Professional Planning Jobs

Professional Planning Job listings on this site are posted for three months or until the posted deadline. Web site job ads cost $75. To submit a job ad or RFP ad email the description to [email protected] and place "job ad" or "RFP ad" in the subject field.

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Rich & Associates


 Rich & Associates is seeking a highly organized, independent, and self-motivated planner for our nationally recognized Parking Consulting Firm in the Southfield, MI. We are seeking an individual to fill an entry level role in small and large scale parking projects for both public and private sector clients. Additional experience and expertise are welcome.

 Rich & Associates is a full service parking consultant providing customized solutions to every type of parking need. We are seeking a planner for our Southfield office. This position will support our growing parking planning services which includes transportation planning such as bicycle and pedestrian planning, public outreach, land use planning, and other areas of the planning field. A technical knowledge of planning principles is required along with the ability to effectively write reports and similar planning documents. The ability to work closely with the public, stakeholders, and various municipal staff is also desired.

 Position Requirements

 - Preferably 1 year of experience or internship at a planning agency 

- Experience with planning principles such as zoning codes, comprehensive plans, land use analysis, community engagement, and knowledge of progressive planning trends and strategies

 - Demonstrate advanced proficiency with Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint

 - Experience with ArcGIS, Adobe inDesign, Adobe Illustrator and or CAD is preferred

- Overnight and occasional weekend travel is required

- Strong communication, leadership, and writing skills



Bachelors or better in Planning or related field.


How to Apply

Please send your resume via email to Annaka Norris, [email protected]. This position will remain open until filled. To learn more about Rich & Associates please visit our website,

Posted September 12, 2018 


 Director of the Northwest Michigan Rural Housing Partnership

Networks Northwest

 The Northwest Michigan Rural Housing Partnership is a cross-sector collaborative initiative involving nonprofit, government and business partners intended to help rural Northwest Michigan understandcommit to, and take action on housing options. This position, initially housed within Networks Northwest, will work with the newly-formed Board of the Partnership to help Northwest Michigan address public perceptions, offer assistance in navigating the development process, and manage the unique challenges of housing options in our rural region. A complete job description is available on

 Posted September 10, 2018

 Associate Planner in Downtown and Commercial Redevelopment

Oakland County

Oakland County Economic Development and Community Affairs (EDCA) is hiring an Associate Planner to provide planning and economic development services for historic downtowns, heritage corridors, mixed-use districts and commercial centers.  The position is in the department’s Main Street Oakland County (MSOC) program. Candidates should have training and/or work experience in economic development, downtown revitalization, zoning, promotions, marketing and real estate development. Strong public presentation and project management skills are required along with the ability to effectively organize and communicate with stakeholder groups. The position is part of a multidisciplinary team of planners, architects, and GIS specialists that provide services to all Oakland County communities. 

Complete job description here.  

See full job posting at for more information, including minimum qualifications.

Posted September 7, 2018

Associate Planner in General Planning/GIS

Oakland County

Oakland County Economic Development and Community Affairs (EDCA) is hiring an Associate Planner to provide planning and economic development services to Oakland County cities, villages and townships. The position will work primarily in the County Land Use and Zoning and One-Stop-Ready program areas.  Candidates should have a strong understanding of planning, zoning and the development process.  Also strong GIS skills and the ability to create, maintain and analyze GIS data, and the ability to communicate project information graphically. The position is part of a multidisciplinary team of planners, architects, and GIS specialists that provide services to all Oakland County communities. 

Complete job description here.

See full job posting at for more information, including minimum qualifications.

Posted September 7, 2018 

Senior Planner in Environmental Stewardship

Oakland County

Oakland County Economic Development and Community Affairs (EDCA) is hiring a Senior Planner to provide planning and economic development services to Oakland County cities, villages and townships. The position works primarily within the County environmental stewardship, non-motorized trail and green infrastructure programs. Candidates should have a strong understanding of natural features, green infrastructure, complete streets and sustainable development. Strong GIS and project management skills are required along with the ability to effectively communicate with diverse stakeholder groups. The position is part of a multidisciplinary team of planners, architects, and GIS specialists that provide services to all Oakland County communities. 

