Planner I/II - Position #14035

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 Planner I or Planner II with strong technical review, writing and presentation skills to join our planning team. The Department provides land use planning for the physical development of Prince George’s County, Maryland. As the second most populous county in Maryland, Prince George’s has a population of approximately 900,000 residents, is characterized by urban, suburban and rural areas, and is home to The University of Maryland at College Park, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and Joint Base Andrews Air Force Base. This position may be filled at the level of Planner I or Planner II depending on the qualifications of the applicant.

The Planner I / Planner II will play an important role in the review and management of public development projects, including utilities, through the County’s mandatory referral review process.  Additional responsibilities may include assessing the adequacy of public utilities and public safety for development review cases, analyzing quarterly applications for site amendments to the 2018 water and sewer plan and providing public information and assistance. The job will require coordination with other divisions within the Planning Department, municipal, county, state, federal agencies and public utility companies.

The M-NCPPC offers a competitive salary range of $51,829 - $91,792 at the Planner I level and $58,756 - $104,057 at the Planner II level (salary is commensurate with education and experience) with excellent benefits including generous leave, extensive health coverage, deferred compensation plan, and employee pension plan.  

This position will be located in the County Administration Building in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. 

Examples of Important Duties

Planner I

  • Reviews plans and permit applications.
  • Provides support to accomplish the section’s development review responsibilities.
  • Attends Planning Board hearings and County Council meetings when needed.
  • Attends staff level meetings (Subdivision Development Review Committee)
  • Enhances and supports presentations to planning officials, the general public, County Council, etc. Develops and prepares visual and written materials for presentations as advised. Answers questions based on materials presented.
  • Communicates with citizens, developers, engineers, advocates, architects, attorneys, department planning staff, and other agencies.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Planner II

  • Planner I duties listed above
  • The Planner II will be expected to manage projects of greater complexity and public visibility
  • Conducts site inspections as needed and incorporates field observations into recommendations.
  • Assesses adequacy of plans and public facilities. Evaluates land use for public facilities, property acquisition, etc. Determines relevant issues, valuation criteria, and assesses impact. Analyzes trends, problems, issues, etc. identified to develop staff recommendations or alternatives.
  • Writes and develops planning reports, correspondence, plans, and other materials. Explains technical planning issues and concepts to support research conclusions and recommendations. Develops and designs charts, graphs, maps, statistical data, and other exhibits as appropriate.
  • Presents and defends recommendations to the Planning Board, under the guidance of the supervisor/manager. Makes presentations to a variety of individuals and groups (Planning Board, County Council, community, business developers) for the purpose of communicating planning issues, studies, laws, procedures, recommendations, etc.
  • Responds to general inquiries from citizens, developers, engineers, architects, attorneys concerning assigned projects and applicable guidelines and regulations.
  • Serves on committees, task forces, special intra-department teams for the purpose of contributing technical expertise to achieve goals and objectives of work effort. May represent department as designated by supervisor or department head.

Desirable Qualifications
A.    Knowledge of: the principles and concepts of planning, architecture, landscape architecture, economics, engineering, environmental science, urban design, recreation; research techniques; statistical analysis; current literature and recent developments in the field of public sector facilities planning; research techniques; statistical analysis; *County geography, community and economic development, planning regulations and process, parks system;   *Commission organization, policies, and procedures.

B.    Skill and proficiency in the use, operation, and application of computer terminals; computer software (e.g., GIS/mapping software, word processing, spreadsheet, data-based management, etc.); drafting equipment including computer aided design software.

C.    Ability to: apply principles and concepts of the planning field of study to solve problems involving many variables; research and analyze a wide variety of planning data and information to develop recommendations and conclusions; write technical and analytical reports, correspondence; read, understand, and apply technical reports, correspondence, engineering drawings to planning problems encountered; communicate effectively with a wide variety of persons (e.g., the public, customers, etc.); make presentations to planning staff, community/business groups, etc.; work effectively as part of a team/work group or independently to complete work assignments.

*Developed primarily after employment in this job class

Working Conditions
Works in office. Field work may be necessary depending on job assignment. Required to deal with difficult customer/consumer issues.

Why Prince George’s Planning?

  • Telework opportunities
  • Flexible schedules
  • Complimentary access to M-NCPPC gymnasiums throughout Prince George’s County
  • Free parking is available for employees
  • Professional development opportunities/Tuition assistance
  • Positions may qualify for federal student loan forgiveness assistance

The Prince George’s County Planning Department is currently located in historic Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

Person(s) hired for this position must provide proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (with limited religious or medical exceptions). 

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate a workplace culture of diversity, equity and inclusion without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, gender identity, or any other non-merit factor.



Experience Level
Mid II (4-8 years)
AICP Level
Other Specialty
Salary Range
$51,829 - $104,057 Annually

Contact Information

Recruitment and Selection Services
7833 Walker Drive
Suite 425
Greenbelt, MD
United States
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