Senior Planner, Municipal Planning Assistance Program

Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

Augusta, ME United States

Senior Planner: Municipal Planning Assistance Program

Applications due by 5:00 pm, August 8, 2019


Opening Date: July 19, 2019

Closing Date: extended to August 8, 2019

Location: Augusta

Position #: 09510-1113

Position Type: Permanent Full Time

Class Code: 0603

Grade/Salary: 25 - $20.94 – $28.44/hrly

Grade 25 Salary Range : $43,555 to $56,888

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry's Municipal Planning Assistance Program announces a Senior Planner vacancy.


This position promotes state land-use goals and policies by providing direct and indirect professional technical and financial assistance to Maine municipalities on land-use planning and regulation matters. This is done through:

  1. administration of Maine's Growth Management Act;
  2. consultation and coordination with regional planning agencies and other state agencies;
  3. participation in state programs that provide financial grants to municipalities and regional planning agencies; and
  4. research and preparation of policy recommendations for use within state government, and technical assistance materials for use by municipalities and regional planning agencies. The program works with communities, regional planning councils, state agencies and with other groups on land use planning and sustainable development.

The primary responsibilities of this position include communicating with municipalities regarding comprehensive planning needs and guiding the development of and reviewing municipal comprehensive plans for consistency with state policies. Additional responsibilities involve developing model land-use ordinances to address important planning issues, interacting with various planning organizations, and planning and participating in municipal planning workshops.

The position also oversees/manages planning-related grant awards through the Maine Coastal Program's Coastal Community Grant program.

The successful candidate must have experience interacting with and working collaboratively with municipal officials, experience in comprehensive land use and natural resources planning and ordinance development. The successful candidate also will have knowledge of Maine's Growth Management Act, local planning procedures, and land-use issues facing Maine municipalities. Finally, the successful candidate will have demonstrated the ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing, establish and maintain effective working relationships, and work collaboratively in a team environment.

Excellent organizational, writing, communication, problem-solving and consensus building skills are essential.


A Bachelors Degree in land use or community planning and development, regional planning, landscape architecture or a related field and four (4) years of related work experience. Equivalent related experience may be substituted for education on a year-for-year basis.

Preference will be given to candidates who have experience in the following:

Preference will be given to candidates who have worked for a municipality, through direct employment or under contract, in a planning capacity (e.g. comprehensive planning, subdivision and site plan review).

Preference will also be given to candidates who possess an understanding of geographic information systems, database and other planning/land use software applications is desired.

Request for supplemental materials in support of application:

Writing sample and presentation sample (PowerPoint or equivalent) are requested.

Interested candidates who wish to apply for this position:

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Interested candidates need to complete and submit a State of Maine Direct Hire Application, Cover Letter, detailed Resume and a writing sample.


Experience Level
Mid I (1-4 years)
AICP Level
Comprehensive or Long-Range Planning
Salary Range
$43,555 to $56,888

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