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National Scenic Area Planner

The Commission is seeking an experienced, energetic, dynamic, and passionate National Scenic Area Planner for a unique leadership opportunity. This position will assist with the 10-year review and revision of the Gorge 2020 NSA Management Plan, conduct development reviews, and support other Gorge Commission staff in building and maintaining relationships with all levels of government, business, communities, and diverse stakeholders.


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Desired Qualifications
  • • A Bachelor’s degree in land use planning, geography or a related field is required. A Master’s degree is preferred. • At least two years of relevant professional experience demonstrating experience with the essential functions and responsibilities listed above. A Master’s degree may be substituted for one year of experience.


Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

The ideal candidate will be self-directed and outcome oriented. The position requires the ability to build collaborative working relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders.

• Ability to speak and write clearly, concisely, and effectively; ability to manage work assignments independently, efficiently and effectively.

• Proficiency in planning principles, public engagement techniques, and current trends in resource management and conservation.

• Experience with public forums, charrettes, and other public engagement strategies.

• Ability to interpret and apply planning policies and legal standards to given factual situations.

• Experience in providing planning assistance to applicants, and advising landowners to options for allowable development; ability to work with landowners, non-governmental organizations and agency officials in a courteous and professional manner.

• Experience in building and maintaining relationships with federal, tribal, state, and local governments, business communities, non-governmental stakeholders, and individual applicants and landowners.

• Ability to analyze and apply scientific information, observe and interpret trends, identify key relationships; and address large groups and engage the public on a variety of issues related to management of the National Scenic Area.

• working knowledge and experience using GIS applications to analyze and communicate land use trends and issues.

• Experience developing outreach materials such as graphic publications, web-based surveys, and online mapping tools.


Submit a resume, 2-page cover letter that provides concrete examples of directly related experience, a 2-3 page writing sample related to a land use issue and at least 3 references.

The salary range is $40,000 to $55,000. Salary will be commensurate with experience.


Deadline: September 15, 2017 by 11:59 pm pacific time

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