Job opening: Planner, Orleans County

This is an entry level professional position involving responsibility for exercising independent judgment in the direct undertaking of professional planning work and related research. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Director of Planning and Development, and requires independent responsibility and a high level of professional performance in planning, assigning, reviewing, coordinating, facilitating and undertaking a variety of complex planning tasks. The incumbent is either assigned to lead major projects or complete phases of projects. Does related work as required. The County reserves the flexibility to consider hiring as Senior Planner depending on the experience and skills of the candidate.


  • Reviewing work performed and direct supervision of support staff and interns;

  • The preparation and revision of municipal master plans, agricultural districting plans and elements of the County Comprehensive Development Plan;

  • The preparation of and revision zoning ordinances, subdivision regulations, design standards, and other local land use controls;

  • The review and preparation of recommendations concerning zoning matters, subdivision matters, other kinds of land use policy and development matters, county capital project proposals, and other agency plans and proposals;

  • The undertaking of surveys related to land use, housing, and other planning concerns;

  • The coordination of departmental activities with other public agencies;

  • The preparation of written reports and graphics related to the above activities and the oral presentation of departmental recommendations to community groups, legislative bodies, other public officials, boards and agencies, and the general public;

  • The representation of the Department of Planning and Development on official committees, at public hearings, in legislative meetings, and in other public meetings;

  • The organization of training workshops for municipal land use officials;

  • Other related tasks as required.


  • Good knowledge of the principles and procedures of planning and related research;

  • Ability to work independently with a decreasing degree of supervision during tenure;

  • Ability to exercise sound professional judgment;

  • Ability to analyze under tight time constraints, complex problems and to reach sound solutions;

  • Ability to undertake complex planning and related research work at a high professional level;

  • Ability to present oneself well and communicate effectively both orally and in writing;

  • Ability to supervise support staff and interns in their work effectively;

  • Ability to get along well with others;

  • Ability to provide own means of transportation to conduct field assessments of various sites throughout the County;

  • Ability to attend night meetings;

  • Ability to learn and implement procedures for updating content on Department’s web pages

  • Proficiency with word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software;

  • Familiarity with Geographic Information System (GIS) software;

  • Familiarity with governmental procedures, New York State planning and zoning law, and the State

  • Environmental Quality Review Act,

  • Initiative and resourcefulness;

  • Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.


  1. (A)  Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college with a Master's degree in City or Regional Planning; OR

  2. (B)  Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college with a Bachelors degree in Planning, City Planning or Regional Planning; OR

  3. (C)  Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college with Bachelors degree in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Engineering, Economics, Geography, Government, Public Administration, Political Science, Environmental Studies or related field and three years of full-time paid experience in municipal, county or regional Planning or directly related work; OR

  4. (D)  Any equivalent combination of training and experience as shown in (A) or (B) or (C) above sufficient to indicate ability to do the work.

Special Requirements: Possession of a valid New York State driver’s license appropriate to the vehicles operated or otherwise demonstrates their ability to meet the transportation needs of the job at the time of appointment.


Orleans County Personnel Office 14016 Route 31 West
Albion, New York 14411 Phone: (585) 589-3184

Fax: (585) 589-3183 APPLICATION:

Please apply by February 8, 2019. Go to: -02-08-073509-580 to obtain application form for current vacancy. EOE