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City of Des Moines Deputy Senior Park Planner in Des Moines, Iowa

Deputy Senior Park Planner




Deputy Senior Park Planner


$75,899.20 - $96,220.80 Annually


Des Moines, IA

Job Type

Regular Full-Time



Job Number



1/25/2021 5:00 PM Central

Occupational Group

Civil Service

Location of Vacancy

Park & Recreation



Selection Method

An education and experience review will be completed on all qualified applicants. Those applicants deemed most qualified based on the education and experience rating will be considered for certification to an eligibility list for appointment. Applicants who need a reasonable accommodation must inform this office at (515) 283-4213 or TTY at Iowa Relay at 711 or 1-800-735-2942 prior to the closing date.

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Distinguishing Features of the Class

Provides professional planning and design work on proposed park and recreation projects; performs related work as required.

Acceptable Experience and Training

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Planning, Architecture, Engineering, Landscape Architecture or a related field; and

  • At least five years experience in parks or landscape planning, design, and/or project management; or

  • Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the work.

Required Special Qualifications

  • Candidates for positions in this class must pass a post-employment offer physical examination and drug screen;

  • Possession of a valid Iowa driver’s license or evidence of equivalent mobility;

  • Registration with the State of Iowa as a Professional Engineer, Landscape Architect, and/or AICP certification.

Examples of Essential Work (Illustrative Only)

  • Provides direct supervision to the Parks Planning and Design process by assisting the Senior Park Planner in setting priorities and objectives, providing technical advice and direction to Park Planner I’s and II’s.

  • Assists in the preparation of project plans, specifications and bid documents;

  • Troubleshoots miscellaneous design and project problems;

  • Analyzes the budget status for those CIP projects under the employee’s immediate control;

  • Prepares construction drawings, including grading, layout and planting plans and construction details;

  • Designs park and recreation facilities’ improvements and prepares cost estimates;

  • Prepares charts, tables, maps and colored site plans;

  • Coordinates, recommends, schedules and oversees materials, equipment, labor and work activities for those projects assigned to the employee to ensure the completion of construction and repair projects;

  • Assists in the preparation of Request For Proposal documents for distribution to planning and design consultants;

  • Assists in the selection of consultants and collaborates with consultants through the design and planning processes;

  • Assists in the preparation of CIP budgets and the preparation of communication documents to be submitted to the City Council for the approval of CIP projects.

  • Collects field information for use in planning activities, including topography information, existing conditions, adjacent land uses and existing vegetation;

  • Oversees the construction of parks improvements by contractors and in-house staff;

  • Coordinates the participation of neighborhood and community groups in parks planning activities;

  • Assists in preparing specifications for the purchase of park equipment and construction equipment;

  • Performs research on parks projects in other municipalities for use in developing future parks use concepts;

  • Provides needed information and demonstrations concerning how to perform certain work tasks of Park Planner I’s and II’s;

  • Keeps Senior Park Planner and designated others fully and accurately informed concerning work progress, including present and potential work problems and suggestions for new or improved ways of addressing such problems;

  • Attends meetings, conferences, workshops and training sessions and reviews publications and audio-visual materials to become and remain current on the principles, practices and new developments in assigned work areas;

  • Responds to citizens’ questions and comments in a courteous and timely manner;

  • Communicates and coordinates planning and construction activities regularly with appropriate others to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of interdepartmental operations and activities;

  • Develops filing and record keeping systems of parks, project locations, as-built project plans, and other city owned land:

  • Provide training to Parks and Recreation staff on new facility and equipment operations, serving as the liaison between training manuals and operations

  • Performs other related duties consistent with the role and function of the classification.