Park Development Planner

at City of Reno, NV
Location Reno, Nevada
Date Posted September 19, 2022
Category Construction
Job Type Permanent


Park Development Planner

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Class Title

Park Development Planner

Class Code



$88,379.20 - $107,473.60 Annually

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Classification Description Summary

Under general direction, performs professional landscape park designs and park planning functions related to the development of projects and facilities; assists in the park planning, reviewing, analyzing and processing of parks, trails, open space areas, park recreational development and/or park improvement projects; oversees and leads the work of assigned staff; and solicits and oversees consultant and construction contracts.

Essential Functions

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

Prepare, design, and draft, drawings, specification cost estimates, and reports for park projects and developments; assists in the planning, review, analysis, and processing of parks, trails, open space areas, park recreational facilities, other park recreational development and/or park improvement.

Review landscape plans and landscaping design proposals for the Parks Department.

Aids in the preparation of park environmental documents, project masted planning, and coordination of environmental review and permit process functions.

Provide technical information services in response to personal, written, and telephone inquiries.

Make initial field surveys and studies and inspect park sites to determine soil condition and plant ecology and to secure measurements for park design preparation.

Solicit and oversee consultant and construction contracts as necessary; prepare detailed plans for planting, grading, or site development, including estimates and specifications, and make field inspection of work in progress; act as Project Coordinator for the Parks and Recreation Department construction projects.

Make modification or change orders in the design plans as may be needed including redrafting of plans and drawings.

Review and coordinate engineering and architectural construction plans, as related to park functions, and assist in the development of plans relating to water supply, sewage disposal and electric power lines, that may effect park and open space use.

May assist in grant writing and budget preparation.

Review subdivision proposals, special use permits and major project review items to determine their impact on the City's long term goals and objectives for the regional park system; make recommendation on how to best accommodate the addition of these developments within the goals and objectives for the regional park system.

Make presentation before governing bodies, neighborhood, or community groups on behalf of the department, to provide information, respond to questions, and collect information on residential needs, concerns, and interest concerning Park and Recreation projects.

Act as a interagency liaison for City projects.

Oversee and lead the work of assigned staff; train staff in assigned duties as necessary.

Perform related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:

The principles and practices of landscaping architectural, planning and design.

Ornamental horticulture, plant cultivation, and pruning trees, flowers, shrubs, and grasses and other aspects of plant propagation and care.

Principles and techniques of project management.

Occupational hazards and standard safety precautions necessary in the work.

Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.

Basic principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration.

Principles and procedures or record keeping.

Principles of business letter writing and report preparation.

Computers and applicable software applications.

Pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations.

Ability to:

Make accurate graphic presentations and a working acquaintance with a Computer Aided Drafting Techniques (CAD).

Organize, direct and implement a comprehensive park landscape program.

Supervise, organize, and review the work of assigned staff.

Conduct studies, prepare comprehensive reports and determine cost-effective ways for conducting assigned field operations.

Oversee multiple design and construction projects.

Prepare clear and concise reports.

Prepare and monitor a budget.

Maintain proper records and prepare comprehensive reports.

Understand and follow oral and written instructions.

Work independently in the absence of supervision.

Understand and apply pertinent laws, rules and regulations.

Work safely.

Have originality in the design of parks recreation areas and other landscaping projects and the ability to evaluate landscape projects and to compile cost and time estimates, in accordance with departmental policies and local needs and situations.

Work in a team based environment to achieve common goals.

Coordinate multiple projects and complex tasks simultaneously.

Meet the physical requirements to safely and effectively perform the assigned duties.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in landscape architecture, urban or environmental planning, civil engineering, or related field.


Four years of increasingly responsible park, landscape, or urban planning experience that includes construction experience and one year of lead or project management responsibility.

License or Certificate:

Possession of an appropriate, valid driver's license.

Must be licensed as a Landscape Architect and must obtain Nevada License within one year of appointment.

Supplemental Information


The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Office and field setting; travel to different locations; incumbents may be exposed to grease, oils, dust, potentially toxic chemicals, fumes, smoke, gases, and inclement weather conditions; work and/or walk on various types of surfaces including slippery or uneven surfaces.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office and field setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; to travel to other locations using various modes of transportation; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Other Requirements



Last Update: 9/2018

JD 11/2018

City of Reno

Vacation 5 to 8 hours per pay period based on years of service :

Less than 5 years = 5 hours bi-weekly

5 years, less than 10 = 6 hours bi-weekly

10 years, less than 15 = 7 hours bi-weekly

15 years or more = 8 hours bi-weekly

Holidays 12 paid holidays & Floating holiday (2 RAPG-Pro)

Health Insurance (medical, dental & vision) Choice of three plans, 80/20 Reno Plan, Co-Pay HHP Plan, and a High-Deductible Plan 100% paid for employee and 55% of dependent coverage

Flexible Savings Account Tax defer up to $2,750 per plan year medical claims and $5000 per year for dependent care.

Deferred Compensation (457 & 401(a) available) Dollar for dollar match up to 5% of biweekly base pay

(If participates in both 401a and 457 - match is mandatory to the 401a)

457 Maximum Deferral:

Regular Contribution = $19,500

Over age 50 Catch-up = +6,500

Pre-Retirement Catch-up = ,500

401(a) Maximum Deferral = $58,000 (no catch-up)

Retirement (PERS) 100% city paid. 29.75% of employee's eligible wages paid into PERS monthly. 5 years to vest.

Life Insurance 1 times base salary rounded to next highest $1000

Long Term Disability 66 2/3 % of pre-disability salary capped at $5,000 per month Minimum is $50. Waiting period of 180 days

Sick Leave 4 hours per pay period

Social Security The employee nor the City participates in Social Security. No Social Security deduction will be withheld or contribution made on your behalf except the required Medicare deduction of 1.45%.
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