Advocacy Associate, Scenic Hudson

Scenic Hudson is hiring for to fill a position on our Policy and Advocacy Teams - the Advocacy Associate for Land Use and Policy. Our position posting is below, and a job description is attached. Please spread the word! I welcome any serious referrals you may have or questions about the position. Thanks!

The Advocacy Associate will provide strategic support to the Director of Public Policy and Director of Environmental Advocacy in the form of all aspects of office administration, research, report preparation and social media and community outreach in order to aid in campaigns that protect the Hudson River as a public and natural resource, secure public funding for environmental projects and strengthen land use and other environmental regulations and programs administered by county, state and federal government. They will provide auxiliary support to other Scenic Hudson departments/teams as directed.

Bachelor’s Degree or higher in environmental sciences, political science, pre-law, public administration or related field required; 1-3 years experience in related position preferred. Excellent research, analytical, organization, interpersonal communication and social media skills needed. Must be a team-player, accountable for generating outcomes and results following predictable work plans as well as in response to sudden events, and handle multiple priorities simultaneously. Knowledge and proficiency in using internet-based legal and legislative research tools, social media applications and Microsoft Office Suite. Knowledge of New York State Environmental Quality Review and Coastal Consistency Review processes, county, state and federal law making, budgeting and granting processes preferred. Must have own transportation and valid drivers license. Must be able to lift 30 lbs to transport meeting materials. Occasional evening and weekend responsibilities.

The position is full time, with competitive salary and benefits. Applications should be sent to: Send cover letter with salary requirements, resume and brief writing sample (no more than 3 pages). Further information can be found on our website: No phone calls please.

Scenic Hudson affords all qualified applicants equal employment opportunity without discrimination because of race, religion/creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, military status, predisposing genetic characteristics, victims of domestic violence status or marital status.

For more information, see the Attached Document.

October Is National Community Planning Month

This month, we’re joining with our planning colleagues from across the country to celebrate who planners are and the lasting value thoughtful planning has on communities of all sizes. This year’s theme is civic engagement, underscoring the necessity of engaging the public, elected officials, and key leaders in discussions that shape the future of our cities.

Use the resources in APA’s National Community Planning Month Resource HUB to share with your community, elected officials, and local media the positive impact planning has had on your community.

Have a planning success story you’d like APA to highlight during October? Send your stories and photos to us at

Learn more about National Community Planning Month at

Community Planner / Urban Designer, Ingalls Planning & Design

Ingalls Planning & Design is a small community planning and design practice specializing in comprehensive planning, urban design, zoning, and waterfront planning. Current projects include comprehensive plans, waterfront plans, corridor studies, zoning updates, and active transportation plans throughout New York and Pennsylvania. We are accepting resumes for a part-time or full-time planner and/or urban designer position with up to five years experience. A bachelor’s degree in urban planning, landscape architecture or related field required. Master’s degree preferred. Candidates must have the ability to work independently in both the office and the field and be creative, motivated, and dependable. Excellent oral and written communication skills are essential. Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite and ArcGIS is required and experience with other graphics software such as SketchUp and CorelDraw is desired. Strong graphic design abilities also desired. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. Please send resume, writing sample, and graphic work samples to Matt Ingalls at or 6 N. Main Street Suite 200G, Fairport, New York 14450.

Deputy Commissioner of Planning, Erie County

The work involves directing the activities of the County Planning Division in the development of plans for County growth as well as programs and policies and coordination of County and other agency planning. This is a professional managerial position involving administrative planning work. The incumbent is responsible for exercising leadership and coordinating the development of both future and current planning studies for the County and other levels of government. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Commissioner of Environment and Planning. Supervision is exercised over Planning Division Staff.

Coordinates planning activities with the activities of the Federal and State governments, towns, cities, villages, and regional agencies; Reviews plans and specifications for compliance with County policy and sound planning principles; conducts statutory zoning referral programs. 

Starting Annual Salary: $76,496


Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered four (4) year college or university with a Bachelor's degree majoring in urban or regional planning, preferred.

This notice will be posted for the period October 6, 2016 through and including October 28, 2016.

