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City of Ferndale

Parks & Recreation Director


The City of Ferndale is currently recruiting for the position of Parks & Recreation Director.  For complete details see here.


Posted January 13, 2017



Charter Township of Garfield

Deputy Planner


The Charter Township of Garfield is seeking a Deputy Planner to assist the Planning Director with various duties such as coordinate and manage the development and maintenance of the Township’s Geographic Information System (GIS); Provide technical support, information, and guidance to property owners, developers, other Departments, staff, and elected and appointed officials on planning and zoning policies, plans, and procedures. Administration, preparation and presentation of staff reports to the Township Planning Commission, Township Parks and Recreation and the Township Board as well as attend meetings. The Deputy Planner serves as the Parks’ Director who is instrumental in seeking grants, land acquisitions and serves as the principal liaison to the Garfield Township Parks and Recreation Commission and other Park related associations.  The position requires excellent verbal and written skills and public relation skills.  Please visit our website at  for a full copy of the preferred requirements as well as the application and job description.  Deadline to apply is January 30, 2016.

posted January 13, 2017 





The City of Battle Creek is seeking a Planner to perform complex professional planning work and assist in preparing, maintaining, interpreting, and implementing the City Comprehensive Plan and zoning codes. This position will conduct research and prepare analyses and reports on demographic and land use issues; work closely with citizen groups, neighborhoods, business associations and others on specific planning projects or activities and perform other related work as required. This position will also act as staff liaison in the preparation and presentation of reports to various groups including the Historic District Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, Planning Commission and City Commission as needed. A Bachelor’s degree in Planning, Historic Preservation, Public Administration, Geography or a closely related field with a minimum of two- years full-time experience in planning is required. An equivalent combination of job-related education and experience may be considered. This position also requires excellent communication and public relation skills. A Master’s degree in a closely related field and significant work experience in short and long range planning are preferred as well as knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator and Google Sketch-up. Bilingual or multilingual skills are a plus. Wage range for this position is $21.15-$27.38/hour plus benefits.  Apply at under Employment Opportunities. Deadline to apply is: Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 5pm. (EOE)


Posted January 9, 2017



Director of Planning and Economic Development


Rochester Hills, MI (pop. 73,125) The City of Rochester Hills, a highly desirable and progressive community located in the northern outskirts of metropolitan Detroit, seeks innovative, creative candidates for its next Director of Planning and Economic Development.  Nationally recognized for its quality of life and resident satisfaction, Rochester Hills has been developed according to its Master Use Plan and is home to a wide array of industries including computer technology, electronic research, development and manufacturing, and warehousing and distribution.  In addition, the City boasts more than 1,000 acres of parkland and a thriving cultural environment.  The Director of Planning and Economic Development reports to the Mayor and joins a highly collaborative and talented administrative team comprised of nine other department heads.  The Planning and Economic Development Department has five employees including a manager over Planning and a manager over Economic Development.  The department functions very well due to its high level of communication and mutual respect among all team members.   The department focuses on planning and economic development policies that further the city’s development and redevelopment and strengthens the city’s neighborhoods.  Quality job creation is an important goal for the City. The next Director must possess a bachelor’s degree in urban planning, public administration or related field with AICP certification desirable.  The candidate must also possess ten years’ experience or a master’s degree and five years of progressively responsible experience in urban planning and economic development.  Candidates must have a minimum of three years of supervisory experience.  Ideal candidates will exhibit creative thinking and unique approaches to problem solving in an organization that highly values innovation.  Strong oral and written communication skills are critical.  The starting salary range for the position is $94,299 - $104,181.  The position is open until filled with the first review of candidates occurring on January 18, 2017.   Apply on line with resume, cover letter and contact information for five professional references to Heidi Voorhees and Jaymes Vettraino at GovHR USA.  630 Dundee Road, Suite 130, Northbrook, IL  60062 Tel: 847-380-4243.


