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The classifications within this five-level series perform professional planning duties including research, analysis and presentation of data, interpretation of documents and code enforcement.

This classification is entry-level within the professional planner series and is distinguished by performing basic, routine professional planning duties in accordance with established guidelines. Employees at this level develop a basic knowledge of planning in order to understand the interrelationship of task assignments, agency policies, and the planning process.


(Duties assigned to this classification include, but are not limited to, the following examples. Any one position may not perform all listed tasks.)

1. Perform research and prepare draft reports on zoning and subdivision applications and conduct research for comprehensive planning program activities.

2. Respond to public inquiries and public agency requests; interpret land use and zoning ordinances.

3. Conduct field investigation related to ordinances and plan and enforce zoning violations using oral, written and field inspection investigation and enforcement methods.

4. Attend meetings to present staff reports and represent the department.

5. Prepare visual aids to use in presenting information.


Knowledge of: Reasonable knowledge of planning concepts, principles, techniques and practices; reasonable knowledge of procedures, regulations and ordinances associated with land use planning; reasonable knowledge of research methodology and statistical techniques; basic knowledge of code enforcement techniques. Ability to: Communicate effectively in both oral and written form; conduct research and to compile and analyze technical data; establish and maintain recordkeeping systems and reports; make decisions independently in accordance with established policy and procedures, and use initiative and judgment in completing tasks and responsibilities; efficiently organize time and meet established deadlines; utilize problem identification and resolution techniques; remain calm and use good judgment during confrontational or high pressure situations; courteously meet and deal effectively with other employees, other agency representatives, committees, contractors, engineers and the public.

Education, experience and training: Bachelor's degree in planning or a related field OR any satisfactory equivalent combination of education, experience and training. At time of appointment, must possess valid Oregon driver's license.


Work is performed under the general direction of a higher-level planner. Recurring routine assignments are independently performed by employee on basis of past experience. The employee receives general instructions regarding the scope and approach to projects or assignments, but procedures and problem resolution are left to the employee's discretion and interpretation. Employee estimates and manages time efficiently. Work is reviewed periodically to ensure determinations and decisions made are in compliance to department policy and procedures.


Work is performed within department policy and procedures; federal, state and county statutes, rules, regulations and ordinances; Douglas County Comprehensive Plan and the Douglas County Land Use and maps. Incumbent follows guidelines explicitly and deviations are reviewed with a supervisor. Any interpretation of guidelines is based on knowledge of basic principles and practices of land use planning.


Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Work is performed in an office environment with occasional field work. Work may require bending, hearing voice conversation, keyboarding, lifting up to 25 pounds, stooping, standing and walking. A reasonable amount of driving is required.

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