Santa Clara County Department of Parks and Recreation
Salary $103,203.36 - $151,796.32 Annually
If you are interested in joining a group of dedicated, collaborative, smart, passionate professionals who are committed to public service, consider joining our team. The County of Santa Clara Parks and Recreation Department is recruiting for the position of Principal Planner. This is an awesome opportunity to bring your leadership, design, planning, collaboration, and project management skills to bear with a focus on a world-class regional park and trail system for the Santa Clara County community.
Santa Clara County
Santa Clara County, one of the original counties of California, was established in 1850, the same year California became a state. Once promoted as the "Valley of the Heart's Delight,” after two centuries of an agricultural economy started by the Spanish missionaries, the focus has shifted to technology. The term ‘Silicon Valley’ was coined in 1971. The valley is currently home to approximately 2,000 high?tech companies and approximately 4 million residents.
Parks & Recreation Department
Santa Clara County Parks’ five decade legacy of providing exceptional recreational opportunities in beautiful natural locations has resulted in one of the largest regional park systems in the California. Our mission is to provide, protect and preserve regional parklands for the enjoyment, education and inspiration of this and future generations. Since the first County parkland was acquired in 1924; the system has grown to include 28 regional parks encompassing over 52,000 acres of land. You will find hundreds of miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails, as well as campgrounds, yurts, lakes, cultural and historic sites and a wide array of outdoor recreation opportunities, including: archery ranges, a Velodrome, visitor centers, shooting range, off road courses, dog parks, golf courses and special event venues.
Our dedicated ranger, maintenance, resource management, administrative and interpretive staff are committed to supporting outstanding visitor experiences in balance with active stewardship of the County’s natural resources and waterways. With assistance from over 3,000 volunteers, donating more than 75,000 hours per year, we provide an outstanding park experience 365 days a year. Situated just south of the San Francisco peninsula, our park system hosts over 3 million park visitors annually.
Principal Planner Responsibilities and Ideal Candidate Profile
The Principal Planner is a critical management position within the Department. The position oversees five professional planning staff with responsibility for developing complex regional park plans, site plans, feasibility studies, environmental review documents, and coordination with the Countywide Trails Program Manager on gap closures in the regional trail system. This position plays a leadership role within the Parks Department management team, particularly in facilitating the implementation of the Department’s 2018 Strategic Plan. The position works closely with the Department’s construction services, natural resource management, real estate, and partnerships groups, plus executive management and legal counsel.
The ideal candidate will be a self-driven, creative, energetic, experienced, confident design/planning professional with a proven track record of project and employee management skills. The successful candidate will possess a solid portfolio of significant planning, design, and environmental review projects, particularly those related to parks and trails. Experience in government relations plus an ability to manage complex projects from start to finish is a must. Effective candidates will be customer service-oriented, politically astute, and will work effectively with elected officials, state and local agency representatives, other County departments, community stakeholders, and the public.
Oversees major high-visibility park and trail planning projects;
Projects involve complex technical, environmental, legal and political issues;
Maintains continuous public interface and inter-jurisdictional coordination;
Makes decisions and recommendations with major and potentially long-term implications for the community, property owners, residents, the wider County organization, and other government agencies and organizations;
Natural resource management and environmental review will play a role in all projects
See the formal position description and apply online at www.sccjobs.org. No paper applications will be accepted. All applicants are required to complete the supplemental questionnaire. Applicants must apply online at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/santaclara?keywords=principal%20planner.
Recruitment ends on February 28, 2020.
About Santa Clara County Parks
Santa Clara County Park’s six decade legacy of providing outstanding recreational opportunities in beautiful natural locations has resulted in one of the largest regional park systems in the California. Since the first County parkland was acquired in 1924, the Santa Clara County park system has grown to include 28 regional parks encompassing over 52,000 acres of land.
Our dedicated ranger, maintenance and interpretive staff are necessary complements to the overall park experience, taking an active role in the stewardship of the County’s finest natural resources and waterways especially with the assistance from our 1,400 volunteers who selflessly donate more than 60,000 hours of labor each year.
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