• Kitsap County
  • Bremerton, Washington
  • Jan 01, 2022
Full Time Natural Resources Parks and Recreation Planning and Development
  • Salary: $67,354.56 - $95,170.26 Annually USD

Job Description


Kitsap County Parks Department is committed to providing quality-of-life enhancing opportunities through the management of natural areas and specialized facilities, fostering community stewardship, and offering an outstanding service-oriented environment.

The Parks Department has a unique opportunity to join their team!! The ideal candidate will be a seasoned Parks Planner with expertise in parks planning and project management!
Strong communications, collaborations and leadership skills is a must!
The County values their employees and offers great benefits, a pension, vacation and sick leave!

Position Information Under general supervision and direction from the Parks Director, develops manages capital improvements and maintenance projects for park facilities, including the planning, organization, and coordination of construction design and engineering, as well as bidding and project implementation.


Required Education and Experience
  • Bachelors Degree in Planning or related field; and
  • Four years of experience in parks planning, land use planning or natural resources; or
  • Any equivalent combination of experience and education that provides the applicant with the desired knowledge, skills and ability required to perform the work.
Preferred Education, Experience or Other Qualifications.
  • American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Certification
  • Park and Recreation System Master Planning Certification
  • Previous experience with partnerships between public and private agencies
  • Experience working for a government agency, in the public sector, or in a parks and recreation department.
Driving Requirements
The successful incumbent must meet the driving requirements of this position and submit a copy of a current driving record/abstract (from state of residency) to review for eligibility to drive for Kitsap County prior to employment. The successful incumbent must obtain a valid Washington State Driver's License prior to hire and maintain a satisfactory driving record as outlined in the Kitsap County Vehicle Use Policy. This position is categorized as a Category 1 Driver and operates County-owned vehicle.

Criminal Conviction Standards:
The successful incumbent will or may have unsupervised access to children under 18 years of age, a vulnerable adult, or a vulnerable person, or access to a secured/confidential facility or computer system(s). As a result, Kitsap County will be conducting an extensive criminal background check by law enforcement agencies, which may include fingerprinting.
  • Please review the following list of disqualifying crimes and negative actions to determine if you meet our standard for this position:
Required Licenses, Certificates, Examinations/Tests and Other Requirements
Please note: The incumbent is responsible for obtaining and maintaining all of the following required licenses, certifications and other requirements.

Prior to employment, the successful candidate must :
  • Submit official transcripts from an accredited college or university or business school, if education is being used to meet the minimum qualifications.
  • Submit copy of official certification, if certifications are being used to meet the minimum or preferred qualifications.
  • Pass all job-related examinations/tests necessary to demonstrate required knowledge, skills and abilities, as determined by the hiring authority at time of job posting.
  • Submit a copy of their State employment driving record abstract to verify their eligibility to drive for Kitsap County.
  • Pass a criminal background check through law enforcement agencies.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Knowledge of :
  • Parks and facility maintenance principles and practices.
  • Effective supervisory principles and techniques.
  • Project management techniques and resource management.
  • The use and care of computers, related peripherals and County standard application programs such as Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Outlook, SharePoint, etc. any software that is used for park and open space planning.
  • Principles and practices of open space, park planning, and preservation
  • Landscape architecture and construction techniques, standards, specifications, and procedures.
  • Environmental issues and land use entitlements.
  • Park development and landscape design concepts
  • Contract administration, grant writing and administration practices and principles.
  • Policies, laws, codes, ordinances and other regulations and guidelines applicable to area of assignment.
  • Basic surveying techniques relative to grading and site design.

