Open Space & Trails Planner

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Job Opening: Open Space & Trails Planner
Department: Planning
Posting Date: August 3, 2022
Scheduled Hours: 8:30 – 4:30 Monday through Friday, 37.5 hours per week; air-conditioned office; out-of-office meetings and site visits; occasional night meetings

Position Description

The Open Space and Trails (OST) Planner position is a member of the Planning Department staff and a member of the Open Space and Trails team. This planner reports to and works on projects overseen by the OST Manager and assists in the development of plans and initiatives relating to open space, parkland, and non-motorized trails.

Essential Duties

Assist with park and trail planning and development projects, including feasibility studies, trail design, land acquisition and trail construction that occur concurrently

Organize meeting preparation and follow-up activities, assisting the OST Manager

Research and write for planning reports and studies

Take a project management role in select projects or project elements as assigned

Work to update countywide open space, parks, and trails data incorporating outreach to municipalities

Work with other staff to help keep trail network status data updated and current

Assist with convening meetings of the Delaware County Green Space Task Force and County Trails Alliance as assigned

Assist in the preparation of open space and trails grant proposals to federal, state, local and private funders

Work with other Department staff to create engaging visual depictions of open space and trail initiatives and implementation

As part of the Open Space and Trails team, work cooperatively with public partners

Give meeting and public presentations on assigned project work

Assist in reviewing subdivision and land development proposals for trail and open space opportunities


Bachelor’s degree in planning or related field.

Ability to work in a team environment on a wide range of projects involving both public and private interests is essential.

Excellent written and oral skills; research skills; organizational and time management skills; familiarity with the planning process at the local level.

One or two years of experience preferred.

Working knowledge of AGOL is a plus.

Physical Requirements: Sitting/standing at desk, driving to meetings and field work.


To apply, please fill out our online application form.

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  •   201 West Front Street,
         Media, PA 19063
  •   8:30AM - 4:30PM
           Monday - Friday
  •   610-891-4000

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