Complete job description here

See full job posting at for more information, including minimum qualifications.

Posted September 7, 2018

Commercial Property Compliance Officer

City of Lansing

The City of Lansing Economic Development & Planning Department is seeking a Full-Time Commercial Property Compliance Officer to join their professional team to assist in making sure zoning, sign, and property maintenance regulations, ordinances, codes and laws are followed.  The City of Lansing offers a competitive wage and benefits package including medical, vision, dental, paid vacation, sick, and holiday leave.

Requirements: High School Diploma/GED; two (2) years of experience in the field of municipal code enforcement, zoning, planning, sign industry; basic computer skills (laptop/mobile devices); must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license; ability to communicate effectively both written & verbally; ability to handle and make decisions under highly stressful situations; ability to interpret and apply ordinance provisions to specific situations.

Responsibilities: Identify and document violations of zoning, sign, property maintenance and general offense ordinances through observation or field inspections, focusing on commercial properties; investigate complaints and communicate findings/progress with the complainant; issue violation/correction notices and tickets as necessary to achieve compliance; work with contractors to abate violations as authorized by ordinance or court order; other duties as required and assigned.

 To apply: visit our website Open until September 17, 2018

 Posted September 4, 2018

 Planning and Zoning Consultant

Fresh Coast Planning

Company Profile: Successful consultancy expanding into new local government communities and in need of immediate support to provide professional planning and zoning consultation to townships, cities, villages, and private individuals.

Position: Associate

Type: Full-time

Compensation & Benefits: Salary commensurate with experience. Position provides for a flexible work opportunity. No office presence is required (although available) and the work is independently mobile. Unlimited vacation time. Mileage reimbursement and Birthday Bonus provided. Currently, no other benefits are offered.

Location: Must reside within a reasonable distance of the Grand Haven, Lakeshore, Grand Rapids area.

Experience: Minimum of three (3) years in local government community planning and zoning.

Education: Bachelor's in Public Administration, Urban Planning, or related field is preferred. Familiarity with the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act, Michigan Planning Enabling Act, Michigan Condominium Act, Michigan Land Division Act, and other related local government acts is required.


To Apply: Email cover letter and resume to: Gregory L. Ransford, MPA at [email protected] Open until September 24, 2018 . 

Posted September 4, 2018

 Planner I

City of Grand Rapids

Nature of work: This is entry level, professional planning work performed for the Grand Rapids Planning Department or other city departments with professional planning requirements. Work includes assisting higher level planners in the continuing development, implementation and maintenance of a variety of planning projects, including the City's master plan. Work may include the responsibility for drafting or research work and involves the application of basic planning techniques. Initially, work is performed under the close supervision of a senior level planner, but as experience is gained, and comprehension increases, work is performed with greater latitude for decision-making and project control. Work is reviewed through conferences, reports, observation and analysis of results obtained.

Minimum Training and Experience: Graduation from a four year college or university with an undergraduate degree in city planning, public administration, architecture or closely related field and some related work experience which may be satisfied through the completion of an internship, or directly related project; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

Other Necessary Qualifications: Knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) preferred.

For more information, please visit   

Posted August 31, 2018

Planning & Zoning Administrator

Fenton Township

Fenton Township is seeking a qualified, motivated and team-oriented individual to fill the full-time position of Planning & Zoning Administrator. Fenton Township is an Equal Opportunity Employer, offering a professional working environment and a competitive wage/benefit package. Salary range $50-75K DOQ. Bachelor’s degree in urban planning or closely related field and 1-3 years relevant experience required. Full job description at Send letter of application and résumé to:

Fenton Township
Attn: Operations Manager
12060 Mantawauka Drive
Fenton, MI  48430-8817

Submission deadline is Friday September 7, 2018.

