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Associate Planner- Land Use Planning - Public Works

Marion County
Job Description

Associate Planner - Land Use Planning - Public Works



$28.91 - $38.75 Hourly


Salem, OR

Job Type

Full-time Regular

Job Number



Public Works


Land Use Planning

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This recruitment has been reopened for additional applicants and will remain open until filled. If you have already applied for recruitment #372-2023-1, you do not need to reapply. New applicants are encouraged to submit applications as soon as possible as this recruitment may close at any time without further notice. 

Provide responsible technical, professional current and long-range planning. Administer and interpret zoning ordinances and development codes exercising expertise in one or more functional areas of this process; research and analyze comprehensive land use planning documents and provides specific recommendations for action.
Work under the supervision of the Building and Planning Division Manager or Principal Planner who assigns work, establishes goals and reviews the results obtained for overall effectiveness and conformance to laws and department procedures.
Supervision of employees is not a responsibility of positions in this classification.

Typical Duties - Duties include, but are not limited to the following


  • Assists the public by explaining the county land use and permit process; provides assistance in completing application forms; and refers the public to other appropriate County, state or other agency; prepare orders and ordinances for signature by the Marion County Board of Commissioners.
  • Compiles and prepares written reports on zoning and subdivision applications or modifications to implementing ordinances; assesses consistency of proposals with Comprehensive Plan policy; analyzes new legislation to determine if amendments to current ordinances are required and recommend course of action; assists in policy formulation and evaluation.  
  • Participates in accomplishment of Comprehensive Plan goals and Periodic Review tasks. 
  • Assists in performing research, preparing reports and ordinance revisions to the Comprehensive Plan and Zone Codes.  
  • Attends and participates in public meetings and Board of Commissioner and Planning Commission meetings.  
  • Provides staffing and technical assistance to county bodies in development of policy recommendations for the county to use in land use plans, ordinances and decision-making. 
  • Assists the public or other governmental agencies providing review and/or information on regulations and policy. 
  • Represents the county’s interests regarding planning issues at various boards, commissions, and committees.   
  • Performs research and prepares reports and ordinances regarding planning issues and projects. 
  • Carries out special projects as funds and opportunities permit.  
  • Prepares grant applications related to planning projects.  
  • Trains and performs the duties of the Assistant Planner as needed.
  • Prepares and presents oral and written presentations/recommendations to the Hearings Officer, Board of Commissioners, and/or Planning Commission regarding any and all land use decisions, Comprehensive Plan updates and amendments.   
  • Attends and participates in public hearings and other meetings regarding land use applications and related projects.
  • Answer multiple phone lines.
  • Operates a motor vehicle in the performance of duties.
  • May participate in basic incident command training and drills to maintain proficiency in supporting ECC activities, including carrying out field work in connection with ECC operations.  May be assigned clerical/support, incident liaison, or other duties at any location within or near the county. Emergency Management duties may require working long hours outside normal business hours, weekend/holiday work, and may occur with little or no advance notice.
  • Other duties as assigned by your supervisor.


Requirements for the Position


  1. Bachelor's degree with major course work in planning or a related field; and two (2) years of progressively responsible experience in land use planning; OR
  2. Master's degree in land use planning or a related field; OR
  3. Any satisfactory combination of work, education, training, or experience relevant to the position, as determined by Marion County.

  • Must possess a current driver's license in the applicant's state of residence and an acceptable driving history.  Marion County will obtain a copy of the driving record for all qualified applicants from Driver and Motor Vehicle Services and review the driving record according to the Marion County policy and procedure for Driving on County Business.  The policy can be found at:
  • The finalist for this position will be required to pass a criminal history background check; however, conviction of a crime may not necessarily disqualify an individual for this position.
  • This assignment is represented by a union.
  • This is a full-time position, which is eligible for overtime.
  • Typical Work Schedule:  Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., with flexibility depending upon the needs of the department and program.
Considerable knowledge of principles and procedures of land use planning, research methodology and statistical techniques; principles of basic mathematics; knowledge of legal aspects of land use or comprehensive planning including implementation codes; knowledge of statewide planning process and county planning policies and procedures.

Ability to interpret land development and planning ordinances; understand social, environmental and physical relationships of land use planning; communicate policy and procedures effectively in both oral and written form; deliver oral presentations to commissions, and the public; research, compile, analyze, and evaluate technical planning data; prepare clear and concise reports; develop and maintain effective working relationships with other agencies, employees and the public.

Operates a motor vehicle; stands; sits up to 1/2 hour; moves about the work area; bends forward; stoops; climbs one flight of stairs; lifts; pushes, and pulls items weighing up to 20 lbs.; carries items weighing up to 20 lbs. up to 100 feet; operates a keyboard; speaks with a clear and audible voice; reads a 12 pt. font; distinguish colors and shades; uses depth perception for Airphoto interpretation; hears at a normal speech level; on rare occasion, will work in areas of heat, cold, humidity, dust, smoke, vibration, noise or that are uneven or wet. 


Marion County is a qualifying public employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.  Through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, full-time employees working at the County may qualify for forgiveness of the remaining balance on Direct Loans after 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan.  Questions about your loan eligibility should be directed to your loan servicer or the US Department of Education.

Applicants are eligible to use Veterans’ Preference when applying with Marion County in accordance with ORS 408.225, 408.230, and 408.235 and OAR 105-040-0010 and 105-040-0015.  Preference will be awarded only if the applicant meets the minimum requirements of the position and attaches the required documentation at the time of application.


  • One of the following:
    • MEMBER COPY 4 of the Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214 or 215); OR
    • Letter from the US Department of Veterans Affairs indicating receipt of a non-service connected pension; OR
    • Certification that discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions will take place not later than 120 days after the submission of the certificate.
  • In addition to one of the above documents, Disabled Veterans must also submit one of the following:
    • A copy of their Veterans disability preference letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs; OR
    • Certification that medical separation from active duty under honorable conditions will take place not later than 120 days after the submission of the certificate.

You can request copies of your military service record through the National Archives website at

Marion County is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, Veteran and Disability employer committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce.

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