Senior Planner

  • Alachua County Board of County Commissioners
  • 12 Southeast 1st Street, Gainesville, FL, USA
Full Time Consultant Design Engineering Government Research

Job Description


SALARY: $57,122.42 Annually

Master's degree in urban planning, geography, public administration, architecture, civil engineering, environmental science, or related field, and one year professional planning experience; or any equivalent combination of related training and experience.  Successful completion of a criminal history background investigation is required prior to employment. Applicants within six months of meeting the education/experience requirement may be considered for trainee status. 

A valid Florida Driver License is required and a Motor Vehicle Record that meets the requirements of Alachua County policy # 6-7; Motor Vehicle Records will be reviewed prior to employment. If in the past 24-month period, the record shows more than 3 moving traffic violations, and/or a conviction/pending charge for driving under the influence, the minimum qualifications are not met for the position.

This position is a professional position to manage EPD's water quality and hydrologic monitoring program which includes wastewater treatment facilities, groundwater, surface waters, springs, and stormwater.  The selected candidate will supervise 2-4 employees and will be responsible for assisting with budgeting, hiring, and purchasing processes. This position requires extensive knowledge of Alachua County's water resources and the State's regulatory framework. The position is responsible for technical interpretation and reporting of hydrologic and water quality data and coordination with other agencies including water management districts, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and local municipalities.  This position requires experience obtaining and managing grant funded projects. Excellent written and oral communication skills are required.

This position is in Environmental Protection/ Water Resources Division

 Position Summary: This is highly responsible professional and technical work in a variety of County Departments.
 An employee assigned to this classification designs and performs difficult and complex planning research; prepares reports; assists senior professional staff in conceptualizing, formulating, and implementing the County's overall Comprehensive Plan, land development regulations, and other departmental policies and procedures; economic development and housing program activities; environmental and transportation impact studies; developing and conducting research projects; supervising research project teams presenting research results and recommendations to management. Performs difficult and complex environmental trend analysis, performs difficult and complex transportation analysis, as well as detailed development plan analysis which culminate in comprehensive reports and presentations, as required. Work is performed under the general direction of a higher level supervisor and is reviewed through conferences, reports, and the observation of results obtained.

 Upon   declaration of   a disaster   and/or   emergency, employees in this classification may be required to report to work.
Exudes a positive customer service focus.
Advocates building organizational culture through aligning decisions with core values including: integrity, honesty, respect, diversity, innovation, accountability and communication.
Coordinates and conducts extensive background research, surveys, and interviews and prepares reports on such areas as economics, the environment, land use, public facilities and infrastructure systems, planning law, urban design, social issues, and other planning concerns.

Conducts field investigations and interviews.
Makes presentations to other members of the Department, Administration, and to elected and appointed officials and citizens dealing with factual information and predetermined policy recommendations.

Reviews and comments on site plans and development proposals for compliance with County policy and sound planning principles. These reviews may include Comprehensive Plan Amendment analysis, Zoning Application Process System analysis, and site plan/development plan/subdivision plat analysis.
Supervises, as required, departmental research teams of lower level professional and/or technical employees.
 Confers with the public on matters concerning planning, both in individual and group settings, including making formal presentations to groups of citizens.

Compiles data, inventory, and tracking of the county's natural resource base.

Performs on-site analysis of environmental or transportation impacts, responds to citizens inquiries and complaints regarding natural resources.
Researches applicable federal, state, and local planning/regulatory literature to be used in the formulation of the Comprehensive Plan policy and Unified Land Development Code.

Hires and supervises, as required, the work of intern positions.

Prepares grant applications for local program funding.
Operates, as required, motor vehicles (including departmental motor vehicles) in order to conduct field tests, inspections, and investigations to obtain data for use in determining code compliance and sources of, and methods for, controlling County-wide environmental pollutants, attending meetings, and site visits.

Performs the duties listed, as well as those assigned, with professionalism and a sense of urgency.

This classification exists in multiple County Departments. The duties listed above apply to all SR Planner positions and the specific duties listed below are shown for each department/division.
Environmental Protection Department/Natural Resources: This position performs detailed complex land use change, zoning change and development plan analyses that culminate in comprehensive reports and presentations used by decision-making bodies such as the Board of County Commissioners, the Planning Commission and the Development Review Committee.  Additionally, this position is responsible for the development and implementation of Comprehensive Plan goals, objectives and policies; land development regulations and environmental codes.  This position requires considerable knowledge about regional wetland and upland flora and fauna including rare and regulated species and their habits, and demonstrate a thorough understanding of environmental planning issues relevant to north-central Florida.   This position will complete site inspections utilizing a County and/or personal vehicle, review detailed development applications, coordinate reviews with staff members, write reports, present findings at official public meetings, and may assist with land acquisition and stewardship activities such as prescribed fires, exotic plant control, floral and faunal inventories, and environmental monitoring.