Posted August 22, 2018

 Transportation Modeler

Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG)

SEMCOG seeks a full-time transportation engineer, regional/urban planner, or other relevant degreed candidate with the skills and abilities to provide assistance in the field of travel demand modeling (using TransCAD and/or other modeling packages) and support related work in regional transportation planning, including, but not limited to: performing data collection, management and analytical analysis; technical skills and abilities in Python, R, and/or other programming languages; preparing customized GIS maps; conducting research; coordinating with member governments and planning partners; administering meetings; and creating presentation materials. Candidates should also employ a structured approach in taking a project from concept to production to operation. As a member of SEMCOG’s Plan and Policy Development Group, the selected individual’s position will be an early-stage to mid-level position depending on the level of skills and experience possessed by the individual.

The successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills to interact and work with a range of external stakeholders such as federal, state, county, and local agencies. The candidate must have good organization and time management skills, and be able to work cooperatively and collaboratively with internal staff. Effective written, verbal, and presentation skills required, including a working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).

Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

For more information, and to apply, please visit

 Posted August 13, 2018

Community Development Manager/DDA Director

City of Ypsilanti

The City of Ypsilanti (population 21,076) is seeking a Community Development Manager/DDA Director. This position will create and coordinate community development activities and act as the Executive Director of the Downtown Development Authority. This position staffs and oversees the staff of the Downtown Development Authority, Planning Commission, Historic District Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Parks and Recreation Commission.

The successful candidate shall be a demonstrated leader, possess excellent communication skills, have the ability to maintain and establish and maintain relationships in the community, have the ability to communicate with a diverse population, and Ability to maintain effective working relationships with supervisor, subordinates, co-workers and the public.

The position requires a bachelor’s degree in urban/land use planning and five years’ experience, or other combination of education and experience providing an equivalent level of expertise.

Posted August 13, 2018

Senior Urban Planner

Gibbs Planning Group

Gibbs Planning Group is seeking a senior urban planner to design and manage mixed-use town center commissions across the U. S.   The candidate must have extensive experience with charrettes and planning public-private new urban communities and with the master planning of towns and cities.   Five years minimum experience and a registered Landscape Architect is preferred. AutoCAD and hand drawing experience required.  Responsibilities include client management, master planning, urban design and travel in the U.S. and abroad.   This is a full-time position in our downtown Birmingham, Michigan offices with competitive salary and benefits.

Gibbs Planning Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Send cover letter and CV to Robert Gibbs: [email protected]

 Posted August 9, 2018


DeWitt Charter Township

DeWitt Charter Township is seeking resumes from knowledgeable, service oriented and self-directed individuals for a part-time Planner position.  This position is responsible for performing a variety of planning, zoning, and community development activities. Successful candidates will have an innovative vision and knowledge of municipal government principles and contemporary planning ideas to help the Township grow and enhance its sense of place.  Position will recommend and create ordinance enhancements, work collaboratively on complex planning & zoning issues with planning staff and the Planning Commission, and assist with GIS services.

Starting salary is $21.41/Hr. Bachelor’s degree and one year of experience required.

Send cover letter, resume and 3 professional references to: Julie Coleman, Assistant Township Manager, DeWitt Charter Township, 1401 W. Herbison Road, DeWitt, MI 48820 or via email at [email protected].  

Position is open until filled.

Posted August 6, 2018

GIS/CDD Technician

City of Madison Heights

DUTIES: Performs multiple tasks with an emphasis on GIS technology and related software; also performs sub-professional engineering; planning and graphics work, as necessary. Work performed in the field and in the office. Provides inspections and testing for sidewalk program, traffic counts, and technical data and GIS mapping services.

Responsibilities include:

  • Working with users to identify GIS training needs and potential applications.
  • Develops and maintains professional connections between departments, other municipalities, and the County, as necessary. 
  • Performs and assists in the performance of a variety of departmental technical and administrative tasks and processes including planning, engineering, zoning, transportation, traffic, and GIS graphics development for the department and the City as a whole.

