East Bay Regional Park District – Principal Planner

$48.95 – $54.86 Hourly
$7,954.38 – $8,914.75 Monthly

OPENING DATE: 04/25/18

CLOSING DATE: 05/16/18 05:00 PM


The East Bay Regional Park District (District) is a system of beautiful parklands, trails, grasslands, forests, and shoreline in the heart of one of the most dynamic urban environments in the nation.

We have a great opportunity for a highly motivated individual who enjoys the outdoors and has a passion for working at the intersection of environmental protection, outdoor recreation, and urban planning. We are currently seeking a Principal Planner to join our team.

Under the general supervision of the Chief of Planning/Geographical Information Services (GIS), the Principal Planner will work with an interdisciplinary team to protect, enhance, and expand the District’s network of open space and trails through collaboration with outside agencies, stakeholders, and the public. This position works on a wide variety of projects involving all aspects of land use and environmental planning from developing long range management and conceptual design plans to conducting environmental review, navigating natural and cultural resource permitting and implementing the District’s climate adaptation strategy.

If you wish to apply your environmental, land use, and urban planning experience in a strategic, creative, and dynamic environment, please apply and join the largest regional park district in the nation!

Free onsite parking is available, and pension and health benefits are managed by the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS).  So what are you waiting for? Come and discover beautiful moments!

Vacancy Situation: The Park District currently has one vacancy located at the Administrative Office in Oakland, CA.


The essential functions of this position may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Hire, train, schedule, motivate, develop and evaluate staff; assign, prioritize and monitor work assignments; establish goals and standards; work with employees to promote good performance, correct deficiencies, implement discipline procedures if necessary; monitor neighbors, outside agencies, operating agreements and contractors.

Write reports, letters, memos; prioritize planned and unplanned work; compile planning project updates, keep logs and records project conditions of approval and mitigation measures; prepare, write specifications, administer and monitor contracts; participate in the development and negotiations of operating agreements and ensure adherence to these agreements.

Coordinate the activities of assigned area and maintain open communication with other district departments, other public and private agencies, neighbors, and the general public; coordinate with contractors for job scheduling, preparation and planning; respond to inquiries, concerns, complaints; participate in acquisition, planning and design process when necessary; prepare and conduct presentations to the public, District staff, Board, board committees, outside agencies, neighborhood associations, and other key stakeholders.


Other tasks related to this position will include: performs related duties as assigned.


Education:  Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university, with major work in City or Regional Planning, Landscape Architecture, or similar field related to prospective duties; and

Experience:  Four years of experience in the East Bay Regional Park District classification of Senior Planner OR six years of increasingly responsible experience in land use planning or related field

Substitution:  An equivalent combination of education and experience.


Knowledge of:

  • California planning and environmental laws and design principles and environmental evaluation procedures.


  • Advanced written and verbal communication skills to deliver public presentations, coordinate interagency and interdepartmental meetings, and facilitate discussions with key internal and external stakeholders;
  • Intermediate level skills in computer technology (Internet, PowerPoint, digital imagery, word processing, and GIS);
  • Project management skills and ability to meet deadlines.

Ability to:

  • Supervise support staff;
  • Communicate graphically;
  • Organize and create maps and presentation graphics;
  • Understand and apply District and departmental policies and procedures;
  • Think clearly and apply logic and common sense to problem solving;
  • Communicate clearly, concisely and effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • Use office equipment, including personal computers, fax machines, etc.;
  • 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.

Union affiliation:
East Bay Regional Parks Employees, Local 2428, American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME), AFL-CIO, represents this classification.

Conditions of Employment:  A valid California State driver’s license is a condition of initial and continued employment in this position. In addition to the regular work schedule, this position may require availability to work evenings and/or weekends to attend meetings and trainings as needed.

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

Apply prior to the closing time of the job announcement and allow at least an hour to submit your application if you are a new user on the system. APPLICATIONS ARE ACCEPTED ONLINE ONLY.   Our on-line application system is provided by NeoGov. If you have problems while applying online, please contact the Help Desk 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 material for all applicants meeting the minimum qualifications will be reviewed by a screening panel to select the best qualified for interview or testing. The Park 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. The individual chosen for hire must be able to pass a background check, including a fingerprint check prior to employment. The probationary period for this classification is 9 months.

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.

Date of Oral Examination:
During month of June 2018

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