Associate Planner

City of Carson City, NV Carson City, NV
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This is a full-time, non-exempt position with the Community Development Department. Under general supervision, performs research, administrative and technical activities necessary to achieve planning project or program objectives.

Examples of Duties:This class specification lists the major duties and requirements of the job and is not all-inclusive. Incumbent(s) may be expected to perform job-related duties other than those contained in this document and may be required to have specific job-related knowledge and skills.

* Investigates and reports on applications for special use permits, variances, rezoning, specific plan amendments, annexations, subdivision maps, and related zoning/planning and regulation items.

* Contributes to development of master plan updates and zoning code amendments; coordinates with other jurisdictions, agencies, special interest groups, State and federal government as required.

* Cooperates and coordinates efforts with planning departments, transit agencies, special interest groups, State and federal agencies.

* Assists in the preparation of agendas and presents information to the Planning Commission and other advisory boards and commissions.

* Represents the City and/or the Planning Division on working groups, committees and task forces.

* Researches technical data to prepare maps, charts, models, sketches and other graphic presentations; prepares reports, presentations, correspondence and other written materials.

* Organizes own work, sets priorities and meets critical deadlines.

* Contributes to the efficiency and effectiveness of the unit's service to its customers by offering suggestions and directing or participating as an active member of a team.

* Demonstrates courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with elected officials, public and City staff; acts in a manner that promotes a harmonious and effective workplace environment.

* Explains provisions of City codes, applicable laws and regulations, and other policies and standards to potential applicants and the public; assists in answering telephone calls and counter inquiries regarding City and local governmental ordinances and requirements.

* Monitors status of development applications from acceptance to issuance of final permit.

* Uses standard office equipment, including a computer, in the course of the work; may drive a motor vehicle to attend meetings and inspect property sites.

* Monitors and interprets changes in laws, codes, ordinances and regulations; evaluates their effect upon division activities; prepares and implements policy and procedure changes as required.

Typical Qualifications:To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Education and Experience:

Bachelor's Degree with major course work in city, regional, environmental, transportation or urban planning, public or business administration, or related field; AND two (2) years of professional planning experience; OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience as determined by Human Resources.


* Valid driver's license

* American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification preferred

Required Knowledge and Skills

Knowledge of:

* Objectives, principles, procedures, standards, practices, information services and trends in the field of professional planning.

* Land use, physical design, demographic, environmental and social/economic concepts as applied to the planning process.

* Statistical analysis techniques and mathematical concepts.

* Application, modification, and interrelationships between ordinances, policies, standards, procedure and practices associated with the planning function.

* Applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations.

* Terminology, symbols, methods and techniques used in planning and mapping.

* Local government organization and the functions and practices of urban planning.

* Computer applications related to the work.

* Business letter writing and the standard format for typed materials.

* Record keeping principles and practices.

* Correct use of English language, including spelling, grammar and punctuation.

* Techniques for dealing with the public, in person and over the telephone, often where relations may be confrontational or strained.

Skill in:

* Conducting complex planning studies and activities.

* Performing and coordinating activities, such as the collection and analysis of data and the preparation of reports and recommendations.

* Exercising sound independent judgment within established procedural guidelines.

* Contributing effectively to the accomplishment of team or work unit goals, objectives and activities.

* Using tact, discretion and prudence in dealing with those contacted in the course of the work.

* Dealing successfully with advisory boards, agencies, elected officials, city staff at various levels, the public, in person and over the telephone.

* Establishing and maintaining effective work relationships with staff, coworkers, contractors and the public.

* Preparing clear and concise reports, correspondence and other written materials.


Under General Supervision - Incumbents at this level are given assignments and objectives that are governed by specifically outlined work methods and a sequence of steps, which are explained in general terms. The responsibility for achieving the work objectives, however, rests with a superior. Immediate supervision is not consistent, but checks are integrated into work processes and/or reviews are frequent enough to ensure compliance with instructions.


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

Mobility to work in a typical office setting, use standard office equipment and stamina to sit for extended periods of time; agility to traverse rough terrain; strength to lift and carry up to 20 pounds; vision to read printed materials; and hearing and speech to communicate in person or over the telephone; exposure to traffic conditions and weather conditions in execution of field duties.


* All new employees will serve a probationary period of twelve (12) months. Such employees are not subject to the collective bargaining agreement and may be laid off or discharged during this period for any reason, or no reason.

* Continued employment is contingent upon all required licenses and certificates being maintained in active status without suspension or revocation.

* Any City employee may be required to stay at or return to work during emergencies to perform duties specific to this classification or to perform other duties as requested in an assigned response position. This may require working a non-traditional work schedule or working outside normal assigned duties during the incident and/or emergency.

* Employees may be required to complete Incident Command System training as a condition of continuing employment.

* New employees are required to submit to a fingerprint based background investigation which cost the new employee $52.25 and a drug/alcohol screen which costs $36.50. Employment is contingent upon passing the background and the drug/alcohol screen.

* Carson City participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each applicant's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. All candidates who are offered employment with Carson City must complete Section 1 of the Form I-9 along with the required proof of their right to work in the United States and proof of their identity prior to starting employment. Please be prepared to provide required documentation as soon as possible after the job offer is made. For additional information regarding acceptable documents for this purpose, please contact Human Resources at 775.887.2103 or go to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services web page at

* Carson City is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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