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Recreation Planner, Parks Planner 4

Washington State Department of Natural Resources

Loomis State Forest

Recreation Planner, Parks Planner 4
Recruitment #2023-11-5572
Full-time, Permanent, Represented position
Location: Natural Resources Building- Olympia, WA
Location and Partial Telework flexibility may be available and considered
Salary: $6,198.00 – $8,334.00 Monthly 

Review of applications is ongoing. We reserve the right to make a hiring decision or close this recruitment at any time after 12/4/23. It is in your best interest to submit materials as soon as possible. 

Want to join something GREAT and make a difference?
Are you a licensed landscape architect or architect with strong project management skills who wants to contribute to the future of public lands? The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Recreation and Conservation Division is looking for a Recreation Planner to administer and conduct strategic, landscape, and operational planning across different regions throughout the state. The planner will also be responsible for conducting public outreach and plan development that results in high-quality recreational opportunities through collaboration with region staff, tribes, stakeholders, and partners. DNR’s recreation program consists of more than 160 sites, including over 80 campgrounds and 1,200 miles of trails available for a diversity of uses statewide. This position is essential for planning, budgeting, and executing the program’s climate resilience, environmental justice, renovation, and development strategies.

The successful candidate will have a service mindset and build rapport with region staff, tribes, partners, and stakeholders. In addition to having a strong background in relevant design work, they will be familiar with the development project lifecycle and project management tools and techniques. While they won’t be directly managing the development itself, they will need to be familiar with all stages of the process, including permitting and contract management, in order to support region project managers as needed.



  • Leads and manages planning initiatives.
  • Co-leads and supports regions in the development of plans and reports.
  • Develops landscape-level plans, site plans, and other multi-faceted and collaborative plans, projects, and processes with DNR staff, other agencies, tribes, stakeholders, and partners.
  • Develops facility and trail designs and technical specifications.
  • Coordinates with Division and region staff in biennial work planning and budget development.
  • Conducts research and develops maps, plans, and reports.
  • Co-leads (with regions) public meetings, workshops, and charrettes to engage visitors, stakeholders, and other entities in planning projects and issues.
  • Integrates Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Environmental Justice into planning work to ensure overburdened communities and vulnerable populations are taken into consideration early in the planning process.
  • In coordination with subject matter experts and region staff, develops standards, signs, and sign plans for recreation trails and facilities with accessibility in mind.

Project Management

  • Supports regions with managing complex development and renovation projects.
  • Serves as technical resource to region staff, including SEPA, permitting, procurement, contracting, etc.
  • Develops project budget estimates.
  • Establishes and manages project schedules.
  • Leads or participates in project teams.
  • Incorporates community needs and feedback when establishing and coordinating public committees.


  • Coordinates with state, county, and local governmental agencies and tribes, elected officials, non-profits, stakeholders, the public, and other DNR sections to plan and complete projects and represent agency policies and priorities externally.
  • Prepares, coordinates, and/or assists regional recreation staff with the creation of grant application materials.
  • Assists region staff and Recreation Grants Manager in preparing requests for project scope changes or extensions.

Required Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree or higher involving major study in park planning, park administration, landscape architecture, land planning, engineering, or other major which included course work in park planning, park administration, or related field.
  • Four years of professional experience in park planning, development, operations, administration, or a related field.
  • Licensure in landscape architecture or architecture.
  • Knowledge of: theory, principles, practices, trends, and problems in recreation facility development; recreation planning; principles and practices of landscape architecture; interrelationship of structural and topographical elements, soils, groundwater, vegetation, and human social and recreational needs; sketching, rendering and drafting techniques and instruments; State and Federal regulations.
  • Project management skills as demonstrated by education and/or professional experience.
  • Proficient in AutoCAD, Microsoft Office Suite, graphics programs, or similar software.
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with internal and external stakeholders and organizations.
  • Demonstrated ability to create, monitor, and work within project scope, budget, and schedule.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and graphic communication skills as demonstrated by education and professional experience.


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