Park Planner II

County Of Sonoma   Santa Rosa, CA   Full-time     Other
Posted on January 7, 2022
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Are you an experienced park planner?
 Join the County of Sonoma Regional Parks as a Park Planner II! 
Salary starting at $37.93/hour ($79,164/year), a cash allowance of $600/month, and a competitive total compensation package!* 

The Sonoma County Regional Parks Department is looking for a Park Planner II to conduct park planning studies to design and expand parks, park facilities, structures, and trails in unincorporated Sonoma County. As a Park Planner II, you will conduct preliminary field investigations of proposed parks, trails, bikeways, waterways and recreation sites to assess suitability and potential usage. Additional responsibilities include:

  • Soliciting and negotiating consultant services, evaluating and rating proposals, and negotiating contracts for services
  • Evaluating public demand and usage needs for park improvements and adding new park properties
  • Preparing land acquisition reports along with site and facility development plans
  • Representing the department in public meetings and presentations to other community groups and agencies

The ideal candidate for this position will have a desire to be a contributing member of an interactive team and a passion for improving and using our parks and recreation areas. The ideal candidate will also possess:

  • Project management skills and attention to detail
  • Experience with land acquisition and zoning
  • An understanding of public funding procedures
  • Strong analytical and organization skills
  • Experience with park plan implementation

County of Sonoma's Regional Parks include more than 50 parks, trails, and beaches from Petaluma to Gualala and Sonoma to Bodega Bay. Many offer wild landscapes while others feature sports fields, playgrounds, campgrounds, boat launches, and an environmental education center. Please visit to learn more about the various programs and resources offered by the Regional Parks Department.  

What We Offer
Working at the County of Sonoma offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better our communities. You can also look forward to a competitive total compensation package* including:

  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $500 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • Significant portion of health care premiums paid by the County and access to several health plan options
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment
  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range

*Salary is negotiable within the established range. *Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can found in the Service Employees International Union Local 1021 Memorandum Of Understanding (SEIU MOU)
This recruitment is being conducted to fill a Park Planner II position in the Regional Parks Department. The employment list established from this recruitment may also fill other full-time, part-time, and extra-help regular or bilingual positions that may occur during the active status of the employment list. Qualified County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment.




Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of training and experience which would likely provide for possession of stated knowledge and abilities. A typical example would be two years of experience in park planning, planning, architecture or landscape architecture.

License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Considerable knowledge of: park planning terminology, principles and techniques; recreational planning principles; principles, methods and techniques of land use and environmental and site planning.

Working knowledge of: land acquisition, land transfer and zoning principles; public project funding principles and procedures; construction procedures; park development processes and procedures; practices of contacts preparation and administration.

Ability to: establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, public officials, private consultants, contractors and the public; research, gather, organize and analyze information; write and speak persuasively; present recommendations and alternative proposals.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying


  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application. Be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.