Professional Planning Jobs

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Planning Director

Macomb Township

Salary: $101,660.06
Union: AFSCME, 1917 

Under the general direction of the Township Supervisor, this position is responsible for all Planning operations for the Township including recommendations for the Planning Commission and Township Board with regards to the changes to the Township Master Plan, the zoning ordinance and other related development ordinances.

Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in urban planning, public administration, political science, architecture, or a related field required.  Ten (10) years progressively responsible planning experience required. Five (5) years supervisory experience required. AICP certification required.

Special Instructions

  • Proof of certifications must be submitted with a resume, cover letter and application.
  • Only the best-qualified applicants based on training and experience will be invited to the interview.
  • Applicants will be notified by mail as to the status of their application.
  • Applicants must possess a valid Michigan driver’s license with a good driving record.
  • APA membership preferred.

How to Apply:
Applications are available online at
To apply for this position please submit a cover letter, resume, application and copies of all required documentation to:
Macomb Township
Human Resources Department
54111 Broughton Road
Macomb, MI 48042

Questions: (586) 992-0710 Ext. 2294

Accepting applications until May 24, 2019 at 4 PM

 Macomb Township is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Posted May 14, 2019

Planning Assistant

City of Traverse City
Under the general supervision of the Planning Director is responsible for performing performs a variety of routine and high level administrative and support functions related to the daily activities of the Planning/Zoning Department. Maintains records, conducts research, develops reports, drafts ordinances, tracks budgets and expenditures and offers administrative support to the Planning Director.


Education, Training, and Experience:

  •  Educational requirements include a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in planning, public administration or related field.
  •  Two - Three years of professional planning experience is preferred.   

To be considered: submit a completed application, please send your resume with a cover letter to the City of Traverse City, Human Resources Office, 400 Boardman Avenue, 2nd Floor, Traverse City, MI 49684 or via email to [email protected]. All completed applications are due by 12:00 PM Friday, May 24, 2019.

Residency Requirement: 20-mile radius from nearest City limit. This is a union position under the General Municipal Employee – Clerical/Technical group, with a pay classification Grade 9. Starting wage is $21.84 per hour. Competitive benefits package. A detailed job description and minimum qualifications can be viewed at .

 Posted May 13, 2019


Planner III

Fairbanks North Star Borough (Fairbanks, Alaska)

Department: Community Planning – Planning and Zoning

Salary Range: $29.08/hr.

Closing Date: 5/27/2019 9:00 p.m. AK


To implement the Comprehensive Plan by administering the Zoning Code, special studies, and providing information to the general public concerning land use.

Individuals interested in applying for this position must submit a completed online application on or before the closing date and time as specified in the Job Posting. Online applications to include minimum qualifications and typical duties can be located at then click on the “JOBS” tab.

For additional information please call (907) 459-1202 or the Borough Direct Job Line at (907) 459-1206.

Posted May 9, 2019

Platting Officer II

Fairbanks North Star Borough (Fairbanks, Alaska)

Department: Community Planning – Platting  

Salary Range: $28.12/hr.

Closing Date: 5/27/2019 9:00 p.m. AK


Process applications and administer Borough subdivision codes, zoning codes, and appropriate State statutes and regulations.  Formulated analysis and recommendations.  Review and approve final plats of survey.

Individuals interested in applying for this position must submit a completed online application on or before the closing date and time as specified in the Job Posting. Online applications to include minimum qualifications and typical duties can be located at then click on the “JOBS” tab.

 For additional information please call (907) 459-1202 or the Borough Direct Job Line at (907) 459-1206.

 Posted May 9, 2019


County of Marquette

The County of Marquette seeks applicants for a Planner in the Planning/Resource Management and Development Department.

Full-Time, AFSCME Union, Local 2914.

General Oveview:

Under the supervision of the Senior Planner, conducts research and analyses, organizes data and prepares reports to guide county and local officials regarding community development and land use planning. Serves as information resource and planning consultant to county and local officials and the general public.

Additional information here

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent in Urban Planning & Development or related area.
  • Two (2) years of experience as a Planner, Economic Development Coordinator or related area including experience in the research and writing of grant applications.
  • Valid driver's license.
Starting Rate of Pay: $19.98 per hour.


