Location: multiple cities in New York State


Company Overview
Fisher Associates is a growing professional design services firm headquartered in Rochester’s dynamic downtown. Beyond Rochester, we have New York offices in Buffalo, Ithaca, Binghamton, and Syracuse, a Pennsylvania office in Pittsburgh, an office in Houston, Texas, and remote employees across the US. Our multi- disciplinary staff includes planners, GIS analysts, regulatory specialists, environmental scientists, landscape architects, surveyors, and civil, electrical, & transportation engineers.

Fisher Associates Planning Group is seeking a full-time, entry level Planner to join our planning team. The planning team completes a wide range of planning projects including brownfield redevelopment, urban design, transportation/parking, land use and zoning, environmental (SEQRA, NEPA), urban design, grant assistance, economic development, site development, municipal and agency applications/reviews, and public engagement. Under general supervision of the Director of Planning or Senior Planner, this position will assist with the day-to-day operations of Fisher's Planning Group, maintaining a flexible schedule according to project workloads.

Our studio is currently operating under a flexible hybrid work model in which employees can work from a remote location part-time.

We are currently looking for Planners with 0-5 years of experience to join our award-winning collaborative team working from one of our NY office locations in Rochester, Buffalo, or Ithaca. The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated individual who can work in a fast-paced and collaborative professional environment.

Essential Functions:

  • Perform basic research, analytical, and statistical tasks
  • Prepare maps and graphics
  • Analyze and assess land use recommendations and community design
  • Create digital and print presentation materials
  • Assist in writing a variety of planning documents, publications, forms, reports, and grant applications Assist with State Environmental Quality reviews (SEQRA), preparation of Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) and related documentation, and National Environmental Policy Act reviews (NEPA)
  • Assist clients with municipal entitlement processes (site plan review, variances, planned unit developments, historic preservation approvals, etc.)
  • Attend, support, and take minutes for public, stakeholder, and advisory meetings
  • Perform field visits, measurements, or calculations
  • Establish and maintain positive relationships with clients, co-workers, and project teams
  • Stay informed of new developments and techniques in planning practice areas

Essential Skills:

  • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal skills
  • Understanding of (and passion for) Smart Growth principals and good community design practices
  • Excellent analytical, research and creative skills
  • Strong ability to create maps, graphic designs, and publications
  • Ability to review and interpret zoning codes and environmental laws, regulations, and policies
  • Ability to work on several projects or issues simultaneously
  • Ability to work independently or in a team environment
  • Ability to attend to details while keeping big picture goals in mind

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred) in Urban, Community or Regional Planning or a related field from an accredited university; 1-2 semesters of demonstrated planning experience through major studio work and/or internship(s)
  • 0-5 years relevant experience
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Proficiency with a variety of computer software including Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop), ArcGIS, and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint); Sketchup preferred

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