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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 542K
Category: Science & Engineering


Serves as a Senior Recreation Resource Planner for the Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation/Salmon Recovery Funding Board. Develops, formulates and writes recreational and habitat-related plans and policies per state and federal regulations. Responsible for development, maintenance and implementation of all elements of the State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) and segments, or all, of the State Trails Plan, Boating Facilities Program policy plan, Nonhighway and Off-Road Vehicle Activities (NOVA) plan and other related or similar statewide plans or agency grant program review of development documents.

Typical Work


  • Review literature (professional and popular) including studies, plans, and reports developed or published by public agencies and/or private organizations related to recreation management, recreation participation and trends, land use, park planning, leisure studies, conservation, natural resources, nonmotorized transportation (e.g., trails, pedestrians and bicycle users), demographics, and so on; 
  • Represent the agency and its objectives, especially those found in state comprehensive outdoor recreation planning (SCORP) documents, in public processes conducted by other agencies and organizations that involve the development or improvement of recreation sites and facilities for mitigation or enhancement (e.g., SEPA, NEPA, FERC); 
  • Write requests for proposals and personal services contracts for the design and execution of original surveys, and evaluate the proposals for responsiveness; 
  • Supervise or manage staff and/or contractors in the development of original data (surveys, research) and public involvement (e.g., for facilitation of meetings, focus groups, and so on), and reports; 
  • Provide data and the interpretation of data to others as requested;
  • Write or edit reports, plans, memoranda, participation manuals, application manuals, evaluation instruments, and other documents on topics related to grant programs, outdoor recreation, and open space; 
  • Organize and facilitate public or agency meetings; 
  • Recruit or assist in the recruitment of volunteers to serve on advisory and evaluation teams; 
  • Performs other work as required. 

Department of Fisheries: 

  • Originates and/or reviews public recreation site proposals; coordinates review of proposals by other agencies; conducts site and design evaluations and public hearings;  
  • Determines desirability of public recreation site acquisition or development proposals in relation to regional or statewide needs; assesses environmental impact; determines feasibility for submittal to State and Federal funding agencies;  
  • Drafts, negotiates and establishes mutually satisfactory agreements with other local, State and Federal governmental agencies for the planning, acquisition, development, maintenance and operation of recreational fisheries projects;  

Performs other work as required. 

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:  planning principles and techniques, including current and long-range trends; laws; policies and programs; new research methodologies and concepts as related to recreation at all levels of government and in the private sector; personnel management philosophy and practices; budget development and application; preparation and administration of contract services; environmental, social and other problems and/or programs which could have an impact on the future of recreational management, services and/or participation. 

Ability to:  supervise and coordinate staff activities at Divisional or agency level; 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; make sound decisions; establish and maintain effective working relationships with governmental officials at all levels and with employees, private groups, the press and the general public; address large groups and write effectively.

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 Bachelor’s degree in geography, land use planning, forestry, parks and recreation management, environmental studies, communications, public administration or related discipline and five years of professional resource planning experience with local, State or Federal government, large land owning corporation or environmental organization.  

A Master’s degree in one of the above fields will substitute for one year of experience. 

Additional qualifying experience will substitute year for year for the required education. 


Two years as an Outdoor Resource Planner or Recreation Resource Planner 2. 

Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New class effective: 9-14-79
Revised minimum qualifications: 1-13-89
Revised definition: 3-13-98
Revised definition, minimum qualifications, general revision, and changed title (formerly Recreation Resource Planner 3): 7-11-03
New class code: (formerly 67130) effective July 1, 2007