Environmental Protection Department/Water Resources: This position prepares and implements comprehensive, water conservation programs for Alachua County; develops and monitors strategies and schedules for implementing water conservation and water quality  programs for Alachua County. Evaluates, measures, and reports progress towards achieving program goals and objectives. Develops and monitors budget expenditures for water programs; investigates, applies for and manages grant and cooperative funding. Represents Alachua County on local and regional water  committees, councils, etc, as assigned. Communicates the Board's water goals and objectives to the public and private sectors.  Considerable knowledge of Alachua County's water resources and the state's regulatory framework is required.

Parks and Conservation Lands Department/Land Acquisition: This position performs difficult and complex environmental analyses which culminate in comprehensive reports, maps and presentations required by the Department.  The position includes coordination of activities for the contract Land Acquisition Negotiator with County staff; reviews and processes nominations of land acquisition projects and coordinates site evaluations; manages contracts for land acquisition services, appraisers, surveyors, and environmental auditors, and reviews work products; conducts land acquisition activities and supervises related real estate functions, including negotiations, development of conservation easements, and the review of title work and deeds; develops and maintains GIS and other data management systems to document and track real property interests; and conducts and documents field inspections to determine compliance with conservation easements.

Growth Management Department:  This position performs difficult and complex professional urban planning services that relate to the County's comprehensive plan, land development code, zoning, development review, and/or intergovernmental coordination. This includes research and preparation of relevant data and analysis, review of proposed site plans for consistency with state statutes, the Comprehensive Plan and land development code, drafting of proposed policies and codes,  preparation and presentation of staff reports to advisory committees and elected officials and in other public settings, provision of information to groups and individuals about the County's comprehensive plan and land development code,  intra-departmental and inter-departmental coordination, and coordination with other local government, regional and state entities regarding planning matters.

NOTE: These examples are intended only as illustrations of the various kinds of work performed in positions allocated to this class. 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.


Thorough knowledge of principles, practices and methods of comprehensive planning and plan implementation. This may include contemporary principles, practices, and methods in the following disciplines: land use planning, site design, public policy analysis, economic and demographic analysis, conservation ecology/biology, ecosystem dynamics, wildlife ecology/biology, population dynamics, botany, geography, geology, soil science, hydrology, water chemistry, and transportation modeling/engineering.

Knowledge of zoning, subdivision regulation and other development regulations and techniques to include historic preservation.

Knowledge of advanced technical skills in botany, ecology and land management, as well as familiarity with sound planning principles.

Knowledge of planning research procedures in both written and graphic form.

Knowledge of economics, government finance, political science, geography, sociology and environmental science as applied to public sector planning.

Knowledge of the traditional organization and operations of local and state government agencies.

Knowledge of the laws and regulations relating to the practice of public sector planning.

Knowledge of the use of planning/development related computing devices and software; knowledge of and ability to use computer techniques in public planning and management applications.

Skill in the operation of motor vehicles.

Ability to effectively supervise and coordinate the activities of subordinate employees.

Ability to carry out complex planning studies and to take a significant role in the preparation and maintenance of comprehensive plans and functional plans.

Ability to analyze information and to formulate substantive policy recommendations based upon such studies.

Ability to express ideas and findings clearly and concisely, utilizing oral, written, and graphic techniques.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, other employees, outside agencies, and the general public.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands 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 is regularly required to sit; talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to reach occasionally required to be mobile.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and ability to adjust focus associated with the constant use of computer monitors.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing 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 is occasionally exposed to outdoor weather conditions, and risk of electrical shock.

The employee may perform field work in inclement weather and harsh conditions such as wet areas and dense brush with biting insects, venomous animals or irritating plants.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


Administrative Support, Architecture Interior Design, Business Development, CAD Drafting, City Planning, Concrete and Masonry, Data Processing, Database Administration, Civil & Structural Engineering, Geological Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, General Business, General Construction, General Creative Design, General Science, Geological Testing & Analysis, Industrial Design, Logistics and Transportation, Managerial Consulting, Project Management, Site Superintendent, Strategic Planning, Surveying

Education Requirements

Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree, M.B.A., Other Graduate Degree, Ph.D, Other Doctorate Degree


$70,220.80 Annually