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Capital Project Manager III

Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
Los Altos, California
Annual Pay Range: $108,411 - $135,371
Closing date
Aug 14, 2022

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Do you have a passion for outdoor recreation and open space? Midpen has an excellent opportunity for an enthusiastic and experienced Capital Project Manager III to manage key public access projects in Midpen’s open space areas. Use your strong project management skills for project work that includes designing, permitting, and contracting for recreational amenities such as bridges, roads, staging areas, site amenities, structures and water systems.
About Midpen:  Midpen helps plants, animals and people thrive throughout the greater Santa Cruz Mountains region by preserving a greenbelt of more than 65,000 acres of public open space with 250 miles of trails in 26 extraordinary preserves, permanently protected for natural resource conservation and ecologically sensitive public enjoyment and education. Midpen is a public agency with a focused mission that guides our work, and where every employee makes an impact.  If you are looking for an outstanding opportunity to contribute to the legacy of open space protection, natural resource restoration and outdoor recreation, working with an incredible team of like-minded colleagues, we invite you to apply for this position!  Check out the Working for Midpen video on our Employment Opportunities page.

About the PositionThe incumbent will be a part of a cohesive team of eight in the Engineering & Construction Department. Midpen aims to recruit and retain employees who embody professionalism, accountability, and respect, who value working in a purpose-driven agency that aspires to contribute to an inclusive, diverse and equitable community. The focus of this position is on the development and implementation of a wide variety of capital improvement projects to increase public access and enjoyment of Midpen lands.  The Capital Project Manager III supports projects from planning and conceptual design and takes a lead role from design development through construction.  This position requires strong project management: evaluating the constructability of a project during planning and conceptual design, and leading the design development and engineering, permitting, CEQA mitigation compliance, bidding, contracting and construction oversight to completion. The Capital Project Manager III uses their strong communication skills to present projects to the Board of Directors, Board Committees, and at public meetings. The ideal applicant will be an organized, creative, energetic, self-starter with excellent oral and written communication skills, who enjoys working within a collaborative group dynamic. The applicant is also expected to foster communication and collaboration with other Midpen departments to coordinate project requirements, work with local jurisdictional agencies to fulfill project permitting requirements, interact with project design consultants and contractors, and maintain project documentation.  For additional information, see the Capital Project Manager III job description on Midpen’s website. Applicants with engineering, landscape architecture, construction inspection, and/or construction management backgrounds are highly desired.

A Few Reasons Why You May Love This Job

  • Collaborative work that directly supports Midpen’s mission to protect and restore the natural environment and contributes to providing nature’s benefits to everyone You’ll be part of a talented and dynamic team of bright, energetic, and motivated professionals with a passion for the outdoors, trails, and preserving open space Excellent employee benefits, including medical, dental, vision, tuition reimbursement, and a retirement pension through California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS)

Work Environment:  This position will operate in the Engineering and Construction Department at Midpen’s office in Los Altos, California.  Capital Project Managers will often work in the field, and hike steep terrain and wildland areas with poison oak and wildlife. Fieldwork will require driving in remote areas on dirt roads, working in temperatures ranging from cold and blustery to hot and dry. Ideal candidates will be comfortable working in these types of field conditions, as well as in an office environment.  Midpen offers a hybrid office/telecommute work schedule for this position, which includes a 9/80 schedule.

Education and Experience:  We realize your time is valuable, so please apply only if you have at least the required minimum qualifications outlined here: any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:  Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in civil or structural engineering, construction management, landscape architecture, or a related field, and five (5) years of increasingly responsible experience in project management preferably in parks, open space, or related field.  A Master’s Degree in an Engineering, Architecture, or Geology discipline and/or a professional license (PE, PG, Landscape Architect, Architect) is highly desirable.

Licenses & Certifications Required:   Possession of a valid California Driver’s License. 

Benefits:   Midpen provides an excellent benefits package including health, life & disability insurance as well as CalPERS pension. Please see the Benefits page on Midpen’s website for details.

How to Apply:   A note to applicants who currently live outside of the San Francisco Bay Area: before committing to the application process, and if you haven’t done so already, we suggest evaluating the feasibility of relocation. We recommend researching the cost of living in the San Francisco Bay Area, the cost to relocate, and typical commute times to Los Altos from outlying areas.

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Application deadline is August 14, 2022.  Applicants with the most relevant experience and qualifications suitable for the position will be contacted for an interview.

The following application items are required to be considered*:

1. Fully completed CalOpps employment application 

2. Cover letter 

3. Resume 

4. Supplemental question responses

*Incomplete CalOpps employment applications, or applications without the required application items listed here, will not be considered for the position.

Recruitment Timeline:  

(dates are subject to change)

First Interview (virtual): August 25, 2022

Written Exercise (virtual): August 29, 2022

Second Interview (in-person): August 30, 2022


Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Applicants with disabilities may request reasonable accommodation by contacting the Human Resources department at 650-691-1200.   

Put your passion for Open Space to work!


Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is a regional greenbelt system in the Santa Cruz Mountain region in northern California's San Francisco Bay Area and is comprised of over 63,000 acres of land in 26 extraordinary open space preserves, permanently protected for public enjoyment and recreation. The District is a growing organization with a focused mission that guides our work, and where every employee makes an impact. View the interactive story map, Top 25 Future Open Space Project Portfolios, on our Measure AA page and also check out the Working for Midpen video on our Employment Opportunities page.
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