Planning and Design Lead

  • Oregon Parks and Recreation
  • Salem, OR
  • Mar 03, 2022
Full time Project Manager Other

Job Description

Title: Planning and Design Lead

Job Number: REQ-88966

Salary: $5,333 – $8,196 per month

Deadline: 03/22/2022 at 11:59pm Pacific Time



This position is located in the Central Park Services Division (CPS), which is a division of the Oregon Parks and      Recreation Department (OPRD).  The CPS includes the Park Resource Program, Park Improvement Program and Safety & Risk.  The CPS is responsible for statewide administration and coordination of these operational programs and policies.  


The Park Improvement Program provides leadership and coordination of programs including; Engineering, Project Management, Park Planning & Design as well as the Facility Investment Program which funds $15 Million in capital construction projects on a biennial basis.  These programs affect visitors to parks, historic, cultural and scenic areas; park accessibility; planning and design for park facilities; other federal, state, tribal and municipal agencies.


The Planning and Design Program within Park Improvement is responsible for a broad range of department planning processes and products including state park master planning, schematic design as well as landscape architectural site design and construction drawings. Planning services also covers regional coordination; assisting counties, cities and stakeholders on regional plans for parks, trails, stewardship and outdoor recreation. Programs and special projects are also part of planning services including a statewide natural play area program, resource assessments, recreation demand analysis, and working with other divisions to set design standards for the agency.



What you will do

The primary purpose of this position is to ...complete state park master and comprehensive plans in a timely, effective and measurable way that improves resource condition, recreation opportunities, visitor experience and park facilities.  The lead park planner and designer also works on regional planning coordination, schematic design, construction drawings, permitting, construction oversight, resource assessments, recreation analysis, emerging programs and special projects.  Additional duties for this position include recommending program priorities, creating inter-divisional teams and representing the agency regionally, statewide, and nationally on matter pertaining to planning and design. The position will require evaluation of planning policy, design standards, processes and methods with recommendations for innovative and improved approaches.



Desired attributes

  • Knowledge of the laws, procedures, principles, and regulations governing park planning and design.
  • General knowledge of trends, technological changes, and developments.
  • General knowledge of project or program administration methods, techniques, principles, and practices.
  • Skill communicating verbally and in writing with a variety of people or organizations to answer questions and explain information, policies, regulations, decisions, or actions.
  • Skill analyzing data and statistics to determine the effects a variable has on a program or issue and decide an appropriate course of action.
  • Skill writing clear and concise reports, legally-sufficient documents, grant proposals, and press releases.
  • Skill reviewing, applying, and advising staff about any new or revised policies, regulation, and requirements.
  • Skill writing and presenting agency or program information at public hearings, meetings, or conferences to explain and gain cooperation for the agency or program.
  • Skill coordinating a complex planning & design program or project that includes monitoring and measuring the effects.
  • Skill providing a professional or technical staff information, policy advice, training, and assistance.
  • Skill reviewing the work of an assigned staff or team.
  • Skill representing the agency on or serving as an agency lead person for project, advisory, or technical committees.
  • Skill serving as a research project leader who identifies resources and schedules the steps of the project.
  • Skill recommending program policy, rule, or legislative changes.





Building-Construction Inspection, Project Management



$5,333 – $8,196 per month

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