Planning Technician - City of Puyallup

Planning Technician

Employer: City of Puyallup
Job Title: Planning Technician
Job Type: Full-Time
Job Number: DS-18-PLN-005
Location: Puyallup, WA
Opening Date: 01/14/2019
Closing Date: The priority application date is January 28, 2019. The job posting may close upon receipt of a qualified applicant pool.
Salary: $53,724 - $68,760 Annually

Job Description: This is a new position for the City of Puyallup Development Services team, and will provide paraprofessional technical support to the Planning Division. The employee assists Planners in responding to public information/permit inquiries, the preparation of land use policies, the processing of specific development proposals and periodic updating of City records and maps. Work is primarily performed in an office. Some management of minor planning cases and assurance of zoning code compliance in the field is required. About Our CityThe City of Puyallup is situated at the foot of scenic Mount Rainier in the beautiful Puget Sound region, 10 miles east of Tacoma and approximately 35 miles south of Seattle. The city has gained prominence as a regional commercial and service center for Eastern Pierce County, and continues to serve its residents and neighbors with a strong, diversified economy.

Job Duties: 

  • Processes minor land use permit applications, including written reports, and business license applications.
  • Assists planners with occupancy field inspections.
  • Presents and/or assists at public hearings or workshops as needed.
  • Provides information to the public, in person or in writing or via telephone, regarding City land use regulations and policies. Provides back-up assistance, as needed, to the Permit Counter operations.
  • Assists planners in the review of development permit applications, including associated noticing and documentation requirements.
  • Assists with the preparation of revisions to the Zoning Code, Comprehensive Plan and other regulatory and policy documents, including research, collection of data, mapping/graphics and noticing requirements.
  • Coordinates, updates and maintains maps and other records of development activity and public information.
  • Provides back-up assistance, as assigned, to the Code Compliance function.
  • Establishes and maintains cooperative and effective working relationships with those contacted in the performance of work.
  • Maintains confidentiality of sensitive and confidential materials.
  • Maintains regular, reliable and punctual attendance.
  • Safely operates city vehicle in performance of duties.
  • Performs other duties as assigned for both current and comprehensive planning.

Education and Experience Requirements: 

  • Two years of training in planning or technology related to planning
    -OR-
  • two years of college level courses in planning or a related field;
    -AND-
  • a minimum of two years of experience in a technical or planning related position.
  • Or any equivalent combination of education, experience, and training that indicates the ability to successfully perform the essential functions of the position listed above.
  • Possession of and maintain throughout employment a valid Washington State driver's license.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Geographic Information System (GIS) experience and/or certification is desirable.
  • Experience in Adobe Creative Suite or related graphic design software for the purpose of producing public information material is desirable.

How to Apply: Visit the City of Puyallup's Career Opportunities to view the full job posting and apply today!

Supplemental Information: The priority application date is January 28, 2019. The job posting may close upon receipt of a qualified applicant pool.The City of Puyallup is an Equal Opportunity Employer.