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State of Washington Classified Job Specification

OUTDOOR RESOURCE PLANNER

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OUTDOOR RESOURCE PLANNER
542J
Category: Science & Engineering

Definition

In the Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation/Salmon Recovery Funding Board, reviews organizational and local, state and federal agency plans to determine eligibility and qualification for participation in recreation/habitat grant programs, and provides technical assistance to organizations and agencies developing such plans.  Assists with development of the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP), the State Trails Program, Nonhighway and Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Activities Program and other related or similar statewide recreational/habitat plans.

Typical Work

Review plans and other documents submitted by agencies and organizations seeking eligibility for grant-in-aid assistance, make recommendations to the supervisor as to whether the submissions meet current eligibility requirements, and maintain a list of eligible applicants by program as required; 

Provide technical assistance to agencies and organizations on planning eligibility requirements, as well as techniques for preparing plans for submission; 

Assist in the identification and recruiting of advisory committee and evaluation team members; 

Conduct literature review and other research to help identify recreation and open space issues, including participation and trends; 

Draft requests for proposals and personals and personal services contracts for the design and execution of original surveys or other planning/policy related activity including inventory work; 

Contribute to or write reports, plans, memoranda, participation manuals, application manuals, evaluation instruments, and other documents on topics related to grant programs, outdoor recreation, and open space; 

Help to organize and facilitate public or agency meetings; 

Performs other work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:  planning principles and techniques; current trends, laws, policies and programs related to recreation (with emphasis on outdoor recreation) at the Federal, State, and local levels, and within the private sector; environmental, social and other problems which could have an impact on the future acquisition, development, maintenance or public use of recreational facilities, programs and resources within the State; new research methodologies in projecting demand, for cost/benefit analysis, and for other related programs.   

Ability to:  coordinate staff activities at divisional or agency level in State government; interpret and apply agency policy; develop project plans and priorities; 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 and organizations, the press, and the general public; speak before 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 three 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.

Class Specification History

New class effective: 9-14-79
Revised minimum qualifications: 1-13-89
Revised definition, minimum qualifications, deleted distinguishing characteristics, general revision, and changed title (formerly Recreation Resource Planner 2): 7-11-03
New class code: (formerly 67120) effective July 1, 2007

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