THE POSITION Under general supervision performs professional planning work on projects of average difficulty and assists on more complex projects; and performs related work as required. This class is the entrance level of this professional series and is distinguished from the next higher class of Senior Park Planner by the closer supervision received and the lesser complexity of assignment.
EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL WORK (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY)
Conducts office and field research and evaluations for park design and construction projects, site service area demographics, adjacent land uses and other community characteristics;
Designs park site improvement plans and details for park site construction;
Makes recommendations for materials and equipment;
Prepares specifications for purchases;
Designs and prepares preliminary plans, charts, tables, maps and other graphic materials to illustrate findings and recommendation;
Presents studies, reports and findings;
Reviews site and other physical development plans;
Gives technical assistance to City staff members, project consultants and the public;
Explains park site planning concepts as required;
Assists in the analysis, recommendation and report preparation process on more difficult studies;
Calculates base grading cuts and fills;
May shoot spot grades and complete site topographic data.
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.
ACCEPTABLE EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING and REQUIRED SPECIAL QUALIFICATIONS
Graduation from an accredited college or university with major course work in planning, architecture, landscape architecture or related field; OR
Any equivalent combination in which one year of related experience may be substituted for one year of desired education, but in no case may experience be substituted for more than 2 years of education.
Candidates for positions in this class must pass a post-employment offer physical examination, drug screen, and background check.
Possession of a valid Iowa driver's license or evidence of equivalent mobility.
Internal Number: 3510-04-2019
About City of Des Moines
The Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department was established in 1892 and is responsible for the managing 4,000+ acres of land and 75 parks across Des Moines. We offer numerous programs in the areas of sports, urban conservation, environment education, sport instruction, volunteerism, rentals and special events.Extending over 80 square miles, Des Moines is home to over 212,000 people and the central city of a metropolitan area of approximately 634,000. Des Moines is a vibrant city, intersected by the Des Moines and Raccoon Rivers. Des Moines is the capital city and is the commercial, financial, transportation, and governmental hub of Iowa.Des Moines is a city with many cultural amenities, ease of commuting, Iowa State government, three higher education institutions, good schools, ample shopping, affordable housing, fine dining, great health care, and a stable high-performing local government. It also is the home of the Iowa State Fair and is the host to countless conventions, trade shows, and sporting and entertainment events each year.