Park and Recreation Planner (Mid-level)

Full Time
Various Offices

MIG, Inc. is a national firm specializing in planning, design, communications, management, science, and technology. We believe that the environment around us has a profound impact on our lives and our shared vision is of a world where people, communities, and ecosystems thrive. For over 35 years, MIG has engaged the talents and vitality of top professionals who plan, design, and sustain environments that support human development. Our team members are passionate about their work and share a common desire to engage closely with our clients and the communities impacted by our work.

We are seeking an experienced, mid-level Park System Planner to join our diverse team of professionals in one of the following offices: Portland, OR; Denver, CO; Berkeley or San Diego, CA. MIG’s offices are currently closed due to COVID, and all staff are working remotely. This position will need to be in-person with some potential for occasional remote work when we eventually re-open.



  • Project Types: Typical projects you’ll work on include the development of park, recreation, and open space system plans; comprehensive, master, and strategic plans; needs assessments; recreation facility studies; trails plans; and recreation operations and business plans for cities, counties and/or park districts.
  • Project Work: You will work closely with others to produce project deliverables, facilitate meetings, and develop forward-thinking plans, reports, analyses, and materials. As a planner, you will work with lead designers, planners and project managers in tasks such as writing and graphically illustrating reports and plans; preparing and making presentations; conducting project research and analysis; conducting site visits or assessments; attending client meetings; leading outreach and engagement activities; and managing the production of individual deliverables.
  • Project Management Opportunities: This position could include project management duties for qualified candidates or offers potential to grow into a Project Manager position. As a Project Manager, you will be leading planning teams to create bold, innovative, and equitable park planning and design solutions. You will oversee the development of work products; provide overarching project direction to staff; lead internal and external subconsultant and client teams; and develop and manage projects including scopes of work, budgets, and schedules. In addition, Project Managers at MIG maintain client relationships; represent clients at public hearings and meetings; and set standards for excellence, responsiveness, and accountability. You will help build and maintain a strong practice by developing leads, preparing proposals, and attending and leading interviews.
  • Collaborative Teammate: You will work as part of a cross-office, cross-discipline team that brings together staff that support park system planning, urban and downtown planning, equity and inclusion, park and play area design, multi-modal transportation, historic preservation, and public engagement for public and private-sector clients across the U.S.

This is a full-time, hourly position. MIG works on projects nationwide. Some travel, evening, and weekend work will be required for meetings, engagement activities, and site evaluations. MIG encourages a work-life balance, and these excess hours can be offset during the week when possible.



To accomplish the responsibilities, you will be able to manage competing priorities, think critically and creatively, work as part of a collaborative team in an open environment, and maintain a sense of humor and camaraderie. In addition, you have some combination of the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in planning, urban design, parks and recreation management, recreation and tourism, geography, landscape architecture, or related field. (A Master’s degree is a plus.)
  • Relevant experience in consulting or in public agency planning or a closely related field.
  • The ability to prepare and deliver effective public presentations, lead working meetings, speak easily and clearly in front of groups, and facilitate client and stakeholder meetings.
  • Excellent skills in written communication and document presentation. Graphics is a plus.
  • Software proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Adobe Creative Suite.
  • You are local or willing to relocate to one of MIG’s identified offices to work directly with our teams and clients.
  • You are a people person, with an ability to develop collaborative, productive, and respectful relationships with community members, organizations, and partners.
  • As a plus, you are bilingual.

In addition to the above, if you are a Project Manager candidate, you will have the following qualifications:

  • Relevant experience in managing public and private-sector projects, including maintaining compliance with project contracts, drafting and managing scopes and budgets, maintaining schedules, as well as working with clients and partners to execute project work.
  • The ability to actively participate in marketing and business development opportunities, develop proposals for prospective projects, participate in interviews, and develop and maintain potential client and partner relationships.