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Class Code: 542T
Category: Science & Engineering


Serves as an independent project manager responsible for guiding the development of environmental resource plans, programs, policies or regulations.

Distinguishing Characteristics

The associate planner level provides expertise and consultation to staff of various environmental programs; or provides planning or policy development assistance to staff from other state agencies, levels of government, or concerned organizations.

Typical Work

Supervises planning specialists in the planning, development and coordination of the environmental planning processes related to activities of land, air and water programs;  

Develops, plans and coordinates major environmental program-budget planning activities as a senior analyst;  

Plans, directs and coordinates major environmental policy and/or resource planning efforts as a project manager; as project manager directs the functions and duties of technical staff assigned on a project basis;  

Supervises the preparation of plans, reports, documents, administrative regulations, and other informational material designed to implement the planning objectives of the agency;  

Develops policies, procedures, and standards of adequacy for planning by the agency, by other state agencies, by consultants, and by others performing planning activities over which the agency has supervisory responsibilities;  

Conducts technical liaison with principal planning personnel in other state departments and with directors of regional, local, and federal planning agencies;  

Determines eligibility of consultants to perform work for the agency and recommends the selection of those qualified for state planning services;  

Develops a recommended legislative program;  

Represents the department before federal, state, and local governmental officials on administrative policy in rendering technical assistance;  

Serves as chief of staff to interagency committees; 

Performs other work as required. 

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:  planning principles, techniques, current trends, environmental laws, policies and programs concerning all phases of State resource development; governmental administrative structure at local and State levels; environmental, social and other problems affecting development of local and State environmental resource programs; methods and objectives of urban and natural resources planning; principles of staff supervision.   

Ability to:  accept responsibility for major program activities; interpret and apply agency policy; develop long-range work plans, think conceptually, observe and interpret trends, analyze data, identify key relationships, draw logical conclusions, and maintain effective working relationships with governmental officials; address large groups and write effectively; supervise staff and manage major program activities.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

A Master's degree or above with major emphasis in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, landscape architecture, geography, land use or environmental law, public administration with an environmental emphasis, or closely related field, 


Two years of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development. 


One year of experience as an Environmental Planner 2. 

Two years of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development, will substitute for the Master's degree provide a Bachelor's degree in a field listed above or a natural science has been achieved. 

Note:  Selective certification may be required for candidates possessing the following qualifications.  A Master's degree with major emphasis in business administration, financial management, resource economics, public administration, or closely related field, and one year of full-time professional experience in budget analysis and planning. 

Two years of professional experience in full-time budget analysis and planning will substitute for the Master's degree provided a Bachelor's degree in a field listed in the note above has been achieved. 

Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New class: 11-9-79
Revised definition and distinguishing characteristics: 3-14-80
Revised definition, general revision: 9-13-83
Revised definition: 6-15-84
Revised definition: 3-15-85
Revised definition: 2-14-86
Revised definition: 4-11-86
Revised definition, distinguishing characteristics and minimum qualifications: 7-10-87
Revised definition, distinguishing characteristics and minimum qualifications: 12-11-92
Revised new class code: (formerly 67420) effective July 1, 2007.
Base range salary adjustment adopted 6/30/2017, effective 7/1/2017; 55 to 57.
Base range salary adjustment adopted 6/13/2019, effective 7/1/2019.