Kitsap County, WA
September 1, 2023
Bremerton, WA
Job Type



Kitsap County Parks Department is committed to providing quality-of-life enhancing opportunities through the management of natural areas and specialized facilities, fostering community stewardship, and offering an outstanding service-oriented environment.

The Parks Department has a unique opportunity to join their team!!

The ideal candidate will be a seasoned Parks Capital Project Specialist (Planner) with

expertise in overseeing capital improvements/projects and parks planning!

Strong communications, collaborations and leadership skills is a must!

The County values their employees and offers great benefits, a pension, vacation and sick leave!

Position Information
The successful candidate will manage the capital improvements and maintenance projects for park facilities, including the planning, organization, and coordination of construction design and engineering, as well as bidding and project implementation.


Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelors Degree in project management, planning, landscape architecture or related engineering field; and
  • Four years of experience in leading capital Improvement programs and construction projects for ideally for a parks department; including an indepth understanding of parks planning, land use planning or natural resources; or
  • Any equivalent combination of experience and education that provides the applicant with the desired knowledge, skills and ability required to perform the work.

Preferred Education, Experience or Other Qualifications.

  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification
  • American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Certification
  • Park and Recreation System Master Planning Certification
  • Previous experience with partnerships between public and private agencies
  • Experience working for a government agency, in the public sector, or in a parks and recreation department.

Driving Requirements
The successful incumbent must meet the driving requirements of this position and submit a copy of a current driving record/abstract (from state of residency) to review for eligibility to drive for Kitsap County prior to employment. The successful incumbent must obtain a valid Washington State Driver's License prior to hire and maintain a satisfactory driving record as outlined in the Kitsap County Vehicle Use Policy. This position is categorized as a Category 1: Driver and operates County-owned vehicle.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of principles and practices of project management and contract administration
  • Knowledge of design and construction management including developing bid specifications, reading blueprints, and evaluation of design and construction projects
  • Knowledge of applicable building codes, policies, and regulations
  • Knowledge of building and land use permits, processes and requirements
  • Knowledge of applicable local, state, and federal laws, codes and standards related to construction


  • Skill in planning and organizing, problem analysis and decision-making, interpersonal sensitivity, adaptability and flexibility, and time management
  • Skill in reading and interpreting building or engineering plans and reports
  • Skills to understand and meet stakeholders' needs within policy guidelines
  • Skills to build collaborative team relationships
  • Skills to communicate effectively, both written and verbal
  • Skills with computer and software use including Microsoft Office and other software program applications


  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, elected officials, contractors, government representatives, and the general public
  • Ability to manage and deliver multiple, concurrent capital projects, activities, and tasks on time, within scope, and within budget
  • Ability to analyze and interpret plans, bid packages, specifications, drawings, calculations, and cost estimates
  • Ability to prepare and administer contracts and budgets
  • Ability to read construction plans
  • Ability to develop detailed work plans, including milestones and timelines

Working Conditions/Physical Activities

( The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Kitsap County provides reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions .)

Positions in this class typically require :

  • Work performed in the office environment and in the field/community.
  • Field work includes working around equipment in inclement weather, noise, and noxious fumes.
  • Bending, stooping, reaching (over shoulders, at waist and below waist), walking, standing and working high above ground, adequate vision sufficient to view computer, and hearing sufficient to respond to audible alarms, speaking adequate to communicate effectively, manual dexterity to grasp/handle equipment and materials.
  • Must possess sufficient physical strength, coordination and mental alertness to ensure safe and efficient performance of assigned duties including lifting and carrying up to 30 pounds.

