Job Opening: Planning Intern, Town of East Greenbush

The Town of East Greenbush Planning and Zoning Department (PZD) seeks a Planning Intern.

Position Summary

By assisting PZD staff in the performance of their duties, the Planning Intern
learns about the planning profession; the functions and activities of a
municipal planning department; and provides a fresh perspective and insight on rules, procedures, and planning/design best practices. Under the supervision of the Director of Planning and Zoning, the Planning Intern performs entry level professional planning duties. There can also be some flexibility to tailor duties and work tasks to suit the incumbent’s interests/skills and/or accommodate curriculum needs.

Responsibilities and Tasks

  • Provide support to PZD staff on current and long-range planning tasks; assists with land development application review

  • Assist PZD staff collecting and preparing data for, reviewing documents related to, and contributing input to various planning projects, such as the Comprehensive Plan update, Complete Streets, Natural Resource Inventory

  • Develop content for Town webpages maintained by PZD

  • Stormwater/MS4 program implementation and/or development assistance

  • Perform planning, property, and other records research; assist with response to requests for


  • Assist PZD staff with meeting preparation and calendar management

  • Conduct basic office functions as needed, such as data entry, file management, and customer


  • Other tasks and projects related to PZD priorities and/or the incumbent’s skills and interests;

    may assist other Departments with special tasks


  • Strong written and oral communication

  • Strong research and analytical skills

  • Motivated self-starter able to work independently

  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment

  • Flexibility and desire to work on varying planning projects


    • Bachelor’s degree and current enrollment in or recent graduation from a masters program in urban/regional planning, landscape architecture, public administration, environmental science, engineering, or related disciplines

    • Knowledge of or interest in municipal planning

    • Basic understanding of planning principles

  • Facility with common computer application, such as MS Word/Excel/Outlook and web-based applications; MS Access and/or GIS skills a plus

Hours of Work

To be mutually agreed upon at time of job offer. Work days/hours are flexible, but it is desired that the Planning Intern work approximately 15-20 hours per week during the academic year. During the summer months, there may be the possibility of working more than 20 hours/week, depending upon workload, staffing needs, and funding availability.

Salary Note

The salary amount offered will be dependent upon educational attainment level and relevant experience, up to a maximum of $19/hour.

Working Conditions & Physical Activities

The job involves desk work which may be interrupted with phone calls, errands, and meetings. Data entry is done at the computer terminal. Fieldwork may involve exposure to a variety of weather conditions, steep terrain, and construction sites.

Selection Process

Applicants who are invited to participate in the interview process will be notified by phone and/or email. Interested applicants must submit a cover letter and resume for consideration. Please send application materials via email to or by US mail to:

Town of East Greenbush
Attn: Planning and Zoning Department 225 Columbia Turnpike
Rensselaer, NY 12144

Applications will be accepted until March 29, 2019. If invited to interview, you will be asked to submit a design portfolio or a self-authored written report/memo (1-10 pages).

For more information, see the Attached Document