Salary: $65,928.00 – $86,484.00 Annually
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Closing: 11/15/2021 11:59 PM Pacific

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Our Recreation Planner,

  • Leads development of local recreation management plans that integrate WDFW’s conservation and recreation management goals.
  • Coordinates participation in planning by statewide, multi-disciplinary staff and external stakeholders and experts, including historically underrepresented stakeholders.
  • Works as project manager and technical team member planning priorities and disciplines including transportation management and site planning. 
  • Leads the development of policies and procedures that support recreation and public access opportunities while meeting WDFW conservation objectives. 
  • Provides expert level consultation and assistance on policy and program development subjects – acts as a technical liaison with policy personnel in other agencies – engages external partners, stakeholders, and staff in making recreation program modifications.
  • Provides support to region staff on implementation of new guidance, statutes, rules, and policies.
  • Provides legislative support and assistance through development, review and analysis of proposals that have the potential to affect the recreation program, including fiscal analyses.
  • Supports the development and start-up of recreation-related programs, which may include transportation management program, trail ambassador program, volunteer stewardship program, and the interpretive program.
  • Serves as project manager for the development and pilot of programs both statewide and in partnership with regional and local managers.


  • Work Setting, including hazards:    
    1. Work is primarily performed in an office environment from either duty station or occasionally at home.
  • Schedule:   
    1. Typically, work schedule is 8:00 am – 5:00 pm with occasional evening or weekend meetings.
  • Travel Requirements: 
    1. Occasional travel to different parts of the State is required.
  • Tools and Equipment: 
    1. Computer, phone.
  • Customer Interactions:
    1. Frequent interactions with the public and stakeholders.



  • A Bachelor’s degree in environmental planning, natural resource science, parks and recreation planning, environmental studies, communications, public administration, or closely related field.


  • Five (5) years of experience involving environmental analysis, planning, policy development, community outreach, or equivalent education/experience.


  • A Master’s degree or above with major emphasis in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, landscape architecture, geography, land use or environmental law, public administration with an environmental emphasis, or closely related field.


  • Three (3) years of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development. 


  • One (1) year of experience as an Environmental Planner 3. 


  • Professional equivalent experience may substitute, year for year, for the education requirement.

Job knowledge and experience with:

  • Leading and managing multi-disciplinary teams in delivery of successful plans and projects.
  • Managing high profile projects and handling issues that generate significant public and stakeholder interest.
  • Writing and editing content for web and print materials; developing and editing content for proposals, technical reports, websites, and presentations; experience successfully developing, implementing, and directing conceptual design and strategy for stakeholder outreach/involvement plans and/or public information programs.
  • Policies and programs related to outdoor recreation at the Federal, State, and local levels and planning principles, techniques, current trends, environmental laws, policies, and programs concerning all phases of state resource development. 
  • SEPA processes.
  • Coordinating teams at division, program, agency, and interagency levels; interpret and apply agency policy.
  • Interpreting and analyzing data, ideas, trends, and other information and developing effective short and long-range action plans and solutions.
  • Outdoor recreation management and land conservation principles.


Job knowledge and experience with: 

  • Developing state government plans and policies.
  • Leading multidisciplinary teams.
  • Recreation and natural resources planning principles and techniques.

Supplemental Information

Please note: Failure to follow the instructions below may lead to disqualification.

In order to successfully apply for this position, you MUST complete your profile at and attach the following to your profile before completing the online application:

  • A cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications of this position (Generic cover letter will not be accepted).
  • A current resume. 
  • Three professional references. 


On Monday August 9, 2021, Governor Inslee enacted Proclamation 21-14 which requires that all employees of all state agencies not headed by an elected official be fully vaccinated with a recommended COVID-19 vaccine by October 18, 2021 as a condition of employment. Fully vaccinated includes the two-week waiting period after the last shot in each series, or single shot, is given. If hired for this or any position at WDFW, you will be required to provide verification of COVID vaccination. A list of acceptable documents to provide verification can be reviewed here. Vaccination acceptable documents link (Download PDF reader) (Download PDF reader)

The Department of Fish and Wildlife’s priority during the Covid-19 health crisis is to keep our staff, candidates, and the public safe.  We are hiring and encourage you to apply to open positions. We have transitioned to a virtual recruitment process, to include web-based interviews.

All new employees must complete an Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9 Form) on their first day of work. If hired for this or any position at WDFW, you will be required to provide documentation proving you are eligible to work in the United States. For a list of acceptable documents, please use the following link: