Memphis River Parks Partnership

The Design/Planner will report directly to the Director of Special Projects and Design. The Special Projects team focuses on cultivating park activities & features that make the Memphis River Parks experience unique and meaningful. These efforts build upon the existing assets of the riverfront parks with thoughtful engagement, activations & long-term improvements.

The position responsibilities will be wide-ranging in support of the Partnership’s programmatic goals and advancement of special projects within the parks.
Tasks will include but are not limited to:
o Assist in researching, designing and developing long-term parks vision and strategy plans
o Designing activations, planning, developing graphics, marketing packages, and budgets
o Design/build exercises including working with volunteers, Rangers and vendors in on-site projects o Project-specific community & stakeholder outreach, engagement and interpretation
o Evaluate the changing conditions of the parks, document challenges, suggest solutions and
supervise/collaborate with Field Operations team members and contractors to enact improvements.

● 3 to 5 years of experience in landscape architecture, architecture, community planning, urban design, horticulture or related fields.
● Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
● Clear verbal, written and illustrated/design communication.
● Self-motivated, self-directed and confident in their skill sets to work both independently and as part of a
● Good time management with the ability to execute multiple competing projects and meet fast deadlines.
● Eagerness and comfort speaking with stakeholders and community members is required, as aspects of the
position will be public facing.
● Strong computer skills and a familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite, Dropbox, MS Office Suite and Google
● Proficiency in AutoCAD, GIS and Rhino (or an alternate 3D modeling program) is helpful but not essential.
● Ability to work outside and interest in experiencing the unique environments of the park system
● Ability to work on some evenings and weekends when events pertaining to site activations and community
events may occur.

Compensation and benefits:
● Salary offered is commensurate with experience.
● A full benefits package is offered including 4O1K matching contributions.
● Opportunity for professional development and to participate in national and local networks.

To apply:
Thank you for your interest in the Partnership. Please prepare a formal letter of interest, up-to-date resume and portfolio of work and three professional references as PDF, DOC or website.

Submit your documents and your salary requirements to:

No phone calls or mailed applications. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

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