For more information, and a more detailed job description and requirements, please visit:

If interested and meet the above qualifications, please forward resume to:

Thomas R. Hersey, Jr., Commissioner
Environment and Planning, Room 1053

95 Franklin Street, Buffalo New York 14202


Upcoming Webcasts

Upcoming Webcasts – all at 1 p.m. ET:

October 14 – Economic Development Division – Making Decisions, Making Sense: Technology for Better Economic Development – Speaker: Delia Rucker

New information technology has the potential to transform how economic development works -- from supercharging workforce analysis, to targeting businesses for recruitment, to managing retention and small business support with minimal staff and budgets.  We will review several new tools and platforms for achieving these objectives, and we will examine the criteria you should use when selecting technology tools.

October 21 – Nebraska Chapter – Goats in the City: Targeted Grazing for Low-Impact Management of Sensitive Landscapes – Speakers: Wade Waggoner and Aaron Steele

Targeted grazing is the application of a specific kind of livestock at a determined season, duration, and intensity to accomplish defined vegetation or landscape goals. Communities in the U.S. are finding targeted grazing -- usually with goats – to be a useful tool for managing invasive and nuisance vegetation in parks, landfills, trails, and along waterways. Its use extends to private property as well, finding application in pre-development land clearing, maintenance of undeveloped subdivision lots, and anywhere it is prudent to avoid the high-impact approaches of burning, pesticide use, or machinery. In 2013, the City of Lake Park became one of the first communities in Iowa to implement targeted grazing when it hired Goats On The Go, LC to deploy 20 goats on the steep shore of its lakeside park. For three days the goats munched through invasive honeysuckle, locust, multiflora rose, and poison ivy as the first step in reestablishing native cover to better infiltrate runoff and hold the shore’s soil in place, all the while enhancing the park as one of the small community’s biggest assets. Wade Wagoner, AICP, (former City Administrator of Lake Park) will be joined by Aaron Steele, AICP (owner and founder of Goats On The Go, LC) to describe this project which won the 2014 APA Iowa Environmental Planning Award, and present it as a model for other communities to follow. Steele will also address common questions and concerns about targeted grazing as an urban and suburban practice.

October 28 – Transportation Planning Division – Modernizing Transportation Agencies – Speaker: Beth Osborne

Transportation needs always exceed funding. At the same time, transportation projects are expected to do more than ever -- move cars, trucks, transit, bikes and pedestrians safely and efficiently. Transportation for America works with transportation agencies to find ways to make money go farther and to identify ways to make better move all users of the system safely.  This technical assistance includes training on coordinating transportation and land use, practical design and the needs of all users.  Then Transportation for America analyzed the transportation agency's project development process to identify where rules, procedures and culture might interfere with the delivery of cost-effective, multimodal projects.

November 4 – Massachusetts Chapter – Nurturing Creative Places: A Dive into the Arts and Planning Toolkit – Speakers: Jennifer Erickson and Julie Burros

Arts and culture is an essential element of what makes places and communities healthy, connected, and vibrant. It provides opportunities for people from different walks of life to socialize, learn, and play; it provides experiences that helps people engage with elements in the past, present, and future; and it creates unique and exciting opportunities for people to understand and interact with their built and natural environments. How can planners nurture innovation and creativity through planning, programming, and policy? Join us for a demo of the new Arts and Planning Toolkit, an innovative new resource for planners and other government staff who are interested in innovating their civic practices through projects and partnerships that engage arts, culture, and the creative community. Learn about how arts and culture can be an effective component of urban, suburban, and rural community revitalization. Learn about real projects that are infusing creativity into the civic life and physical and social environments of communities and walk away with inspiring, concrete examples of ways you integrate build arts and culture into your planning practice.


Detailed specifications may be secured at the office of the Putnam County Director of Purchasing, 40 Gleneida Avenue, Carmel, New York l05l2 between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M., Monday through Friday, beginning September 30, 2016. The County of Putnam officially distributes bidding documents from the Purchasing Department or through the Empire State Purchasing Group’s Regional Bid Notification System. You may visit the website at to download documents. Copies of bidding documents obtained from any other source are not considered official copies. Sealed proposals must be filed in the above office on or before l: 00 P.M. on October 28, 2016.

Making Transportation Smart and Sustainable

In partnership with the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) seeks proposals that have the potential to reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and the associated energy consumption of the existing multi-modal transportation system in New York State.

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Research Project Management, Town of Lake George.

The Town of Lake George seeks qualified consultants to submit proposals who are interested in providing professional services to conduct and manage the development of an archeological research project in the Town of Lake George, at the Lake George Battlefield Park and associates sites. The project is being grant funded from the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program. 

