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Recruitment #19-GW4-01



THE JOB: Under direction, conducts park planning and acquisition studies; oversees master plan development and construction projects for parks and recreation facilities; prepares grant applications, construction documents, master plans and administer grant programs, design contracts and construction contracts; may serve as a project leader or specialist; and performs other work as required. Park Planner II is the journey level in the park planner series. Incumbents independently perform professional planning assignments with limited supervision. This class differs from the Park Planner I in that it is responsible for design and management of assigned projects. Incumbents may provide assistance to lower level park planners and may make presentations to internal and community groups as well as decision-making authorities.

Employment Standards

THE REQUIREMENTS:  Any combination of training and experience which would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain these knowledge and abilities would be:

One year of professional park planning experience equivalent to a Park Planner I at Santa Cruz County.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS/CONDITIONS: Possession of valid California Class C Driver License, or the ability to provide suitable transportation which is approved by the appointing authority.

Knowledge: Working knowledge of principles, practices and trends of park planning or of the specialty area to which assigned; statistical research methods as applied to the collection and tabulation of data affecting park planning; laws, ordinances, and regulations governing park planning in California and preparation of construction documents and/or construction inspection; principles, practices and trends of park planning and development; and parks design and cost estimating, including construction documents. Some knowledge of laws, ordinances and regulations related to parks planning and development; grants and contract development and administration including inspection of construction projects and public project funding principles and procedures and capital project implementation.

Ability to: Collect, analyze and compile, organize and present technical statistical and related information pertaining to park planning research; prepare concise written and oral reports; participate in park planning presentations before official bodies; provide services to the public in a courteous and effective manner; participate cooperatively and effectively as a contributing team member; prepare construction plans, charts, maps and other graphic illustrations; produce acceptable work commensurate with the level of appointment in an acceptable timeframe; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; prepare and present studies, reports, requests for proposals, grant applications and concept plans; speak effectively before groups; understand, interpret, explain and apply laws, ordinances, rules, and policies, regulations and construction documents; prepare park concept plan; landscape construction plans, specifications and cost estimates; oversee and inspect park construction projects and learn to input, access and analyze data using a computer.


- 22 days first year, increasing to 37 days after 15 years of service. Available for vacation and/or sick leave.
HOLIDAYS - 13 paid holidays per year.
BEREAVEMENT LEAVE - 3 days paid in California, 5 days paid out-of-state.
MEDICAL PLAN - The County contracts with CalPERS for a variety of medical plans. For most plans, County contributions pay a majority of the premiums for employees and eligible dependents.
DENTAL PLAN - County pays for employee and eligible dependent coverage.
VISION PLAN - County pays for employee coverage. Employee may purchase eligible dependent coverage.
- Pension formula 2% at age 60 or 2% at age 62 as determined based on provisions of the CA Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013(PEPRA). Pension benefit determined by final average compensation of three years. County participates in Social Security.
LIFE INSURANCE - County paid $20,000 term policy. Employee may purchase additional life insurance.
DISABILITY INSURANCE - Employees in the General Representation Unit participate in the State Disability Insurance (SDI) program. This program is funded 100% by employee payroll deductions.
DEPENDENT-CARE PLAN - Employees who make contributions for child or dependent care may elect to have their contributions made utilizing “pre-tax dollars.”
H-CARE PLAN - Employees who pay a County medical premium may elect this pre-tax program.
HEALTH CARE FLEXIBLE SPENDING ALLOWANCE (HCFSA) - Employees may elect this pre-tax program to cover qualifying health care expenses.
DEFERRED COMPENSATION - A deferred compensation plan is available to employees

Selection Plan

THE EXAMINATION: Your application and supplemental questionnaire will be reviewed to determine if you have met the education, experience, training and/or licensing requirements as stated on the job announcement. If you meet these criteria and are one of the best qualified, you may be required to compete in any combination of written, oral and/or performance examinations or a competitive evaluation of training and experience as described on your application and supplemental questionnaire. You must pass all components of the examination to be placed on the eligible list. The examination may be eliminated if there are ten or fewer qualified applicants. If the eligible list is established without the administration of the announced examination, the life of the eligible list will be six months and your overall score will be based upon an evaluation of your application and supplemental questionnaire. If during those six months it is necessary to administer another examination for this job class, you will be invited to take the examination to remain on the eligible list.

HOW TO APPLY: Apply Online Now!  Click on the link below; or print out an application and supplemental questionnaire and mail/bring them to: Santa Cruz County Personnel Department, 701 Ocean Street, Room 510, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060.  For information, call (831) 454-2600.  Hearing Impaired TDD/TTY: 711.  Applications will meet the final filing date if received in one of the following ways:  1) in the Personnel Department by 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date, 2) submitted online before midnight of the final filing date.

Women, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  If you have a disability that requires test accommodation, please call (831) 454-2600.  

To comply with the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act, Santa Cruz County verifies that all new employees are either U.S. citizens or persons authorized to work in the U.S.   Some positions may require Fingerprinting and/or Background Investigation.