Job Opening: Planner, LaBella Associates, D.P.C.

LaBella Associates, D.P.C. is consistently ranked by its employees as one of Rochester’s Top Workplaces and was recently named a certified Great Place to Work. We are headquartered in Rochester’s historic High Falls District with offices across New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New England. We are a multi-disciplined architectural, engineering and planning firm dedicated to client satisfaction through teamwork, respect, and trust.  

LaBella Associates Planning Division seeks a Planner to join our either our Downtown Rochester office or Downtown Buffalo office. The Planning Division at LaBella Associates provides planning, environmental, permitting, and funding services to a variety of municipal, private, and utility clients in addition to serving internal LaBella divisions.

Under general supervision of the Planning Division Director the ideal candidate will have experience in land use planning, GIS, SEQR and grants. The candidate may also participate in a broad range of other planning services offered by LaBella Associates including economic development services, environmental reviews, and permitting. Excellent writing, communication, and interpersonal skills are essential for the position.


The ideal candidate will be self-motivated with an eagerness to learn any of these duties. Some of the duties the candidate may be involved in include:

  • Assisting in preparing reports and analyses including land use plans, strategic downtown/economic development plans, and area/neighborhood plans.

  • Data analytics

  • Preparing maps for reports and planning/development analyses.

  • Assisting with applying for and administering grants and other funding programs.

  • Assistance with permitting

  • Assistance with State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

  • Participating in public meetings and community engagement.

Desired Skills:

  • Understanding of the principles and practices of planning and economic development.

  • GIS Mapping

  • Experience with grants and funding

  • Experience with data and market research

  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills

  • Presentation/Speaking skills

  • Graphic skills

  • Self motivated with an eagerness to learn

  • Outgoing personality


  • Masters in urban planning, public administration, or a related field. Candidates with a bachelor’s degree will also be considered;

  • AICP preferred or on track to achieve certification;

  • Proficiency with a variety of computer software including Microsoft Office, Adobe Suite, ArcGIS, online applications and mobile applications; and

  • Understanding and ability to utilize social media applications is a plus.

LaBella offers very competitive salaries, a strong benefits package including health insurance, dental insurance, professional development, paid time off, 401(k) and much more.

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