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Class Code: 539S
Category: Science & Engineering


Develops and directs park planning projects for one or more geographic regions for the State Parks and Recreation Commission or develops and manages park planning on capital budget projects and special projects.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Positions at this level manage and supervise park planning activities in one or more park regions or manage and supervise the park planning functions needed to implement and complete approved capital budget projects. The regional positions direct the formulation and monitoring of the operating budget for their office and the formulation, planning, and implementation of capital budget for all parks within their regions. The capital budget position provides design, review, cost estimates, plan and specification preparation and inspection on statewide approved capital budget projects. All positions may conduct public meetings and prepare material for Commission action. All positions may supervise Parks Planners 1 or 2. All positions may work on special projects as assigned.

Typical Work

Investigates property for acquisition for use as State parks using IAC guidelines;  

Drafts maps, writes reports, and prepares other informational material on potential park sites;  

Prepares master plans (including minimum, optimum and extended development plans) for potential park sites using information from maps, photos, needs of area, park user studies and origin-destination studies;  

Recommends acquisition of potential park sites and disposal of existing park areas;  

Provides technical planning assistance on park plans to counties and their regions;  

Solicits input from and provides technical planning assistance to park rangers and managers regarding park layouts and facilities;  

Develops and prepares environmental impact assessment and/or statement information for environmentalist;  

Outlines projects to be done by youth and other work programs;  

Coordinates with other governmental agencies regarding adjoining properties and facilities;  

Prepares operating budget for regional office and monitors regional expenses;  

Prepares capital budget for all parks within the region and submits the budget and justification of headquarters for review; 

Provides information to consultants hired by the Parks and Recreation Commission for park planning;  

Submits reports to headquarters regarding special park projects or potential trouble areas;  

Speaks at public hearings and meetings regarding proposed parks and park modifications;  

Provides the Corp of Engineers with Parks and Recreation Commission guidelines and schematic drawings for parks to be built on Corps property;  

Supervises and trains Park Planners assigned to the region;  

Performs other work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:  theory, principles, and practices of park planning; interrelationship of structural and topographical elements, soils, ground water, vegetation, and human social and recreational needs, botany, horticulture, engineering, and recreation; architectural and engineering standards; sketching, rendering, and drafting techniques and instruments; buildings, planting and heavy construction methods; Federal regulations; basic supervisory skills. 

Ability to:  estimate the usefulness of potential State park sites as related to population concentration, climate, area recreational habits, natural condition of site, and estimated cost of development; arrive at sound recommendations for or against inclusion of facilities for various types of recreation, housing, administrative and maintenance facilities; prepare complete landscape architectural plans, sketches, and specification; estimate park development costs; plan and direct plant disease and plant pest control programs; supervise professional and sub-professional 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 must include course work in park planning, park administration, or related field.




Three years of professional experience in park planning, landscape architecture, engineering or similar professional work in land planning.


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

Class Specification History

New class Effective February 1, 1967
Revised September 19, 1975 Revises definition, minimum qualifications, adds distinguishing characteristics
Revised September 14, 1979 General revision, class code change from 6444 to 6703 per salary survey
Revised July 12, 1985 Revises definition and distinguishing characteristics
Revised January 13 1989 Revises definition and distinguishing characteristics
New class code: (formerly 67030) effective July 1, 2007