Planner I - Lewis & Clark County, Montana

Lewis and Clark County, population 67,000, is currently recruiting for a Planner-I.  Hosting the Capital City, Lewis and Clark County is rich in historic heritage.  Our growing community has a lot to offer in the way of outdoor recreation, art, and culture. If you're interested in working with an experienced team, consider our Planner-I position.

Position Details

Title:  Planner I

Status: Regular, Full-time, Non-exempt

Pay: $24.28/hour

Closing Date: September 3, 2019

Under general supervision of the Director of Community Development and Planning, this position performs a variety of professional planning duties relative to land-use and development, grants, and special districts.

Required Qualifications

The knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this position are typically acquired through a combination of education and experience equivalent to a minimum of a four (4) year degree in land-use planning, geography, landscape architecture, or other relevant field from an accredited college or university; and, at least 1 year experience in the planning profession in a public sector office.

Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Functions

  • Reviews and processes applications for Buildings for Lease or Rent and for road adjustments;

  • Provides information to, and answer questions from groups and individuals on Special Districts specific to new subdivisions 

  • Assists with zoning requests, including conditional use permits, land use variances, changes in non-conforming use, zoning changes, and amendments relating to County zone districts;

  • Assists with review of development proposals with City, County, State and Federal agencies and private developers;

  • Conducts surveys and technical studies relating to land use proposals;

  • Analyzes existing land use, public facilities, environmental constraints, and other information in conjunction with development proposals;

  • Prepares written staff reports and participates in the development of staff recommendations for development proposals;

  • Meets with the Elected Officials, and facilitates meetings of Appointed Boards and Committees of the County;  

Other Duties

  • Prepares and manages  grant applications;

  • Coordinates with the Grants Administrator and Finance Director in the administration of grants by estimating costs, reviewing loan applications, tracking assessment accounts, etc.;

  • Attends Staff, Board and committee meetings;

  • Enforces zoning and subdivision regulations and development permits;

  • Assists in the training of other staff;

  • Coordinates and leads site visits;

  • Schedules public meetings and hearings;

  • Coordinates with the Special District Program Coordinator on the formation of districts specific to new subdivision projects

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Examples of Knowledge

  • County and state regulations relating to land use and planning; 

  • Department policies and procedures;

  • Geographic Information Systems;

  • County policies and procedures;

  • Hardware and software used to develop and deliver public presentations;

Examples of Skills and Abilities

  • Prepare and deliver public presentations; speak in front of groups on a regular basis;

  • Use common office machines, including computers and telephone; camera; Smartboard;

  • Learn software, including word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation programs, and apply to existing systems;

  • Understand and follow oral and written policies, procedures, and instructions;

  • Use Geographic Information Systems to create maps, mailing lists, and exhibits;

  • Prepare written reports and applications according to prescribed standards;

  • Maintain records and documents according to prescribed standards;

  • Find effective solutions when solving problems and making decisions;

  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing;

  • Establish and maintain cooperative, effective relationships with citizens, staff, community partners, state agencies, and supervisors;

Special Requirements

Local travel is required approximately 5% of the time; travel is primarily local during the business day.

Application Instructions

Applications for this position must be submitted through our career portal at , by 11 pm on September 3, 2019.  The following items are required along with the on-line application:

  • Resume

  • Cover letter

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