Parks Planner

Recruitment #220531-H10C-05


Parks Planner

The Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department’s (OTRD) mission is to advance the exceptional quality of life in Oklahoma by preserving, maintaining, and promoting our natural assets and cultural amenities. OTRD is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

OTRD is seeking a full-time Parks Planner for the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department in Oklahoma City, OK. OTRD provides matching contributions to employees’ retirement plans, 11 holidays, and 15 days of annual and sick leave a year. OTRD also offers a comprehensive benefits package, including a benefit allowance to offset the cost of insurance premiums for employees and their eligible dependents. The salary range for this position is $60,000-$72,000, based upon experience.

Responsible for developing and maintaining the park system long-range development plan and park-level resource management plans, coordinating the development of the statewide comprehensive outdoor recreation plan, and development of special studies in park development and use. Supervises 3-member team of GIS and planning professionals.

• Directs research, surveys, and public outreach to identify current and future state park system needs
• Formulates long range development plans and park master plans
• Reviews development proposals for compliance with system- and park-level development plans
• Ensures planning documents comply with federal and state requirements
• Assists division leadership with the development of capital plans
• Identifies and develops proposals for grant opportunities
• Presents and disseminates information to the public, stakeholders, legislative committees, commissioners, and state and federal agencies
• Performs other duties as assigned assisting the team to complete projects as needed.

• Advanced knowledge of the philosophies, principles, practices and techniques of planning
• Well-developed knowledge of park and recreation planning
• Knowledge and experience in construction processes
• Knowledge of principles, methodology, practices of research and data collection
• Knowledge of effective writing techniques
• Knowledge of computer programs and applications, including Microsoft 365, internet applications, database management, as well as GIS programs and applications
• Excellent oral and written communication skills for preparing and presenting planning reports and projects
• Excellent interpersonal skills for facilitating relationships with elected/appointed officials or other decision-makers
• Creative problem-solving skills to gather relevant information to solve less well- defined planning problems
• Group facilitation skills for use with community workshops
• Ability to work on several projects or issues simultaneously
• Ability to provide effective supervision and staff management
• Ability to manage projects effectively and meet firm deadlines
• Ability to facilitate in-person and virtual public participation activities


Master's degree in planning or related field AND four years of professional planning experience is required, OR an equivalent combination of education and experience, substituting one year of college for each year of the required experience. Two years of supervisory experience required.

Experience in park, recreational, environmental and/or historic preservation planning preferred.
AICP Certification is preferred.

Applicants must be willing and able to fulfill all job-related travel normally associated with the position.

All applicants tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit to a background check.


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No additional information will be accepted after the application has been submitted.