In this position the successful candidate will get to perform the following essential functions:

  • Program Administration
    • Manages, monitors, directs, and regularly reports on the department's Capital Improvement Program (CIP)
    • Performs capital needs assessment, prioritization, project management, capital budget development, and status reporting.
    • Assist with budget development and monitor spending activity
    • Prepare cost estimates for capital projects

Contract Management

  • Facilitates the capital procurement process for contract bidding, contractor interviews, contractor selection, contract development, and managing the agreement to ensure projects are completed on time, on budget, and within high levels of quality assurance.
  • Prepares construction specifications, bid documents, contracts, and change orders
  • Follows all State of Washington procurement laws and policies

Project Management

  • Monitors capital budgets to ensure project expenditures remain with the scope of work
  • Oversees consultants, contractors and may oversee staff performing capital construction work, inspect work in-progress, provide technical guidance, examine completed projects, and ensure proper cleanup after projects
  • Conducts field inspections to collect data, verify existing/actual conditions, and monitor conformance with plans/specifications.
  • Coordinate with other department programs, County departments, agencies, and the public
  • Ensure work is performed and adheres to State and local laws and other safety standards

Public Outreach and Communication

  • Conducts meetings with consultants, contractors, department programs, other County departments, stakeholders, and other appropriate stakeholder parties from design of a project through construction and completion
  • Supports the relationship between Kitsap County and the general public by demonstrating courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with citizens, visitors, stakeholders, and partners
  • Presents to the Board of County Commissioners, Parks Advisory Board, and other community groups as needed

Perform other related duties as requested.
Positions in the classification are :

  • Who May Apply: This position is open to the general public. Applications will be screened for qualifications and completion of all the required materials and forms. The most competitive applicants may be contacted for further steps in the selection process, which may include testing for office and computer skills.
  • This position is classified as exempt for earning overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • Non-represented and covered under the Kitsap County Personnel Manual.
  • Kitsap County is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please contact our Human Resources Office.
  • Flexible work hours are available, as approved by management.
  • This recruitment may be used to fill other vacancies within this classification.

This position is open until filled and reviewed weekly!

At Kitsap County, we strive to take care of our team! Our employees are the greatest asset of Kitsap County, and we take pride in offering a highly competitive compensation and benefits package to all eligible employees.

County Paid Benefits Include:
Medical - Kaiser Permanente (HMO) or Aetna (PPO)
Dental -Delta Dental or Willamette
Vision - VSP
Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
Life Insurance - Basic, Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D), Voluntary Term Life Insurance (VTL)
Disability - Short-term disability & Long-term disability
Voya Voluntary Insurance
Transportation incentives
Employee Assistance Program
Travel Assistance Program
Wellness program
Benefits become effective on the first calendar day of the month following the month in which the employee is hired except if the employee's hire date is the first calendar day of the month, benefits begin on the day of hire. More information about employee benefits is available on the county's website at: or the Kitsap County Digital Benefits Guide .

*Voluntary benefit options also available at the employee's expense

Employees are covered under the PERS retirement plan provided through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and Social Security.

Deferred Compensation (IRS Plan 457b): tax-deferred savings program

11 paid holidays and 2 additional floating holiday per year

Vacation Leave
New employees are credited with 48 hours of annual leave upon hire and will be begin accruing at the rate of 8 hours per month starting on their 7th month of employment. Employees may carry over 360 hours from one calendar year to the next. Annual leave accrual will increase upon tenure, as follows:

Upon completion of 3 years: 15 days per year (10.00 hours per month)
Upon completion of 5 years: 20 days per year (13.33 hours per month)
Upon completion of 10 years: 25 days per year (16.67 hours per month)
Sick Leave
All new hires will be credited with 48 hours of sick leave upon hire and will begin accruing at the rate of 8 hours per month starting on their 7th month of employment. Employees may carry over 1200 hours from one calendar year to the next.

***Part-time employees benefit contributions and leave accruals will beprorated***

Current County Employees
If you are transferring or promoting into this position you are responsible for reviewing these benefit changes; prior to accepting a position. In addition, it is your responsibility to notify the Auditor's Payroll Division of a change in union status.

NOTE: This is a general overview of the benefits offered through employment with Kitsap County, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy. If any information on this document conflicts or is incorrect with the provisions of the Personnel Manual, applicable laws, policies, rules or official plan documents they will prevail. The Personnel Manual is available at:

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