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Planner Assistant- Public Works

Marion County
Job Description

Planner Assistant - Public Works



$25.02 - $33.51 Hourly


Salem, OR

Job Type

Full-time Regular

Job Number



Public Works


Land Use Planning

Opening Date


Closing Date

11/2/2023 11:59 PM Pacific



Bargaining Unit



Perform a variety of entry level technical land use planning tasks. Conduct basic research, analysis and presentations of data related to land use, zoning and subdivision ordinances; interpret comprehensive land use planning documents; zoning coordination.
Work under the direct supervision of the Building and Planning Division Manager or Principal Planner who assigns work, establishes goals, and reviews the results obtained for overall effectiveness through the analysis of performance, reports and conferences.
Supervision 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 process and procedures.
  • Provides assistance in completing application forms. 
  • Refers the public to other appropriate county, state or other agency.   
  • Responds to request for assistance by electronic mail. 
  • Reads maps to determine property location, street name, address, zone, section, township, range, city boundaries, and geographic areas.
  • Provides building/zoning coordination by reviewing building permits and plans for zoning regulation compliance, inputs data into computer program.   
  • Uses a network computer system for data entry processing and retrieval for situs information and permits including building, dwelling, plumbing, heating, electrical, sanitation, demolition, relocation, and manufactured structures.
  • Processes road name applications and assigns addresses to parcels, subdivisions, apartment complexes, manufactured structure parks.   
  • Provides written notifications to citizens and coordination with other agencies.   
  • Reviews proposed partition and subdivision plats in route from county Surveyor’s office for compliance with conditions of approval and related zoning ordinance regulations.  Provides written notification to applicant if plat is not in compliance.
  • Prepares written reports on zoning applications; assesses consistency of proposals with county and state land use regulations and policies.  
  • Provides staffing to planning in development of policy recommendations for the county to use in land use plans, ordinances and decision-making. 
  • Acts as liaison between Peer Reviewers and permit applicants and consultants during development of hydrogeology reviews and studies.   
  • Maintains county record of compliance for DLCD reporting.  
  • Answer multiple phone lines; ability to operate a motor vehicle; ability to traverse uneven terrain.
  • Other duties as assigned by your supervisor.
  • 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.


Requirements for the Position


  1. Bachelor's degree with major course work in planning or a related field; OR
  2. Two years of college with major course work in liberal arts, or a planning related field, and two years of land use planning, or enforcement experience; OR
  3. Four years progressively responsible land use planning, or enforcement experience; OR
  4. 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, 8am - 5pm, with flexibility upon the needs of the department and program.
Some knowledge of principles and procedures of land use planning; research methodology and statistical techniques; principles of basic mathematics.

Ability to communicate effectively both in oral and written form; conduct research, analyze data, and make recommendations; learn applicable laws and regulatory codes; establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public, co-workers, and other agencies.

Operates a motor vehicle; sees using depth perception; stands; sits; moves about the work area; bends forward; stoops; climbs 1 floor of stairs; crawls; reaches overhead; lifts, carries, pushes and pulls up to 20 lbs.; moves carts weighing up to 20 lbs.; operates a keyboard; uses rapid-mental/hand/eye coordination; speaks clearly and audibly; reads a 12 pt. font; distinguishes colors and shades; hears a normal level of speech; works in areas that may be exposed to dust, smoke, vibration, humidity, cold and heat; works in areas that may be uneven. 


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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