Position Description

Park Planner - Landscape Architect
Job Code 3858
Requisition Information
Parks, Recreation, and Natural Resources

Opening Date:

Tentative Close Date:

County Region:
Central County (S. Fruitville - N. Clark)

County Administration Center 1660 Ringling Boulevard Sarasota, FL

# of openings:

Pay range:
$48,547.20 - $65,291.20

Who May Apply?:
Open to All

Position Type:
Full time

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Park Planner - Landscape Architect (Official Job Title: Planner II):  This is advanced professional work developing park concept, landscape, and construction plans; managing and coordinating a range of both short- and long-term park planning and design; review of Sarasota County Development Orders for consistency with park standards; oversight and management of  park construction projects and associated permit applications and contracts; the development and oversight of  community outreach/education and park-related policy initiatives; and, special Department related projects. Works closely with management and other units throughout the enterprise on various park projects and coordinates on other County-wide initiatives.  

Subject to Passing Substance Screening

This position is subject to passing a pre-employment substance screening.  An applicant who fails to pass a required drug-screening test shall be disqualified from employment in any class for a period of five years. 


Park Planning: Develops park concept, landscape, and construction plans.  This is work utilizing hand drawn and computer-aided design programs to prepare designs, meeting with staff to refine them, cost estimating, and submitting and obtaining permit applications as necessary. 

Project Management:  Represents Parks and Recreation in the planning, development, oversight, management, communication, and permitting for various aspects of park infrastructure construction, assuring projects align with the desires of the community and will function appropriately from a Parks and Recreation operational and maintenance perspective.  This is work involving participation in team design and permitting meetings, on-site coordination and supervision of contractors and staff, quality control inspections, public workshops, construction and landscape design, obtaining permits, coordinating with municipal governments and attending municipal hearings, coordination with the Public Information Officer and press, transferring operations to Operations and Maintenance and park reservation staff, and public presentations.  Coordinates and manages assigned park planning processes, including holding public workshops, research, development of  maps and displays, community outreach, educational projects, and providing technical design oversight.   

Review of County Development Orders and Assistance with Countywide Initiatives/Special Projects: Participate and assist with review of County Development Orders and various initiatives related to County-wide goals and objectives. Plan, develop and conduct studies such as ordinance revisions, grant management/reporting and research for future park-related projects.  Coordinate and assist other departments on projects as they relate to parks and recreation (e.g., History Center, School Board, Libraries). Assist with research, review and recommendations on long range planning review for significant development projects in coordination with Planning and Development Services to include: Parks Master Plan, Comprehensive Plan Amendments, Development of Regional Impacts, 2050 Zoning Regulatory Reviews, rezones and other planning initiatives.  Assists with efforts related to long range planning and levels of service needs as it specifically relates to Parks and Recreation (e.g., Parks, Preserves, and Recreation Strategic Master Plan).

Outreach, Education and Neighborhood Liaison activities: Develops information and outreach materials for the public regarding a variety of park projects and/or initiatives including but not limited to: fact sheets, maps, presentation, web-pages, flyers, brochures, newsletters and other innovative ways of communication through various forms of technology. Coordinate and oversee various public meeting formats for park-related projects. Serve as a Parks representative who can clearly communicate to all community stakeholders (including neighborhood groups, Friends of Sarasota County Parks, Advisory Boards and County Commission) on park projects or initiatives and assists customers with various questions and concerns. Research, prepare and present information and data to the public, the Parks Advisory and Recreation Council (PARC) and Sarasota County Commission regarding various park planning, development projects or other park-related initiatives.


Minimum Qualifications:  A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in Planning (urban, regional, environmental, natural resource or park) Geography, Landscape Architecture, Business or Public Administration, Recreation, one of the biological or natural sciences, or related field and four (4) years of professional planning experience related to the position. A Master's Degree from an accredited college or university in an appropriate field can substitute for one year of professional experience. Planning experience can substitute for education on a year-for-year basis depending on the type of experience.

Preferred Qualifications:  Professional Landscape Architect (PLA), Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP), American Institute Certified Planner (AICP); Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications; familiarity with GIS principles, products, mapping; familiarity with Adobe Photoshop and AutoCad; experience developing park concept plans, construction documents (e.g., site plans, grading plans, detail plans) and cost estimating. 

Job Competencies:  Excellent written and verbal communication; project planning; presentation skills; computer skills including use of Microsoft Office Professional and GIS capabilities using GIS software; ability to communicate and speak well to the public, advisory boards, County Commission and the media; understanding of park planning; ability to work independently and on teams; ability to build effective internal and public relationships; ability to apply applicable policies, regulations and procedures; ability to define and solve problems and develop service improvements; project management with an understanding of construction techniques.








Sarasota County Government is committed to wellness and successful applicants must be tobacco free for twelve months preceding date of application.

  Drug Free Work Environment             EOE/AA/ADA

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