Senior Landscape Planner

Job Information

Job Category

Land Use, Parks Planning

Company Name

City of Rancho Cucamonga

Position Level


Job Description

About Planning and Economic Development From its earliest days, the City of Rancho Cucamonga was dubbed the "City with a Plan" and over the past forty years, we have been creating a World Class Community. In late 2021, the City adopted an updated General Plan which clarified the vision for the City’s next chapter and an idea that has been simmering for over a decade: that the city can grow, providing new housing and economic opportunities and position itself for the next generation economy, while maintaining, or even improving, its wonderful single-family neighborhoods by focusing new growth onto key corridors and into key nodes. The Planning and Economic Development (PED) Department plays a critical role in achieving the City Council's goals and objectives relative to land use, urban design, and the quality and sustainability of the built environment. The department focuses on development that enhances economic value and opportunities for prosperity and quality of life for all. We work with residents, business owners and elected officials to build a consensus on how to develop the city on a human scale going forward, both short-term and long-term.  PED is also focused on improving the business environment in Rancho Cucamonga, aiding with business location questions, permit processing issues, real estate acquisition or other types of business assistance. The PED team administers the City’s General Plan and Development Code which are the key documents that guide physical development (what can go where and under what conditions) in the city. Additionally, the Department focuses on creating opportunities for wealth through which community benefits are realized.  Development for people first and building a quality of place attracts and retains residents, visitors, businesses, and talent. DEPARTMENT PERKS
  • We budget for renewals for professional certifications (AICP, CNU-A, etc.) for our staff.
  • We are invested in your continued education and budget for educational courses and continuing maintenance for professional certifications.
  • Where possible we offer the flexibility of a hybrid schedule option so you can work from home on occasion.
Senior Landscape Planner We are looking for someone to lead our landscape planning practice. This is a new practice area for the city; if you are interested in building a multi-disciplinary program from the ground up, this may be a great fit for you. The ideal candidate will be comfortable working cooperatively with all Community Development Departments as well as partnering with Community Improvement and Community Services to meet the city’s open space and urban forest goals. You will also examine our existing work programs relating to landscape review and make recommendations and revisions to provide appropriate landscape review for new development. We are seeking someone with previous experience in landscape architecture, landscape design or horticulture planning across a wide range of projects.  Some of these projects include:
  • Leading or assisting with the preparation a Parks Master Plan.
  • Plan and coordinate the development of existing and new trails across the city.
  • Help with grant applications and administration of grants for park development.
  • Assist in implementation of the Urban Forest Management Plan (currently under development).
  • Developed an updated MWELO program, working with our water partners and train planning staff on implementation.
  • Lead the production of educational materials for residents and businesses looking to retrofit landscapes to reduce urban water use.
  • Provide standards, training, and guidance for planning staff on reviewing landscape plans for new development and retrofit projects.
  • Working with developers to ensure great open spaces are provided in new development.
These positions might be perfect for you if:
  • You are interested in shaping and directing new citywide initiatives.
  • Can think strategically and make recommendations that meet the city's goals and objectives.
  • You have a talent for clearly and effectively communicating important information and decisions.
  • You enjoy cultivating and sharing knowledge and skills around landscape design to empower developers, businesses, residents, and staff to create more resilient landscapes.
  • You relish complex problems and are excited to lead a cooperative process to devise solutions.
  • You are committed to providing excellent customer service through teamwork, communication, and responsiveness.
  • You are looking for a team committed to your growth through training and team building opportunities.
  • You are a self-motivated leader who enjoys the flexibility of shifting between coordinating a multi-disciplinary team and detailed project management.
For more information about this career opportunity, visit the job description here. RECRUITMENT SCHEDULE: Application Deadline: Thursday, July 18, 2024  Tentative Panel Interview: Thursday, August 1, 2024

Required Skills / Experience / Education

Education and/or Experience: Graduation from an accredited college with a Bachelor's degree in Planning or a related field; four years of progressively responsible experience in current or advanced planning, including one year of supervisory experience or any combination of training and experience that provides the desired knowledge and abilities. A Master's Degree in Public Administration, Planning, Business Administration or a related field is desirable. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of planning; related state and Federal laws, ordinances, rules and regulations; environmental impact report administration; methods and techniques of training and supervision. Ability to plan, organize and coordinate planning activities; prepare and present reports; communicate effectively both orally and in writing; deal constructively with conflict and develop effective resolution; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships; supervise assigned staff. Special Requirements: Possession of or ability to obtain an appropriate California driver's license and a satisfactory driving record. PHYSICAL DEMANDS Frequent standing and sitting. Dexterity and coordination to handle files and single pieces of paper; occasional lifting of items weighing up to twenty-five pounds such as files, stacks of paper, reference and other materials. Moving from place to place within the office; some reaching for items above and below desk level. Strength, dexterity, coordination and vision to use keyboard and video display terminal occasionally. WORKING CONDITIONS Generally clean work environment with limited exposure to conditions such as dust, fumes, odors or noise. Is required to attend evening meetings and travel throughout the City. May involve evening and weekend work.

US Citizenship Required?


Will security clearance be required?


Salary Range

$6,714.00 - $9,056.00 Monthly

Other Benefits

Retirement – California Public Employee's Retirement System (CalPERS) Medical - $1,275 per month City paid Dental – City paid Vision – City paid Deferred Compensation – 4% of base salary. City will match up to 2% of monthly base salary per month. Life Insurance - $50,000 City paid Administrative Leave – 85 hours per fiscal year Vacation - 80 hours per year increasing to 180 hours after 15 years of service. Buyback option of up to 160 hours per fiscal year. Holidays - 14 paid holidays including three discretionary holidays Sick leave - 120 hours per year Personal Leave – 40 hours of sick leave or vacation time may be used for personal leave per fiscal year Bereavement Leave – 80 hours paid bereavement leave as needed Tuition Reimbursement - $2,300 per fiscal year Long-Term Disability (LTD)- City paid Flexible Spending Account (FSA)- Medical and Dependent Care available Voluntary Employee Benefit Association (VEBA)- Employee pays mandatory $20 bi-weekly basis Additional Team RC Perks Flexible work schedule Remote work Bring your dog to work Baby on board Dress for your day RC cares Payroll deduction for Camp Cucamonga Summer Camp Lunch and learns Corporate discount rate at 24 Hour Fitness Access to our on-site gyms at City Hall and Public Works (equipment includes treadmills, weights, Peloton bikes, elliptical etc.) Jet Dental – an onsite dental service Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Employee wellness and development programs – Take your kid to work day, Health Fair, Staff development day, Leadership academy, Take your co worker to work day, Know your numbers) City tour New employee Mixer and welcome basket Employee activities committee

Job Start Date


Position Type

Permanent Full-Time



Primary Language Required


Job Location

Location Address

10500 Civic Center Dr.
Rancho Cucamonga, California

Contact Information

Hiring Contact Name

Michelle Sanchez


[email protected]

Phone Number

(909) 774-2412