East Bay Regional Park District – Senior Planner

Under general supervision, conducts varied planning projects in advance planning, environmental review or regional trails and interfaces with outside agencies in order to advocate and protect District interests and to implement the planning goals and policies and capital improvement projects of the District’s Master Plan.

Vacancy Situation: There is currently (1) vacancy located at the Park District’s Administrative Headquarters in Oakland, CA. 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 of the Principle Planner, the Senior Planner will conduct varied planning projects in park planning and interagency planning and will interface with outside agencies in order to advocate and protect Park District interests and to implement the planning goals and policies and capital improvement projects of the Park District’s 2013 Master Plan.

We are looking for individuals: 

  • Who is a self starter and able to take initiative.
  • Ability to manage multidisciplinary projects
  • Highly adaptable, flexible professional who embraces teamwork

A Few Reasons Why You May Love This Job:

  • Meaningful and valued work connected to our organizational mission;
  • Great benefits including medical, dental, tuition reimbursement, 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.

Essential Functions:Planning and Environmental Review

  • Reviews assigned projects and develops project methods and procedures;
  • Gathers, analyzes, and interprets data relating to local planning action referrals, general plans, specific plans, development proposals and environmental policy documents;
  • Conducts site visits and field investigations as required;
  • Conducts research on park resources using documents, surveys, plans and maps;
  • Prepares comprehensive reports on assigned projects and recommends courses of action;
  • Selects and monitors outside consultants in the preparation of technical reports;
  • Prepares environmental impact documents and land use plans;
  • Provide follow-up coordination in the design and construction phase of land use plans;
  • Prepares cost estimates for capital projects within the plan;
  • Independently evaluates the environmental impacts of capital and maintenance projects;
  • Monitors the implementation of environmental mitigation measures;
  • Presents District positions in written responses and at public hearings;
  • Communicates on an ongoing basis with developers and public agencies;
  • Negotiates, coordinates and secures development concessions in the form of public open space dedications, public access easements and environmental mitigation;
  • Prepares long range plans, special reports and studies, correspondence, cost estimates, working maps and displays as required;
  • Coordinates with resource regulatory agencies;
  • Represents District interests and supports District objectives in a wide range of community, environmental and public forums;
  • Performs related duties as assigned.
Regional Trails
  • Conducts varied trail related planning projects, including feasibility studies and local and regional trail planning efforts;
  • Works to incorporate the District’s Master Plan regional trails into local and regional bicycle and pedestrian plans;
  • Plans and implements the Ivan Dickson Volunteer Trail Maintenance Program;
  • As assigned, gathers, analyzes, and interprets data relating to local trail related planning actions, general plans, specific plans, development proposals and environmental policy documents;
  • Reviews and comments to ensure the District’s interests are protected;
  • Conducts site visits and field investigations as required;
  • Ensures that trail projects to be owned, operated or managed by the District are designed consistent with District standards;
  • Provides liaison services to outside agencies, trail users and other community groups;
  • Negotiates, coordinates and secures development concessions in the form of public open space dedications, public access easements and environmental mitigation;
  • Represents District interests and supports District objectives in a wide range of community, environmental and public forums;
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications: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:    Three years experience in land use planning, including work with public agencies and experience with preparation and analysis of plans and environmental documents.

OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE Additional Information:

Knowledge of:
  • California planning and environmental laws, design principals and environmental evaluation procedures;
  • Park and trail planning, design concepts and trail maintenance;
  • Written and verbal communication skills to deliver public presentations, coordinate interagency and interdepartmental meetings, and facilitate discussions with key internal and external stakeholders.
Skills in:
  • Computer technology (Internet, PowerPoint, digital imagery, word processing, and GIS);
  • Project management and ability to meet deadlines.
Ability to:
  • Supervise support staff on a project basis;
  • Communicate graphically;
  • Organize and create maps and presentation graphics;
  • 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.
Conditions of Employment:
  • A valid California driver’s license is a condition of initial and continued employment in this classification;
  • This position may be required to work occasional evening and/or weekend hours for meetings or presentations.

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.

Application materials for this position consist of two (2) required parts:
1. A current East Bay Regional Park District application submitted online; and
2. A completed Supplemental Questionnaire.

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 on the system. If you have previously applied to a recruitment 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 have any problems while applying online, please contact the 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 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 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 probationary period for this classification is nine (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.

Tentative Examination Dates:
Supplemental Application Screening: End of August 2020
Oral Boards: September 2020
Equal Opportunity Employer:
The East Bay Regional Park District, as an equal employment opportunity employer, encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.