Land Use Planner

Boston Parks and Recreation Department (BPRD) is seeking a planner in the Design and Construction Unit to be responsible for the land use planning, including the acquisition of open space, and grant management by the Department. BPRD is the 2nd largest landowner in the City of Boston. As Boston grows, so must resident’s access to equitable, high quality open space. BPRD has recently restarted an active acquisition program and is seeking qualified applicants for its management, in addition to other property needs.

- Plans and manages the Department’s Open Space Acquisition Program. Includes identifying and evaluating properties for their existing and potential open space value, property research and contract development for due diligence, development and execution of program processes, negotiating and developing terms of Conservation Restrictions with third parties (where appropriate), collaboration on internal real estate transfers from other departments, grant seeking and management, and external communications.
- Performs research, analysis, short and long term planning for the Department’s interest in promoting open space access and use.
- Seeks Federal and State grant funding for Capital Projects and Acquisitions. Includes all aspects of application development, coordination, reporting, records management, and close out. Acts as the point of contact for reporting.
- Responsible for the thorough and timely completion of the city’s Open Space and Recreation Plan update to maintain eligibility for State grants.
- Collaborates with other BPRD staff on parks planning projects.
- Contributes to planning work by other City departments in collaboration with Parks staff.
- Answers property based inquiries.
- Maintains accurate property file data using GIS and other records management resources.
- Participates in developing and/or managing contracts related to the Department’s planning needs.
- Performs other duties as required.