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The Delaware County Planning Department is seeking qualified applicants to join its professional planning team.

Delaware County encompasses 49 municipalities adjacent to Philadelphia and the Delaware River and is home to a demographically and economically diverse population of more than 550,000. The following position is currently available:

Open Space and Trail Manager (Non Supervisory) - Salary Range $48,000 - $55,000 (depending on relevant experience)

Position Reporting - Director of Planning

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage all phases of several trail development projects, including feasibility studies, trail design, land acquisition and trail construction that occur concurrently
  • Oversees implementation of the County’s Open Space Program, including development of Open Space Action Plans
  • Prepare trail and open space grant proposals to federal, state, local and private funders and manage any grants received
  • Work with Department staff to create engaging visual depictions of open space and trail initiatives and implementation
  • Coordinates with the County Parks and Public Works Departments and the County Solicitor in the development and management of trail and park facilities
  • Work cooperatively with municipal staff, governing boards and private stakeholders to advance trail development and open space initiatives
  • Identify and establish relationships to work cooperatively with public partners including SEPTA and PennDOT
  • Give public presentations about the Delaware County trail and open space initiatives
  • Report to the Council and Planning Commission on Trail and Open Space issues
  • Review any subdivision and land development proposals for Trail and Open Space opportunities


  • Master’s Degree in Planning, Landscape Architecture, Civil Engineering or related field
  • Four (4) years of relatable work experience or any equivalent combination of education and experience with provides the knowledge and abilities necessary to be successful
  • Knowledge in all phases of trail development including experience with state and federally funded projects
  • General knowledge of engineering, land use and construction practice
  • Considerable knowledge of how public transportation and recreation projects are implemented preferred
  • Considerable knowledge of the applicable state and federal standards preferred
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment
  • Must demonstrate strong analytic, written and oral communication skills to effectively communicate to a wide variety of stakeholders
  • Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines
  • Report on the progress and implementation of open space and trail projects to local and regional stakeholders
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and familiarity with GIS or ArcGIS Online
  • Have a valid driver’s license

Forward cover letters and resumes (in MS Office or PDF format) to:

Michelle Signora, Office Administrator
Delaware County Planning Department
First Floor
1055 E. Baltimore Pike
Media, PA 19063

In order to avoid delays in the selection and candidate approval process, and if you are invited to discuss your qualifications in person, it would be helpful to complete an Application for Employment  prior to your scheduled appointment and have it available when you arrive.

All applicants will be evaluated on the basis of education, experience, communication skills, and computer proficiency. County residency is required within 180 days of employment. Delaware County is an equal opportunity employer.



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