Job Details

Planner III/ II (11423, Grade 28/24)

Company

Montgomery Parks, M-NCPPC

Published

2021-04-29

Closes

2021-06-01

Location

Montgomery County, Maryland, United States

Category

Customer Service, Government, Environmental Science, Landscape Architecture, Park Maintenance

Type

Full-time

Description

Description

  • Are you passionate about park trails?
  •  Are you skilled at communicating with both technical experts and the general public?
  • Are you highly organized with a keen eye for detail?
  • Do you enjoy collaborating with a team?
  • Are you creative and innovative in your approach to planning?


If this sounds like you, The Montgomery County Department of Parks is the place you want to be!
Behind the vast and diverse Montgomery Parks system that has 424 parks and encompasses almost 37,000 acres, there is a robust team focused on planning and implementing our 270+-mile trail network. Reporting directly to the Trails Program Supervisor/Master Planner, the Trails Planner II/III will lead the Montgomery County Department of Parks in developing plans for future trail development.
The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) is a six-time National Recreational and Parks Association Gold Medal Award Winner, has a career staff complement of nearly 800 employees, and we serve a diverse population of more than one million residents in the Washington, DC area. Go to our website to learn more: https://www.montgomeryparks.org/

DIVERSITY STATEMENT: Montgomery County Department of Parks believes that diversity in all dimensions of the organization supports and bolsters the innovative thinking essential to its success. Montgomery County Parks does not make hiring decisions on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, political affiliation, ideology or status as a Veteran.
Please Note: The salary range listed above represents the earning potential for this position. Salary is commensurate with experience.

BACKGROUND: Montgomery Parks’ trails network is made up of more than 70 miles of hard surface trail and 200 miles of natural surface multi-use trails. Parks is committed to developing a world class trail system. To advance that goal, we are seeking an innovative, motivated Trails Planner II/III. Incumbent will work as part of a multi-disciplinary trails team and will be tasked with developing trails plans, prioritizing paved trail connector and resurfacing projects, analyzing Vision Zero safety priorities, developing and implementing sign and wayfinding plans, and making planning maps and public-facing park and trail maps.

Examples of Important Duties

Planner III:
1. Analyzes current trail plans and Park’s current trail system to identify and prioritizes projects that contribute to the development of a world class trail system.
 2. Leads a team on hard and natural surface planning studies,
3. Leads multi-disciplinary professional staff in team environments to support plan review and analyzes trails and transportation-related infrastructure projects on parkland,
4. Reviews and analyzes master plans for park trails and transportation elements,
5. Leads public engagement for trails planning efforts,
6. Produces trail maps for planning purposes and public use, and
7. Tells the story of Park’s trails network through writing, mapping, graphic design, wayfinding and sign planning, trails messaging (e.g. etiquette campaigns), and other communications efforts.

Planner II: 
1. Analyzes current trail plans and our current trail system to identify and prioritize projects that contribute to the development of a world class trail system,
2. Works with a team on hard and natural surface planning studies,
3. Collaborates with multi-disciplinary professional staff in team environments to support plan review and analysis of trails and transportation-related infrastructure projects on parkland,
4. Reviews and analyzes master plans for park trails and transportation elements,
5. Supports public engagement for trails planning efforts,
6. Produces trail maps for planning purposes and public use in coordination with the trails GIS coordinator, and
7. Tells the story of our trails network through writing, mapping, graphic design, wayfinding and sign planning, trails messaging (e.g. etiquette campaigns), and other communications efforts.

IMPORTANT WORK CHARACTERISTICS: 
A. A passion for trails.
B. Advanced Knowledge of: principles and concepts of trails planning, trails management techniques, trails best practices, trails user counts; Montgomery County Park trails.
C. Knowledge of: planning, architecture, landscape architecture, economics, engineering, environmental science, urban design, recreation; research techniques; statistical analysis; current trends in public sector planning; County geography, community and economic development, planning regulations and process, parks system; leadership techniques and practices; project management; administration.
D. Skill and proficiency in the use, operation, and application of ArcGIS, Adobe InDesign and Illustrator, and Microsoft Suite, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
E. Ability to: plan, assign, and review the work of other planning staff; apply complex principles and concepts of the planning field of study to solve problems involving many variables; research and analyze data and information to develop recommendations and conclusions for technical and analytical reports, correspondence, papers, plans; develop and make presentations; communicate difficult planning concepts to a wide variety of persons (public, customers, planning officials, community/business groups, etc.) to achieve resolutions to problems; work effectively as part of a team or independently to complete work assignments.
F. Knowledge of Federal, State, and County laws, permits, and construction requirements; environmental and forest conservation laws, policies and plans, and transportation engineering.

Working Conditions:
Generally works in office. Field work and frequent site visits to trails are required and expected. Required to deal with challenging customer/consumer issues.

Minimum Qualifications

Planner III:

  1. Bachelor’s Degree in Planning, Geography, Architecture, Parks and Recreation, Transportation, Urban Design, Engineering, Environmental Science, Public Policy, Economics or any related field. 
  2. Four (4) years of progressively responsible professional level planning experience related to specific area of assignment such as transportation planning, environmental planning or urban planning.
  3. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted, which together total eight (8) years.
  4. Valid driver’s license (depending on area of assignment) in accordance with both State and Commission rules and regulations.  Driver’s license must be unencumbered by restrictions, revocations, suspensions, or points that could limit the employee’s ability to drive Commission vehicles or perform driving duties required by the position of assignment.

Planner II:

  1. Bachelor’s Degree in Planning, Geography, Architecture, Parks and Recreation, Transportation, Urban Design, Engineering, Environmental Science, Public Policy, Economics or any related field.
  2. Two (2) years of progressively responsible professional level planning experience or specific area of assignment such as transportation planning, environmental planning or urban planning.
  3. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted, which together total six (6) years.
  4. Valid driver's license (depending on area of assignment) in accordance with both State and Commission rules and regulations.  Driver’s license must be unencumbered by restrictions, revocations, suspensions, or points that could limit the employee’s ability to drive Commission vehicles or perform driving duties required by the position of assignment.