12 Sep

Urban & Community Forestry Survey: Enter Now to WIN!

This fall, one lucky Washington Community will become home to a Washington State Moon Tree! Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz will draw from respondents to the Urban and Community Forestry survey, discussed below, on Monday, October 2, to kick off Urban and Community Forestry Month. During the Apollo moon missions between 1969 and 1972, Douglas fir seedlings were transported to the moon for each of the 50 states. Washington State’s seedling was subsequently planted on the Capital Campus, and a limited number of saplings have been grafted from the original tree.


Periodically, the USDA Forest Service asks us to provide information regarding local communities’ urban forestry planning and management activities. We’re asking all of you to help us gather the most accurate data to report to them through a brief survey. Completion of this survey will automatically enter your community in a drawing for a chance to become the proud recipient of a Moon Tree.


Deadline for the survey to be completed and submitted is 11:59pm Wednesday, September 27, 2017.


Fine print: All communities who complete the survey will be automatically entered, no further action is required. Multiple completions will not add additional chances; all communities will receive one chance. Only complete surveys will be accepted and all questions must be answered for the survey to be deemed complete. The winning community will be notified no later than Friday, October 6.


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08 Aug

National Scenic Area Planner – Gorge Commisson

National Scenic Area Planner

Seeking an energetic, dynamic and experienced NSA Planner for this unique opportunity.  This position will assist with the 10-year review and revision of the Gorge 2020 NSA Management Plan, conduct development reviews, and support other Gorge Commission staff in building and maintaining relationships with all levels of government, business, communities, and diverse stakeholders. Excellent communication and people skills required.  Working knowledge and experience using GIS applications to analyze and communicate land use trends and issues. Experience developing outreach materials such as graphic publications, web-based surveys, and online mapping tools. Bachelor degree or equivalent. $40,000 – $55,000. For more information, including how to apply, see position description at applications only. Deadline 11:59 pm Pacific, September 15, 2017. AA/EOE

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07 Aug


FEMA Region 10 will host the G-318: Mitigation Planning Workshop course November 1-2, 2017 in Lynnwood, WA. This is a free course. We encourage tribes and local jurisdictions to sign up who need a refresher on mitigation planning or are completing a first time mitigation plan. As always, state and other federal agency staff are welcome to attend. Attached is the course announcement with details on how to register.

For those interested, you can certification credits by attending this course for the following:

Click here for additional information. 

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01 Aug

Associate Planner Walla Walla County

Community Development Department


Position:                               Associate Planner

Salary Range:                     $4,187 (DOE) per month plus benefits

Location:                              Community Development Department

Employment Type:           Full-time (40 hours per week), Courthouse Union


Re-opened:    July 31, 2017                                  Open until filled


Brief Duties and Responsibilities:  Perform current and long-range land use planning, research, review development proposals and plats and other related work.  Majority of the work is in current planning.  Responsible for land use, environmental, and development proposal review work compiling, analyzing, modifying, and illustrating a variety of economic, social, and physical factors consistent with state and county laws, and the county comprehensive plan.  This is not an entry-level position.


Working Conditions:  Work is typically performed in an office setting however, traveling to meetings, public hearings or a development site(s) in various weather conditions is required.  Required to sit and/or stand for extended periods of time.  Requires sufficient hearing and speech ability to communicate verbally.  Requires manual dexterity and visual acuity to operate a computer, telephone and peripherals.  Position may require climbing, standing and walking at field sites.


Minimum Qualifications:  Requires a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning, Geography, Urban Design, Public Administration or an associated field.  Two (2) years of responsible experience with land use regulations, comprehensive plans, environmental regulations, and mapping techniques.  Knowledge of the Washington State Growth Management Act is ideal.  Valid driver’s license required.  Must have the ability to attend meetings and workshops outside of regular work hours.


Application:  Completed application form, plus resume and cover letter required. Contact Human Resources at the County Legislative Building, 314 W. Main Street, Room 216, Walla Walla, WA, or visit our website at to download a copy and/or apply online.  Mailing address: Human Resources/Risk Manager, PO Box 1506, Walla Walla, WA 99362, call (509)524-2600 or email



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27 Jul

DNR Urban & Community Forestry Seminar: Cultivating Resilient Communities

Community trees and green spaces provide tremendous benefits to our communities. Degraded natural systems have consequences for the safety, health and welfare of the places where we live, work and play. DNR UCF’s 2017 seminar, “Cultivating Resilient Communities,” explores strategies to help communities resist, withstand and recover from storms and other landscape-scale threats to their urban forests and green spaces.

The seminar focuses on managing urban trees for increased resilience in the face of threats and challenges. It will also explore how community-wide stewardship of natural resources can help promote broader environmental, economic and social resilience.

Seminar dates:

Spokane: Wednesday, August 16, 8:30-12:00; Woodland Center at Finch Arboretum

Camas: Tuesday, August 29, 8:30-12:00; Camas Public Library

Mount Vernon: Wednesday, September 13,  8:30-12:00; Hillcrest Park Lodge at the Hillcrest Park

Olympia: Wednesday, October 4, 8:30-12:00; Olympia Fire Department Main Station

Wenatchee: Thursday, October 26, 8:30-12:00; Confluence Technology Center

The seminars are free, but require advance registration. To register for a seminar, please email with “2017 seminar” in the subject line, and indicate which seminar you will attend. Please note your name, city and position if applicable in the body of the message. Multiple registrations may be made in one message; be sure to include all attendee names.

Registration is limited to 30 participants. Location details, agenda and parking information will be provided one week prior to each seminar. 

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16 Jun

Senior Planner in the Community Development Department Moses Lake



The City of Moses Lake is accepting applications for the position of Senior Planner in the Community Development Department.


Salary:  $5,049 – $6,311 per month, plus excellent benefits.


Nature of Work:  Performs a variety of supervisory, administrative and technical work work in the current and/or long range planning programs of the city related to the development and implementation of land use, zoning, comprehensive planning, and related municipal plans and policies; and for assisting with implementation and management of various provisions of the Growth Management Act.


Essential Responsibilities:  Read detailed job description before applying.


Application Qualifications:  Any combination of experience, training, or education that demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities to do the job.


Applications and job descriptions are available from the Human Resources Department at City Hall, 321 S. Balsam (509) 764-3703 or on the city’s website at


Open until filled – first review June 30, 2017.


The City of Moses Lake is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



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18 May

City of Sequim – Assistant Planner

City of Sequim – Assistant Planner – Union position – $23.80 per hour, plus benefits

Under general direction of the Community Development Manager, this position is responsible for providing a variety of professional planning functions related to both long range and current planning. Must be oriented toward

Community service, be sensitive to the public process and able to uphold the professional ethics inherent to the field of planning. This position with staff assistance, works with various advisory committees including the Planning Commission, community organizations and other civic groups. The Assistant Planner is expected to be present during normal business hours, and some evening or weekend work may be required for meetings, presentations, community events and other opportunities to engage citizens in planning activities. Please go to for full details and job application due 6/16/17.


Minimum Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in urban and regional planning with one year experience in urban or regional planning or a degree in a related field is required.

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18 May

Planner II – Stevens County

Stevens County is currently hiring for the following position:


Planner II

Administers and enforces the County’s development regulations, including zoning, Shoreline Master Program, Critical Areas Ordinance and other local land use tools such Voluntary Stewardship Program.  Works independently on long range planning projects such as regulation updates, water banking and natural resource planning. This is a permanent full time position. A complete job description and application can be obtained from the Stevens County website

Compensation between $23 and $29 dollars per hour DOE plus benefits package.  Please submit a completed application, cover letter, resume, and references to mailing address: Stevens County Land Services 215 South Oak Street, Courthouse Annex (attention Erik Johansen) Colville, WA 99114. Street address: 260 South Oak Street.  Office hours 8:00am through 4:30pm.  Stevens County is an EOE and a Drug free work place.  Open until filled.  You are encouraged to apply immediately.  Interviews will begin in May.

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27 Apr

Recruitment Announcement Transportation Planner – Cowlitz

About the Position
A CWCOG Transportation Planner is responsible for research, development and/or implementation of plans, studies, ordinances, and recommendations pertaining to land use, comprehensive planning, community development, housing, urban growth management, transportation, demographic information, economic development, environmental issues, and other regional and community planning areas.
The position conducts data research and analysis, prepares reports; works with local jurisdiction staff, committees, planning commissions, and the public; assists with development of scopes of work for agency budgets and grant applications, and authors plans and studies.
Work is performed with latitude for independent judgment within the scope of agency programs and policies, but reports to the Executive Director.
The position is one of the two transportation planning positions that work collaboratively on a variety of technical and procedural activities related to a five-county regional transportation planning program and a federally designated metropolitan planning organization for an urbanized area. The position involves extensive work with committees of member jurisdiction staff, elected officials and the public.
Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments ~ Admin Annex/207 4th Ave., N., ~ Kelso, WA 98626 ~ 360-577-3041

Recruitment Announcement
Transportation Planner
The successful candidate must possess a Bachelor’s degree or higher in urban and regional planning or related field and have three to five years experience within a planning process related to transportation.
To be considered, candidates must demonstrate strong technical and public relations skills. GIS experience is preferred.
“Working together to enhance our region”
About the Organization
The Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments (CWCOG) was established in 1961 as the Cowlitz Regional Planning Commission, was reorganized in 1974, and renamed in 1992. Today the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments (CWCOG) is a voluntary association of general and special purpose governments and agencies in the Lower Columbia region. The CWCOG is supported by a membership of 28 entities made up of counties, cities, school districts, utility districts, ports, fire districts, economic development councils, a community college, and other non-profit agencies in or near the Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties.
The CWCOG has one of the most vibrant, varied work programs of any COG in the Northwest with over 30 initiatives undertaken in the areas of regional and local planning, transportation, community and economic development planning, technical assistance, information services, and a wide array of contractual services.

About the Transportation Program
The CWCOG is the local Metropolitan Planning Organization. It was designated in 1982, and is comprised of the urbanized area of Longview and Kelso, WA, and Rainier, OR. It covers an area of over 74,000 people.
The CWCOG is also the administrative agency for the five county Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Planning Organization (SWRTPO) which was formed in 1990 and is comprised of Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Lewis, Pacific, and Wahkiakum counties.
About the Region
The Southwest Washington region offers residents a comfortable, small-town lifestyle with access to the many outdoor recreational activities such as fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, boating, mountain climbing, and skiing. There are many cultural opportunities to be found on the Pacific Coast within the two major metropolitan cities of Seattle and Portland.
Cowlitz County which covers 1,144 square miles is the 28th largest county out of 39 counties in Washington State and is home to approximately 102,000 residents.

Application Process
To apply:
Please see the Employment section at A letter of interest, application, resume, and an example of writing are required.
This position will remain open until filled.
Salary range:
$3,938—$4,916 per month DOQ.
Benefits include:
Paid Holiday, vacation and sick leave. Medical, dental, and vision. Long-term disability and deferred compensation. The CWCOG participates in Washington State Dept. of Retirement and a 457K program in lieu of Social Security.


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27 Apr

City Planner – City of Brier

City Planner – City of Brier
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Community Development
Open Until Filled – Will interview as candidates are identified – the City reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any time.

Monthly salary range:  $5,938 – $7,423.  Excellent benefits package

Local municipal city experience in Washington as a Planner is preferred.

Under general supervision of the Mayor, the City Planner performs a variety of professional planning duties, such as reviewing land use applications for compliance with applicable ordinances and regulations; researching, developing, and implementing plans, policies, and ordinances.  Supporting tasks include providing information to the public and applicants concerning City procedures, applications, and regulations; and preparing and presenting staff reports.

The City Planner performs routine and complex administrative, technical and professional work in the current and/or long range planning programs of the City related to the development and implementation of land use and related municipal plans and policies.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities

This list is intended only to illustrate the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Includes but is not limited to such essential functions as listed below:

