Outdoor Recreational Planner

Outdoor Recreation Planning

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Position Overview

Increasing access to outdoor recreation opportunities on our nation’s public lands is a top priority for the Department of the Interior.  Activities like mountain biking, climbing, kayaking, fishing, and hiking provide physical and mental health benefits and allow Americans to more fully experience beautiful public lands and waterways.  Outdoor Recreation Planners are an important part of the DOI team supporting the public’s enjoyment of land, water, and related resources for leisure use, while protecting and enhancing the quality of the environment.

This position is represented at the following bureaus

Bureau of Land Management
Bureau of Reclamation
National Park Service
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Candidate Description

The ideal candidate has a broad knowledge base that combines understanding of outdoor recreation, natural resource conservation, sociology, land management, community or regional planning, forestry, biology and other scientific fields.  This person is able to analyze, plan and evaluate, and to educate and collaborate effectively with a variety of people.

Specialty Areas

Visual resource management, wilderness or special area management, sustainable design

Work Environment

Work may be performed in both an office setting and in the field for activities such as trail building, visitor facility maintenance, or data collection.

Minimum Education Requirements

Please see the Individual Occupation Requirements and the Administrative and Management Positions Group Qualification Standard on the OPM websites.

Career Level Requirements

Responsibilities by Level

  • Entry:

    • Gathering information for inventories of recreation resources
    • Consolidating and displaying data used in resources planning and reports
    • Reviewing project proposals that may impact recreational areas or activities
    • Developing or collecting data and conducting analyses (such as geospatial information)
    • Constructing or maintaining visitor facilities and recreation infrastructure

  • Mid:

    • Serving on teams studying areas to determine future development potential
    • Preparing portions of environmental assessment documents
    • Reviewing permit applications to identify potential impacts on recreation areas and activities
    • Developing or implementing surveys or other social science research

  • Journey:

    • Applying innovative solutions to solve outdoor recreation problems or implementing complex projects
    • Advising state or local leaders on recreation program priorities, initiatives and goals
    • Participating on committees or other groups working on recreation planning and management initiatives
    • Planning or designing recreation facilities and access

  • Senior:

    • Leading, directing and guiding work of lower level planners
    • Managing a regional or national recreational planning program
    • Resolving complex or controversial issues and managing user conflicts
    • Developing budgets, tracking expenditures, and managing fee programs
    • Developing strategic and operational plans for visitor use
    • Preparing and conducting briefings for agency leadership
    • Preparing and conducting meetings with external stakeholders, such as other Federal agencies or political leaders

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Strengths by Level

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Journey 12-13
Senior 14-15
  • Accountability
    Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results. Determines objectives, sets priorities, and delegates work. Accepts responsibility for mistakes. Complies with established control systems and rules.
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  • Attention to Detail
    Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.
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  • Creative Thinking
    Uses imagination to develop new insights into situations and applies innovative solutions to problems; designs new methods where established methods and procedures are inapplicable or are unavailable.
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  • Customer Service
    Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services.
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  • Decision Making
    Makes sound, well-informed, and objective decisions; perceives the impact and implications of decisions; commits to action, even in uncertain situations, to accomplish organizational goals; causes change.
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  • Entrepreneurship
    Positions the organization for future success by identifying new opportunities; builds the organization by developing or improving products or services. Takes calculated risks to accomplish organizational objectives.
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  • External Awareness
    Identifies and understands economic, political, and social trends that affect the organization.
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  • Flexibility
    Is open to change and new information; adapts behavior or work methods in response to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles; effectively deals with ambiguity.
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  • Influencing/Negotiating
    Persuades others to accept recommendations, cooperate, or change their behavior; works with others towards an agreement; negotiates to find mutually acceptable solutions.
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  • Information Management
    Identifies a need for and knows where or how to gather information; organizes and maintains information or information management systems.
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  • Interpersonal Skills
    Treats others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect. Considers and responds appropriately to the needs and feelings of different people in different situations.
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  • Oral Communication
    Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
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  • Partnering
    Develops networks and builds alliances; collaborates across boundaries to build strategic relationships and achieve common goals.
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  • Planning and Evaluating
    Organizes work, sets priorities, and determines resource requirements; determines short- or long-term goals and strategies to achieve them; coordinates with other organizations or parts of the organization to accomplish goals; monitors progress and evaluates outcomes.
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  • Political Savvy
    Identifies the internal and external politics that impact the work of the organization. Perceives organizational and political reality and acts accordingly.
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  • Problem Solving
    Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.
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  • Reasoning
    Identifies rules, principles, or relationships that explain facts, data, or other information; analyzes information and makes correct inferences or draws accurate conclusions.
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  • Teamwork
    Encourages and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust, and group identity; fosters commitment and team spirit; works with others to achieve goals.
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  • Technical Competence
    Uses knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience to perform one's job; works with, understands, and evaluates technical information related to the job; advises others on technical issues.
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  • Writing
    Recognizes or uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a succinct and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material, that is appropriate for the intended audience.
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