08 Dec

Planner, Senior II – SWM Snohomish County

Planner, Senior II – SWM

Salary $72,333.00 – $87,959.16 Annually

Location Everett, WA

Closing 12/20/2017 11:59 PM Pacific




The Snohomish County Department of Public Works is currently seeking a highly qualified individual to fill a Senior Planner II-SWM position in the Surface Water Management Division.  This position works within the Drainage System Management Workgroup, a team of 16 technical and professional staff providing them planning support. This position will lead the drainage operations and maintenance planning efforts internally and externally, specializing in the NPDES Phase I Municipal Stormwater Permit requirements.


The goal of this position is to develop plans, policies and procedures that support NPDES programs. The successful candidate will have the ability to analyze and evaluate programs, measure effectiveness, develop short-term action and long-range strategic plans, incorporate new and changing regulations and plan for future development. This senior level position works closely with staff and management, coordinates and oversees the work of consultants, facilitates stakeholder engagement and compliance, provides technical support to staff, reviews drainage plans, interprets legal documents, develops policies and works effectively with other county divisions and departments to successfully implement program initiatives.


The ideal candidate will take initiative, possess leadership qualities, be mission and vision-oriented, have strong communication skills both verbally and in writing, possess the ability to generate stakeholder collaboration and facilitate program changes with technical accuracy and professionalism. The successful candidate will have a combination of skills, experience and knowledge in utility planning and project management, a foundation in principles and practices of surface water management, knowledge of stormwater infrastructure (basic engineering and maintenance), and experience with NPDES Municipal Stormwater Permits.


Job Duties


Serves as a lead role for planners in the development and administration of surface water management plans and planning projects and/or in the facilitation of stakeholder groups that address complex or controversial surface water issues.



1.Schedules, assigns and leads the work of planners under the direction of an administrative supervisor as assigned.  Advises, assists, and trains planners as necessary.

2.Leads as project manager in the development, preparation, update, and implementation of surface water management plans. Ensures that completed work complies with applicable state and federal legislation, regulations, ordinances, and grant requirements as necessary.

3.Sets up and/or participates in a variety of meeting venues, including stakeholder and public meetings to solicit public input and comment on plans and programs. Project manager in the preparation of graphics and graphic displays, brochures, multimedia presentations, and oral and written presentations and reports. Responds to questions and solicits input as appropriate.

4.Serves as lead representative or coordinator for stakeholder committees that address complex or controversial issues. Coordinates the formation of various stakeholder groups as necessary. Oversees and delegates planner level work, including the development of meeting agendas, summaries, and work products. Keeps the groups/committees informed about pending changes and topics for discussion. Moderates discussions, mediates disputes, resolves conflicts, and arranges for presentations by other county staff and agency and tribal representatives.

5.Prepares project work plans, goals, and objectives of assigned planning functions. Assists administrative supervisors in preparing annual project and program budgets and monitors and evaluates related planning work for compliance with the approved budget.

6.Serves in a lead role in planning programs and projects that are highly complex, and may address controversial or sensitive issues. Acts as lead in response to inquiries from citizens, agencies, developers and consultants concerning issues, programs, studies and data related to surface water management.

7.Prepares and submits federal, state, and private grant proposals and applications related to surface water management.  Coordinates the grant approval process and acts as liaison with grant funding agencies.

8.Administers and facilitates local stakeholder groups in developing and prioritizing project lists for state and federal grant funding opportunities.

9.Prepares requests for proposals, consultant contracts, or on-call consultant contracts specific to surface water management. Monitors the performance of consultants and approves work in progress and completion of work. Approves billing for consultant services received and prepare status reports on consultant progress as needed.

10.Serves as a lead in preparing briefings, and making recommendations to the County Executive and Executive staff, County Council, Public Works management, technical agency and citizen advisory groups, and stakeholders to explain county position and solicit public input.





  1. Performs related duties as required.


Minimum Qualifications


A Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, natural resource planning, environmental sciences/studies, civil or environmental engineering, geography, or a related field; AND, three (3) years of experience at a senior planner level; OR, any equivalent combination of training and/or experience that provides the required knowledge and abilities.  Must pass job related tests.




A Master’s degree in any of the above fields is preferred.




A valid Washington State Driver’s License is required for employment.