Posted January 3, 2017



City of Madison

Principal Planner-Comprehensive Planning & Regional Cooperation Section

$82,128.80 - $98,885.54 Annually

Women and People of Color Strongly Encouraged to Apply


The Opportunity
The City of Madison seeks a qualified Principal Planner with excellent communication skills to be part of the leadership team for the Planning Division. The Principal Planner will lead the Comprehensive Planning and Regional Cooperation (CPRC) Section, an experienced eight-person team of planners and data specialists responsible for maintaining and tracking progress on the City's Comprehensive Plan, planning for efficient future growth on the periphery of the city, data management, and relationship building with area municipalities and other government entities.
To be Successful
We are seeking candidates with professional planning experience including responsibilities for land use and community planning, project management, public engagement, and work as a leader or member of a team.


To view the full job posting including information on our excellent benefits and to apply online, please visit: City of Madison . Applications must be received by January 30, 2017 to be considered.  


Posted January 3, 2017




Tri-County Regional Planning Commission

Environmental Sustainability Program Planners (2)


For a regional planning agency serving the Lansing, Michigan region. 


Water Protection:      Develop and coordinate regional groups of MS4 and watershed managers; provide technical expertise, training, public education, reports, and draft permits for public services related to water.  Be familiar with municipal water utilities, surface water and stormwater management permitting and knowledge of the 6 minimum measures.


General Environmental: Develop and facilitate groundwater monitoring-protection, regional clean cities/clean air coalition and committees on regional environmental issues such as solid waste/recycling, By-Product Synergy, wellhead protection plans, contaminants and point sources. Knowledge, experience, and motivated to learn about Dept. of Energy Clean Cities and alternative fuel vehicle programs, solid waste recycling programs and regional environmental protection planning initiatives.


Both Planners will provide technical expertise, training, public education, and reports; Seek and manage grants; Be a liaison between municipalities and state/federal agencies; Integrate best management practices with regional plans. Qualified applicants must have a minimum Bachelor's degree in Planning, Environmental Science, or related with applicable experience. Applicants should be organized, collaborative, motivated, and willing to take on new challenges. They should have strong communications skills, be comfortable facilitating groups, training and presenting.


Starting salary range $45,000- $52,000 with full benefits. TCRPC is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants must specify Water Protection or General Environmental and submit a letter, resume and application form (available at by email only to


Posted December 14, 2016



City of Escanaba

City Manager


The City of Escanaba, Michigan is seeking applicants for the full-time position of City Manager. Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree in public administration, business management, political science, finance or related fields and five to 10 years of relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of experience and education is desired. Applicants must submit a resume and letter of interest via e-mail to, or by postal mail, Attn: Human Resource Director, P.O. Box 948, Escanaba, MI  49829.  


Before applying, applicants are required to review the complete job posting and job description at jobopenings.  The deadline to apply has been extended to February 3, 2017.  The City of Escanaba is offering a competitive salary and benefits package including health insurance, paid time off, and retirement plan. 


The City of Escanaba is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Posted December 5, 2016



Community Planner


LIAA seeks an experienced, highly-creative professional with strong leadership and strategic thinking skills for our Community Planner position. The Community Planner will help LIAA provide the best land-use planning and community development services available in Michigan. The person in this position will help cities, townships, villages and counties across the state work together in developing more sustainable, healthy communities that preserve Michigan’s cultural and natural resources while building greater community resilience.


We provide a reasonable salary (salary range: $36–$50K, depending on experience and education), good benefits, great colleagues, a comfortable work environment, and meaningful causes worth working for, all in one of the most beautiful locations on Earth.


The ideal candidate is a creative and engaging person with truly excellent communication skills and a willingness to travel. We prefer a person with some experience and an advanced degree in urban planning or a related field. Experience and expertise in areas such as ecosystem and natural sciences, landscape architecture, and/or community development and design are also desirable.


How to Apply

Please send an email to, attaching a well-written cover letter, a résumé, and three professional references as soon as possible. We will take applications immediately and continue to search until the position is filled. All documents should be provided in PDF format. Additional information about this position can be found here:


About LIAA

LIAA is a nonprofit service organization dedicated to building better communities through civic engagement. For over 20 years, we have helped citizens, civic groups, other nonprofits, and local units of government use advanced information technologies, civic engagement and community development techniques to improve community planning and resource management throughout Michigan.



