Principal Planning Technician (Term Contract) - Position #14939, Grade 18

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission

Upper Marlboro, MD United States

The Prince George’s County Planning Department of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is seeking a term-contract employee to join our planning team for a one year contract assignment as a Principal Planning Technician. Under general supervision, this position performs advanced permit review and planning assistance work or manages a specialized portion of the planning or regulatory program. Work assignments include reviewing permits for motor vehicle, pedestrian, and bicycle transportation and identifying necessary items for resolution and zoning ordinance compliance; supporting the development review process; supporting staff for the right-of-way and property reservation process; working and communicating with the general public, developers, and professionals; collecting, organizing, and analyzing planning related data; writing reports; and developing and implementing procedures to improve program performance.

Work requires in-depth knowledge of zoning and subdivision codes, County geography, and organization functions. A Principal Planning Technician plans, organizes, and prioritizes work in the context of established standards. Positions in this class are normally associated with a specialized area of planning (e.g., parks, transportation, trails, historic preservation, environment, research, regulatory planning). Performs other related duties as assigned.

Examples of Important Duties


  1. Reviews plans and resolutions to approve/disapprove building, grading, or other permits, which include intricate elements such as complex approval conditions, applicable codes, and/or lack of/or conflicting precedents that make interpretations difficult. Identifies problems and changes needed for relevant code and resolution compliance and prepares written comments for applicant correspondence.
  2. Aids in the preparation of transportation reviews for development applications. This includes researching and maintaining awareness of County ordinance provisions and County master plans, supporting pre-application assessments, and participating in and performing field investigations and site visits, as necessary.
  3. Reviews master plans, site plans, aerial photos, and other documents to identify changes needed in transportation map layers to reflect new plans, transportation facilities, and projects.
  4. Communicates verbally and in writing with developers, builders, engineers, architects, attorneys, and the public to respond to information requests and to examine possible alternatives for meeting regulations. Documents each inquiry from a customer on appropriate records.
  5. Supports staff efforts to track and renew property reservations in the County, mails notification letters, prepares Planning Board and County Council hearing agenda items, responds to information requests and maintains reservation files.
  6. Assists in the preparation of functional plans, reviews guidelines, and other general planning activities. Provides background research for planning documents, reviews drafted and submitted material for legibility and accuracy, and incorporates new materials into review processes.
  7. Provides support for transportation-related public engagement activities such as Bike-to-Work-Day and master plan public meetings.

Important Employee Characteristics

  1. Knowledge of zoning and subdivision ordinances, County geography, planning department functions and review processes, and basic principles and concepts of land use and transportation planning.
  2. Ability to review and understand technical and analytical reports, plans, and correspondence, including engineering drawings and site plans.
  3. Is organized, detail oriented and accurate, and can effectively prioritize their own work in the context of department practices and established time frames.
  4. Skilled in the use, operation, and application of Microsoft Office software, especially Microsoft Word, Outlook, and Teams; ESRI GIS software; and basic functioning of database software.
  5. Ability to clearly communicate, verbally and in writing, to a variety of people including professional and non-professional audiences.


Minimum Qualifications


  1. Graduation from high school or GED; and
  2. Four years of directly related work experience (an associate of arts degree in a relevant discipline can be substituted for two years of work experience); or
  3. An equivalent combination of education and experience.


Supplemental Information


Working Conditions 

Works in office. Field work may be necessary depending on job assignment. May be required to attend and/or facilitate public meetings with members of the community.  

The Prince George's County Planning Department is currently located in historic Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Free onsite parking is available for employees. In the foreseeable future, the Department will be moving to a newly renovated, state-of-the-art building in Largo, Maryland, conveniently located near Metro and I-495. 

The M-NCPPC offers a competitive salary range of $47,692 - $81,607 at the Principal Planning Technician level. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. This term contract position also offers a limited benefits package, as well as paid leave and paid holidays. The Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and encourages applications from minorities, females, and persons with disabilities. 



The Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission


6611 Kenilworth Avenue
Suite 103
Riverdale, Maryland, 20737




Experience Level
Mid II (4-8 years)
AICP Level
None Selected
Transportation Planning
Salary Range
$47,692.00 - $81,607.00

Contact Information

6611 Kenilworth Avenue
Suite 103
Riverdale, MD
United States
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