How to Apply:

If you believe your qualifications meet the minimum qualification requirements, submit your resume and application (applications available at or in the Marquette County HR Office) to Marquette County HR, 234 W. Baraga Ave., Marquette, MI 49855, or by email to [email protected]

Applications being accepted until position is filled.

Marquette County is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer.

Posted May 6, 2019

 Planner III

Elkhart County (Indiana)

Department: Public Services - Planning

Salary Range: $17.33-$20.79/hour (JF5/PG6)

Benefits: Full benefits offered including free employee medical clinic

Date Position to be Filled: Open

Hours and Days of Work: Monday 8:00-5:00, Tuesday – Friday 8:00-4:00

Location of Position: Public Services - Dunlap

Travel Requirements: Within Elkhart County (please complete driving page on application)

Job Summary:
Responsible for implementing the policies and ordinances of Elkhart County related to land use, land development and zoning enforcement. Manages land development cases from submittal to final action. Provides interpretative assistance to the County Planning Commission and various committees and is responsible for updating, implementing, and developing new strategies for land use regulation, and for keeping the County in a proactive position.

Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor Degree or an equivalent in-depth specialized training program directly related to the type of work performed. Education/experience should include work with various computer applications.
  • 2-5 years of related experience in community planning and development, public administration and/or public service.
  • Certified Floodplain Manager designation and ability to obtain other certifications is preferred, with the ability to obtain certification(s) within one year
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Pre-employment background check

Applications Available:
Elkhart County Human Resources
117 N. Second Street, Goshen, IN 46526
Telephone: (574) 535-6725 FAX: (574) 535-6750
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site:

Elkhart County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Posted May 6, 2019

Planner and Project Manager

Williams & Works

Williams & Works is seeking a project manager with a degree (Master’s preferred) in urban or regional planning or a related field, and at least five years experience in some or all of the following areas: community master planning, zoning administration, parks and recreation planning, transportation planning, and site and neighborhood design.  This position requires the ability to foster and maintain strong working relationships with other professionals and clients and the ability to successfully complete multi-faceted planning assignments. The successful candidate will have AICP certification and a thorough understanding of Michigan planning and zoning practices and statutes. Strong written and verbal skills and computer proficiency in Microsoft Office®, Adobe Creative Suite®, and at least some familiarity with ArcGIS® are required.  We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, an informal work environment and an opportunity to participate in a variety of planning tasks with our public and private sector clients.

Williams & Works is an employee-owned consulting firm providing planning, engineering, and survey services.  Our planning group provides comprehensive planning services, zoning consultation, and conducts special studies.  We are committed to excellence in service and to building our organization from within.

Williams & Works is an equal opportunity employer.

Email [email protected] with a cover letter and resume with “Planning Project Manager” as your e-mail subject.

This position is open until filled.

Posted May 2, 2019


DDA/Main Street Program Executive Director

City of Eaton Rapids

The Main Street (MS)/Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Executive Director (ED) coordinates activities within Eaton Rapids’ downtown MS Area that utilizes historic preservation as an integral foundation for downtown economic development. The ED assists the board of directors, committees, and volunteers in the development, management, execution, and documentation of the Main Street program as well as projects throughout the DDA District. The ED is the principal on-site staff person responsible for coordinating all program activities and volunteers, as well as representing the community regionally and nationally, as appropriate. The ED position is at-will and serves under the general guidance and direction of the DDA Board of Directors. The ED works independently and exercises judgment and discretion in completion of duties. In addition, the ED will help guide the organization as its objectives evolve and work in collaboration with the City of Eaton Rapids personnel on projects, events, etc. In addition, Eaton Rapids was recently approved as a Select Level Michigan Main Street Program, so a good portion of the first year will be helping the DDA define, develop, and establish the program in Eaton Rapids.
See complete job description here.  
Candidates must submit a letter of interest, resume, salary history, references, and any other pertinent information by April 19, 2019 to: 
Subject: Main Street/DDA Executive Director Position
 Eaton Rapids DDA                                
 Attn: Don McNabb, Chair
 E-mail:  [email protected]   

or Mail:
Eaton Rapids DDA
 Attn: Don McNabb, Chair
 200 S. Main Street         
 Eaton Rapids, MI 48827


 Posted April 8, 2019


 Township Superintendent 

Charter Township of Breitung (Dickinson County)

The Charter Township of Breitung, Dickinson County, is currently recruiting for the full-time position of Township Superintendent.

The areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to:

  • Direction and supervision of the operations of the township
  • Preparing annual budget
  • Advising the Township Board of financial conditions and current and future needs
  • Communicates official plans, policies and procedures to the staff and general public, and ensuring compliance with State and Federal regulations
  • Directs or assists with FOIA/Zoning/Code Enforcement
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Leadership experience in public and municipal administration
  • Ability to communicate well verbally and in written form
  • Possess good public relation skills
  • Knowledgeable of various software programs and possess good computer skills

Salary commensurate with experience.

To apply please send a letter of interest and resume, no later than 4:00pm on Thursday, April 11, 2019 to:

Charter Township of Breitung
c/o Samantha Neuens, Township Clerk
P.O. Box 160
Quinnesec, MI 49876

Posted April 2, 2019 


Planning & 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: Part-time, with significant potential and intention for full-time

Compensation & Benefits: Hourly rate commensurate with experience. Position provides for a flexible work opportunity. No office presence is required (although available) and the work is independently mobile. Mileage reimbursement and Birthday Bonus provided. Currently, no other part-time benefits are offered. Future full-time employment includes salary and unlimited vacation time.

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]

Posted April 1, 2019

Associate Planner

Charter Township of Shelby

The Charter Township of Shelby is accepting applications to establish an eligibility list for the position of Associate Planner.  Duties include coordinating the Township’s economic development strategy by promoting job creation through business attraction, retention and expansion.  Qualified candidates must provide proof of a Bachelor’s degree in Economic Development, Economics, Urban Planning, Public Administration, or a related field or the equivalent combination of education and related experience is necessary; Master’s degree preferred.

Salary: $47,779 - $54,918.   Application with uploaded copy of education and proof of experience must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m.  April 10, 2019. EOE.

Applications can be obtained and submitted at:

Posted March 29, 2019

Director of Planning & Zoning

East Bay Charter Township

Open until filled, first interviews given to resumes submitted by April 30, 2019

East Bay Charter Township is accepting applications for a full-time Director of Planning and Zoning with AICP certification, to plan, organize, coordinate, and direct all activities of the township’s Office of Planning and Zoning. The Director performs timely professional work requiring a thorough knowledge and understanding of the principles of land use planning and community development. This engaging position is responsible for developing, recommending, and implementing policies and procedures to administer township plans, ordinances, and codes. As part of their duties, the Director will oversee the Zoning Administrator, establish an annual budget, and serve as a liaison with engineering and legal consultants of both the township and applicants/developers, while working in a dynamic and friendly professional environment.

East Bay Charter Township is in Grand Traverse County, adjacent to the City of Traverse City. The township contains a wide variety of scenic northern Michigan land forms from the East Arm of Grand Traverse Bay to State-forested areas to wetlands to agricultural lands to inland lakes. With a population over 11,000 residents, East Bay Township enjoys a healthy mix of residential neighborhoods; tourist districts; and commercial, agricultural, and industrial land uses, with pressures on land development as opportunities within the City become scarce and the region grows. East Bay Charter Township provides utility services of sewer, water, and septage treatment; planning, zoning, and code enforcement; parks; assessing; and emergency services of fire, community policing, and ambulance services.

Please see the full description and application at

Posted March 29, 2019

Senior Planner for Land & Water Resources

Macomb County, Michigan

Macomb County seeks a highly qualified professional to join the department of planning & economic development. Located in metropolitan Detroit, the county is 479 square miles and home to more than 860,000 residents. With more than 31.5 miles of Lake St. Clair shoreline, there are 120,000 acres of open space/recreational land in the county.

