Arizona State Parks Mission Statement: Managing and conserving Arizona's natural, cultural and recreational resources for the benefit of the people both in our parks and through our partners. To learn more about Arizona State Parks, visit our web site at

Planner III - Landscape Architect


Arizona State Parks Phoenix Office
23751 N. 23rd Avenue, Suite 190
Phoenix, AZ 85085

Arizona State Parks protects and preserves 30 State Parks and Natural Areas.


  • Through the Chief of Development coordinate and facilitate comprehensive and strategic planning for the system.  
  • Plan and conceptually design park, trails and open space as needed.
  • Assist in the design and construction of parks and related facilities.
  • Create Master Plans.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of parks capital improvement budgets.  
  • Prepare landscape architectural plans, designs and specifications.  
  • Coordinate with State agencies, contractors and parks partners as needed.
  • Coordinate the identification, evaluation, priorization, designation and/or acquisition of real property and/or other property.
  • Evaluate alternatives and may recommend priorities for acquisitions.  
  • Coordinate with staff acquisition plan and acquires real property and property rights consistent with that plan.  
  • Create concept and design of new properties and potential properties. 

State-wide travel and overnight stays may be required.

Technical Registration for Landscape Architect required.


Must have knowledge of:

  • Natural resource and recreational planning, resource management and landscape architecture.
  • Planning principles for environment, natural/cultural resources, land use and park development.
  • Project management and program development and management.
  • Real property acquisition and management including preparation of easement/lease documents, real estate use compensation process and boundary survey terminology.
  • Land acquisition and disposition processes, real estate law and transactions.
  • Public and small group communications and public partners.
  • Laws, regulations, policies and statues pertaining to natural resources and their management.

Must have skills in:

  • Creating plans, drawings and specs.
  • Creating landscape architectural computations and establish design parameters.
  • Analyzing, compiling technical data and in effective verbal and written communication.
  • Effective facilitation of public meeting and events.
  • Policy development and analysis, program development and project management.
  • Coordinating and working with professional staff, technical report writing and review of plans.
  • Development of plans, reports and recommendations for natural/historical resources, property management, land use and park development.
  • Acquisition and dispostion of land and conservation easements.
  • Writing scopes of work for contracts and manageing contracts.
  • The use of computers, familiar with common business software including GIS, AutoCAD.

Must have ability to:

  • Work independently with minimum supervision.
  • Establish properties for multiple projects and multi-task.
  • Accommodate multiple and changing work assignments.
  • Effectively communicate with a wide variety of individuals.
  • Create partnerships and build professional relationships.
  • Present information and explain programs to large and small groups.
  • Negotiate successfully, sometimes under adverse conditions.
  • Work within deadlines and facilitate on-time project completion.
  • Travel state-wide, occasionally overnight or for multiple days.
  • Use a variety of computer software, AutoCAD.
  • Read, analyze and interpret drawings, specifications.

Ability to obtain and maintain a current Class D Arizona Driver's License. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver's license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.)


Bachelors degree in Resource Planning, Landscape Architecture, Project Management, or related field.

The State of Arizona offers an outstanding comprehensive benefits package including: *Up to 21 days vacation *12 sick days with accumulation benefits *10 paid holidays *Participation in the state retirement system *Deferred Compensation *Superior health care options *Vision care, dental care, pharmacy benefits, and flexible spending account (options available) *Life, long-term disability, and short-term disability insurance options are available *Discounted auto and/or home insurance *Employee Assistance Program *Wellness Program *Many more benefit programs are available

All newly hired employees will be subject to the E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification Program.

Arizona State Government is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer

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