Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District

Contact Name: Human Resources

Company/Organization/Agency: Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District

Address: 330 Distel Circle, Los Altos, CA 94022 United States

Email Address: HR@openspace.org

Contact Phone: (650) 691-1200

Job Title: Capital Projects Field Manager

Job Description: Do you have a passion for trails and open space? Would you like to be responsible for planning and building beautiful and sustainable trails for hikers, cyclists, and equestrians? We are seeking a trails expert capable of managing our trails construction program from planning, through layout and permitting, to construction. This position will manage experienced District construction crews to add excellent trails to our trail system. The candidate should be an organized, creative, and collaborative leader with excellent oral and written communication skills, project management skills, and trails planning and construction experience who enjoys working in a group dynamic.  

The District is a regional greenbelt system in the Santa Cruz Mountain region comprised of over 63,000 acres of land in 26 open space preserves, protected for public enjoyment and recreation. The District is a growing organization with a focused mission that guides our work, and where every employee makes an impact. If you are looking for a challenging opportunity to contribute to the legacy of open space recreation, we invite you to apply for this position. View our employee video “Working for Midpen” and “Art of the Trail”.

About the Position:  
The Capital Projects Field Manager focuses on the development and construction of trails and associated infrastructure such as bridges and culverts to increase public access and enjoyment of District lands. The Capital Projects Field Manager will coordinate with other District departments on the planning, design, engineering, and layout of new trails to ensure excellent trail design. The position is responsible for managing District special project crews in the layout and construction of trails and other improvements. The position will lead special project crews, foster communication and collaboration with other District departments, coordinate project requirements, work with local jurisdictional agencies to complete project-permitting requirements, manage design consultants and contractors, and maintain project documentation. The District is looking for a focused project manager who can help the District deliver promised trail projects. The District provides trail opportunities in a variety of different habitats from coastal grasslands to mountain redwoods. Projects will range from easy access trails designed to be wheelchair accessible to challenging mountain bike trails. This position will focus on leadership of special project crews and project management – evaluating the constructability of a project during planning and conceptual design, and collaborating on the design development, engineering, and permitting. They will ensure CEQA mitigation compliance, manage contractors and consultants, and ensure construction is completed according to design and District standards. Candidates with trails construction backgrounds, including managing construction crews, and project management backgrounds focused on recreational trails, rural dirt roads and park visitor amenities are desirable. See the job information on the District website. 

Work Environment: This position is part of the Land and Facilities Services Department at the District’s office in Los Altos, California. In addition to administrative duties, the Capital Projects Field Manager will often work in the field; work will include traversing rough, difficult terrain and dense vegetation in inclement or hot weather with exposure to poison oak and wildlife. Fieldwork will require driving in remote areas on dirt roads. Ideal candidates will be comfortable working in these types of field conditions, as well as in an office environment. 

Education and Experience:  
Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be: Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in landscape architecture, construction project management, park administration or a related field, and five (5) years of increasingly responsible experience in project management preferably in parks, open space, or a related field including two (2) years of supervisory responsibility. Extensive experience in the design, layout, project management, and construction of recreation trails is highly desirable.

Licenses & Certifications Required: Possession of a valid California Driver’s License.

Benefits: The Open Space District provides an excellent benefits package including health, life & disability insurance as well as CalPERS pension. Please see the Benefits page of the District website for details.

How to Apply: 
Final filing date – July 26, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Apply online at CalOpps.org. The following four application items are required in order to be considered for the position: (1) CalOpps employment application (2) Cover Letter (3) Resume (4) Supplemental question responses. Paste your resume in the application (Step 5) and upload a PDF of your cover letter as one of the final steps of your application. Resume does not replace work experience section of the application. Supplemental questions may be previewed at the beginning of the application; we recommend completing your responses on a separate document and paste them in the application. Incomplete applications will not be considered for the position. Applicants with the most relevant experience and qualifications suitable for the position will be contacted for interviews.

Recruitment Timeline: 
We suggest planning your calendar accordingly as these dates are firm.
Interviews: Friday, August 4, 2017; Final Interviews/written: Friday, August 11, 2017; Estimated Start Date: mid-September 2017.

Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Applicants with disabilities may request reasonable accommodation by contacting the Human Resources department.  

Job Start Date: 9/25/2017

Application Deadline: 7/26/2017

Additional Information: https://www.openspace.org/about/us/jobs/capital-projects-field-manager-0 

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