Parks Senior City Planner

Denver Parks and Recreation - City and County of Denver
Denver, CO, 80204
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Denver Parks and Recreation is seeking an experienced, enthusiastic and highly motivated professional for the position of Parks Senior City Planner to be responsible for guiding the responsible growth of Denver’s urban park and open space system alongside the growth and change being experienced with increased commercial and residential development and density.  The available position will interface regularly with Denver’s Community Planning and Development agency through General Development Planning, Zoning, Site Specific Planning, and regulatory planning.  This position will also be responsible for managing Denver’s historic parkway system, balancing preservation with redevelopment within these important corridors.  The Senior City Planner will need to have superior presentation and communication skills for the purpose of helping to advance important initiatives within Denver Parks and Recreation, researching and relying on best practices.

Denver has over 4,000 acres of traditional parks and parkways which include designated river ways, trails, and an additional 14,000 acres of mountain parks.  Denver’s highly urban system of parks form and character is derived from tree-lined streets, parkways, boulevards, and parks that were designed in the late-19th and early-20th centuries. 


Multi-Agency and Multi-Jurisdictional Planning:  Coordinates complex planning projects; develops long and short-term plans, programs, goals and policies involving city and region-wide planning initiatives while considering public transportation systems, economic development opportunities, environmental stewardship, housing growth, infrastructure development, and land use; translates planning goals and policies into regulatory systems and capital improvement systems.


Comprehensive and Specialized Planning:  Participates in the development and maintenance of the city’s comprehensive plan and ensures planning programs and projects are consistent with city planning principles, criteria, applicable regulations, and other relevant factors; plans and coordinates planning assessments, environmental research and assessments, considers historical preservation factors and data analysis, zoning policy and regulations, and manages public expectations. 

Advisory Role:  Serves as a technical consultant and advisor to official planning committees, citizen groups, City Council, and other stakeholders related to planning policies / standards, issues, processes, procedures, zoning / rezoning issues, ordinance changes, and environmental regulations and requirements; facilitates meetings and presentations to bring together stakeholders to discuss proposed planning initiatives, assess obstacles, evaluate opposing views and interests, and determine areas of support.

Research:  Designs and conducts research to collect and assemble original data from land use maps, plans, reports, and surveys and uses data to define issues, assess trends, make recommendations, and indentify relationships among disparate data, issues, and positions.

Capital Improvement Coordination:  Participates in the formation of park system capital improvements and programs using existing data and coordinating between multiple agencies and stakeholders to ensure overlapping agency interests and projects are most effectively planned and budgeted. 


Education Requirement:

  • Master’s Degree in City or Regional Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Civil Engineering, or a directly related degree.

Experience Requirement:

  • Three (3) years of professional experience (excludes internships or volunteer work) in city or regional planning.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • AICP certification preferred.
  • Prior public sector experience.
  • Possesses strong written and oral communications skills and is able to communicate with a wide variety of stakeholders, conveying complex planning concepts and recommendations in clear, compelling manner.
  • Can successfully lead planning project including managing the timeline and overall quality of the research, community outreach, recommendation and creation of final products.
  • Possesses the ability to conduct studies, analyze findings, determine trends and provide recommendations for a wide range of land use, development and preservation issues including demographics, economic development and redevelopment of existing sites.
  • Demonstrates innovative thinking in planning for major metropolitan park and open space systems related to community planning at a neighborhood, corridor, community, and city-wide scale.

Education/Experience Equivalency:

  • A combination of appropriate education and experience may be substituted for the minimum education and experience requirements.

Licensure and/or Certification:


  • Possession of a valid driver’s license at the time of application.


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