Urban Forestry Planner - Denver Parks & Recreation

  • City and County of Denver
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Sep 25, 2021
Full Time Forestry Parks and Recreation Planning and Development

Job Description

About Our Job

Employment Requirement: City Employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by September 30, 2021. All persons offered a position will be required to provide valid proof of vaccination prior to starting employment.

Denver Parks and Recreation is seeking an Urban Forestry Planner to perform specialized planning work developing the vision for urban forestry growth, land use, design, infrastructure development, preservation, and to promote the best use of the city's land and resources for residential, commercial, institutional, and recreational purposes.

Job duties and responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Guide, review, and evaluate planning initiatives for complex and multifaceted development projects that are germane to the urban forest as an integral part of the city or region. Give advice and direction, and recommend modifications to plans and projects, and provide alternative solutions
  • Provide strategic planning advice on long-range and short-term urban forestry initiatives; develop policy and strategic alternatives regarding urban forestry goals and make recommendations on highly visible or sensitive issues to the City Forester, planning staff, city officials, boards, commissions, the public, and other stakeholders
  • Manage the development and implementation of an urban forestry comprehensive plan, specific urban forestry plans, urban forestry standards and criteria, and assist in developing City policy for the development, growth, land use, natural resources, housing, and utilization of resources
  • Serve as a technical advisor and consultant to commissions, City officials, and other stakeholders on City goals, priorities, and regulations in the areas of urban forestry, urban ecology, green infrastructure, land use, natural resources, conservation, municipal infrastructure, and the quality and livability of the City
  • Perform complex research and analysis on urban forestry planning, design, and development issues; solicit information from the community to establish priorities, determine problems and develop proposals, and respond to community concerns by providing information and explaining the City's role in addressing issues
  • Keep informed of new urban forestry best practices, regulations, pending legislation, and planning trends that may impact the urban forest projects, policies, and processes
  • Coordinate effort to bring stakeholders together who have opposing views and interests to complete urban forestry planning projects successfully

About You

Our ideal candidate will have:
  • A degree in Urban Forestry, Natural Resources, City or Regional Planning, Landscape Architecture, or another related field is preferred
  • Knowledge of functions, principles, methods, and techniques of public planning including community planning, and natural resource management such as demand forecasting, environmental impact analysis, financial forecasting, land use planning, and zoning
  • Knowledge of functions, principles, and methods for urban forestry, urban ecology, ecosystem management, green infrastructure, and nature-based solutions, including regionally appropriate vegetation, landscape typologies, biological diversity, resiliency, and sustainability
  • Knowledge of the principles and tools relevant to land use planning, development, regulations, and permitting
  • Knowledge of various types of contracts and procurement administration
  • Knowledge of project management, current construction methods, and technologies
  • Knowledge of functions, principles, methods, and techniques of housing, transportation, and infrastructure
  • Knowledge of public participation and involvement principles including outreach to traditionally underserved audiences, populations, or neighborhoods

We realize your time is valuable so please do not apply if you do not have at least the following required minimum qualifications:
  • Education: Bachelor's Degree in City or Regional Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Historic Preservation, Civil Engineering, or a related degree
  • Experience: Six (6) years of professional planning experience
  • Licensures/Certification(s): Requires a valid Driver's License at the time of application. Licenses and certifications must be kept current as a condition of employment
  • Equivalency: One (1) year of the appropriate type and level of experience may be substituted for each required year of post-high school education. Additional appropriate education may be substituted for the minimum experience requirements

About Everything Else

Job Profile
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Position Type

Position Salary Range
$83,348.00 - $137,524.00

Starting Pay
$83,348 - $110,436/year based on experience and education

Parks and Recreation

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