324 Munson Avenue

Traverse City, MI 49686


Posted November 18, 2016


City of Southfield

Planner I


TPOAM Grade J Pay Range: $44,382 - $54,629; Excellent benefit package,


  • Assist in explaining City ordinances, policies, rules and regulations as they relate to planning and zoning issues in response to inquiries at the counter, by phone or e-mail .
  • Make on-site inspections throughout all phases of construction to ensure conformity with approved plans and to resolve on-going problems and/or questions; compile site inventory as required.
  • Assist in data input and sending out correspondence, public notices and public hearing legal notices.
  • Performs related duties as required by City Planner/Planning Director, Planning Team and senior professionals.


  • Bachelors’ degree or equivalent in Urban Planning or any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required skills such as GIS, architectural drafting, CAD, Sketch-up or similar programs; surveying; landscape design; municipal research & reports; and or equivalent work experience in this area.
  • One to two years of related work experience sufficient to produce working knowledge of planning principles, zoning and land use issues, and applicable terminology.
  • Valid Michigan driver's license and a good driving record.

Writing samples and a portfolio of work samples will be requested at a later date.


City of Southfield, Human Resources Department, 26000 Evergreen Road, Southfield, MI 48076


Additional information and Application download from the City’s website

City of Southfield application packets must be received in the Human Resources Dept. no later than 5:00 P.M. Friday, December 9, 2016


 posted November 9, 2016



Michigan State University Extension

Extension Educator: Government/Public Policy – Washtenaw County


MSU Extension programs assist local government authorities and the general public in their understanding and decision-making in the context of “good governance” including the framework for government planning, finance, land use decisions, global economy, and civic engagement.  The person in this position provides technical and educational assistance to local governments in a variety of areas including planning and zoning/land-use planning, intergovernmental cooperation, effective governmental meetings, governmental organization and other emerging local government and governance issues.


These efforts are implemented primarily through the Greening Michigan Institute Government and Public Policy Workgroup–a team of field and campus-based faculty, educators and specialists located throughout the state.  This position is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Washtenaw County. Educational coverage responsibilities include south central Michigan and statewide programming support.


Key Elements

  1. Engage with local governments to address critical issues related to enhancing the built environment, budgeting and finance, land use and planning, and governance.
  2. Design and implement, in conjunction with the Government and Public Policy Workgroup, high quality education programs customized to meet the unique needs of the region served.
  3. Partner with local and regional organizations, such as regional planning agencies, county governments and others to determine needs and conduct effective cooperative educational efforts.



Visit MSU website, search for posting number 4322.

Please include the names, contact information and email addresses of four professional references with the cover letter. Application deadline, Friday, January 6, 2017.


Posted November 3, 2016



PM Environmental, Inc.

Brownfield Consultant


PM Environmental, Inc. (PM) is looking for a talented Brownfield Incentives Consultant to work out of our Berkley, Michigan office. PM is an established privately held environmental consulting firm headquartered in Michigan, with offices nationwide, servicing clients throughout the United States.

Duties will include; but are not limited to:

  • Preparation and analysis of financing incentives opportunities for Brownfield development projects in Michigan, including management of Local Brownfield Plans and Act 381 Work Plans, tax abatements, State of Michigan grant and loan programs, etc.  
  • Budget development and analysis of project performance, particularly as it relates to Local Brownfield Plans and Act 381 Work Plans, tax abatement, State of Michigan grant and loan programs, etc.
  • Writing and managing Federal and State of Michigan applications, contracts, and programs, particularly MEDC Grant and Loan Programs, MDEQ Grant and Loans, and EPA Brownfield Program (i.e. Assessment, Cleanup, and Revolving Loan Funds)
  • Project management and oversight of multiple projects.  This includes the management of external communication with related stakeholders (clients, municipalities, quasi-governmental agencies, local community groups, etc.) as well as internal communication with project managers across multiple department service lines
  • Occasionally, project presentation/public speaking will be required at City Council/Commission and Brownfield Redevelopment Authority meetings as well as additional similar meetings
  • Business development activities