Our mission is to support an environment where businesses prosper and people thrive.  We stimulate the economy through business retention, expansion and attraction while improving the overall quality of life for residents.  Our Blue Economy Initiative focuses on environmental stewardship, responsible development of water-based businesses and increasing public access to natural features for residents and visitors.

This position supports all facets of environmental planning including natural resources, parks and accessibility, sustainable land development, green infrastructure, urban forestry and associated projects.

 A bachelor’s degree in urban planning, public administration, geography, environment, ecology, forestry, biology and/or landscape architecture or related is required. The ideal candidate will have experience in grant writing and reporting, an ability to develop and sustain collaborative relationships with community groups including non-profit organizations and governmental agencies. Strong communications skills - including the ability to present and educate groups as well as conduct research and disseminate findings - is required. Experience integrating GIS data, field studies, concept site designs, and geo-spatial analysis is also required. A master’s degree and/or AICP certification is highly desired.

To apply Macomb County Senior Planner for Land & Water Resources

Posted March 29, 2019

City Manager


The opportunity to live and work where you wish you were vacationing comes around only once in a great while. Scottville, Michigan is in the center of Mason County on the states’ north west side. It sits on the banks of the Pere Marquette River, abuts the 450,000-acre Manistee National Forest and is only minutes from 28 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline.

The position of city manager is open for the first time in over 20 years and presents a great opportunity for an energetic, hands-on administrator with a desire to be involved in every aspect of the business while setting a course for the future.

Only approachable, outgoing individuals with a desire to be part of small-town life need apply. Scottville is looking for a creative thinker with the ability to honor the traditions of this proud community while setting a path for a new brand and future success. Scottville will offer a competitive compensation package including a starting salary within the range of $55,000 to $65,000 depending on the qualifications and experience of its next executive.

Deadline to submit is April 24, 2019.  MUST SUBMIT A SIGNED CONSENT FORM. To apply and for CONSENT FORM, please visit

Posted March 29, 2019

Senior Planner

Outagamie County, Appleton, WI

Salary Range: $62,483 - $78,499

Outagamie County (Appleton, WI) is seeking a Senior Planner to help lead the growth, development and preservation for a county located in one of Wisconsin's fasted growing metro regions.  The position is located in vibrant downtown Appleton, recently named one of the best places to live in the US (2019 -  

This is a professional planning position primarily responsible for conducting and administering both long range and current planning and associated implementation efforts. This position requires the discretion and judgment in matters related to work procedures and policies of the work unit, must perform complex research and analysis of planning data, and will serve as lead planner on complicated planning projects, including long-range comprehensive planning updates and amendments and other corridor, district and area-wide plans.  Under the supervision of the Development & Land Services Director, develops plans, programs, policies and ordinances related to the preparation and implementation of the County Comprehensive Plan and affiliated plans.  Performs related duties including preparing reports, presentations, writing grant proposals, collaborating with various county departments and units of government, providing information and assistance to the general public and others, etc.

The full job description & application details can be found here:

Posted March 22, 2019


Transportation Planner / Special Projects Coordinator

Tri-County Regional Planning Commission

Click here for complete job description.

See website to apply. 

Posted March 18, 2019


Planning NEXT

Who We Are

Planning NEXT is a leading community visioning and planning practice located in the Short North neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio. Our tight-knit and fast-paced office is seeking a supportive and energetic team member to support our national practice. Our work is grounded in the belief that strong technical planning must be integrated with robust community engagement that brings people together to develop a shared vision for the future.

What We Are Looking For

We are looking for someone passionate about making better places, focused on positively impacting people, and the talent to make us all better. The planner will assist project managers with key aspects of planning projects

Required Experience

• 3-4 years of post-graduate professional planning experience (this experience must be beyond any internship experience)

• Experience must be in a professional planning role (public sector or private consulting)

Click here for more information

Posted March 18, 2019

Deputy Director of Planning

Charter Township of Garfield


Population: 17,436

Salary Range: $49,605 to $58,605 to start depending on qualifications, plus excellent fringes

Open until filled. First interviews will be given to resumes submitted by March 21, 2019.

