Junior Planner Washington County Planning Department

Washington County Planning Department is currently seeking a Junior Planner.  This is an
entry-level professional planning work involving responsibility for the performance of a variety
of municipal, regional or community planning assignments.  Junior Planners may also serve as staff for advisory boards as assigned, and the work involves considerable contact with
local public officials.  The work is performed under the general guidance of the
Economic Development Coordinator. 

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS:

This is entry-level professional planning work involving responsibility for the performance of a variety of municipal, regional or community planning assignments.  These assignments may include working on individual planning projects and programs or for single aspects of larger projects.  Junior Planners may also serve as staff for advisory boards as assigned, and the work involves considerable contact with local public officials.  Work assignments may increase in level of complexity and responsibility as the incumbents’ professional competence increases.  The work is performed under the general guidance of the Economic Development Coordinator. 

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES;

Participates in studies involving research, investigation and analysis of physical economic and environmental factors related to municipal, regional or community planning;

Coordinates Planning Committee activities, such as preparation of materials for meetings, planning and preparation of educational activities, and provides public relations;

May serve as staff for various advisory boards, provides administrative support, and performs a variety of research projects;

Assists in collection, tabulation and analysis of data, including census statistics, land use, economics, natural resources, population, housing and land use reports etc.;

Works with County GIS staff to prepare a variety of maps, charts, advertisements and other graphics required in support of planning projects being performed;

Conducts routine correspondence for the Director (Coordinator);

Travels to a variety of meetings, seminars and training sessions;

Assists in the preparation and administration of grant applications for a variety of State and Federal funds;

Performs miscellaneous office work and maintains records of planning unit activities;

Participates in meetings with municipal planning boards, zoning boards, legislative bodies, and other public officials to advise on planning matters, local land use, and zoning ordinance and makes recommendations;

Provides assistance to municipalities in preparing comprehensive plans and land use control regulations;

Participates in planning studies, economic development studies, and projects and programs as assigned;

Maintains County Planning and Economic Development Web Pages.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES & PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS:

Good knowledge of the purpose, principles, practices, methods and terminology uses in municipal, community, or regional planning;

Good knowledge State Laws and local statutes affecting community and regional planning included in planning;

Working knowledge of basic research methods and techniques;

Working knowledge of zoning and subdivision practices;

Working knowledge of current problems and issues in the field;

Ability to prepare complex written reports and graphic presentations;

Ability to express oneself clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing;

Ability to understand complex oral and written directions;

Ability to analyze factual data;

Ability to exercise discretion and sound judgment;

Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:   Either:

A.)       Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in Planning, , Landscape Architecture, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Business Administration, Public Policy or Administration,  OR

B.)       Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college with an Associate’s degree and two years of professional experience in Municipal, Community or Regional Planning, or Economic Development.

For more information, see the Washington County website.