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Associate Planner-Parks

$60,363.16 - $80,874.30 Annually

Waterford, MI

Job Type
Full Time

Parks and Recreation

Job Number


Job Summary
Participates in evaluating planning deliverables for alignment with Parks and Recreation organizational core values which include diversity, equity and inclusion; health and wellness; environmental sustainability and natural resources stewardship; fiscal responsibility and organizational excellence. Assists with public engagement activities including surveys, focus groups, and meetings with community partners. Provides on-site planning assistance to park staff and local community partners in parks and recreation-related efforts. Prepares and implements specific sections of a planning project within Parks and Recreation. Analyzes defined planning issues and develops specific related goals and objectives. Assists in designing and implementing planning projects and strategies, and monitoring and evaluating them. Applies methodologies to planning and special projects specifically relating to legal requirements and practices for implementation. As assigned, performs research and analysis on new and emerging techniques for land use control and change management. May prepare impact analyses for basic submitted land use proposals and issues, master plan elements and other special studies. Assists in the preparation of economic, demographic, transportation, land use, environmental, recreation and housing studies for county and sub-area planning purposes. Prepares reports and makes recommendations on less complex rezoning proposals and master plans. Participates as a presenter at project related meetings. Utilizes current Countywide and/or department specific software to complete assignments. 

May be required to work an adjusted schedule involving evening hours and/or weekends to attend municipal Boards and related project meetings or activities.

Minimum Qualifications
Applications will be rejected if the following information is not provided at the time of application:  
  • Thoroughly documented work history
  • Transcript with degree and award date
  • The application is incomplete in ANY capacity
  • Valid Driver's License Number

At the time of application, applicant must:

1. Possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Planning, Public Administration, Parks and Recreation, Resource Management, Stewardship, Sustainability, Landscape Architecture, Geography, Ecology or a related field.

2. Have had at least one (1) year of full-time, progressively responsible work experience in city, county or regional planning, private consulting planning, or other closely related professional planning experience.

NOTE: Applicants possessing transcripts from a college or university outside of the United States will be required to provide documentation of degree equivalency from a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services ( The degree evaluation will be required for application processing.

NOTE: A Master's Degree in one of the above fields listed in number 1 above for each function may be substituted for the work experience listed in number 2 above for each function.

3. Possess a valid motor vehicle operator's license. Out of Country driver’s license holders will be required to obtain the appropriate valid State of Michigan driver’s license before the hire date.

4. Pass the complete examination, including the employment medical, established for this classification.

5. Successfully complete the six month probationary period.

Work History
You are required to include your work experience in the Work Experience Section of your NEOGOV application. If you have previously included work history on a resume you must transfer your work history into the Work Experience Section prior to applying. Attached resumes will not be reviewed or considered. Please review the job posting, specifically the purpose of the position and the minimum qualifications, prior to answering the work experience question; and note that only related work experience will be considered. NOTE: Provide full detail in the employment history section noting the skills, experience and hours worked per week pertaining to the minimum qualifications.    

College Transcripts
 If you have completed education higher than a high school diploma or GED, you must attach a copy of your official/unofficial transcript(s) that clearly state the type of degree and date awarded/conferred, institution name, and applicant name; and is in a format that cannot be modified or edited. Your application will not be considered for further review if you have failed to provide this information. Transcripts from outside the United States must be assessed for U.S. equivalency by a NACES National Association of Credential Evaluation Services ( This documentation must be attached to your application if you are certifying you have an education higher than high school/GED. NOTE: This section is used for TRANSCRIPTS ONLY.