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Recreation Planner

West Palm Beach, FL 

Recreation Planner

South Florida Water Management District

West Palm Beach, FL 


Job Description

This experienced 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. The Recreation Planner develops inter-agency and non-governmental partnership agreements to enhance recreational opportunities on District managed lands, and coordinating public use activities with other governmental and non-governmental entities. 

Specific duties include coordinating hunting programs on District lands in partnership with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, managing the District’s volunteer program, overseeing the development and installation of public use informational and rule signage, contracting public access site and trailhead maintenance activities, and processing event authorization and right of entry agreements for recreational and other uses on District lands as requested by the public. 

This position is also responsible for representing the District’s at public meetings, developing and presenting rule change proposals and updates at stakeholder meetings, participating and providing recreational information through formal presentations at the District’s Recreation Forum meetings, and developing solutions to resolve complex agency and stakeholder issues. S/he conducts District-wide public use facility inspections, researches and submits grant proposals for public use facility improvements, and assists the District’s Recreation Project Manager with the planning, design, permitting, procurement, and construction of recreation capital facility projects. The planner is responsible for a variety of analytical and narrative reports, including the tabulation of visitor data and submits findings and recommendations. Assignments for developmental purposes may include some work that is typical of a higher-level planning position.

Valid State of Florida Driver’s License.

Education/Experience Guidelines:
Typically has a 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. 

The 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. 

Physical Requirements/Working Environment:
This position will report to the District’s Headquarters in West Palm Beach. 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.


To Apply

We encourage you to get to know us better. For more information about our organization, current job opportunities and to apply online, please visit www.sfwmd.gov/careers. Job Reference: 2841BR SFWMD offers competitive wages and benefits. EOE.

Posted February 3, 2021

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