Additional Information




Knowledge of:

  • principles, practices and techniques of surface water management planning and design
  • applicable state and federal legislation and regulations, county code and county policies and procedures
  • stakeholder and committee processes
  • methods and techniques of community involvement
  • geographical and political aspects of work related areas


Ability to:

  • resolve planning issues involving opposing interest groups or stakeholders
  • lead, train, and review the work of lower level professional planners
  • read, interpret and apply federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations governing assigned duties
  • establish and maintain effective work relationships with all levels of county management and staff, representatives of other state and federal agencies, tribes, and the general public
  • critically analyze and resolve work related problems utilizing good judgment
  • communicate ideas, issues, technical reports and plans effectively both orally and in writing
  • communicate effectively with people of all ages and from a variety of cultural, economic, and ethnic backgrounds




The employee reports to and receives direction from a Public Works Supervisor III or IV.




The work is performed in the usual office environment with frequent field trips to locations throughout the county for the purpose of attending community, watershed, or technical group/advisory committee meetings and coordinating general program or project activities. The employee is required to work evenings, weekends and holidays as necessary.


Snohomish County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer.

Accommodations for individuals with disabilities are provided upon request.

EEO policy and ADA notice




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04 Dec

Program Representative Planning Technician Yakima County

Program Representative

Planning Technician

Salary: $19.23 per hour

There is one vacancy with the Yakima County Public Services, Planning Division. This position is responsible for ensuring timely review of development applications.   Experience and Training:  Bachelor’s degree in Planning, Legal Studies (Paralegal) or Building Technology or an Associate Degree and two years of experience, training and education related to planning, paralegal or legal assistance, code compliance, building, customer service in a governmental office or the equivalent combination of education and experience to perform the essential duties of the job.. Interested applicants must apply online at  The position closes at 11:59pm on January 2, 2018.  For information, contact Yakima County Human Resources Department (509) 574 2210 EOE/M/F/Vet/Disability.

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04 Dec

Community Development Director City of Bothell, Washington

The City of Bothell, WA, population 44,000, is located in the Seattle metropolitan area, in King and Snohomish Counties, close to Mt. Rainier, Puget Sound, and the incomparable Olympic Peninsula. Appointed by and reporting directly to the City Manager, the Community Development Director will play a critical role in helping realize Bothell’s best future. Transitioning rapidly from sleepy suburb to vital city, Bothell is booming. The department (25 FTEs , $5.9 million budget) is organized in four divisions: Development Services, Building Safety, Long Range Planning / Economic Development, and Administrative Support Services. Be a part of Bothell’s progress. Get involved in exciting, cutting edge work with other energetic, innovative local government professionals.


A Bachelor’s Degree (urban planning, engineering, earth sciences, business or public administration, or related field) and five years of experience managing community development and urban planning programs, including supervisory experience, are required, or equivalent combination of the foregoing. Comprehensive benefits. Annual salary range $118,860 to $151,116.


Please send your cover letter and resume electronically to:


Peckham & McKenney


Resumes acknowledged within two business days.  Call Andrew Gorgey at (970) 987-1238 for more information or to request a detailed brochure.  The brochure is also available on our web site at


Filing deadline is January 9, 2018.

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21 Nov

City of Tacoma: Building Plans Examiner II

Annually $77,043.20 – $98,758.40
OPENING DATE: 11/07/17 CLOSING DATE: Continuous
The City of Tacoma, Planning and Development Services Department, is
recruiting for the Appointive position of Building Plans Examiner II. We
are seeking a proven professional with a detailed work history with permit
review activities related to building and structures.This is the second in a
series of three Plans Examiner classifications.
The successful applicant selected to fill this position will be required to
apply an in-depth knowledge of residential building codes and commercial
building codes. This position is also responsible for review of residential
(duplex and single family dwellings) commercial/multifamily plan reviews,
and other related permit applications. This position will interpret and
apply the State and City codes for building, mechanical, plumbing, energy,
and minor site grading/site development requirements. In addition, the
position will understand the requirements of other disciplines and how this
affects the reviews they are responsible for.