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The Resiliency Summit: October 7th and 8th, 2016

The Resiliency Summit: October 7th and 8th, 2016

The Resiliency Summit brings together government and community stakeholders around the topic of flooding and sustainability in an urban floodplain. Summit attendees will learn from leaders in the field about flood response and recovery and disaster emergency preparedness.

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Job: Healthy Communities Catalyst

The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC) is seeking a part-time Healthy Communities Catalyst to act as a change agent that provokes and speeds significant action to make Buffalo a healthier place for all. Primary responsibilities are to manage and further develop the healthy food retail and healthy workplace / food procurement programs in Buffalo under the New York State Department of Health’s Creating Healthy Schools and Communities Initiative. Additional activities will include participating in Buffalo’s farm to school initiative and supporting Buffalo’s youth advisory committee called “HYPE”.

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Measuring Sustainability Outcomes: Easier Said than Done?

Northeast APA Sustainability Network/Planners Webcast Series Webinar – Friday, September 23, 1:00pm-2:30pm ET

Hosted by: APA’s Planners Webcast Series, the Upstate NY APA Chapter, and the Northeast APA Regional Sustainability Network.

As communities look to measure sustainability in a world of proliferating indicators and rating systems, planners find that some metrics are easier to measure – and manage – than others. Dive deeper into the topic of sustainability metrics with speakers from Audubon International, STAR Communities, New York State, and SUNY Binghamton, who will share real world examples and recommendations for measuring sustainability. Taking a few categories of sustainability indicators to focus the discussion, the panel will provide an in-depth look at how to collect and use these measures, and will highlight metrics and measures needing further inquiry and improvement.

Joanna Nadeau, AICP
George Homsy, Ph.D., AICP
Jim Yienger
Wayne Felden, FAICP
Kim Lundgren, ENV SP

Invitation to participate in American Planning Association survey

McKinley Advisors, an independent consulting firm, is administering a study on behalf of the American Planning Association (APA) regarding the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification. Your participation will help APA to understand how well the AICP credential is meeting the needs of planners and related professionals in the field.

The survey should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete for most participants, and individual responses will be kept confidential. You need not be a member of APA or AICP to participate. Please respond today by clicking the link below.

Click Here to Start the Survey

To thank survey participants, everyone who completes the survey may enter a drawing to win one of two $250 gift cards. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Patrick Glaser, Director of Research at McKinley Advisors, at

On behalf of APA, thank you for your time and insight.

Clean Energy Communities Coordinator, Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council

Clean Energy Communities CoordinatorThe Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council (G/FLRPC) is seeking applicants for a fulltime position as a Clean Energy Communities Coordinator for up to the next three years. The successful applicant will be a G/FLRPC Planner and carry out tasks related to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) Clean Energy Communities program.

Duties as a Clean Energy Communities Coordinator will primarily include conducting outreach and delivering technical assistance services and guidance to communities interested in pursuing clean energy planning and projects specific to the Clean Energy Communities program. The duties will include:

  • Assist local governments with understanding and completing the required actions to become “Clean Energy Communities” eligible to access associated NYSERDA grant resources.
  • Assist local governments in completing local greenhouse gas emissions inventories, benchmarking the energy use of municipal buildings and assisting communities in reducing greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency upgrades and renewable energy projects.
  • Assist local governments to become Climate Smart Communities Certified.
  • Assist local governments in adopting model codes and streamlined clean energy permitting processes.
  • Assist communities in increasing the deployment of alternative fuel vehicles and associated fueling infrastructure.
  • Conduct local on-site training and workshops to groups of interested local officials and community stakeholders on the Clean Energy Communities Program and specific clean energy topics.
  • Identify and connect communities with relevant clean energy programs and grant opportunities.
  • Other energy and planning tasks related to fulfilling the role of a Clean Energy Communities Coordinator.

Minimum qualifications are a Master’s Degree in urban planning, environmental science or a related field and experience in sustainability/energy planning, or, a Bachelor’s Degree in urban planning, environmental science or a related field and experience in sustainability/energy planning; must be knowledgeable about clean energy, climate action planning, NY State local government operations, and NYSERDA programs; and must have strong writing and public speaking skills. The position will require travel and include evening meetings. Currently, this is up to a three year program.

Information on the Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council can be found at  Additional information on the Clean Energy Communities Program can be found at

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to David Zorn, G/FLRPC, 50 West Main Street, Suite 8107, Rochester, NY 14614, and be available for at least one in-person interview.  This posting may change and will remain open until the position is filled.