GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: Assumes responsibility for one or more park, trail and/or open space planning programs; does related work as required.
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS: An employee in this class plans, organizes and directs a small staff of employees engaged in activities pertaining to the examination of and recommendations concerning park, trail and open space acquisition and development, proposed subdivisions, zoning changes, zoning appeals, site plans, social planning, long-range planning studies, etc.; compiling and analyzing research data and performing related activities. An employee in this class will oversee the coordination, development and implementation of the New Castle County Open Space Preservation Advisory Committee. An employee in this class works under the general supervision of a superior and exercises considerable judgment and independence in technical planning matters.
EXAMPLES OF WORK: (Illustrative only)
• Provides technical assistance to Parks Division Staff; prepares and implements park, trail and natural resource management plans
• Manage trail and/or park acquisitions, design and development projects, prepares studies and designs, obtains necessary permits and approvals;
• Coordinate the activities of the New Castle County Land Preservation Committee;
• Write trail and open space grant proposals, give public presentations about parks, open spaces and trails;
• Prepares project budget estimates and schedules
• Develops request for proposals for professional and/or construction services; evaluates proposals and recommends project award; administers contracts after award; conducts field inspections to ensure compliance;
• Develops and maintains inventory of necessary capital improvement projects, open space preserve facilities, and infrastructure improvements.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of planning; thorough knowledge of laws and regulations related to planning and ability to enforce them with firmness and tact; knowledge of local flora and fauna, knowledge of park and trail planning and design, conservation and natural resources; ability to perform technical research work and to give reliable advice on difficult planning projects; ability to communicate courteously and effectively, both verbally and in writing; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, other agencies and the public; ability to supervise the work of professional and non-professional assistants; good judgment; ability to pass a Class III County physical examination.
ACCEPTABLE EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING: At least three years experience in planning, park and recreation management, natural resource conservation, landscape architectural work, or similar field civil engineering or architectural work, including at least one year experience at the level of Planner II and possession of a Master's Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in ecology, environmental science, conservation, and/or natural resource planning, city, regional, or social planning, civil engineering or related field; two years of experience may be substituted in lieu of a Master's Degree; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.