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Recreation Planner

South Florida Water Management District
West Palm Beach, Florida, US
Closing date
Nov 30, 2021

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
Recreation Planning
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
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This position will report to the District's Headquarters in West Palm Beach.

This experienced Recreation Planning position participates in complex planning projects administered by the Land Stewardship Section and performs a variety of functions to ensure public use and nature-based recreation on District lands is properly planned and delivered. Conducts a wide range of planning and administrative activities requiring a comprehensive knowledge and expertise in managing recreational use and developing recreational facilities on public lands. Required knowledge and expertise is gained through a combination of past work experience and formal educational training. The position is responsible for developing and administering public use and recreation programs, reviewing and commenting on engineering plans for the development of new recreation facilities, providing input to water resource project planning documents in support of nature-based recreation, and implementing public use activities with other governmental and non-governmental entities.

Specific duties include developing Statements of Work for recreational facility maintenance and repair work, reviewing project plans and providing recreational planning guidance for water resource projects, and providing project management support for capital recreation improvement projects on natural area lands including project design and engineering staff coordination and review, contract execution, procurement, permitting, and construction oversight.

This position is also responsible for representing the District's at public meetings, participating in and providing recreational information through formal presentations at the District's Recreation Forum meetings, and developing solutions to resolve complex agency and stakeholder issues. The position conducts District-wide public use facility inspections, researches and submits grant proposals for public use facility improvements and prepares a variety of analytical and narrative reports including the tabulation of visitor use data on District managed lands.

Incumbent shall possess strong organizational and written and oral communication skills and the ability to work productively in a group setting with co-workers and outside agencies. Assignments for developmental purposes may include some work that is typical of a higher-level planning position.

Valid State of Florida Driver's License.

Employment Guidelines
Bachelor's Degree in Urban/Regional Planning, Natural Resource Management, Recreation Planning or a related discipline and 4+ years of experience that demonstrates measurable career progression within the field of recreation and outdoor planning, natural resource planning, or outdoor capital improvement planning. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Physical Requirements/Working Environment
The work environment is a combination of office and field work, with regular exposure to a hot and humid environment in remote and heavy vegetative areas, with exposure to stinging/biting insects, snakes, and alligators. May be required to lift up to 40 lbs.

Emergency Management Role for this position is as a member of the Emergency Debris Operations Team.

Veteran's Preference
Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans' Preference will receive preference in employment for vacancies and are encouraged to apply. Candidates claiming Veterans' Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code. All documentation is due by the close of the job posting.
Salary Minimum
Salary Midpoint:
RS3903931 Public Use & Wildlife Unit
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