Salary: $5,268.00 – $7,085.00 Monthly
Location: Thurston County – Tumwater, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Department: Parks and Recreation Commission
Job Number: 2022-17007

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages one of the largest, most diverse–and most beautiful—parks systems in the country. With more than 120,000 acres, the system includes 124 developed parks, including 19 marine parks, 11 historical parks, 35 heritage sites, 13 interpretive centers and approximately 500 miles of long-distance recreation trails. And the agency is staffed with nearly 1000 employees (summers), who are some of the most passionate employees you’ll find anywhere We love what we manage and what we do. For more information on Washington State Parks, click here.

This position is a critical part of our Operations Division central administration and management team. The Operations Division encompasses every employee who works in one of our amazing park locations – including rangers, construction and maintenance staff, interpretive staff, park aides and more. Operations central administration works hard to ensure those public-facing field staff have what they need to do their jobs exceptionally well, and this position plays a key role in that endeavor.
The ideal candidate has a heart for public service and for supporting their teammates. They will be a great relationship builder and collaborator. They will have excellent analytical, critical thinking, program development, and communication skills, including ability to produce concise and easy to use written direction for others. They will be a curious and hard-working self-starter, who likes variety in their work and appreciates having fun while doing their job.

This position works under the general direction of the Operations Division Manager. They will oversee several statewide programs for the agency and have significant responsibility for developing, gaining approval for, and deploying written guidance in various forms to agency staff.

This will require meaningful and consistent coordination with Agency management and other divisions/programs. Some details of the responsibilities:

  • Manage and lead agency and division programs with statewide impact, including the Public Use Permit Program, which includes special events/activities, filming/ photography and drone use permitting.
  • Develop new or update existing Operations policies, procedures, manuals and other written guidance for operations staff.
  • Oversee implementation of these various forms of guidance, including developing and providing training where appropriate. Identify areas and issues where guidance or updates to guidance is needed.
  • Potential areas include, but are not limited to, employee housing, uniforms, health and safety, and trails.
  • Coordinate the division’s process for developing and updating administrative policies and procedures.
  • Develop and maintain an approach for documenting, revising, tracking and reporting on division goals, strategic plan, projects, activities and accomplishments.
  • Coordinate rule making activities for the division, including scheduling and facilitating meetings, completion and submittal of required forms and materials, and communicating updates to staff and Commission.
  • Research and analyze laws, rules, policies, and data.
  • Review and analyze customer surveys and other data to assess visitor needs as well as compliance with agency regulations and potential need for regulatory changes.

Bachelor’s degree and 4 years of program and/or project experience including analysis, planning, and development of approaches, policies and processes.

*Program and/or project experience as described may substitute for education, year for year, this is in addition to the required experience.
Desired Qualifications:
Experience in a position which included significant problem solving and analysis responsibilities.
Experience working for a state government agency.
Experience developing and writing policies, procedures or other guidance for employees. 

All Washington State Parks employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the time of hire. Please note that any offer of employment is contingent upon you providing verification of your vaccine status. If you have questions about this requirement, please contact the recruitment team at

Supplemental Information
To ensure consideration, please complete the online job application and profile at You must attach or embed in your application the following:

  • Letter of interest specifically addressing the duties, qualifications and experience as listed in this announcement.
  • Current resume.
  • Three Professional References (if not listed in the reference portion of the application).

This position is included in the non-supervisory bargaining unit represented by the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE). For more information:

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Diversity Policy Statement: The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is committed to creating an equitable, hospitable, appreciative, safe, and inclusive park environment – one that embraces the full spectrum of all community members’ contributions.

The Commission makes this commitment because:
Diversity strengthens the workforce in competence and ability;
Celebrating diversity appreciates and values individual differences;
Diversity serves an increasingly heterogeneous society;
Diversity helps ensure the relevance of a state park system, its mission, properties, and programs to the people of this state today and in the future; and
Diversity is crucial to our ability to serve all citizens.

The Commission encourages and supports staff efforts to reach out to people of all races, national origins, abilities, religions, sexual orientations, veteran status, ages, and genders who use the parks and who live in communities nearby parks. This outreach is to focus on engaging in partnerships that expand programs and services in a way that is meaningful and of value to all people. The Commission is dedicated to offering quality experiences to all visitors through a workforce and volunteer corps that reflects the diversity of Washington State.
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam veterans and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply.
Persons needing accommodation in the application process or this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the human resources office at (360) 902-8565. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.
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For information about this position, please contact Chris Holm at or (360) 929-4297.

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