Planner I - Garfield County, Colorado

We are seeking a Planner to join our Community Development team! We are seeking an individual that can assist the community in achieving its current and future objectives through developing relevant projects, policies, processes and plans. Perform a number of roles including, but not limited to, technical analyst, researcher, reviewer, program developer, educator or facilitator.

The minimum requirements are a Bachelors Degree in planning or a related field such as architecture, landscape architecture, geography, or civil engineering or any undergraduate degree with a Master’s Degree in Regional Planning. One year of experience in land use planning.

The ideal candidate is someone that can provide exceptional customer service while helping members of the community come up with recommendations and/or solutions to resolve planning issues. A salary range of $50,086.40 - $62,608, an excellent benefits package and the opportunity to work and live in western Colorado are just a few of the benefits of working at Garfield County. You can complete an application and review more information on our website @ Garfield County is an equal opportunity employer.

Community Development

The Planner I is an exempt position. the hiring range for this position is: $50,086.40 - $62,608

General Purpose:
Assist the community in achieving its current and future objectives through developing relevant projects, policies, processes and plans. Perform a number of roles including, but not limited to, technical analyst, researcher, reviewer, program developer, educator or facilitator.

Essential Functions:
(These duties are a representative sample; position assignments and detailed work instructions may vary.)

Planner I:
Under close supervision, performs the following essential functions:

  1. Implements adopted plans and planning processes, prepares material for community relations programs and civic meetings, and schedules public meetings and hearings as necessary.

  2. Assesses current land uses and the effectiveness of existing policies and codes.

  3. Plans and reviews specific projects to ensure the most suitable relationship with the surrounding environment.

  4. Advises various County Boards regarding development applications and develops strategic alternatives for solving problems.

  5. Comprehends present and future data trends in population, education, health, the inner workings of state and federal government, and the dynamics of social change.

  6. Identifies code enforcement issues.

  7. Conducts site visits across the County to visually inspect properties subject to development applications.

  8. Advises customers of the staff position concerning certain issues, answers questions, and performs customer service.

  9. Discusses and addresses neighborhood concerns, especially for contentious land use issues.

  10. Solicits input from other agencies as necessary.

  11. Writes reports, resolutions and issues permits.

  12. Determines applicable fees, and calculates fees as necessary.

  13. Drives vehicle to perform one or more essential functions.

  14. Reviews all work products to ensure highest level of quality.

  15. Performs other duties of a similar or related level as necessary or assigned.

Job Qualifications:

Knowledge of:

  1. Physical design of community and the various components of a community.

  2. Local, state, and federal governments and their programs and processes for making political decisions.

  3. The legal foundation and techniques for land use regulations.

  4. Zoning codes, building codes, and environmental regulations.

  5. The interactions of such factors as the economy, transportation, health and human services, population, employment, and land use regulation.

  6. Current trends and policy approaches to planning issues such as affordable housing, economic development, and oil and gas development.

  7. Computer models and statistical techniques.

  8. Modern office processes and procedures.

  9. Relevant computer hardware and software applications.

  10. Basic math skills and ability to conduct plan review with appropriate scales.

Ability to:

  1. Be customer service and solution oriented.

  2. Speak, read and write the English language.

  3. Communicate effectively verbally and in writing; articulate planning issues to a wide variety of audiences; communicate and articulate complex ideas with text, charts, pictures, reports, maps, and models.

  4. Interpret a variety of instructions with abstract and/or complex variables.

  5. Work under deadlines, political pressures, and tight work schedules.

  6. Be organized and able to carry a variety of land use proposals through a variety of government processes simultaneously.

  7. Comprehend different viewpoints to make constructive policy recommendations.

  8. Establish effective working relationships with coworkers and supervisors, other Departments/Offices, and other agencies.

  9. Understand and practice safety procedures and precautions.

  10. Maintain a high level of professionalism and confidentiality.

Internal & External Contacts:

Internal Contacts:
Frequently interacts with other Department/Office employees.

External Contacts:
Frequently interacts with the general public; occasionally interacts with Boards, vendors or other organizations.

Physical Activities and Work Environment:
The physical activities and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Required Physical Activities:
While performing the essential functions of this job the employee is frequently required to sit, talk, hear, stand, walk, bend, stoop, kneel; and occasionally required to climb, balance, crouch and crawl; is frequently required to lift up to 10 pounds; is occasionally required to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds; is occasionally required to maintain body balance while ascending or descending ladders or open stairs, and to maintain body equilibrium while bending at the waist or at the knees. The employee is routinely required to work with the hand or hands in handling, seizing, holding, or grasping motions and with the fingers in fingering, picking and pinching actions. Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment:
While performing the essential functions of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outdoor weather conditions; and to construction equipment and debris, fumes, odors and dust. The employee is occasionally exposed to the possibility of bodily injury from electrical shock or mechanical hazard. The employee occasionally works in and around ongoing construction; and in high, precarious places.

The noise level in the indoor work environment is moderate; in the outdoor environment can occasionally be extremely loud. There are frequent interruptions and multiple demands.

Required Travel:
The employee is often required to travel to various locations within the County.

Computers and Other Equipment:
Computer and relevant software applications; calculator; telephone system; postage machine; facsimile; copier, digital camera; engineer's scale.

THIS JOB DESCRIPTION DOES NOT CONSTITUTE AN EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT. Nothing in this job description restricts Garfield County's ability to assign, reassign or eliminate duties and responsibilities of this job at any time. It does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned. This job description describes the County's current assignment of essential functions. Those functions may change at any time as the needs of the County change or for other reasons deemed appropriate by the County.


Minimum Education:
Bachelors Degree in planning or related field; or any undergraduate degree with a Master’s Degree in Regional Planning or related field such as architecture, landscape architecture, geography, or civil engineering. A balance between technical and non-technical studies.

Minimum Experience:
Planner I: 1year of experience in planning.

Planner II: 3 years’ experience in planning or a closely related field.

Planner III: 3 years experience in planning if accompanied by Master’s Degree; or 5 years experience.

Valid driver's license

Planner III: AICP Certification within 18 months of hire date;


Essential; Valid driver's license required

Glenwood Springs, CO

Hiring Range: $50,086.40 - $ 77,688.00

Planner (DOQ) ( Community Development/Glenwood Springs)





Garfield County Government - Glenwood Springs

Garfield County covers nearly two million acres, ranging from rugged alpine mountains to high mountain desert plateaus - about 60% public lands. Home to approximately 58,000 people, Garfield County boasts incredible outdoor adventures, a premier seasonal climate and has major rail, interstate and air access. Industries include energy development, tourism, ranching and farming.

We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.


Paul Moberly