Yakima County Human Resources

  • 640-37 Planner - Public Services Planning

    Working Title
    Regular Full Time Budgeted
    FLSA Status
    Public Services-Planning
    Required Testing/Exercises
    Open Date
    Close Date
    $25.64 per hour
  • Overview

    There is one opening with Yakima County Planning Department.  This position is responsible for providing professional planning and technical assistance to the general public and those applying for development projects; reviews projects for compliance with adopted comprehensive plans, policies and regulations; develops comprehensive plans, policies and regulatory options for consideration by managers; participates in special studies and public education efforts related to land use, environmental and natural resource planning issues.  This recruitment may be used to fill other Planner positions within 90 days of the closing of this recruitment.


    Researches and performs analysis on critical areas/shorelines, SEPA, subdivision, zoning and other development projects or assignments; develops or uses GIS coverages for project assignments; develops comprehensive plans, policies and regulatory options for consideration by managers; writes analyses based on research; and prepares decisions and staff recommendations based on analyses to be approved by department or project team management.


    Provides policy and technical assistance to the public and other agencies regarding plans, ordinances, standards, programs, statutes and administrative codes that govern land development.


    Performs or coordinates activities related to planning, data gathering, and analysis for Planning department, multi-disciplinary teams or inter-governmental programs and project reviews; receives, organizes, and distributes information; prepares or coordinates program writing assignments including reports and/or newsletter articles; and trouble-shoots program issues.


    Determines completeness of development applications and prepares notices to the public and affected agencies. Assists Senior Planners and managers in the review of development projects, which includes: identifying issues, evaluating needs and conducting environmental review.


    Facilitates or participates in meetings, group discussions, forums and open houses which includes: presenting technical information through reports, maps, graphics, news releases and speaking before the public and the media.


    Performs other duties as required including special projects such as reviewing and commenting on agency proposals and proposed changes to development ordinances.


    Education and Experience: Bachelor’s Degree in Planning, Natural Resources Management, Geography, Environmental Sciences or a related field and one year of planning experience. Masters’ Degree may substitute for one year of experience.

    Required: Valid WA Drivers’ License at time of appointment. Proof of insurance if requested.

    Preferred: Ability to speak and understand Spanish, Experience working with WA State land use and environmental law.

    Special Note: This position is a Clerical, Technical & Professional Employees Group Bargaining Unit Position. As a condition of employment, you are required to become a member or pay representation fees per the negotiated contract.

    Equipment: GIS workstation; PC and laptop; GPS unit; calculator; phone and other office equipment; passenger vehicle.

    Working Conditions /Physical Requirements:

    Work is performed in an office and/or field environment and may require exposure angry customers and citizen groups. Requires frequent driving and local travel for site analysis and attendance at night meetings. Requires climbing, reaching, standing, stooping, walking on sometimes-uneven terrain, lifting and carrying objects, pushing/pulling objects; grasping, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions. Rated as Medium Work.

    Knowledge of:

    • Principles and practices of local government planning;
    • Structure and form of plans, laws and ordinances involved in planning, environmental and natural resource management;
    • Terminology, laws, rules, and regulations related to public planning;
    • Natural systems functions and field methods inventory work methods;
    • Fundamental mathematics and statistical methods;
    • Applicable federal, state and local planning policies, laws, regulations, ordinances, codes principles and practices related to land development; State and local land use planning laws related to area of assignment;
    • Research and analytical methods for planning projects including scientific methods and field practices for gathering data;
    • Principles of site impact analysis for development projects;
    • Principles of geography and geomorphology, cartography;
    • Presentation and meeting facilitation including use of GIS and other technology for displaying, analyzing and evaluating research data;
    • U.S. Census Geography, survey methods, and/or legal descriptions;
    • Principles of site impact analysis for development projects; and
    • Customer service techniques and team building concepts. 

    Skills in (and abilities):

    • Using personal computers, GIS work stations, laptops, GPS units e-mail, internet and related software applications, operating basic office equipment, scanners, plotters; public address systems and audio-visual presentation equipment;
    • Researching, gathering, organizing and analyzing statistics and other information from a variety of sources and media and writing reports;
    • Interpreting and applying complex and inter-related laws, codes and legislation;
    • Collecting, organizing and maintaining case notes of progress and compliance;
    • Organizing, evaluating, preparing and presenting effective reports, maps and graphics using GIS, analytical software and statistical methods;
    • Giving presentations and facilitating meetings and events;
    • Complying with laws, codes, ordinances and regulations;
    • Establishing and maintaining effective interpersonal relationships with County and other officials, at all organizational levels and with the public; and
    • Effective oral and written communications to accurately exchange or convey information and to receive work direction



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