Desired Qualifications include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning, Environmental Science or related field
  • Two years minimum experience with the duties listed above
  • Strong understanding of due care and additional response activities required in association with redevelopment projects
  • Experience with Due Diligence report writing, specifically Phase I ESAs and Phase II ESA/BEAs is preferred
  • Ability to smoothly handle client/customer interactions in a fast-paced, deadline driven, work environment
  • Strong problem solving and organizational skills, with the ability to multi-task, prioritize and manage multiple projects with a keen attention to detail
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Evening hours and overtime are required, on occasion

We provide competitive salary and benefit packages for employees.  Benefits include health, Rx, dental, life and disability insurance, a 401(k) program with employer match, as well as paid holidays, vacation and sick leave.  PM Environmental, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.   

To apply, log onto and complete an application packet.


posted November 3, 2016


Meridian Township

Assistant Planner

October 20, 2016 - November 20, 2016


Okemos, MI

Salary Range:

$21.58 per hour (starting rate per labor agreement)-Full Time

Apply Online:


Paid Time Off, 401a, Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance; Life Insurance, Paid Leave, EAP, Flex Spending Account, Retiree Health Savings Account, etc.


Under the supervision of the Senior Planner, this position performs technical, administrative, and research tasks related to planning, landscape architecture, and zoning issues. Assists in reviewing developmental plans to ensure compliance with zoning ordinances, subdivision control ordinances, the Master Plan, and land development standards.

View Entire Job Posting at :


• A Bachelor’s degree, or the equivalent, in urban planning, landscape architecture, or a related field.

• Minimum one year of experience in planning, landscape architecture, or related municipal environment. A Master’s degree may substitute for experience.

• A State of Michigan Vehicle Operator’s License.

• Knowledge and understanding of applicable state and local land-use ordinances and regulations.

• Knowledge of the principles and practices of municipal planning, landscape architecture, and land-use issues.

• Knowledge of the practices of plan review and site inspection.

• Knowledge of municipal operations as they relate to the development and growth of the Township; general understanding of municipal operations as a whole.

• Skill in interpreting and applying planning guidelines and ordinances.

• Skill in compiling and evaluating planning, land-use, zoning code guidelines and formulating policy, standards, and service recommendations.

• Ability to effectively communicate, present ideas/concepts, and make presentations in public forums.



posted October 20, 2016

City of Ypsilanti

City Manager


To develop great places, true community builders focus on growing the proven assets of vibrant 21st Century Communities: walkability; green initiatives; cultural and economic development;

entrepreneurship; diversity; messaging & tech­nology, transit and education.


What if you could find most all those ingredients already in place in a community extending an invitation to bring your creative, resourceful approach to the position of city manager?


Ypsilanti, the home of Eastern Michigan University, is a proud ethnically, racially and religiously diverse community of around 20,000 people clustered in an historic 4.51 square miles in southeast Michigan. Just 30 miles from Detroit, and 15 minutes from Ann Arbor’s University of Michigan, Ypsilanti possesses a unique and solidly authentic urban vibe.


Ypsilanti, Michigan is looking for its third City Manager in 20 years and will consider only visionary, approachable, enthusiastic relationship-builders who can thrive in a highly diverse, innovative community which is transitioning to an education and entrepreneurial economy.


The 2016-17 proposed General Fund Budget was set at $14.59 million with a GF Fund Balance of $5 million. The total budget is $32.43 million.


A competitive benefit package with life and health insurances including a city contribution into a HCS Account and enrollment into a MERS defined benefit retirement plan will be offered. A starting salary range of between $80,000 and $100,000 will be negotiated depending upon experience, qualifications and skill set.


Additional information available

posted October 18, 2016


Charter Township of Filer
Township Zoning Administrator (part-time)

Charter Township of Filer seeking part-time Township Zoning Administrator with three years Zoning & Planning Experience or Zoning Administrator Certification. Candidate must be able to understand the zoning process, read maps, parcel descriptions, conduct field inspections and enforce Township Ordinances without prejudice. Additional Details
Please submit resume to Filer Township Hall, 2505 Filer City Road, Manistee, MI 49660, Attention: Shirley Ball, Clerk 231-723-3138. Deadline for application submission is 12:00 p.m. November 15, 2016.

posted October 17, 2016


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