• Review all types of permits for new construction, additions and
remodels; review the plans for conformance with established codes
and regulations, and establish criteria for correcting non-compliance
of codes before building permits are issued.
• Review commercial and multi-family plans, including remodels,
plumbing and/or mechanical replacements.
• Communicates additional application needs to applicants as needed.
• Participate in pre-application and pre-construction meetings.
• Provide information to architects, engineers and the public regarding
code compliance and plan corrections.
Our Ideal Candidate will be a person who exemplifies the
following traits:
• Strong personal motivation and drive – an energetic and committed
• Excellent interpersonal communication skills; written and oral.
• Skilled in the ability to convert technical data and information into
layman terms.
• Ability to read and interpret complex code requirements, language
and criteria, and provide real-world application of regulations.
• A detail-oriented, analytical thinker with strong observation and
interpretation skills.
• Strong collaboration and team member skills.
• Possess the natural ability to view site plans and mentally
conceptualize a spatial, 3 dimensional product.
• High-performing customer service and conflict management skill

The Principles that Guide Us:
Tacoma, the City of Destiny, has a workforce of dedicated, talented
employees with unique skills and perspectives. We embrace innovation
and strive for excellence and community engagement. The Principles that
Guide Us, Integrity, Service, Excellence and Equity, speak to the
values that we embody as City of Tacoma employees, and represent the
core of our work in public service.

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:
Office environment, with time in the field for inspections related to plan
reviews. While performing the duties of this job, the employee could be
exposed to individuals who are irate, angry or hostile. The noise level in
the work environment is usually moderate.
City of Tacoma Recruitment Information:
One of the primary goals of the City of Tacoma Equity and Empowerment
Initiative is that the City of Tacoma workforce reflects the community it
serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and we
welcome candidates with diverse and/or multicultural skill sets and
personal experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and
equitable place to live, work, and play.

QUALIFICATIONS: An equivalent combination to:
Associates degree plus four years of experience directly related to
planning, development and/or inspection;
OR Bachelor’s degree in engineering, science, architecture or related field
from an accredited college or university and two years of experience
directly related to planning, development and/or inspection;
OR four years’ experience as a Plans Examiner I;
OR a minimum of 8 years’ experience directly related to planning,

At least two (2) individual ICC certifications are required within one year of
the hire date, with one of the certifications required to be a Residential or
Commercial Plans Examiner. An ICC Code Official certification can be
substituted for the two certifications.

Professional degree and work experience in a combination of the
following: architecture, engineering, construction and ICC certifications.

Collaborates: Building partnerships and working collaboratively with
others to meet shared objectives.
Communicates Effectively: Developing and delivering multi-mode
communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of
differing audiences.
Manages Complexity: Making sense of complex, high quality and
sometimes contradictory information to effectively solve problems.
Manages Conflict: Handling conflict situations effectively.
Decision Quality: Making good and timely decisions that keep the
organization moving forward.
Interpersonal Savvy: Relating openly and comfortably with diverse
groups of people.
Plans and Aligns: Planning and prioritizing work to meet commitments
aligned with organizational goals.
Balances Stakeholders: Anticipating and balancing the needs of multiple
Tech Savvy: Anticipating and adopting innovations in business.

Principles of engineering and/or architecture related to design and
Construction codes and regulations.
Research and record-keeping techniques.
Principles of mathematics, trigonometry and calculus.
Correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary.
Interpersonal and customer service skills using tact, patience and
Drafting instruments, equipment and techniques.
The use of computers and computer software.
Modern office practices and procedures.

Interpret, apply and explain codes, rules, regulations, policies and
Prepare oral, graphic and written documents for public presentation.
Work independently with little direction.
Adjust work operations to meet changing requirements with available
resources without sacrifice to technical quality of work.
Present technical concepts in an uncomplicated manner.
Diffuse hostile situations and deal with divergent views.
Analyze and summarize findings or data using automated systems and

Our City:
With a population over 200,000, Tacoma is the second largest city in the
Puget Sound region, gracing the shores of Commencement Bay. We are a
diverse, progressive, international city that serves as a gateway to the
Pacific Rim and the rest of the world. Named one of the most livable areas
in the country by, Tacoma and the surrounding area is a
playground for outdoor and maritime enthusiasts. Our businesses are
vibrant, our parks are beautiful, our schools are exceptional and our
housing is affordable.
When you work for the City of Tacoma you’ll enjoy a healthy work/life
balance, continuing education programs, leadership pathways, wellness
incentives and a total rewards benefits program with competitive salaries
and outstanding benefits. We welcome you to take a look at our website
and discover how the City of Tacoma can make your next career move
part of our combined destiny:

