Associate Planner - Ada County, Idaho

HIRING WAGE: $50,000 - $55,000/yr DOE

STATUS: Full-time with benefits

CLOSING DATE: August 30, 2019



Performs complex and varied planning and zoning assignments related to development, plan reviews and technical analysis; produces written reports and makes presentations at meetings; performs related work as required. Planners have considerable latitude to exercise independent initiative and judgment. Completed work is subject to review and evaluation by the Planning & Zoning Administrator and the Department Director.


An Associate Planner performs complex work according to general instruction. The work requires ability to work independently and use discretion to complete work.


• Reviews land use applications and site plans for completeness and for compliance with ordinances, codes, regulations;

• Develops and presents analytical reports on zoning applications to the public and officials;

• Maintains consistent policy in plan and ordinance implementation and development application processing;

• Provides input in formulation of plans and ordinance amendments;

• Conducts research and writes comprehensive reports;

• Prepares and processes amendments to the ordinances, plans and agreements;

• Maintains current copies of plans and ordinances, and analyzes plans and ordinances;

• Advises fellow employees, elected officials and the public about technical requirements of plans ordinances and other regulations;

• Provides assistance to others in the technical aspects of development application processing;

• Coordinates the compilation of related data used in the analysis of community planning and zoning;

• Inspects development and field sites, analyzes development in order to determine compliance with existing laws and codes.


• Participates in interagency coordination and planning committees;

• Receives, researches and answers inquiries on planning and zoning matters;

• Participates in special project reviews;

• Performs related functions as required.


Development Services


• A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in planning or a related field or equivalent combination of education required;

• A minimum of two years of experience working in a public planning agency or in a related field;

• Knowledge of the principles and practices of planning and zoning as they pertain to the design and development of urban, suburban and rural areas;

• Knowledge of the pertinent ordinances, codes, regulations, and plans pertaining to planning & zoning;

• Knowledge of the techniques required in the preparation of maps, charts and graphics;

• Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, and Geographic Information Systems applications;

• Ability to exercise independent judgment;

• Ability to plan, organize and analyze complex planning projects effectively;

• Ability to conduct research, review and analyze complex information;

• Ability to present the results of analysis effectively in verbal, written or graphic form;

• Ability to maintain effective working relationships with co-workers and others.


• Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license and a good driving record in accordance with Ada County vehicle policy.


• Work is performed primarily in an office environment and the employee in this class is subject to inside environmental conditions;

• May be required to conduct field inspections and be subject to outdoor environmental conditions;

• May be required to lift up to 20 lbs.;

• Requires sufficient personal mobility and physical reflexes, which permit the employee to function in a general office environment to accomplish tasks.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the essential functions satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodation. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being assigned to this job. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of individuals in the job. This job description is not an employment agreement and/or an expressed or implied employment contract. Management has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice. Ada County provides Veteran's Preference for all County jobs except for those deemed "key positions" in accordance with Title 65, Chapter 5 of Idaho Code.


Ada County reserves the right, at the discretion of the appropriate appointing authority, to waive any of the minimum qualifications for those applicants whose general or specific qualifications would otherwise qualify the applicant for the position or lead the appointing authority to believe that the applicant is capable of performing the assigned duties and fulfilling the assigned responsibilities. The hiring pay range may be appropriately adjusted based upon current and/or prior applicable Ada County employment experience.

* If you need reasonable accommodation to participate in and/or complete the county’s application process, please contact Human Resources at the phone number or address listed hereon. (TDD call 287-7979)

Ada County Human Resources | 200 W. Front Street, 2nd Floor, Boise, ID 83702
Office: 208-287-7123 Fax: 208-287-6999

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