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.
Customer service techniques and team building concepts.
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