Parks Open Space And Natural Resource Planner (Associate Planner)

  • Santa Barbara
  • Santa Barbara, CA, USA
  • Apr 08, 2019
Full time Conservation/ Natural Resources Outdoor Recreation - Guides- Trails - Wilderness

Job Description


Perform high level professional planning, research and analysis for open space management; prepare and present planning studies and reports; collect, compile, analyze and present inventory of natural resources and open space in City parkland; assist in the development of natural resource protection and restoration goals; and develop open space management plans. Provide project management in all phases of park renovation, open space management and trail maintenance, including scoping, design, permitting, and construction. Prepare requests for proposals for outside contractors, complete development applications and submittals for design review and permitting, and assist in preparation of construction specifications and bid documents.  Prepare and maintain project work plans, timelines and budgets, coordinate contracts with technical consultants, construction and landscape maintenance contractors, monitor contract compliance including project schedules, deliverables and invoices. Prepare grant applications; secure local, state and federal permits for parks and natural area operations, and maintenance and capital projects.  Manage projects as assigned related to natural areas, environmentally sensitive areas, and planning and special studies, and inter-departmental teams reviewing projects which will have an impact on parkland or open space. Conduct community meetings and implement project outreach programs. Advise Parks Division in management of open space and sensitive habitats. Prepare written staff reports and other correspondence. Make public presentations to City Boards and Commissions. Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.


Knowledge of: Principles and practices of municipal and park planning; policy development, public participation, environmental, coastal, resource management and growth management issues. Planning issues related to environmental and open space preservation; principles and practices of natural resource protection and restoration; and applicable sections of Federal, State, and local laws and codes pertaining to environmental issues; natural area and open space preservation techniques and strategies; mapping techniques such as GIS; biological and ecological processes; plant and animal species endemic to the Central Coast; sustainability concepts and practices; and City organization, operation, policies and objectives. Research methods and techniques, policy analysis and preparation of reports, graphs, and maps. Planning theory and practice and an understanding of the physical, social and environmental issues of the City and region.
 Ability to:  Develop and monitor implementation of policy related to environment, natural resource and biological protection, and open space preservation issues; apply and educate others on sound natural protection and restoration and environmental assessments and protections. Manage multiple park planning projects; administer contracts with outside consultants; prepare and conduct presentations; local, state and federal permit processing; write comprehensive and concise reports; develop work plans; work with interdepartmental teams on major projects; prepare clear and concise reports; organize and correlate statistical data; work independently in the absence of supervision; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, develop and maintain budgets; write grant proposals; manage design, construction, and grant contracts; work with members of the community; read and understand site plans, construction plans, project proposals, CEQA, Coastal Act, and federal, state and local planning and environmental regulations.  Communicate effectively both orally and in writing with elected officials, City staff, and members of the public and community organizations.

Desirable Experience and Education: A Bachelor's degree in environmental, urban planning, natural resource management or closely related field; increasingly responsible professional planning experience with local government agency experience; California coastal planning experience; and GIS experience. Four years of increasingly responsible professional planning experience dealing with environmental, biological, and open space preservation issues, including at least two years with a local government agency is desirable.

License Requirement: Applicants must possess a California driver's license.

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$74,838.66 - $90,966.98 Annually