Assistant Planner | Sedro-Woolley, WA

Employer: City of Sedro-Woolley
Job Type: Full Time
Salary: $5,008 per month
Location: Sedro-Woolley, WA
Opening Date: 05/25/2021
Closing Date: 06/18/2021

Job Description:

The Assistant Planner produces timely, accurate, quality reviews and approvals of land use, development and building site plans. Working both collaboratively and independently, the Assistant Planner reviews a variety of permit types ranging from single-family projects to complex commercial or infrastructure projects. The Assistant Planner carefully reviews permit application plans and technical documents; working cooperatively with others in the Department and in other agencies; and writing technical permit approval documents and staff reports that are clear, accurate and defensible.

Major emphasis is placed on excellent customer service, working in a team environment, the ability to work effectively on multiple projects and meet project deadlines. An essential part of the job is to work positively and in a solution-oriented manner with customers, their design/engineering professionals, other members of the public and co-workers. Presentations to the public, hearing bodies and other agencies will be required on a periodic basis. In addition to implementing the City development standards, Comprehensive Plan, environmental policies and planning procedures, the Assistant Planner will assist in the process of amending such codes, plans and policies. The Assistant Planner is expected to perform a wide range of office and field duties as may be required from time to time.

Job Duties:

  • Review land-use applications for technical completeness and compliance with federal, state and local development and environmental regulations.
  • Work with applicants to resolve compliance problems and finding alternatives that meet the city’s regulations as well as the applicant’s objectives.
  • Ability to perform field inspections associated with land development.
  • Assist with Comprehensive Plan updates, development regulation updates, rezones and annexations.
  • Perform research tasks as assigned in areas of professional knowledge.
  • Prepare for and conduct public meetings or hearings. Prepare public notices, press releases and notices to affected property owners.
  • Attend meetings and make oral presentations of proposals to various internal or external groups.
  • Prepare, file and maintain records throughout the life of a project and file records for long-term retention as prescribed by state law.
  • Assist in maintaining Department data bases, maps and information systems.
  • May on occasion be asked to represent the City at regional and intergovernmental meetings; present official City policy, opinion or direction as needed or assigned.
  • Because of the small size of the City's staff, each employee is expected to perform a wide range of office and field duties as may be required from time to time.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year institution in planning, geography or closely related field; and
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to perform field inspections and write technical inspection reports.
  • Ability to operate a personal computer, including Microsoft applications, various graphic design tools, and related office equipment.
  • Familiarity with ArcGIS.
  • Familiarity with the Washington State Growth Management Act and its implementation by local governments.
  • Familiarity with zoning and subdivision regulations and their implementation.
  • Familiarity with permit processing, filing and issuance of permits as well as maintaining code enforcement and appeals records.

How to Apply:

Cover letter and resumes are accepted but must be accompanied by completed City of Sedro-Woolley application and received by the closing date. Submit application to City of Sedro-Woolley ATTN: Teresa Nesheim, Payroll Clerk/Accounting Clerk, 325 Metcalf Street, Sedro-Woolley WA 98284. Office hours: 8:00 am. - 4:30 pm. Monday – Friday. Applications can be obtained at 325 Metcalf Street, Sedro-Woolley or on our website

Supplemental Information:

  • Possession of and the ability to maintain throughout employment a valid Washington State Driver's License with a good driving record.
  • Successful completion of a pre-employment background and criminal history check.
  • Successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen.