is now accepting applications for
the position of


Salary:  $25.90 per hour, plus excellent benefits.

Opening: There is one opening with the Yakima County Public Services Department – Planning Division.  Position is responsible for performing a range of professional planning and technical assistance work on projects, programs and other assignments principally but not exclusively within the Long Range Planning Section.   This recruitment may be used to fill any future Project Planner vacancies that may occur within 90 days of the date of closing.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Performs or assists with a broader range of professional planning tasks such as: Drafting and assisting in preparing goals, policies, planning, programming and/or regulatory options and updates, and other project assignments for review by Section/Division management or others:
  • Comprehensive Long Range Planning tasks include: Researches, performs or participates in policy and technical analysis of growth management, comprehensive planning, community and economic development issues and natural resource protection;
  • Reviews plans, policies, programs and projects submitted by other divisions, departments, agencies and jurisdictions for consistency with adopted County plans and codes within area of responsibility;
  • Serves as contact with other sections, divisions, departments and agencies on assigned programs or special projects;
  • Performs, conducts or assists with planning analyses related to processing of routine to more complex development project applications;
  • Participates in early assistance meetings with customers, providing feedback on project feasibility, approvals required, cost and timeline estimates;
  • Represents the Section or Division on Multi-Disciplinary Teams (MDT), making agreements, decisions or commitments for the Section within the regulatory framework for an assigned project;
  • Provides technical guidance as needed by project coordinators in reviewing applications for completeness and preparing public notice;  
  • Prepares or drafts SEPA threshold environmental determinations and appropriate mitigation measures to address identified environmental impacts for consideration and approval by the SEPA Responsible Official;
  • Utilizing MDT, agency and neighborhood comments, evaluates projects and recommends options and conditions for ensuring the project’s consistency with applicable plans, policies, regulations, standards and criteria;
  • Prepares Section or Division’s final written analyses, findings and conditions for inclusion in the MDT project decision or recommendation within timelines established by Section Managers, project coordinators and the project team;
  • Represents the MDT position to various hearing bodies, as assigned.
  • Assists in preparing Section or project level work programs and processes within allocated budget;
  • Provides technical instruction to planners and other staff in area of specialization;
  • Develops and/or uses GIS coverages for project assignments;
  • Drafts grant applications to support Section, Division and Departmental programs; Schedules, coordinates, collects, assembles and prepares data, projections and reports.
  • Provides policy advice and technical assistance to the public, agencies and county staff relating to: plans, policies, ordinances, standards, regulatory and non-regulatory programs, federal and state statutes and administrative codes governing land development, environmental protection and growth management, within area(s) of assignment or expertise.
  • Develops, coordinates and participates in public education/outreach efforts and special studies related to land use, environmental and natural resource planning issues and other program or project assignments:
  • Organizes, facilitates and participates in meetings, group discussions, forums and open houses;
  • Presents technical information through reports, GIS coverages and other maps, graphics, newsletters and news releases;
  • Speaks before boards and commissions, the public, citizen groups and professional organizations;
  • Ensures the availability of relevant public information on Section programs, projects and activities via the website; and responds to media inquiries as directed

Other Job Functions: performs other duties as required.
Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:  Work is performed in an office and/or field environment with occasional exposure to irate customers and citizen groups.  To perform the essential tasks, incumbents must be able to: see, read, communicate in person and over the phone, in writing and perform basic keyboard functions.  May require: travel for training data gathering, site inspection and 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.


Minimum Qualifications:
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:  Customer service techniques and teambuilding concepts; Presentation and meeting facilitation, including use of technology for displaying, analyzing and evaluating research data; Research and analytical methods for planning projects including using fundamental mathematics, statistics, scientific methods and field practices for gathering and evaluating data; Principles of site impact analysis for development projects; Principles of geography, geomorphology and natural systems functions; Legal descriptions, cartography and GIS systems; U.S. Census geography and methodology; Principles, methods and practices of planning related to the area of assignment, including: urban, regional, environmental, natural resource, transportation, and community development; Public participation theory and practice including: methods of assessing areas of agreement and conflict among individuals or facilitation groups and techniques for mediating disputes and guiding them to consensus or informed consent; Rules of grammar, spelling and punctuation used in professional report writing; Micro-economic theories as applied to the effects of land use regulation;  Roles and responsibilities of federal, state and other local public and private organizations.

Instructing others in methods or procedures needed to carry out their work on assigned projects or tasks; Critically analyzing and resolving customer service and internal work related problems; Analyzing environmental and land use information to identify options, resolve problems, apply solutions, guidelines and policy to field problems and other work assignments; Prioritizing multiple projects within established timelines and parameters; Writing routine to complex technical reports and other documents; Using a personal computer and related software applications, and operating basic office equipment; Interpreting, applying and implementing land use policies and procedures; Giving presentations, public speaking, and facilitating meetings; Establishing and maintaining effective interpersonal relationships with County and other officials, at all organizational levels and with the public; Ability to clearly speak, write and graphically illustrate in order to convey general and technical information; Ability to: give and receive direction; understand, interpret and follow County and department personnel policies and procedures; Researching, interpreting, evaluating and applying a wide variety of inter-related data, policies, laws, codes, and legislation to work assignments; Reading and interpreting technical data, legal descriptions, maps and aerial photos;  Operating basic office equipment, scanners, plotters; public address systems and audio-visual presentation equipment; Applying basic math, algebra and statistics in researching, gathering, organizing and analyzing data from a variety of sources; Maintaining files.

Experience and Training:  Bachelor's Degree in Planning, Public Administration, Environmental Sciences, Natural Resources Management, Geography, Law or closely related field and three (3) years of increasing responsible professional experience (including internships) within the Planning field, including Comprehensive Long Range Planning , Current planning (Zoning & Subdivision), Environmental Planning (SEPA, Critical Areas/Shorelines and Natural Resources) and or related field or any equivalent combination of experience and training which demonstrates the required knowledge, skills and abilities. A Master's Degree will substitute for one year of experience.
Required: Valid WA Drivers’ License at time of appointment. Preferred: Land Use Planning experience; Advanced Degree or AICP Professional certification; Experience working on complex long range projects; Ability to speak and understand Spanish and /or experience with Washington State land use and environmental protection law.

NOTE:  This is a Yakima County Public Services Department Clerical, Technical & Professional Employees Group Bargaining Unit Position. As a condition of employment you are required to become a member of the Bargaining Unit or pay representation fees per the negotiated contract.

Selection Procedure:
Applications will be accepted until 4:00 p.m., Thursday, January 9, 2014.  Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of past experience and training.  Applicants claiming veteran’s preference eligibility will be required to complete the Application for Veterans’ Preference Form.  For further information and application forms, contact:

128 N. 2nd Street, Room B27
YAKIMA   WA     98901

Yakima County ensures equal employment opportunities regardless of a person’s sex, race, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital status, creed, political belief, sexual orientation, veteran’s status, or any other protected status under federal or state statute.  Disabled applicants may request accommodation to participate in the job application and/or selection process for employment.  Please contact Human Resources for further information.  If you are interested in the status of this position after closing, please see “Status of Openings” under the Job Opportunities tab on the Human Resources web page at www.co.yakima.wa.usThis will be the only method of status notification for this position.

In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Yakima County will hire only United States citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States.

Accommodation to participate in the job application and/or selection process for employment will be made upon request.  Please contact Human Resources for further information.

Position 60794 Posting 896696