Location: Wheaton, MD

Planner II

Salary: $56,769.00 - $100,538.00 Annually

Closing: 12/8/2021

Are you passionate about urban design and landscape architecture? If so, the Montgomery County Planning Department is where you want to be! We are seeking a Planner II to participate in a full range of urban design and planning activities in our Mid-County Planning Division.

Montgomery County Planning Department is part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC). For over 90 years, M-NCPPC has had a national reputation for excellence in planning, and today serves a culturally diverse population of over one million people on the border of Washington, D.C. in Montgomery County. We provide county-wide planning functions including long range planning, as well as reviews of development applications in diverse built environments of downtown urban districts, suburban communities, and agricultural areas. We have pioneered nationally modeled programs in agricultural preservation, inclusionary housing, and transit-oriented design. To learn more about who we are and what we do, we encourage you to watch this brief video: and visit our website at

Montgomery County Planning Department believes that diversity in all dimensions of the organization support and bolster the innovative thinking essential to its success. We do not make hiring decisions on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, political affiliation, ideology, or status as a Veteran. We will do what we can to provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us at 301-495-4525 to request accommodations.

The Planner II will assist with the review of development applications and proposed public facilities with a focus on landscape architecture and urban design of buildings and sites. You will assist, and lead initiatives tailored to enhance the quality for public spaces, promote walkability and improve the environmental performance of streets, private developments, and public buildings, including schools. You will also engage with community members, stakeholders, and public officials, gathering input and presenting projects. The ideal candidate possesses professional landscape architecture and urban design experience, community engagement skills, an ability to implement planning policies in partnership with colleagues from other public agencies, and excellent oral and written communication skills. Fieldwork and occasional evening meetings are required.

Examples of Important Duties

  • Interpret applicable Design Guidelines, and ensure compliance with the Zoning Code, Forest Conservation Law and Sector Plans. Develop design alternatives to resolve identified issues.
  • Produce deliverables for meeting the goals, schedules, and deadlines for implementation-focused planning.
  • Support the development of design guidelines and sector plans with a focus on landscape and urban design.
  • Recommend creative implementation of environmental best practices through landscape design to promote sustainability and help achieve the county’s ambitious climate action goals.
  • Assist in the creation of visually compelling presentations for the public and the Planning Board. Provide written content and graphically illustrate issues for staff reports.
  • Speak on behalf of staff recommendations to community groups, the Planning Board and County Council in a public hearing setting.

The successful Planner II should have the:

  • Ability to handle complex and often controversial situations.
  • Ability to handle multiple deadlines and projects.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively to applicant teams, citizens, other agencies.
  • Ability to effectively identify problems and to be resourceful and creative in developing solutions, requesting the assistance or input of others as appropriate.
  • Ability to demonstrate design ideas through hand sketches and computer-generated drawings.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Planning, Geography, Architecture, Parks and Recreation, Transportation, Urban Design, Engineering, Environmental Science, Public Policy, Economics or any related field.
  • Two (2) years of progressively responsible professional level planning experience or specific area of assignment such as transportation planning, environmental planning or urban planning.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted, which together total six (6) years.
  • Valid driver's license (depending on area of assignment) in accordance with both State and Commission rules and regulations. Driver’s license must be unencumbered by restrictions, revocations, suspensions, or points that could limit the employee’s ability to drive Commission vehicles or perform driving duties required by the position of assignment.

How to Apply
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