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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 539T
Category: Science & Engineering


Within the Site Planning and Acquisition Section, administers the site planning activities which includes coordinating the implementation of the statewide Capitol Improvement Program. May supervise lower-level Park Planners.

Typical Work

Administers and participates in the preparation and development of plans and reports for new and existing parks and recreational areas;  

Serves as a technical resource person on park planning and development to other governmental units;  

Reports on and develops park planning activities with other governmental agencies, local planning commissions and individuals;  

Advises other sections within the Parks and Recreation Commission of the planning section's activities;  

Prepares correspondence and miscellaneous documents and reports necessary for the implementation of the functions of this section;  

Develops and prepares environmental impact assessments and/or statement information for environmentalists;  

Reviews and evaluates environmental impact statements and assessments submitted by other agencies;  

Evaluates, supervises and trains section personnel;  

Performs other work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:  theory, principles, practices, trends and problems in research of park needs, acquisition of land and planning development for park purposes; principles and practices of landscape architecture, recreation, public finances, and real estate acquisition; interrelationship of structural and topographical elements, soils, ground water, vegetation, and human social and recreational needs; sketching, rendering and drafting techniques and instruments; Federal regulations. 

Ability to:  research needs of resident and transient population for outdoor recreational areas; conceive and execute long- and short-range plans for fulfillment of these needs; supervise professional and subprofessional land planners, landscape architects and other park personnel assigned to park planning; write and speak clearly, concisely, accurately and informatively; travel frequently.

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 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, or administration. 


Graduate training in the above fields may be substituted, year for year, for the required experience up to a maximum of two years.


Registration in the State of Washington as a Landscape Architect.

Class Specification History

Revised April 19, 1966 Revises minimum qualifications
Revised September 19, 1975 Revises definition, minimum qualifications and general revision
Revised September 14, 1979 General revision and class code change (formerly 6446 to 6704 per salary survey)
Revised July 12, 1985 Revises definition
Revised December 13, 1985 Revises definition
Revised May 12, 1989 Revises definition
New class code: (formerly 67040) effective July 1, 2007