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at City of Houston

Pay: $41834 to $86320/year
$41834 - $86320
Posted: 10/6/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2537729
Keywords: office

Job Description

Overall Job Objective


Applications accepted from:
All Persons Interested          
Division:                                        Facilities Management and Development
Section                                          Parks and Planning

Workdays & Hours                       Mon –Fri;      8:00A.M. – 5:00P.M.*      *Subject to change

The Houston Parks and Recreation Department is dedicated to building a sustainable community and to enhance the quality of urban life by providing safe well-maintained parks and offering affordable programming for our community. To achieve this mission, HPARD is seeking a Senior Planner to join its Facilities and Management Development team. Potential Candidate will be responsible for:

  • Maintaining the Open Space Ordinance Fund records and accounting. 
  • Keeping abreast of construction and renovation projects coordinating with the General Services Department for expenditures from the Open Space Ordinance Funds.
  • Coordinating with the Planning and Development for review of subdivision plats in regard to the Open Space Ordinance.
  • Conducting research for various projects and efforts that the Department is involved in.
  • Collecting data/information from all relevant sources, including field/site visits. Provide assistance to the public.
  • Serving as a liaison for the Department for various projects. Interact directly with developers, engineers, surveyors, architects, and officials in other City of Houston departments.
  • Working in a team environment.  
  • Updating the current Parks Master Plan.
  • Performing all other duties as assigned.
The position is physically comfortable; the individual has discretion about walking, standing, etc.
There are no major sources of discomfort, i.e., essentially normal office environment with acceptable lighting, temperature and air conditions. Requires stooping or bending. Occasional lifting, such as three or four reams of paper or books (up to 20 pounds or an equivalent weight) may be required.


Requires a Master's degree in Urban Planning, Architecture, Civil Engineering or equivalent formal training in a recognized field of specialization that is directly related to the type of work being performed.
Two years of progressively responsible planning experience are required. Professional planning experience may substitute for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis.


**Eligible veteran applicants provided such persons possess the qualifications necessary for competent discharge of the duties involved in the position applied for, such persons are among the most qualified candidates for the position, and all other factors in accordance with Executive Order 1-6.**

Excellent writing, analytic, and communication skills is a plus. Previous experience working with the public/clients/team to resolve problems, demonstrate the ability to juggle multiple priorities and have strong leadership skills is also highly preferred. High preference shall be given to applicants who demonstrate strong interest and be comfortable interpreting and applying regulations. Proficient in reading plans and surveys. American Institute of Certified Planners certification is preferred but not required.  Experience in creating/updating comprehensive plans or park master plans strongly preferred.


The selection process will involve application review and/or interview
SAFETY IMPACT POSITION            Yes                
If yes, this position is subject to random drug testing and if a promotional position, candidate must pass an assignment drug test.
SALARY INFORMATION                 
Factors used in determining the salary offered include the candidate's qualifications as well as the pay rates of other employees in this classification.  The minimum to midpoint of this salary range is: Pay Grade 20                                                                      
Only online applications will be accepted for this City of Houston job and must be received by the Human Resources Department during active posting period. Applications must be submitted online at:
To view your detailed application status, please log-in to your online profile by visiting: or call 832-395-7115.
If you need special services or accommodations, call 832-395-7115). (TTY 7-1-1)
If you need login assistance or technical support call 855-524-5627.
Due to the high volume of applications received, the Hiring Department will contact you directly, should you be selected to advance in our recruitment process.
All new and rehires must pass a pre-employment drug test and are subject to a physical examination and verification of information provided. 
EEO Equal Employment Opportunity
The City of Houston is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and providing a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based upon any legally protected status or protected characteristic, including but not limited to an individual's sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, gender identity, or pregnancy.