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Posted December 3, 2010

TITLE: Planning & Development Program Manager
ORGANIZATION: City of Ogdensburg

The City of Ogdensburg is seeking applicants for a full-time Planner to manage the development and implementation of a Brownfields Area-Wide Plan (AWP) along the City’s Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA).  The selected planner will also oversee an update of the City’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan (LWRP).  The plans will integrate site cleanup and reuse strategies into feasible redevelopment projects while simultaneously addressing critical community needs such as economic development, job creation, housing, recreation, and education and health facilities. 

The City is one of only 23 communities across the country selected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to receive assistance under the AWP Pilot Program.  Grant funding is available to fund the position for 2 years and the projects have over $400,000 in New York Department of State LWRP & BOA grants available for the procurement of planning, urban design, marketing and other professional consultants needed to complete the plans. 

The selected individual will have the opportunity to help plan a new future for a historic port City, to work with an ICMA award winning management team, and to live within 45 minutes of the Thousand Islands, Adirondack Park, and the capital of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.  Applicant expected to be offered position in late December or early January with an anticipated start date by February 1, 2011.

Civil Service applications available on web at
Application due 12:00 pm on December 17, 2010
Email questions to

Posted December 3, 2010

TITLE: Onondaga County Sustainable Development Plan RFP
ORGANIZATION: Syracuse-Onondaga County Planning Agency

The Syracuse-Onondaga County Planning Agency (SOCPA) has released an RFP for consultant services leading to the completion of a visionary and innovative new Sustainable Development Plan for Onondaga County.

Onondaga County is interested in developing a land development strategy that focuses on sustainable land development decisions. The plan will include an analysis of the fiscal, social, environmental, economic and other impacts of existing land use policies and practice. Involvement of local governments and citizens in a public dialogue on existing trends and new alternatives will be an essential component of the plan.

The plan is to culminate in the creation of policy directives and strategies for County operations, planning principles and standards to be used in initiating and reviewing development and infrastructure projects, and educational materials to engage the municipalities and citizens of Onondaga County in implementing the vision.

Copies of the RFP can be downloaded at, or by emailing Responses are due January 5, 2011.

Posted November 23, 2010

TITLE: Assistant Planning Director

Duties: The Assistant Planning Director carries out the day-to-day operations of the City Planning and Development Agency. Duties include: serving as acting secretary of the Planning Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals; serving as liaison and providing technical assistance to local neighborhood groups; doing research and collecting data for grant applications; assisting the Director in the fields of transportation, recreation and residential planning and public information services.

Minimum Qualifications: Candidate must meet the following before 12/11/2010: Graduation from a regionally registered college or university with a Bachelor's degree in planning, architecture, landscape architecture or engineering, or an Associate's degree in a relevant field as stated above with two years of full-time paid work experience in the field of community planning and development, urban research or a closely related field.

Salary: Approx. $35,900

Examination is scheduled for December 11, 2010

Application must be postmarked no later than December 3, 2010

For more information, or to request an application, contact the City of Rensselaer Civil Service Commission at (518) 462-0419 or

Posted November 17, 2010

TITLE: RFQ for Nomination Document Preparation and Project Administration for Step 2 BOA Projects in City of Buffalo, NY
ORGANIZATION: City of Buffalo, NY
APPLICATION DEADLINE: December 15 , 2010

The City of Buffalo Office of Strategic Planning requests qualifications from Consultant Firms/Teams to provide Nomination Document Preparation and Project Administration consultant services for three “Step 2: Nomination” phase Brownfield Opportunity Area program projects within the City of Buffalo.

Submissions will be received until 4:00 PM, Eastern Standard Time, on DECEMBER 15, 2010.

The City of Buffalo Office of Strategic Planning reserves the right to waive irregularities and to reject any and/or all submissions.

Further information regarding this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is available online at:

Posted November 1, 2010

TITLE: Community Planner
ORGANIZATION: Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency
SALARY: $37,167-$42,083
HOURS OF WORK: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM


MINIMUM QUALFICATIONS: Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in community, urban or regional planning required, with at least two (2) years of professional experience.


CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: Possession of a valid New York driver’s license is a requirement for this job.

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT: As a condition of employment, appointee must establish and maintain residency within the City of Buffalo during their tenure of employment

All Resumes should be submitted within 10 working days of the posting date of Monday, October 25, 2010 to:

Mr. Brendan Mehaffy, Vice Chairman
Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency
920 City Hall
Buffalo, New York  14202

Posted October 29, 2010

TITLE: North Chenango River Corridor Nomination Study RFQ for Professional Services
ORGANIZATION: City of Binghamton, NY

The Board of Contract & Supply will accept Qualification Statements for Professional Services to complete a Nomination Study as part of the NYS DOS Brownfields Opportunity Area Program, at their office in City Hall, 38 Hawley Street, Binghamton, until 10:30am on Wednesday, November 17, 2010.  Proposals will be publicly opened and read aloud a the 11:00 o'clock meeting that day.