The City of Tacoma believes that each employee makes a significant
contribution to our success. This job description is designed to outline
primary duties, qualifications and job scope. The omission of specific
statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work
is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.
Interested individuals must complete the online application and
attach a detailed resume and cover letter that includes major
responsibilities and accomplishments related to this position.
Candidates who are eligible for Veteran’s Preference scoring criteria must
attach a copy of their DD-214 member copy 4, (proof of military discharge
form) at time of application, to be eligible for review for Veteran’s
Preference, with redacted birth date and social security numbers.
This is a competitive selection process. Your application will be reviewed
and evaluated on the basis of education, certifications, professional
licenses and related experience. Applicants who meet the
minimum qualifications and who most closely correspond to the City of
Tacoma’s needs will be eligible for further consideration and will be placed
on a referral list for review and potential interview selection. Appointment
is subject to passing a pre-employment background and references check.
Supplemental questions regarding an applicant’s experience and training
are also included in the application form. These questions will be used to
assess candidate qualifications and to provide additional information to the
hiring managers regarding candidate experience.

NOTE: This is a continuous recruitment until the ideal candidate is
discovered. The first review will consist of application materials
received before 8:00 am, November 27, 2017, and may result in an
invitation to interview. A second review of application materials
received after this time will be conducted if the first review round
does not reveal the ideal candidate. It is in the best interest of all
candidates to ensure your application materials are submitted via
our on-line process before the date of the first review.
Per City of Tacoma Personnel Management Policy #170, the City of
Tacoma is a drug-free work environment. Appointment is subject
to successful completion of a pre-employment background
check and some classifications may include a pre-employment
medical exam and drug screen.
Communication from the City of Tacoma:
We primarily communicate via email during the application process. Emails
from and/or must be placed on
your safe domain list to ensure that you receive notifications in a timely
manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk email

The online application system requires you to enter a substantial amount
of information. Be prepared to spend at least an hour entering
information. In order for your application materials to be considered, all
information must be submitted by the closing date and time listed on this
job announcement.

For assistance with the NEOGOV application process, or questions
regarding this job announcement, call the Human Resources office at
(253) 591.5400 before 4:00 pm of the closing date of the job
announcement. The NEOGOV computer system automatically times-out at
5:00 pm and any application that has not been completed before then, will
not be uploaded and accepted for this recruitment.


Human Resources Department
747 Market Street
Tacoma, WA 98402-3764
An Equal Opportunity Employer
Job #2039-17
Building Plans Examiner II Supplemental Questionnaire
* 1. The Supplemental Questionnaire is part of the examination process; accordingly, it should
be completed carefully. It must be submitted with your application. Do not indicate “see
resume” or copy unrelated content from your resume when answering these questions.
Answer all information requested in each question. Failure to do so may result in rejection
of your application.
I certify that the information provided is accurate and complete to the best of my
knowledge. I understand that any falsification may cancel any terms, conditions, or
privileges of employment.
Yes No
* 2. Describe how your work experience and education qualify you for this position.
* 3. Check all of the boxes below in which you have expertise.
Architectural engineering
Building construction
Mechanical engineering
structural engineering
Civil engineering
Electrical engineering
Plans examiner
Construction Experience
None of the above
* 4.
List all of your professional certifications that relate to this position, including ICC
* 5. Describe your experience working in the construction industry and/or in the building
industry. Note the specific type of work experience you have, such as: sewers, streets,
roads, highways, bridges, walls, buildings and structures.
* 6. Describe your experience working with the building code. Note the specific codes you
have experience with.
* 7. Provide a brief description of the techniques you use for managing your time and meeting
schedules and objectives.
* 8. How would you go about building rapport with a co-worker who is from a background
different than yours?
* 9. Describe a process or system that you improved so customers could be better served.
* 10. One of the City’s Principles that Guide us is Integrity. In detail, describe a situation where
you worked to gain the confidence and trust of others through integrity and authenticity.
* 11. Describe how you have furthered your professional development and how it would be
beneficial in this position.
* 12. Please tell us how you learned about this job opening.
Job Interest Card notification
Internet search
Professional organization
Community organization
Military organization
Union job posting
City of Tacoma employee
Online job board posting
Word of mouth
13. Please provide specific information regarding how you learned about this job opening.
Thank you, your feedback will be used to evaluate our success reaching the public and
refine our methods for future job postings.
Job Bulletin Page 6 of 7 11/9/2017
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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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