
  • A valid California driver’s license is a condition of initial and continued employment in this classification.
  • May be required to work occasional evenings and/or weekend hours.
  • The individuals chosen for hire must be able to pass a Level 1 background check, which includes:  employment history verification, employment reference check, education or certification verification, Department of Justice fingerprinting and criminal history review.

Union Affiliation: East Bay Regional Parks Employees, Local 2428, American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME), AFL-CIO, represents this classification. Wages, hours, and other terms of conditions of employment are covered in an Agreement between the Park District and Local 2428. The probationary period for this classification is nine (9) months.

Application materials for this position consist of two (2) required parts:
1. East Bay Regional Park District application submitted online; and 
2. Completion of the supplemental questions.

Apply prior to the closing time of the job announcement and allow at least one (1) hour to submit your application if you are a new user to the system. If you have previously applied on GovernmentJobs.com, please take care to update your existing profile. Applications are accepted online only. Our online application system is provided by NeoGov. If you encounter problems while applying online, please contact NeoGov Help Desk toll-free at (855) 524-5627.

Notification: All applicants will be notified of the disposition of their application via email, generally within two to three weeks after the closing date. You may also sign into your GovernmentJobs.com account to view your current application status and notifications.

Selection Process: The application materials for all applicants meeting the minimum qualifications will be reviewed by a screening panel to select the best qualified for testing or interview. The District reserves the right to set up a written test, performance test, and/or other assessment devices before or after the interview process. Possession of minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview or invitation to test. Pursuant to the Federal Immigration and Reform Act of 1986, all applicants who are hired will be required to provide proof of identity and appropriate work authorization documents prior to commencement of employment.

Special Testing Arrangements: If you require special arrangements due to a verified disability or medical condition, please contact the Human Resources Department at (510) 544-2154.

Tentative Date of Examinations:
December 2019

Equal Opportunity Employer: 
The East Bay Regional Park District, as an Equal Opportunity Employer, encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.