The Request for Qualification description may be obtained at the Binghamton Department of Planning, Housing, and Community Development, Fourth Floor, City Hall, Binghamton, New York or by calling 607-772-7028 or by sending an e-mail to

Posted October 15, 2010

TITLE: Planner
ORGANIZATION: City of Watertown, NY

The City of Watertown is in the process of hiring a Planner to join its Planning Office.  Watertown is currently experiencing growth and increased economic activity due to a recent expansion at nearby Fort Drum. 

Our Planning Office consists of three people involved in a full range of planning and community development activities.  Current projects include housing rehabilitation, brownfield cleanups, river redevelopment, downtown revitalization and zoning administration.

The successful candidate must qualify for the Civil Service exam and score in the top three of those taking the exam.  The exam is scheduled for Saturday, December 11, 2010.  The minimum qualifications and an application form can be found at our website:  The beginning salary will be $40,000-$45,000 depending on experience.

Applications should be submitted no later than November 10, 2010, to Elizabeth Morris, City Hall, 245 Washington Street, Watertown, NY 13601.

Posted October 1, 2010

TITLE: Planner
ORGANIZATION: Steuben County, NY

Steuben County seeks to fill a Planner position in the Planning Department.  For details, click HERE.

Exam Date:  December 11, 2010

Posted September 2, 2010

TITLE: Executive Director
ORGANIZATION: Steuben County Industrial Development Agency, Steuben County, NY

The Steuben County IDA seeks an economic development professional with ten years of increasingly responsible professional experience in economic development or equivalent management experience. The successful candidate will demonstrate leadership with a track record of success, proven accomplishments and performance in economic and/or community development. The candidate will possess the knowledge, professional competence and vision required to effectively lead the implementation of a county-wide economic development plan, and have the ability to establish and maintain positive and effective working relationships with businesses, developers, government agencies and other stakeholder groups. The new Executive Director should have knowledge of current economic development trends and practices, business development and retention, project management, and marketing, contract negotiations and administration. The deadline for receipt of resumes is November 1, 2010. See the comprehensive position description at E-mail a letter of interest and a resume to: Kathy Warren at or mail to Steuben County IDA, 7234 Route 54, PO Box 393, Bath, NY 14810.

Posted August 30, 2010

TITLE: Planner
ORGANIZATION: The Chazen Companies

Position Description: The Chazen Companies is actively looking for a planning professional to join our dynamic and growing company.
Contribute to our excellent reputation for producing high quality work products for integrated environmental, community planning, and natural resources management services. You will provide strong expertise in SEQRA/NEPA and regulatory compliance for a full range of clients, including local, state and regional government agencies, land developers and engineers, transportation authorities, regional planning agencies, water resources organizations, and many others.

We are seeking a Planner with a minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience to execute and/or manage a range of municipal and private planning projects in the lower Hudson Valley. Unique opportunity to help grow planning services. Bachelors in planning or related field required; Masters and AICP preferred.

Specific expertise in preparing and reviewing land development applications for private/municipal clients, preparing Environmental Impact Statements, long range plans, and innovative zoning and land use regulations. Requires strong understanding of NY State planning and zoning laws, the comprehensive planning process, and various techniques to analyze environmental impacts of development. Requires excellent technical writing.

Required Skills

BA/BS degree or higher is required in environmental sciences, urban planning, geography, or a closely related field with five (5) of years experience. Excellent writing, organizational, interpersonal, communication, time management, and computer skills are required along with the ability to multi-task and work cooperatively in a team framework.

Please submit cover letter and resume to or apply online

Posted August 6, 2010

TITLE: Senior Planner
ORGANIZATION: City of Binghamton, NY

AWARD WINNING PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT TEAM! The City of Binghamton (NY) is now seeking applications for Senior Planner to join an award-winning Planning and Development team carrying out an ambitious, progressive agenda. With strong support from the administration, the Planning and Development Department is advancing sustainable development and smart growth principles across a range of bold, transformative projects:

  1. SmartCode
  2. Climate Action Plan
  3. Urban Agriculture and Food Security
  4. Green Infrastructure and Housing
  5. Historic Preservation
  6. Urban Forestry
  7. PACE Program (residential retrofits)
  8. Brownfield Development
  9. Civic Empowerment (“Design Your Own Park” & “Neighborhood Assemblies”)
  10. Community-based, Comprehensive Neighborhood Planning
  11. Waterfront Development
  12. Deconstruction & Waste Reduction
  13. Summer Youth Green Job Corps, and others…

Professional and dynamic staff with strong commitment to teamwork, principled work ethic and service with integrity and excellence. This is a rare opportunity to join an action-oriented planning and development team firmly committed to progressive, positive change on the local and regional level.

Senior Planner candidate must have at least one year of professional experience and experience in supervisory role preferred.

To apply and learn more about the qualifications and work duties for this mid-level position, please visit the EMPLOYMENT page at Interested candidates are also strongly encouraged to review the Department’s webpage before applying.  Position is open until filled.