  1. Process and tracks land use applications; conducts background research and prepares reports; maintains accurate records; and prepares legal notices.
  2. Reviews plans for submittal to assure applications are technically complete prior to acceptance by the City, including all exhibits and fees.
  3. Researches policy and project-related matters and drafts documents for decision making purposes; provides reports in writing and orally to the City Council, Planning Commission, work committees, the Mayor, Hearing Examiner, and other members of the public, and staff.
  4. Consistent with the expectations of the City Council, helps promote a culture within the City that is customer- and business-friendly; takes reasonable extra measures and/or time to ensure that the needs of City customers and constituents are addressed or solved at a personal level rather than a bureaucratic one.
  5.  Informs the public of appropriate ordinances, advising when not in compliance; investigates customer complaints; as needed, coordinates and works with the Building Official to investigate permit violations and reports to appropriate staff members.
  6. Provides information and assistance to the public by telephone, letters, and “over the counter” concerning procedures related to land use permits and their required submittals, building permit applications and compliance, and permits in progress.
  7. Communicates at all times and in all media in ways that reflect well upon the City and the employees; communicates at all times in ways that are accurate, professional, and in keeping with the customer service ethic identified herein; as needed, provides reliable and concise written and oral reports; make recommendations involving areas of responsibility.
  8. Reviews commercial and home occupation business licenses for conformance with the Brier Municipal code, zoning requirements and permitted uses.
  9. Coordinates activities with other City departments and/or outside public or private agencies; works in a manner that reinforces interdepartmental cooperation and mutual support; coordinates with the Office of the City Clerk and the City’s Engineering firm as needed, including providing information for website updates and public notices.
  10. Conducts field inspections to ensure that services and projects are being implemented as agreed upon; coordinates and communicates related issues in a timely manner with the Planning Manager or the Director of Community Development and other staff as needed.
  11. Fulfills obligations, promises, and assignments within reasonable timelines; communicates project and assignment status and schedules regularly and in a timely way with the Mayor.
  12. Represents the City at certain regional and intergovernmental meetings; states official City policy, opinion, or direction as needed as assigned.
  13. Understands and can explain and apply State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) and other regulations and procedures. Appropriately apply regulations and complete environmental review in a timely manner to reduce delays.  Acts as the SEPA Responsible Official on matters pertaining to environmental review as appointed by the Mayor.
  14. Assists in the preparation of requests for proposals/qualifications for consultants, analyzing proposals, and assisting in the selection of consultants. Process contracts and obtains internal approvals.  Monitor work of consultants and subcontractors to ensure work is completed on time and within budgetary constraints

Other Duties

  1. 1.       Assists in maintaining Department data bases and information systems.
  2. May be asked to participate as an active member of City committees and interdepartmental/inter-agency work groups.
  3. Because of the small size of the city staff, each employee is expected to perform a wide range of office and field duties as may be required from time to time.

Working Conditions

The working conditions described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently is required to walk, sit, talk, and/or hear.  The employee frequently is required to use hands to handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, toxic or caustic chemicals.

The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet in the office, and moderately loud in the field.

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of urban planning, including zoning laws and subdivision code development and administration;
  • Applicable laws, standards, precedents, and agency rules;
  • Processes of developing, adopting, implementing, and enforcing comprehensive land use plans and other municipal policies and related documents;
  • Land use permitting processes and required documentation;
  • Principles and processes for providing high-quality customer services including customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction; and
  • Research and report writing techniques.

Skill in:

  • Interpreting land use plans and maps;
  • Reading and understanding plans and blueprints;
  • Operating a personal computer, including Microsoft applications, various graphic design tools and related office equipment;
  • Communicating effectively, orally and in writing, in ways appropriate for the needs of the audience, at times in confrontational and/or stressful situations;
  • Making presentations with related visual aids;
  • Developing clear, concise staff reports;
  • Prioritizing;
  • Problem solving; and
  • Establishing effective working relationships.




Minimum Qualifications / Experience and Education

Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in land-use planning, urban planning, landscape architecture, geography, or a related field, and three (3) years experience in local municipal planning as a Planner or an equivalent combination of related education and experience.

Special Requirements

  • Must have a driving record that meets City standards and possess a valid Washington State driver’s license at time of hire and throughout employment.
  • Successful completion of pre-employment background check.

Legal and Regulatory Employment Conditions

This classification description does not constitute an employment agreement between the City and employee.  It is subject to change by the City as the needs of the City and requirements change.

Appointment and Removal Authority: The Mayor is the appointing authority of the City with power of appointment and removal of all employees.

Abide by Personnel Policies:  Upon acceptance of employment, the employee will be provided with a copy of the City’s Personnel Policies, will be asked to acknowledge receipt of same in writing, and be required to abide by those policies, as printed at that time or thereafter amended, during employment with the City.
Brier City Hall
2901 228 Street S.W.
Brier, WA 98036


Application Materials:

Application materials can be found at under employment opportunities.


Submit City of Brier application, cover letter and resume:


  • Via mail, fax, email or in person

Attn: City of Brier, City Clerk

2901 228th St. SW

Brier, WA 98036

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday

  • Fax: 672-9025
  • Email:

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