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Lewis & Clark County
Helena, MT
JOB POSTING FOR LEWIS AND CLARK COUNTY Position Title: Planner Organization: Lewis and Clark County, Community Development and Planning Pay Rate: $56,451.20 to $65, 894.40 Position Type/Status: Regular, Full-time, Non-exempt, Non-union Closing Date: August 31, 2022. First review of candidates is August 17, 2022. Position Description Summary Under general supervision of the Director of Community Development and Planning, performs a variety of professional land use planning duties. Planner I Duties and Responsibilities Essential Functions • Reviews and processes applications for Buildings for Lease or Rent and for road adjustments; • Provides information to, and answers questions from groups and individuals on Special Districts specific to new subdivisions; • Assists with zoning requests, including conditional use permits, land use variances, changes in non-conforming use, zoning changes, and amendments relating to County zone districts; • Assists with review of development proposals with City, County, State and Federal agencies and private developers; • Conducts surveys and technical studies relating to land use proposals; • Analyzes existing land use, public facilities, environmental constraints, and other information in conjunction with development proposals; • Prepares written staff reports and participates in the development of staff recommendations for development proposals; • Meets with the Elected Officials, and facilitates meetings of Appointed Boards and Committees of the County; Planner II Duties and Responsibilities Essential Functions • Reviews development proposals with City, County, State and Federal agencies, as well as private developers; • Analyzes existing land-use, public facilities, environmental constraints, and other information for development proposals; • Prepares written staff reports and participates in the development of staff recommendations for development proposals; • Assists with the creation, amending, and assessments of special districts; • Prepares reports and presents information at public meetings regarding land-use development; • Provides information to and answers questions from groups and individuals regarding land use development, road adjustments, and special districts; • Processes zoning requests, including conditional use permits, land use variances, changes in non-conforming use, zoning changes, amendments relating to County zoning districts, as well as floodplain development permits; • Conducts surveys and technical studies relating to land use proposals; • Assists with professional land use planning duties related to plan implementation and long-range planning; • Works with citizen groups to develop land use goals; • Assists with presenting plans/recommendations to senior management, community groups, public officials; and • Surveys and analyzes existing land use, public facilities, environmental constraints, and other information in conjunction with development proposals. Other Duties for Planners • Prepares and manages grant applications; • Coordinates with the Grants and Purchasing department in the preparation and administration of grants; • Attends Staff, Board and committee meetings; • Enforces zoning and subdivision regulations and development permits; • Assists in the training of other staff; • Coordinates and leads site visits; • Schedules public meetings and hearings; • Coordinates with the Special District Program Coordinator on the formation of districts specific to new subdivision projects; • Reviews and processes Floodplain Development Permits in coordination with other staff. This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. Examples of Knowledge • County and State regulations relating to land use, planning, and floodplain management; • Department policies and procedures; • Geographic Information Systems; • County policies and procedures; • Hardware and software used to develop and deliver public presentations. Examples of Skills and Abilities • Prepare and deliver public presentations; speak in front of groups on a regular basis; • Use common office machines, including computers and telephone; camera; Smartboard; • Learn software, including word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation programs, and apply to existing systems; • Understand and follow oral and written policies, procedures, and instructions; • Use Geographic Information Systems to create maps, mailing lists, and exhibits; • Prepare written reports and applications according to prescribed standards; • Maintain records and documents according to prescribed standards; • Find effective solutions when solving problems and making decisions; • Communicate effectively orally and in writing; • Establish and maintain cooperative, effective relationships with citizens, staff, community partners, state agencies, and supervisor. Qualifications Planner I ($56,451.20 to $59,758.40 /year) The knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this position are typically acquired through four (4) year degree in land-use planning, geography, landscape architecture, or other relevant field from an accredited college or university; and one (1) year experience in the planning profession. Planner II ($62,233.60 to $65,233.60/ year) The knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this position are typically acquired through a combination of education and experience. A minimum of a four (4) year degree in land-use planning, geography, landscape architecture, or other relevant field from an accredited college or university; and, at least three (3) years’ experience in the planning profession. Benefits Employees are eligible for the Health Benefits Plan that includes health, vision, dental, and prescription drug coverage. Spouses and dependents are also eligible for enrollment. Employees earn generous leave and receive holiday pay for 10+ holidays per year. Membership in a retirement system that includes a contribution from the County begins with your first day of employment. Additional supplemental insurance options and enrollment in a Deferred Compensation plan are also available. Application Instructions For additional information or to apply, visit https://www.lccountymt.gov/hr/jobs.html by the closing date. Applications for this position are accepted online only through our career portal https://www.lccountymt.gov/hr/jobs.html . The following items are required along with the on-line application: • Resume Attach resume to online application in designated section • Cover Letter Attach cover letter to online application in designated section For questions on this position or on the application process, please call (406) 447-8317 or e-mail [email protected]