Exhibit Project Specialist (Construction Project Coordinator 2)

Company Name: 

Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission


1111 Israel Road SW
Olympia, WA 98513

Job Description: 

Washington State Parks is governed by a board of seven volunteer citizens appointed by the Governor. Commission members serve staggered six-year terms, setting public policy and guiding the agency. The Washington state park system includes more than 100 developed parks, recreation programs, trails, boating safety and winter recreation.

Our Mission
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission cares for Washington's most treasured lands, waters and historic places. State parks connect all Washingtonians to their diverse natural and cultural heritage and provide memorable recreational and educational experiences that enhance their lives. 

Our Vision
Washington's state parks will be cherished destinations with natural, cultural, recreational, artistic and interpretive experiences that all Washingtonians enjoy, appreciate and proudly support.


Washington State Parks employs more than 700 permanent staff and more than 350 seasonal and temporary staff throughout the state. The headquarters office is located in Tumwater, and region offices are located in Burlington, East Wenatchee and Tumwater.


We are currently recruiting for one (1) permanent, project, Exhibit Project Specialist (Construction Project Coordinator 2), based out of the headquarters' office in Tumwater, WA.  The expected duration of this project appointment is through 6/30/2026. 


This position is eligible for telework within Washington State. It will be the responsibility of the incumbent to maintain a reliable internet connection. Occasional travel to attend in-person meetings or events, is required.  


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If you have any questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the manager listed in the "Supplemental Information" section of this publication.



Under the supervision of the Exhibit Program Coordinator, the Exhibit Project Specialist serves as the lead project management specialist for the agency's Interpretive Program with responsibilities for all phases of procurement, design, fabrication, installation and documentation of interpretive exhibit projects and related work.  This position provides technical expertise for the development of the agency's Ten-Year Capital plan by coordinating the ongoing assessment and evaluation of the agency's interpretive facilities and developed heritage sites, and aiding in the development of scope and budget proposals for exhibit projects.  

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Coordinates all phases of capital operations and partnership-based exhibit development projects.
  • Provides project management for contracted exhibit projects.
  • Supports the process for procuring contracted services for interpretive exhibit capital projects.
  • Monitors capital and non-capital interpretive project expenditures and budgets.
  • Travels statewide to provide construction supervision and monitoring for interpretive capital projects.
  • Serves as Exhibit Program lead for regulatory compliance on capital and non-capital exhibit projects.
  • Coordinates with statewide and regional Capital Program staff to identify and scope standalone interpretive capital projects and other capital projects with significant interpretive scope.
  • Responsible for the development and maintenance of a system to track the condition of the agency's inventory of major interpretive facilities.
  • Assists the Exhibit Program Coordinator with the ongoing development and maintenance of the Statewide Exhibit Inventory. 
  • Administers the On-Call Interpretive Services contracted consultant roster.  




  • Bachelor's degree, or higher, in exhibit design, architecture, museology, industrial design, construction management, or a closely related field.
  • Four (4) years of relevant professional experience in construction and/or exhibit project management or a closely related field.
  • Three (3) years of experience in budget management.
  • Valid unrestricted (except for corrective lenses) driver's license.


  • A Master's degree, or higher, in exhibit design, architecture, museology, industrial design, construction management, or a closely related field.
  • Experience working in a parks and recreation environment.
  • Experience working at a museum, visitor center, interpretive center or other facility with formal exhibits.
  • Experience in landscape architecture or a closely related field.
  • Experience utilizing Geographic Information Systems (GIS), AutoCAD, and graphic design software.

Per Governor Inslee’s Emergency Proclamation 21-14(Download PDF reader), all Washington State Parks employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the time of hire.  Please note that any offer of employment is contingent upon you providing verification of your vaccine status.  No start date will be approved until you have verified your vaccine status.  If you have questions about this requirement, please contact the recruitment team at HR.Recruitment@parks.wa.gov.



To ensure consideration, please complete the online job application and profile at www.careers.wa.gov.

You must attach in your application the following:

  •  Letter of Interest specifically addressing the qualifications listed in this announcement.
  • Current resume in chronological order.
  • Five professional references.

**All requested materials must be submitted. Incomplete or late application materials will not be accepted. Failure to follow application process may disqualify you from further consideration.**

The information provided in your application must support your selected answers in the application questions. Answers will be verified and documentation may be required. Responses not supported in your application will disqualify you for consideration of employment from this recruitment.

This position is included in the non-supervisory bargaining unit represented by the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE).  For more information: https://wfse.org/

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - 

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is committed to creating an equitable, hospitable, appreciative, safe, and inclusive park environment – one that embraces and values the full spectrum of all community members' contributions. The Commission makes this commitment because:

  • Diversity strengthens the workforce in competence and ability.
  • Celebrating diversity appreciates and values individual differences.
  • Diversity serves an increasingly heterogeneous society.
  • Diversity helps ensure the relevance of a state park system, its mission, properties, and programs to all people of this state today and in the future.
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion strengthens our ability and commitment to serve all citizens.

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating and sustaining a working environment that includes, welcomes, and respects diverse identities of race, culture, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, and more. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam veterans and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are invited to apply. Persons desiring any accommodations in the application process or this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the human resources office at (360) 902-8565. Applicants who are deaf or hearing impaired may call through the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.   
For information about this position please contact Heather Saunders at Heather.Saunders@parks.wa.gov