Click here for complete job description 


  • Graduation from a four year college with a Bachelor’s Degree in: computer science, urban planning, GIS, geography, surveying, construction management or related field;
  • Two to three years’ experience working directly with Geographic Information System software, especially Esri ArcGIS Desktop 10.x and ArcGIS Online; possession of a valid Michigan driver’s license.
  • Certification as Concrete Technician, Michigan Level I, Field Testing, within one (1) year of hire.
  • Familiarity with or willingness to learn the python programming language to automate tasks and manage large amounts of spatial data
  • Considerable knowledge of geographic terms and concepts, maps, coordinate geometry, and the general uses and capabilities

WAGES: $46,165 (start) - $52,743 (after 24 months) annually, plus competitive benefits

Apply at - Submit completed, signed application, driver’s license, resume and college transcripts

Applications taken until the position is filled.  

Posted July 30, 2018

Development Project Coordinator

City of Kalamazoo

The Community Planning & Economic Development is hiring for a Development Project Coordinator with a salary of $51,000-$73,000 annually.

The Development Project Coordinator is responsible for developing, planning, promoting and coordinating short and long-range specialized development and redevelopment programs.  Coordinates site assessments and remediation activities.  Responds to and resolves citizen and organization concerns and questions.

Bachelor's Degree in Planning, Public Administration, Environmental Science or a related field. Minimum of three (3) years of Brownfield Redevelopment, environmental, economic development, or urban planning experience.

Interested applicants must apply online by 11:59 pm 08/14/18  

The full job posting including essential qualifications and application are posted at .  Choose "Employment Opportunities" link, and select the job title.  Applications will only be accepted via the website listed above. EOE

“Apply” button should link to:

 Posted July 27, 2018

Part Time Code Enforcement Officer

City of Madison Heights

DUTIES: To conduct part-time code and ordinance enforcement activity including field inspections and office follow-up. To survey City by area for violations of zoning and/or other ordinance violations and to initiate appropriate enforcement action. Communicates with public at counter, in the field, by letter, e-mail, and on telephone regarding zoning, nuisance or property maintenance matters. Conducts inspections, maintains records, prepares reports. Prepares staff reports as required. Work shifts will include weekend and evening inspections and follow-ups. Prepares for, and appears in court to testify regarding ordinance violations as necessary – works with full-time Code Enforcement Officer and City Attorney in preparation for complaint hearings conducted by the City as necessary. Must have excellent communication and interpersonal relations skills.

REQUIREMENTS: High school graduate, supplemented by courses in building or property maintenance codes. Minimum one year experience in code enforcement and building maintenance or related field preferred. Must have valid MI Driver’s License with good driving record. BS&A PERMITS PROGRAM EXPERIENCE HIGHLY DESIRABLE

WAGES/HOURS: $17.50 - $18.00 per hour, approximately 20-25 hours per week. Schedule varies – routine afternoons, evenings and weekends required.

Apply at - Submit completed, signed application, driver’s license, resume & proof of h.s. graduation (h.s. diploma or GED), and college transcripts (if applicable)

Applications will be taken until the position is filled

Form I-9 must be completed at time of hire. MADISON HEIGHTS RESIDENCY IS NOT REQUIRED.  An Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

Posted July 25, 2018

 Planning and Project Manager

County Administration/Land Use Services

Otsego County 

Otsego County is a growing community which offers a host of year round recreational activities with easy access to trail networks, river systems, inland lakes, parks, ski resorts, large forested areas, and world-class golf. Downtown Gaylord is alive a new streetscape, new eateries and shops and a central pavilion that is full with weekend entertainment, a farmer’s market and a variety of festivals.

