Performs a variety of professional level duties and responsibilities in support of the City’s pathway planning functions, including the planning and development of the City’s park and pathways systems, open space, trails and landscaped parkways. Attends meetings to provide planning input on assigned projects and coordinates assigned activities with other departments and outside agencies. Works under the general direction of the Parks Superintendent. Instructions are usually in the form of goals for the Parks Division. The incumbent is expected to perform duties independently. Work performance is reviewed through verbal and written reports for the quality of pathway planning and construction activities.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
Performs a variety of professional level duties and responsibilities in support of the City’s pathway planning functions including the planning and construction of the City’s park system, open space, trails, and landscaped parkways;
Reviews all development applications for park and pathway-related issues; writes project specific Conditions of Approval (COA); participates in plan check process; attends comments meetings; reviews pathway easements for approval; inspects required improvements prior to occupancy; schedules and presents pathway plans to the Parks and Recreation Commission for review and approval;
Implements and updates the City’s Parks, Trails, and Recreation Master Plan and the Meridian Pathways Plan, including planning and development policies for community and neighborhood facilities, bicycle and multi-use trails, and open space areas;
Conducts research and prepares schedules, projections, and expenditures concerning pathway needs and plans; prepares and reviews plans for pathway projects; defines deficiencies and coordinates the planning and design of new facilities to accomplish the City’s goals and objectives;
Prepares cost estimates for various projects and develops requests for proposals (RFP’s); evaluates park planning proposals; participates in the selection, supervision, and monitoring of technical and professional consultants required for departmental and City projects;
Prepares and tracks all park-related planning reviews and approves plans and specifications submitted by developers, landscape architects, and consulting engineers relating to park, pathway, and landscape development City-wide;
Performs project management duties on system-wide master plans, trail development plans, and similar projects; participates in the development of and monitors performance against the budget; provides staff support on projects through planning, design development, and preparation of bid documents;
Coordinates partnerships with developers, the school district, community service organizations, citizen groups, and other organizations for park and pathway projects city-wide; assists in the preparation of partnership agreements; follows up with partners as needed;
Serves as staff to a variety of councils, commissions, and committees as assigned; prepares and presents staff reports and other written and oral presentations to appropriate boards, groups and/or committees including the Planning & Zoning Commission, City Council, Parks and Recreation Commission, and other subcommittees on pathway development projects;
Attends and participates in professional group meetings; maintain awareness of new trends and developments in the field of pathway planning and development; incorporates new developments as appropriate;
Assists with grant preparation and administration. Coordinates with the Planning Department for park and pathway projects affiliated with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG),,. as well as seeking outside funding sources, including state and federal projects;
Coordinate Geographic Information Systems (GIS) needs with the Information Technology (IT) Department;
May provide work coordination and project direction for other park and recreation personnel;
Meets with advocacy groups regarding pathways, trails and open space issues and maintain the City’s positive public image;
Performs related duties as required.
Work Environment and Physical Demands:
The work is performed primarily in an office environment while sitting at a desk for an extended period. If time and is occasionally subject to outside environmental conditions; Physical exertion may be required to lift office supplies.
Constantly requires clarity of speech and hearing, which permits the employee to communicate effectively;
Constantly requires clear vision to read printed materials and computer screen to accomplish work;
Constantly requires repetitive movement of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers;
Constantly requires sufficient personal mobility and physical reflexes, which permits the employee to function in a general office environment to accomplish tasks.
Some travel to a variety of locations to evaluate park sites, etc. and attend meetings or training seminars is required.
A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major in landscape architecture, parks planning or a related field, or any combination of education and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities necessary to perform the job. Requires a minimum of three (3) years of increasingly responsible experience that includes project management and public involvement.
Must have knowledge of: Operational characteristics, services, and activities of a pathways development program. Principles, practices, and trends in park planning and development. Principles and practices used in the design and construction of public facilities and parks. Professional and technical writing. Negotiation of easements, license agreements and right of way acquisition. Contract development and administration principles and practices. Recent developments, current literature, research methods, and sources of information related to municipal planning, urban growth, and development. Methods and techniques of effective technical report preparation and presentation. Methods and techniques of eliciting community participation in planning and development issues. Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases. Basic geographic information system (GIS) functions. Grant development principles and practices. Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation. Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.
Must have the ability to: Perform professional level planning duties in the planning and development of the City’s pathways, open space, and landscaped parkways. Prepare contract documents and specifications for the construction, development, and landscaping of pathways, trails, and open space areas. Express ideas effectively in comprehensive written and oral presentations to City commissions and the City Council. Oversee multiple projects simultaneously and be sensitive to deadlines and changing priorities. Negotiate contracts with and coordinate project consultants. Review and interpret designs, plans, and specifications for compliance with current standards, laws, codes, and regulations for solutions to problems, cost estimating, and constructability. Analyze and compile statistical and technical information. Prepare and analyze technical and administrative reports, statements, and correspondence. Interpret and apply federal, state, and local policies, laws, and regulations. Select, supervise, train, and evaluate staff. Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications. Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT: 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 inclement weather conditions; work and/or walk on various types of surfaces including slippery or uneven surfaces; incumbents may be required to work extended hours including evenings and weekends.
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 private and commercial transportation; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.
Provides technical support for the department director at commission and council meetings;
Performs other tasks as assigned or needed;
Perform the essential functions of the job;
Ability to work as a team player and use tact and diplomacy when dealing with citizen complaints;
Ability to communicate with others to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of interdepartmental operations;
Integrity, in the performance of assigned tasks.
Possession of a valid State of Idaho driver’s license and safe driving record.
The City of Meridian is the second-largest city in the State of Idaho and is the next-door neighbor to the City of Boise, the State capital. Though the City has a long rural history in the state centered around farming and dairy, we have experienced a great deal of growth during the past decade and have consistently been recognized in various publications as "the best place to live, work and rais...e a family" in the State, region and even nationally.We have a strong culture in the City that revolves around our CARE values, demonstrated externally with citizens as well as internally between employees. CARE stands for Customer Service, Accountability, Respect and Excellence.