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Chief Planner

Bureau of Parks and Lands

Opening posted: 11/04/2019 | Expires: 11/18/2019

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The Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Bureau of Parks and Lands announces a Chief Planner vacancy in Augusta, Maine. 

Job Description & Responsibilities

The Chief Planner is a team member of the Bureau of Parks and Land’s planning staff, which is responsible for overseeing land acquisition, planning and monitoring of Public Lands.  Responsibilities include supervising professional planning staff, conferring and negotiating with BPL staff, land owners, recreational users, local authorities, conservation groups, other state agencies and forest industry personnel; compiling and analyzing environmental, economic and social factors and preparing graphic and narrative reports and presentations.  Work is performed under limited supervision from the Deputy Director and Director of the Bureau of Parks and Lands  

TYPICAL DUTIES: Assigns, directs and oversees staff activities related to monitoring of conservation easements and other state monitoring obligations.  Engages with BPL staff, landowners, and private contractors to resolve possible monitoring infractions.

Works with BPL staff, the Land for Maine’s Future Program, and private landowners to administer acquisition of state lands.

Serves as administrator for the Forest Legacy Program, working with BPL staff, project applicants, the Forest Legacy Committee, and the US Forest Service to shepherd projects through the application process.

Promotes public recreation and recreation access on Public Lands

Engages with staff in regional planning process for Unit Plans

Oversees agency public review and rule making procedures in order to ensure rule makers are provided with necessary information and reviews legislation affecting public lands and drafts testimony.

Supervises staff and implements and complies with human resource laws, policies, procedures, and practices such as: AA/EEO, recruitment, employment, position classification, performance appraisals, training, discipline, contract administration, human resource components of security protocols of agency, information security and confidentiality policies, and employee safety

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED: (These are required to successfully perform the work assigned)

Knowledge of land use planning and research principles and techniques.

Knowledge of state language and forms suitable for the development of legal and legislative documents.

Knowledge of applicable laws, rules, regulations, policies and procedures relating to BPL fee lands and conservation easements.

Knowledge of BPL’s Integrated Resource Policy and its implementation on the ground.

Knowledge of forestland appraisal and real estate transactions.

Knowledge of relationships between state and federal government, industry and conservation groups.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  A Bachelors Degree and four (4) years of professional level planning, research, and development experience.  Equivalent experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis.

How to Apply

Interested candidates need to complete and submit an online application, Cover Letter, and detailed Resume @


November 18, 2019

Direct Hire Application forms can be obtained by contacting the NRSC Personnel Office at 624-6370 or by accessing the NRSC website at

Maine State Government is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.