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Hillsborough County Government

Parks Planning & Development Manager (#PPDMGRUNP2) UNP2
$33.09-$52.95 Hourly / $5,735.60-$9,178.00 Monthly / $68,827.20-$110,136.00 Yearly


This position oversees the overall planning and development of public park facilities by applying knowledge of urban and regional planning, architectural and landscape design, sustainable development and construction best practices to the management of parks capital projects. Performs professional level strategic planning, schematics, and conceptual designs for parks, trails, public spaces and recreational facilities.  Identifies and quantifies capital improvement and development needs for existing and future parks and other infrastructure within the park system in compliance with the Department's adopted Master Plan. The position tailors planning templates, best practices and design principles to fit the specific area of focus within the planning effort.  Performs a variety of research and analyses to help quantify and address important real estate-level and division planning needs.


  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Parks and Recreation Administration, Natural Resources, Forestry, Horticulture, Engineering, or a related field; AND
  • Six (6) to eight (8) years of progressively responsible experience in a related field;


  • Any combination of training, education, or experience which provides the desired knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the position.
  • Possession of a valid FL Driver's License.


  • Customer Commitment - Proactively seeks to understand the needs of our customers and provide the highest standards of service
  • Dedication to Professionalism and Integrity - Demonstrates and promotes fair, honest, professional and ethical behaviors that establishes trust throughout the organization and with the public we serve
  • Organizational Excellence - Takes ownership for excellence through one's personal effectiveness and dedication to the continuous improvement of our operations
  • Success through Teamwork - Collaborates and builds partnerships through trust and the open exchange of diverse ideas and perspectives to achieve organizational goals


    Light work - Exerting up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.  If the use of arm and/or leg control requires exertion of forces greater than that of sedentary work and if the worker sits most of the time, the job is considered light work.


Limited physical effort; may include travel, meeting with internal staff as well as external partners, stakeholders, some early morning/late night hours required, lifting no more than twenty pounds.  Normal office situation for seeing and hearing.


  • Assists the Department Director as needed with business planning, operations, budget development and overall administration.
  • Develops and implements the department's capital improvement plan and strategic plan including but not limited to parks, facilities, public lands, playgrounds, athletic fields, recreation centers, bikeways, nature trails, and other parks related installations and specialized facilities.
  • Prepares detailed project scopes and specifications that accurately communicate projects to prospective bidders for internally managed capital projects. Reviews engineered plans and specifications to ensure compatibility with the original project scope, completeness, conformance to permitting and applicable codes, and overall consistency with the department's goals for the project, providing written review and guidance to planners, engineers, architects, consultants and others involved in their preparation.
  • Prepares design drawings, graphics and specifications for parks, trails, open spaces and recreational facilities using CAD and other industry standard computer applications.
  • Meets with community organizations, citizen groups, vendors, and local media in order to discuss department-related issues or disseminate information relating to parks planning and development. Responds to public inquiries about park projects; conducts presentations to provide information on project plans, goals and schedules; promotes community awareness, involvement and participation.
  • Monitors implementation and maintenance of the Department's CAPRA national accreditation standards and coordinates re-accreditation efforts.
  • Administers projects and capital improvement projects of the parks and recreation department to include: Selection and management of design consultants, preparing technical proposals for statement of qualifications, consultant selection process, manages technical design process, construction bidding process, evaluates construction bids; recommends award of contracts; develops contracts, construction management, schedules and conducts project meetings with contractors, recommends construction project design changes and change orders. Approves pay requests.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Ability to identify and analyze complex problems that often involve collaboration and must have ability to think critically.
  • Highly complex decision making ability required.  Must exhibit sound judgment and high level, thinking and decision making abiiities.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both written, verbal and nonverbal.  Requires regular interaction with staff at all levels of the organization.
  • Ability to plan and understand critical paths and time lines.  Must provide information well in advance for review and input.
  • Must exhibit professionalism, leadership by example, and must understand administrative and executive management's vision and departmental goals.
  • Ability to understand the operations and functions required of the position and those it impacts.
  • Ability to collect and analyze information to help problem solve and make complex decisions.
  • Ability to formulate effective project strategies, determine project objectives, and set priorities.
  • Ability to speak at functions and positively represent Hillsborough County at events.


In the event of an emergency or disaster, an employee may be required to respond promptly to duties and responsibilities as assigned by the employee’s department, the County’s Office of Emergency Management, or County Administration. Such assignments may be for before, during or after the emergency/disaster.

CLASS: PPDMGRUNP2; EST: 9/19/2019; REV: ;