PLANNER I / ASSISTANT PLANNER, Steinmetz Planning Group

Firm Background

Since our start in April of 2004, the Steinmetz Planning Group (SPG) has become a well-known, award winning community planning consulting firm across upstate and western New York. Our planning and community enhancement services center around comprehensive planning, zoning, transportation planning, farmland planning, municipal assistance, and public engagement. In total the staff at SPG has earned eight project excellence awards from the Upstate New York and Pennsylvania Chapters of the American Planning Association. We are proud to be the only independent planning consultant in the region with offices in both Buffalo and Rochester.

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Job Description

SPG is looking for a creative and motivated planner to begin work immediately on a part-time basis, operating mainly out of our Rochester office. This is an entry level position in our firm that works under direct supervision of our Senior and Principal Planners. SPG offers a dynamic and flexible work environment with opportunity for growth. Compensation will be dependent on qualifications.

Interested individuals should send a cover letter and resume to The Steinmetz Planning Group is an equal opportunity employer.

Minimum Qualifications

·       Bachelor's degree in urban planning, architecture, public policy, or related area of study in addition to at least one year of planning experience; OR

·       Master's degree in any of the aforementioned fields.

Preferred Skills

·       Knowledge of the principles and practices of community planning, particularly as it relates to municipal work, and be able to apply planning professional-level judgment.

·       Knowledge of principles and practices of research, data collection, and analysis.

·       Knowledge of statistical, algebraic, or geometric methods and ability to apply such knowledge in practical situations.

·       Knowledge of computer hardware and software programs, which may include, but is not limited to, Microsoft Office, GIS, Adobe Creative Suite, and web and mobile apps.

·       Ability to consistently demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills.

·       Ability to work on several projects or issues simultaneously.

·       Ability to work independently or in a team environment, as needed.

·       Ability to attend to details while keeping big-picture goals in mind.


 Typical Functions


·       Assist with updates and maintenance of certain sections of Comprehensive Plans and land development regulations.

·       Interpret and apply applicable state, county and local codes, ordinances and regulations.

·       Identify community problems, issues, and opportunities in particular neighborhoods that could be mitigated through better community planning.

·       Conduct extensive research in specific or general project areas.

·       Conduct field evaluations and assessments of planning project focus areas.

·       Develop planning studies and reports in support of new and updated plans, programs and policies.

·       Research and analyze land use regulatory approaches and techniques and craft legally sound related ordinances and regulations.

·       Researches and compiles information on a variety of planning issues from multiple sources.

·       Research grant opportunities and funding requirements.


·       Facilitate public engagement opportunities on planning projects and record feedback.

·       Present reports and other findings to colleagues and supervisors.

·       Act as liaison between community groups, government agencies, developers and elected officials in developing plans.


·       Complete administrative tasks, as necessary.

·       Attend evening and weekend meetings, as necessary.

·       Report to supervising Senior Planner regarding project status, tasks, and product development.

·       Perform routine office tasks in designated program areas, including data entry, file management, copying and answering telephone.

·       Collect a variety of statistical data and prepare reports and maps on topics such as census information, land use, tax base data, and the housing market.

·       Prepares maps, charts, and tables of limited complexity.

·       Assist with the preparation of project proposals.