The Planning and Project Manager performs professional work related to planning, development and land use for the County. Assists with amendments to the Master Plan, preparing zoning amendments, and conducting special planning studies. Maintains, administers, and enforces adopted codes related to land use. Works with Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, and the general public to ensure that the plans are current and appropriately implemented. Works on Grants, Special Projects and County facility space allocation programs.

Bachelor’s degree in planning, or a closely related field, and 5 years of related experience, or a combination of education, training or experience.  Communication skills, business writing, and an ability to work with diverse people/agencies are important qualifications.

Experience with Microsoft Office software and Geographic Information Systems. Michigan Driver’s License required.

This is a full-time management level position and is eligible for fringe benefits. Pay Range: $58,874 - $73,577

Visit for a complete job description and to apply on-line.

Otsego County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Posted July 17, 2018

Cheboygan County

Planner/Assistant Code Enforcement Officer
The County of Cheboygan is seeking an energetic and highly organized Planner/Assistant Code Enforcement Officer. Under the general supervision of the Planning and Zoning Director, the incumbent assists in various planning-related activities and enforcement of Cheboygan County’s Zoning Ordinance.  Responsibilities include, but not limited to, providing exemplary customer service, permit review, code enforcement and site inspections. Excellent written and oral communication skills are a must.  The complete job description and application may be found are available on the Cheboygan County website 
The position is open until filled, with next review September 7. Employment applications and résumés may be submitted to Debbie Tomlinson, Assistant to the Director of Planning and Zoning at 870 S. Main St. Cheboygan, MI 49721 or [email protected]. Candidates may also contact the County offices by phone at 231.627.8489 for more information.
Posted July 10, 2018

Genesee County - Planning Commission

Planner I

Union:  AFSCME Local 496.01

Genesee County Metropolitan Planning Commission is seeking qualified applicants for a full-time Planner I position.  Duties may include assisting in data collection, developing applications, writing reports. Assist with projects being carried out by organizations and local units of government.  Draft recommendations for projects and studies. Performs related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications:  Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Urban and/or Regional Planning, Resource Planning, Resource
Development, or Geography.
Bachelor’s degree -AND-two (2) years of professional planning experience in a public planning
office or private sector planning agency.

Applicants must demonstrate on their application and with relevant documents, they meet
the minimum qualifications to be considered for a position.

Applicants must upload, before the deadline, all necessary documentsto support your
qualifications, ie. college transcripts, DD214, licenses, certificates, etc.



Posted July 9, 2018

Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC)

Director of Corporate Development

The DEGC is searching for a skilled and professional self-starter to promote our mission and core values to key individual supporters and advocates.  The Director of Corporate Development will be responsible for direct solicitation of gifts, managing a portfolio of meaningful gift prospects, as well as creating and enhancing relationships with current and prospective donors with a focus on expanding their financial support. Successful candidates should be energetic, detail oriented, conscientious, and passionate with a strong interest in making a difference in the City of Detroit. They should appreciate the value of and be able to work with a talented, dynamic, and diverse team of professionals; and have the mental/intellectual flexibility, creativity, and resiliency to work in a dynamic and fast-paced environment. 

Click here  for complete job information. 

Posted July 6, 2018

 Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC)

Motor City Match Program Manager

The DEGC is seeking a full-time salaried employee to serve as Program Manager for Motor City Match program, a nationally recognized program that seeks to fill vacant commercial corridors and support the city’s entrepreneurial spirit. To date, Motor City Match has awarded $5.5 million in grants to 125 small business projects and made 1049 awards to businesses providing business planning, site selection, design assistance and gap funding. The $5.5 million in grant investment has leveraged an overall investment of $36.9 million. Beyond the direct investment into these revitalization projects, is the investment in building a pipeline of well-prepared entrepreneurs. The program has continued to focus on building entrepreneurship opportunities for Detroiters – 62% of awardees are Detroit residents, 80% are minority-owned and over 69% are women-minority owned businesses. The Small Business Program Manager for Motor City Match will report to the Director of Small Business Programs.  

Click here  for complete job information. 

Posted July 6, 2018