Whatcom County Parks and Recreation Department is seeking an experienced professional to fill a vacant Park Design and Development Manager position.
Primary duties include:
Develop, plan, and oversee implementation of major capital improvement programs
Coordinate update, renewal, and implementation of Whatcom County's Comprehensive Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Plan
Manage recreational and natural resource planning for current and future parks, natural areas, trails, and recreational facilities
Prepares master plans and resource management plans for park development
Represent the Department in the community and manage robust and inclusive planning-related community input processes
Key traits of an ideal candidate:
An accomplished park planner committed to excellence in design that is reflective of community needs
Exceptional personal character and solid interpersonal relations skills
Well organized written and oral communicator
Ability to foster collaboration and work effectively with coworkers, community stakeholders, and the public
This is a leadership position within the Department as we guide future development and expansion of our existing system of nearly 75 properties across 18,000 acres of developed and undeveloped parkland, open space, reserves, miles of shoreline and over 63 miles of trails.
For more information, please review the following:
Requires a Bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture, architecture, engineering, planning, or a related field AND four years of progressively responsible related experience in park planning, design and capital project management, INCLUDING two years of project management experience.
Current Washington CESCL certification (Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead) required.
Knowledge and proficiency with GIS and AutoCAD required.
Must have a driving record that meets County standards and possess a valid driver's license at time of hire and throughout employment
Must be eligible to cross between the United States and Canada
Background check that meets County criteria
Must obtain a First Aid/CPR certification within 6 months of employment and maintain throughout employment
The Whatcom County Parks & Recreation Department operates, oversees and maintains 73 park properties comprising 16,410 acres, serving approximately 750,000 visitors annually, as well as 75 miles of trails for bikers, hikers and horseback riders throughout Whatcom County. We are located along the Canadian border beautifully positioned between the San Juan Islands and the Cascade mountain range. Our scenic community is made up of approximately 206,000 people. Whatcom County offers a comprehensive benefits package with medical, dental and vision coverage for employees, spouses, and eligible dependents. Our benefits package includes attractive paid leave provisions and an average of 13 holidays per year. County employees participate in the Washington State Retirement System and may select from two deferred compensation plans. Please visit our website at: www.whatcomcounty.us for more benefits information.