Please apply at

The Charter Township of Garfield is accepting applications for a Deputy Director of Planning. As a member of the Township Planning & Development team, primarily you will perform professional work in the fields of current and long range planning; evaluate or assist in the evaluation of all forms of development applications; assist with the development and implementation of policies, procedures, and practices to accomplish planning objectives; assist with planning studies, new and updated plans; and, coordinate and manage the Township Geographic Information System (GIS) and the Township Parks and Recreation program. Requirements: Graduation from a four-year college or university with major course work in urban planning, environmental studies, public administration, or closely related field, and two years of professional planning experience. Two years of technical experience in GIS or completion of advanced GIS coursework is also required. Membership in the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is desired within one year of the date of hire. Great work environment with four-day week and flex time for evening meetings.


Posted February 28, 2019 

Associate Planner

City of Minot, North Dakota

The City of Minot Human Resource Office is now accepting applications for the position of Associate Planner in the Planning Department. Full salary range for this position is $4,010- $5,953 per month.

This is mid-level technical support work in the Community Development Department, Planning and Zoning Division, performing a variety of planning support tasks. Work is performed under the continuing supervision of the Community and Economic Development Director and/or Principal Planner. Contact with others is frequent and involves communication of complex information presented in terms that the general public can understand. This individual shall possess a strong background in graphics and computer skills, and good communication skills, both oral and written.

Graduation from college with a bachelor’s degree preferred, in the field(s) of community and regional planning, environmental planning, urban planning, civil engineering, landscape architecture, geography or related field, and two years of professional experience. College courses in Geographic Information Systems preferred. May substitute five years of progressive, professional experience directly related to planning disciplines and land development towards education requirements; or any equivalent combination of training and experience. Possession of a valid North Dakota driver's license is required.

Applications and full job description is available on the website at and at the Human Resource Office located on second floor of City Hall (515 2 Ave SW).

This position is open until filled.

Posted February 25, 2019

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

Executive Director

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is seeking highly qualified candidates with demonstrated success in leading complex, results oriented comprehensive planning and regional transportation efforts to serve as CMAP’s next Executive Director. CMAP staff serves as the staff for the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO).

  • The next Executive Director will lead the important effort to collaborate with partners throughout the region in the implementation of the critical goals and objectives of this plan.
  • The next Executive Director will be a skilled leader who is passionate about comprehensive regional planning, and committed to collaborating with partners at all levels of government to identify issues and solutions critical to the success of the metropolitan area. The Executive Director must also be a motivating leader of a highly professional and talented staff who are passionate about transportation and comprehensive planning and dedicated to the mission of CMAP.

Candidates must have strong oral and written skills, media skills and the ability to build effective relationships throughout the region and with state leaders. Possess a bachelor’s degree in planning, public policy or related field. A master’s degree in urban and regional planning, public administration or related field is highly desirable. Knowledge of local, state and federal processes and funding mechanisms is important. Starting salary is $200,000 + DOQ. Apply online at at once but not later than March 29, 2019 to Heidi Voorhees, President, GovHR USA. Email: [email protected]. Tel: 847-902-4110.

Click HERE to Apply!

Posted February 22, 2019


Planner 1/ Assistant Planner SESC Officer
Manistee County

Manistee County currently has an opening for the position of Planner 1/Assistant Planner SESC Officer.  Must possess a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning, Regional Planning, Environmental Planning, Public Administration/Policy, Park and Recreation Administration or Environmental Science.  Have knowledge of the principles and practices of planning.  Knowledge of a relevant specialization such as zoning, land use or attainable housing is desired.  Knowledge of principles and practices of research and data collection. Knowledge of effective writing techniques and verbal communication.  Knowledge of computer hardware and software programs, which may include Microsoft Office applications, Adobe Suite software, ESRI Arc GIS, and Internet applications. Desire to work both in office environments and the field. Must possess a Michigan Vehicle Operators License.  A resume and references should be forwarded to Lisa Sagala, HR Manager/Assistant Administrator, Manistee County Courthouse, 415 Third Street, Manistee, MI 49660, no later than Friday, March 08, 2019 at 4:30 P.M.   EOE

Posted February 22, 2019