Skills and/or Ability to :
  • Appear for scheduled work with regular, reliable and punctual attendance.
  • Work independently without regular direction and to troubleshoot problems in assigned area of responsibility.
  • Interpret and apply applicable ordinances, regulations, and standard operating procedures.
  • Prepare preliminary site designs.
  • Read and interpret construction plans and specifications.
  • Develop and strengthen collaborative community partnerships focused on parks issues.
  • Facilitate and promote public input and community education by organizing and coordinating public meetings and forums.
  • Prepare graphic design layouts for presentations and department marketing materials.
  • Prepare and make effective presentations to groups.
  • Write concise reports and establish and maintain accurate records.
  • Coordinate activities with landscape architects, architects, engineers, staff, volunteer groups, and private contractors.
  • Coordinate with various government agencies to obtain required permits.
  • Prepare applications for grants and other funding proposals and provide feedback on program planning and effectiveness.
  • Monitor budgets and funding, work schedules and grant requirements.
  • Effectively plan, prioritize, organize and complete tasks within prescribed timeframes.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others using tact, courtesy and good judgment.
  • Communicate effectively with excellent written and oral communication and strong presentation and facilitation skills.
  • Work independently without regular direction and troubleshoot problems in assigned area of responsibility.
  • Work successfully within the context of a team as a team player.
  • Work with volunteer groups.
  • Maintain a professional demeanor under heavy workload and stressful situations.
  • Effectively respond to and reconcile competing interests of governmental entities, community organizations, contractors and the public.
  • Focus on customer needs and provide exceptional service to both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Effectively problem-solve and create innovative solutions.
  • Physically perform assigned duties and essential functions of the position.
  • Work various shifts, evenings, weekends, holidays, on-call duty, after normal hours of work, as required.
  • Work over 40 hours in a work week as required including working nights, weekends and holidays.
  • Manage multiple projects and work tasks simultaneously, monitor the budget and spending activities for each project and for area of responsibility.

Working Conditions/Physical Activities
( The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Kitsap County provides reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions .)

Positions in this class typically require :
  • Work performed in the office environment and in the field/community.
  • Field work includes working around equipment in inclement weather, noise, and noxious fumes.
  • Bending, stooping, reaching (over shoulders, at waist and below waist), walking, standing and working high above ground, adequate vision sufficient to view computer, and hearing sufficient to respond to audible alarms, speaking adequate to communicate effectively, manual dexterity to grasp/handle equipment and materials.
  • Must possess sufficient physical strength, coordination and mental alertness to ensure safe and efficient performance of assigned duties including lifting and carrying up to 30 pounds.


In this position the successful candidate will get to perform the following essential functions:
  • Participate in the research, updating and development of the Parks, Recreation, and Open Space (PROS) and other Parks department plans.
  • Develops long-range plans to align department growth and evolution with community needs
  • Works to implement PROS and other departmental goals and strategies
  • Prepares Park planning and acquisition studies including land use and master plans for parks and open space
  • Performs site visits and instigates proposed acquisition and park development opportunities to assess potential recreational use, cultural protection, and/or preservation suitability
  • Develop and update park master plans
  • Plan and create preliminary designs for site and park development projects
  • Develop and manage department's land acquisition program
  • Review and recommend properties for potential acquisition, park development, and divestment
  • Develop and carry out public meetings and other outreach processes to solicit input during development and implementation of plans.
  • Conduct public needs assessments, public meetings, and workshops.
  • Develop and manage standards for park infrastructure including trails, interpretive signs, sign features, and other items
  • Prepare and deliver oral and written materials for presentations.
  • Represent the department at public meetings and serve as liaison with other County departments and outside agencies.
  • Provide technical review of park and open space related projects.
  • Develop estimates for capital budget expenditures for open spaces and parks.
  • Strategically determine and recommend funding opportunities to acquire, develop and steward parks and open space lands and facilities.
  • Research grant and other funding sources, prepares grants and other funding proposals, and assists in the administration of grant programs.
  • Prepare and recommend capital improvement programs for the acquisition and development of park and open space lands.
  • Provide contract supervision when directed and ensure timely preparation of contract documents for the planning and development of park and open space lands.
  • Review Public Works Department contracts related to park projects and monitor contracts for the Parks department.
  • Review Department of Community Development land use permit applications for impacts to the Parks department.
  • Recommend Park and open space facility improvements; communicate rationale for improvements with maintenance and operations supervisors and Director.
  • Prepares and presents to the Board of County Commissioners, Parks Advisory Board, and other community groups as needed.
  • Perform other related duties as requested.


Positions in the classification are :
  • Who May Apply: This position is open to the general public. Applications will be screened for qualifications and completion of all the required materials and forms. The most competitive applicants may be contacted for further steps in the selection process, which may include testing for office and computer skills.
  • This position is classified as exempt for earning overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • Non-represented and covered under the Kitsap County Personnel Manual.
  • Kitsap County is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please contact our Human Resources Office.
  • Flexible work hours are available, as approved by management.
This position is open until filled and reviewed weekly!

Closing Date/Time:

Job Address

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