Senior Planner Job Description

Salary: $4,039.32 – $4,538.58

Pend Oreille Country is located in North Eastern Washington, on the boarder of Northern Idaho and Canada, with Newport, Washington being the County seat. We are just miles from major cities such as Spokane, Washington and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. We offer rural living, fantastic recreational opportunities, and beautiful scenery! In short, Pend Oreille County is a great place to live, work, and play.


The Senior Planner is a senior level position that performs professional and administrative duties in both comprehensive planning and community development including but not limited to the following specializations: Development Permit Processing, Development Regulation Implementation and upgrading, Watershed Planning, Floodplain Manager, Certified Building Inspection (or become certified within 1 year of employment), Customer Service and Response to Public Inquiries. This position is non-exempt and Subject to a collective bargaining agreement


  • Bachelor’s degree in Planning, Geography, Public Administration, or related field(s) and 3 three years relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities. Substitution may be made in any combination of experience, education, or training, which would provide the level of knowledge and ability required for this position.
  • The ability to use computer applications for word processing, data base applications, spreadsheets, internet, and computer mapping required.
  • Knowledge and/or experience with economic development, grant writing, and Washington State land use law including GMA, SEPA and Regulatory Reform
  • Customer-focused approach to trouble shooting, resolving problems and ensuring the delivery of superior level customer service.
  • The Senior Planner is a leadership position within our community, requiring the ability to work independently with a wide-range of political and special interest groups on long-range comprehensive projects. The ability to solve problems, resolve conflicts and communicate effectively both orally and in writing under stressful situations is essential in the performance of this position.


  1. Reporting to the Planning Director and other County Staff the essential functions of the Senior Planner include:
  2. Provide written and oral Staff Reports, including the composition of technical papers, projections, statistical summaries, fiscal analysis or other pertinent information to the Board of Commissioners, Planning Commission, and/or other legislative, quasi-judicial, or advisory bodies; Attend & Conduct public hearings and meetings.
  3. Respond to public inquiries regarding required land use permits and approvals
  4. Review land use permits for completeness and administer the internal development review process
  5. Prepare public notices and correspondence
  6. Research and write technical reports
  7. Provide professional planning and administrative support to the Planning Commission and the Board of County Commissioners
    • Review Assorted Development Applications pursuant to federal, state and local development regulations; including, but not limited to rendering administrative decisions and quasi-judicial recommendations related to the following county plans, programs and ordinances:
      • Building Construction Standards
      • Critical Areas
      • Floodplain Management
      • Shoreline Management
      • State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) and NEPA
      • Subdivision Administration
      • Timber & Forest Practices
      • Other Miscellaneous Local Ordinances and Regulations
  8. Provide professional planning assistance to the Planning Director
  9. Perform other related duties as assigned to maintain an even workflow of the office and/or operations within the Community Development Department


Work is performed in an office setting with periods of standing, sitting and kneeling.  Hand-eye coordination and fine manipulation skills are necessary to operate computers and various office machines.  This position also requires good listening skills and occasional lifting of up to 50 pounds.  Regular and punctual attendance is required.  Because of the nature of this position, duties must be performed during regular hours within the department (no telecommuting).


Respectful, courteous, and friendly to customers, other County employees, and County leadership. A team player that helps the organization meets its objectives. Takes initiative to meet work objectives. Effectively communicates with customers and other County employees. Gets along with co-workers and managers. Positively represents the County, maintaining the trust County residents have placed in each of us. Demonstrates honest and ethical behaviors.

Pend Oreille County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.