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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 539R
Category: Science & Engineering


Performs journey‑level investigation and analysis of present and potential State park facilities, designs parks, and recommends for or against acquisition or development of proposed park sites.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Under general supervision, positions at this level work independently and are delegated responsibility to plan, organize and carry out assignments.

Typical Work

Conducts reconnaissance of potential park sites for possible acquisition; 

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

Prepares ownership maps and land inventories using information from governmental and private sources; 

Develops and prepares detail site plans which include complete landscape and architectural plans and sketches, and specifications for land or underwater facilities and structures; 

Develops sign plans for new parks and recommends plans to the sign committee; modifies and updates the agency sign manual; recommends policy changes to the sign committee; 

Drafts plans and draws specifications for nonstandard facilities within a present or potential park facility; 

Develops user studies and other value studies for obtaining information relative to park development priorities and program emphasis; 

Assembles capital budget from regional capital budget justifications submitted by regional planners; examines and modifies regional capital budget cost information for consistency between regions; develops capital budget indexes and arrangements; 

Reviews consultants' reports and studies to determine if they meet contract guidelines; 

Provides planning information to environmentalists for environmental impact statements; 

Submits reports and maps to various governmental agencies, including the Corps of Engineers, for permit issuance; 

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

Performs other work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:  theory, principles, and practices of park planning; interrelationship of structural and topographical elements and recreational needs; architectural and engineering standards; sketching, rendering, and drafting techniques and instruments; buildings, planting, and heavy construction methods; Federal regulations. 

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 the development; arrive at sound recommendations for or against inclusion of facilities for various types of recreation, housing, administrative, and maintenance facilities; plan appropriate space allocation for such facilities, making maximum use of natural flora, lakes, streams, and other topography; prepare complete landscape architectural plans, sketches, and specifications; estimate park development costs.

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 and two 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 the required experience.

Class Specification History

Revised April 19, 1966 Revises minimum qualifications
Revised September 19, 1975 Revises definition, adds distinguishing characteristics
Revised September 14, 1979 General revision, class code change (formerly 6442) per salary survey
Revised July 12, 1985 Revises distinguishing characteristics
New class code: (formerly 67020) effective July 1, 2007