Washington State National Scenic Area Planner - Exempt (10513) in White Salmon, Washington


**National Scenic Area Planner

This will close by December 1, 2016, however, application review will begin immediately. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible as the Hiring Manager reserves the right to make an appointment at any time.**

A little bit about us:

The Columbia River Gorge is world renowned for its outstanding scenic beauty, natural resources and recreation. The sea-level chasm that the Columbia River cut through the Cascade Mountains, and the dramatic diverse landscapes surrounding it, has created an internationally recognized treasured landscape. In 2009, National Geographic Traveler ranked the Gorge sixth on its list of international sustainable destinations, based in part on how its unique management system has helped it address development pressures. On November 17, 1986, Congress passed the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act that established the largest National Scenic Area (NSA) in the United States. The NSA is 85 miles long and encompasses over 292,500 acres in Oregon and Washington along the Columbia River with a mosaic of working landscapes, forests, towns, and protected areas. Oregon and Washington established the bi-state Columbia River Gorge Commission in 1987 through an interstate compact to oversee the management of the NSA through land use planning, working in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, four Columbia River Treaty Tribes, and the many Gorge communities.

The Columbia River Gorge Commission's agency is located in White Salmon, Washington, with a six-member team of planners and other experts. The Commission develops and implements policies and programs that protect and enhance the scenic, natural, cultural and recreational resources of the NSA, while encouraging economic growth to occur within existing urban areas and allowing development outside urban areas consistent with resource protection.

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

For more information on the agency, please click here to visit the Columbia River Gorge Commission website.


Position Profile

The National Scenic Area Planner will serve as a member of the Gorge Commission planning team and be a strategic advisor to the Executive Director and the Commission on a wide range of land use, conservation, public engagement and economic development issues. The National Scenic Area Planner will coordinate the development and implementation of complex projects, policies and regulations for resource protection and economic development within the National Scenic Area. In addition, this position is responsible for fostering positive regional relationships in Oregon and Washington and will facilitate regional coordination among cities, counties, state and federal agencies, Columbia River Treaty Tribes and non-governmental stakeholders.

This position performs a wide range of complex long-range planning, regional program monitoring, current planning and compliance.

Some of what you will enjoy doing:

  • Co-lead work planning, scoping, data collection and analysis, policy options and final policy development, and public participation for long-range planning.
  • Provides and receives peer feedback and guidance on own and other Commission planners' planning projects and tasks.
  • Implements elements of a program for monitoring implementation of the Management Plan, including developing work plans, carrying out research, analyzing results, and writing reports.
  • Together with other staff, develops and implements a strategy to address new and emerging conservation and economic challenges by conducting technical trend/data assessments, implementing a robust monitoring program, and organizing public participation.
  • Facilitates resolution of environmental and resource management issues arising from planning activities that are complex and sensitive.
  • Provides consultation and technical assistance to agency management, cities, counties, Treaty Tribes, and state and federal agencies, and provide interstate and interagency coordination on complex policies, legal issues and proposed legislation to ensure compliance with National Scenic Area legal authorities.
  • Reviews development proposals for consistency with the Gorge Commission's land use ordinance and prepares decisions; conducts follow-up reviews to ensure compliance with issued decisions.
  • Reviews county land use decisions, state forest practices applications, and amendments to county land use ordinances for consistency with the National Scenic Area Management Plan.
  • Provides technical and professional advice on the phone or in person. Provides information on land use applications, ordinances, plans and related planning programs, services, or regulations to landowners, contractors, realtors, community groups, and interested persons.
  • Recommends compliance actions and other intervention measures as needed to ensure consistent regional compliance with the Management Plan for the National Scenic Area and local ordinances.
  • Works with Legal Counsel on appeals before the Commission; participates in appeal hearings; assists Legal Counsel with pending litigation as necessary.
  • Represents the agency in the media and at conferences, seminars and speaking events.
  • Reviews, analyze, prepare, and give reports/presentations to the Executive Director, Gorge Commissioners, civic groups, and the general public on Scenic Area issues.
  • Safely operates a motor vehicle as needed to perform duties. Qualifications


  • Strong 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.

Education and Experience*:*

  • A Bachelor's degree in land use planning, geography or a related field is required. A Master's degree is preferred.
  • At east five (5) years of professional planning experience demonstrating experience with the essential functions and responsibilities listed above. A Master's degree may be substituted for one (1) year of experience. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Possession of or ability to obtain a valid driver's license.

  • Qualification standards include a requirement that the individual shall not pose a direct threat to the health or safety of the individual or others in the workplace.


Personal computer, motor vehicle; phone; and copy/scan machine.


Work is performed mostly in office settings. Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate instruments, computers, and various pieces of office equipment.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and talk or hear; use hands to finger, handle, feel, or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

The employee must be able to travel to and have mobility in other government offices and public spaces, and travel to and have mobility at non-public land locations that might involve uneven ground to conduct site inspections and assessments.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions that could be inclement and on uneven or rocky surfaces. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions or airborne particles. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate.

Special Requirements:

  1. Possession of or ability to obtain a valid driver's license.
  2. Frequent regional travel required. Supplemental Information

How to apply:

In addition to completing the online application, applicants must attach the following documents to their profile in order to be considered for this position:

  • A letter of interest, describing how you meet the specific qualifications for this position;
  • A current resume, detailing experience, and education; and
  • A list of at least three (3) professional references with current telephone numbers. Failure to include the items requested above may disqualify your application from consideration.


  • The initial screening will be solely based on the contents and completeness of your application in Careers.wa.gov, completeness of the application material submitted, and any supplemental questionnaire.
  • By submitting materials you are indicating that all information is true and correct. The state may verify information. Any untruthful or misleading information is cause for removal from the applicant pool or dismissal if employed.

For information regarding the online application, contact Angie Anderson at (360) 407-8446 or des@jobs.wa.gov.

The Columbia River Gorge Commission is an equal opportunity employer. Persons with a disability who need assistance with their application or that need this announcement in an alternative format, may call (360) 664-1960 or toll free (877) 664-1960. TTY users should first call 711 to access the Washington Relay Service.

Job Type: Exempt

Job Number: 2016-10513

Department: Columbia River Gorge Commission

Closing: 12/1/2016 12:00 AM Pacific

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov

Salary: $54,384.00 - $73,140.00 Annually

Location: Klickitat County - White Salmon, WA