Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District

Planner III (19973631)

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Planning
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South Bay
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Full-Time
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Until filled
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$99,211.00-$123,883.00 Annually
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Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.


Location

330 Distel Circle Los Altos, 94022

Description

Planner III

Annual Pay Range: $99,211 - $123,883

plus full benefits including CalPERS Pension

Open Until Filled

First Review of Applications: March 16, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.

Do you have a passion for outdoor recreation and open space? Do you seek an opportunity to work on a variety of planning, design and construction projects that focus on preservation and public use of open space?  With the passage of the Measure AA bond measure in 2014, Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District has been ramping up project planning and delivery to fulfill the commitments made to the public regarding greater outdoor recreational access and environmental education, protected open space lands, and natural resource restoration.  Midpen is seeking a Planner III who will manage key design and planning projects supporting public access and outdoor recreation in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.  The ideal candidate will possess an educational background in landscape architecture, architecture, construction management, environmental planning or design, environmental sciences, natural resource management, or related field. The candidate should be an organized, creative, and energetic self-starter with excellent communication and project management skills, who enjoys working within a collaborative team dynamic. Top-level candidates should be familiar with design project management, environmental review processes, and local, state, and federal land use laws and permitting processes, including the American for Disabilities Act (ADA).

About the District: Midpen is a regional greenbelt system in the Santa Cruz Mountain region comprised of nearly 65,000 acres of land in 26 extraordinary open space preserves, permanently protected for public enjoyment and recreation. Midpen is a growing organization with a focused mission that guides our work, and where every employee makes an impact.  If you are looking for an outstanding opportunity to contribute to the legacy of open space protection and outdoor recreation, working with an incredible team of like-minded colleagues, we invite you to apply for this position!  We invite you to view our Working for Midpen video on our Employment Opportunities page.

About the Position:  The Planner III focuses on a wide variety of planning and capital improvement projects that include site design to increase public access, outdoor recreation, interpretation and enjoyment of Midpen’s lands; long-range planning; and land use planning. The Planner III is tasked with performing complex professional level design, planning and analysis; directing the design phase of capital improvement projects such as trails and staging areas and staff facilities; developing recommendations for land use policies; preparing long-range preserve and site-specific plans to guide the use and management of Midpen lands conducting or overseeing studies to identify and evaluate environmental issues related to public access and natural and cultural resources; preparing requests for proposals; assisting in development of grant applications; preparing and/or assisting in the preparation of environmental review documents; and obtaining planning and environmental permits and initial approvals for District projects.  Beneficial skills for this position would include computer-based and/or other systems such as AutoCAD for conceptual site design or GIS for management and analysis of data regarding District lands, facilities, natural resources and activities.

The ideal candidate is expected to communicate well and collaborate closely with other departments to complete project requirements, work with local jurisdictional agencies to coordinate planning and permitting efforts; direct multidisciplinary teams of consultants; prepare and present clear and concise oral and written communications to senior staff, the Board of Directors and public; keep projects on schedule and on budget while remaining flexible to adjust priorities as needed; maintain well-organized and complete project documentation; and build trust with peers, community members, stakeholders, and District leadership. For additional information about the position, see the Job Description page on Midpen’s website. The position receives direct supervision from a Senior Planner.

Work Environment:  This position is part of the Planning Department at the District’s offices in Los Altos, California.  In addition to working in the office and providing project presentations to senior management, the Board of Directors, and Committees, and at public meetings, the Planner III will sometimes work in the field and hike through steep terrain and wildland areas.  Field work will require driving in remote areas on dirt roads, working in temperatures ranging from cold and blustery to hot and dry. Ideal candidates will be comfortable working in these types of field conditions, as well as in an office environment.

Education and Experience:  Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:  Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in landscape architecture, architecture, urban or regional planning, natural resource management, environmental planning, or a related field, and at least three (3) years of increasingly responsible experience in design project management, preferably in parks, open space or related field, including at least one (1) year of supervisory and administrative responsibility. 


Licenses & Certifications Required:   Possession of a valid California Driver’s License.

Benefits:   Midpen provides an excellent benefits package including health, life & disability insurance as well as CalPERS pension. Please see the Benefits page of the District website for details.

How to Apply:  Apply online at CalOpps.org.  This position is open until filled, with the first application review at 8:00 a.m. on March 16, 2020.  Recruitment may close at anytime after March 16th without further notice.

The following four (4) application materials are required and constitute a complete application:

(1) A fully completed CalOpps employment application

(2) Cover Letter

(3) Resume

(4) Supplemental question responses

Incomplete applications will not be considered for the position. Applicants with the most relevant experience and qualifications suitable for the position will be contacted for interviews.

Recruitment Timeline: We recommend applicant’s schedules be open during this period for panel interviews.

The District cannot accommodate individual schedules.

First Interview: March 24, 2020

Final Interview/Written Exercise at our office in Los Altos: March 26, 2020

Estimated Start Date: End of April 2020
 

 

 

 

Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Applicants with disabilities may request reasonable accommodation

by contacting the Human Resources department at (650) 691-1200

Put your passion for Open Space to work!

 

Benefits

Retirement Plan – CalPERS 2.5% @ 55 for Classic Members; 2.0% @ 62 for PEPRA Members. 

Social Security – District does not participate in Social Security; however, it does pay toward Medicare.

457 Deferred Compensation Plan - optional

Medical Plan – choice of HMO or PPO plans through CalPERS – District contributes towards insurance premiums.

Dental Plan - Delta Dental – District paid.

 Vision Plan – VSP – District paid.

Flexible Spending Plan – optional pre-tax,

·        Dependent Care Reimbursement Account

·        Medical Reimbursement Account

Life and AD&D Insurance – District paid.

Employee Assistance Program –District paid.

Vacation – starts at 15 days per year.

Personal Leave – 36 hours of leave per year.

Holidays – 11 paid holidays per year.

Sick Leave – 12 days per year – no cap on accumulation; up to 72 hours per year may be used for Family Sick Leave.

Special Instructions

How to Apply:  Apply online at CalOpps.org.  This position is open until filled, with the first application review at 8:00 a.m. on March 16, 2020.  Recruitment may close at anytime after March 16th without further notice.

The following four (4) application materials are required and constitute a complete application:

(1) A fully completed CalOpps employment application

(2) Cover Letter

(3) Resume

(4) Supplemental question responses

Incomplete applications will not be considered for the position. Applicants with the most relevant experience and qualifications suitable for the position will be contacted for interviews.

Recruitment Contact

Contact phone: 
(650)691-1200
Contact email: