Job Opportunity: Parks and Outdoor Recreation Planner, Montana

Sep 13, 2022

Vacancy:  Parks and Outdoor Recreation Planner, Montana Dept of Fish, Wildlife & Parks

Position Title:

Parks and Outdoor Recreation Planner (16804) - (22143102)



This position closes at 11:59 pm on October 2, 2022. Please submit the following required documents on the State of Montana Careers website:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume – Please include dates of employment and your supervisor’s name/phone number for each position.

When submitting the required documents, you must check the “relevant document” box to ensure your attachments are uploading correctly to the specific application for this position. Documents not requested will be not considered in the recruitment process.

Identity of applicants who become finalists may be released to the public if the Department deems it necessary. Employees who exceed 1,040 hours in a calendar year are also provided health, dental, and life insurance. Other benefits include retirement, paid vacation, sick, and holidays.

This position may be covered by a VEBA (Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association).

A successful applicant will be subject to a background investigation.

Women and minorities are under-represented in the job category and are encouraged to apply.

Special Information:

The employee in this position primarily works in a sedentary office environment with some field work and often under the pressure of multiple deadlines. The employee is required to conduct or attend public meetings, sometimes surrounded by emotionally charged situations. The employee is required to observe and partake in field activities to review and evaluate access and recreation management programs and projects. Job is typically performed in a regular 40-hour work week, with some evenings and weekends.

The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks headquarters is in Helena, MT. Helena is Montana's state capitol and has a population of 32,655. Living in Helena has a smaller city/suburban feel, which can be nice for families looking for more space than larger densely packed cities for the money and a good area to raise children. There is an abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities out your back door, including hiking, trail running, biking, fishing, and hunting. While this position is in Helena there may be the option for a nearby telework location based on employee performance.

Job Duties
The Parks and Outdoor Recreation Planner is a part of FWP's Parks and Outdoor Recreation Division's Planning Unit and serves an integral role in the development of broad-based recreation management planning documents (e.g., the statewide comprehensive outdoor recreation plan, region wide recreation management plans, river recreation management plans, public and commercial use fees and regulations) and site specific plans that include state parks, fishing access sites, wildlife management areas, and other department lands and high use rivers.

The division's focus is on holistic planning that leads to cohesive management of sites and areas that share resources, geographic proximity, and visitor use. The Planner provides input on planning priorities and helps establish holistic and professional planning processes. The Planner coordinates the collection, analysis, and reporting of visitation data for all department lands including acting as a liaison with contracted services. Public engagement is a critical component of planning. The Planner assists in designing inclusive and informative public involvement opportunities. The Planner reports to an Assistant Division Administrator (ADA) and receives guidance and direction from the assigned ADA and the Division Administrator.


The knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for this position are typically acquired through a Master's degree in one of following fields or a related field: parks & recreation management; public administration; outdoor recreation planning; natural resource policy development; human dimensions or social science; or cultural or natural resource management and 3-4 years of related work experience. Other combinations of education and experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Applicant Pool Statement: If another department vacancy occurs in this job title within six months, the same applicant pool may be used for the selection. Training Assignment: Not Applicable


: Engineering

Salary: $

: 28.38 - 28.38 Hourly Benefits Package Eligibility: Health Insurance, Paid Leave & Holidays, Retirement Plan

Number of Openings

: 1 Employee Status: Regular Schedule: Full-Time


: Day Job


: Yes, 10 % of the Time

Primary Location

: Helena

Agency: Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks Union: 000 - None Bargaining Unit: 000 - None

Posting Date

: Sep 12, 2022, 4:16:29 PM

Closing Date (based on your computer's timezone)

: Oct 3, 2022, 1:59:00 AM

Required Application Materials: Cover Letter, Resume

Contact Name: Rene Carter | Contact Email: | Contact Phone: (406) 444-5203 The State of Montana has a decentralized human resources (HR) system. Each agency is responsible for its own recruitment and selection. Anyone who needs a reasonable accommodation in the application or hiring process should contact the agency's HR staff identified on the job listing or by dialing the Montana Relay at 711. Montana Job Service Offices also offer services including assistance with submitting an online application.

State government does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth or medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, marital status, creed, political beliefs or affiliation, veteran status, military service, retaliation, or any other factor not related to merit and qualifications of an employee or applicant.