Massachusetts Association
of Consulting Planners

  • 05 Oct 2017 10:21 AM | Anonymous

    City of Worcester Planning & Regulatory Services Division is seeking a Conservation Planner/Agent:

    Conservation Planner/Agent
    Planning & Regulatory Services Division
    The City of Worcester is seeking highly qualified applicants for the position of Conservation Planner/Agent. This position provides professional administrative support for the Conservation Commission and manages municipal programs related to wetlands protection and open space conservation, including administration of the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act and City of Worcester Wetlands Protection Ordinance. This position serves as an agent of the Conservation Commission with responsibility for inspection and enforcement of Commission actions. A Bachelor's degree in environmental science, civil or environmental engineering, planning, or a related field, and four or more years of related experience required; A Master's degree in a relevant field is preferred and may be substituted for one year of professional experience.
    Required knowledge, skills and abilities include:

     *   Working knowledge of local, state and federal wetlands and environmental protection laws and regulations;
     *   Ability to develop and maintain productive interpersonal relationships and work collaboratively across professional and departmental boundaries within and between organizations;
     *   Ability to use professional expertise, critical thinking and interpersonal skills to accomplish varied functions requiring considerable judgment and initiative in determining courses of action;
     *   Detail oriented and strong organizational, written, oral communication, critical thinking and problem solving skills;
     *   Proficiency with personal computers and experience using Microsoft Office Suite (Word and Excel).
    Other preferred qualifications include: familiarity with principles and practices of natural resource conservation, ecology, land management, land development, erosion control methods, and zoning; customer service experience in a public setting; working knowledge of GIS and Adobe Acrobat software.
    Starting salary: $61,591.58 to $68,458.28 annually, plus benefits.
    To apply, please visit: www.worcesterma.gov/employment<http://www.worcesterma.gov/employment> or send resume and cover letter to Human Resources Department, Room 109, 455 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608 by October 13, 2017. The City of Worcester is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Preference is given to Worcester residents.

  • 25 Sep 2017 3:26 PM | Anonymous

    Zoning and Code Enforcement Agent:
    Responsible for conducting building, zoning enforcement reviews in connection with all applications for building permits, special permits, site plan reviews and comprehensive permits.  Additionally, responsible for investigating and following up in writing on all building and zoning complaints that may be filed for either a current development project or any perceived building and zoning violation.

    https://cityofnewton.hyrell.com/UI/Views/Applicant/VirtualStepPositionDetails.aspx?enc=q7wRRelM9wJC7Exphrfuz7y8yK2jcVG2YfOvzBvYohk=&tzi=Eastern%20Standard%20Time

    Development Services Assistant:
    This position will provide customer service support for the Planning and Inspectional Services department and processing applications for a variety of development and related permits. This includes responding to inquiries via telephone, e-mail, and face-to-face requests from residents, contractors, public officials, and other City employees. The position will act as a liaison between the Inspectional Services Department (ISD) and/or Planning and Development Department (PDD) and the community; and other duties as may be assigned to this staff support position.

    https://cityofnewton.hyrell.com/UI/Views/Applicant/VirtualStepPositionDetails.aspx?enc=dTFiyTDL4wy_MLEz1nwK7sh5f6kEjye8ph1wd1F40cM=&tzi=Eastern%20Standard%20Time

    Additional opening in transportation and engineering may be of interest to fellow planners and colleagues.

    -Rachel Blatt
    Long Range Planner
    Newton, MA

  • 23 Sep 2017 12:03 PM | Anonymous

    The Town of Wellesley has issued an RFP for the Development of a Housing Production Plan. The RFP may be found at the following link: http://www.wellesleyma.gov/Bids.aspx?BidID=7

    Michael D. Zehner, AICP, LEED Green Assoc.
    Planning Director

    Town of Wellesley - Planning Department
    525 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA 02482
    Phone: 781.431.1019 x2234 - Email: mzehner@wellesleyma.gov<mailto:mzehner@wellesleyma.gov>

  • 21 Sep 2017 9:49 PM | Anonymous

    The Town of Amherst Planning Department is excited to be seeking an Associate Planner.   

    Christine M. Brestrup, Planning Director
    Planning Department                       Town of Amherst

    Town Hall                                      4 Boltwood Avenue
    Amherst                                      Massachusetts 01002
    413-259-3145                 brestrupc@amherstma.gov<mailto:brestrupc@amherstma.gov>


  • 21 Sep 2017 9:39 PM | Anonymous

    The City of Lowell is hiring an Assistant Planner.  Please see attached for the job posting.  Applicants can also view the full job description here: http://www.lowellma.gov/jobs.aspx?jobID=80 .


    Christine McCall | Senior Planner
    Department of Planning and Development
    The City of Lowell
    375 Merrimack St. | Lowell, MA 01852
    t: 978.674.1472  | f: 978.446.7103 |

    LOWELL  Alive. Unique. Inspiring
    http://www.lowellma.gov<http://www.lowellma.gov/>

  • 19 Sep 2017 9:03 PM | Anonymous

    Urban Renewal & Relocation Coordinator - (170005JM)

    Official Title: Administrative Officer IV

    Primary Location: United States-Massachusetts-Boston-100 Cambridge Street

    Job: Administrative Services

    Agency: Department of Housing & Community Development

    Schedule: Full-time

    Shift: Day

    Job Posting: Sep 19, 2017, 12:57:08 PM

    Number of Openings: 1

    Salary: $65,965.12 - $95,152.20 Yearly

    Bargaining Unit: 06-NAGE - Professional Admin.

    The Urban Renewal and Relocation Coordinator position is within Department of Housing and Community Development's Community Services Division.

    The incumbent oversees all operations of the Bureau of Relocation (BOR), established by M.G.L. c. 79A to ensure fair and equitable treatment of displaced persons (i.e., residents & businesses displaced from public projects such as land takings and/or development activities) throughout the Commonwealth.  He/she coordinates urban renewal program activities under M.G.L c. 121B including monitoring urban renewal related grants and contracts; reviewing plans, amendments, and related documentation for consistency with statue and regulatory requirements; and preparing recommendations for agency action.  The incumbent also provides assistance to municipalities on community and economic development, municipal management and growth management issues.

    The ideal candidate will have a detailed knowledge of MGL c. 79A and federal statutes relating to property acquisition, displacement and relocation with at least 3 years of professional, administrative, supervisory or managerial experience in the field of relocation.  Familiarity or knowledge of municipal government operations is required along with knowledge of the Federal Uniform Relocation Act.  A Master's degree in a related field such as Urban and Regional Planning is preferred.


    DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive):

    1. Coordinates urban renewal program activities under M.G.L c. 121B including:


    *         Oversight and monitoring of activities for the urban renewal program,

    *         Review of plans, amendments and related documentation for consistency with statute and regulatory requirements, and preparation of recommendations for agency action,

    *         Monitoring of urban renewal related grants and contracts, and

    *         Maintenance of program files, records and database.

    2. Reviews and approves designation of Relocation Advisory Agencies and Relocation Plans.

    3. Provides interpretation of relocation statute & regulations as necessary.

    4. Reviews and approves relocation claim submissions to ensure compliance.

    5. Conducts site visits to ensure compliance with BOR policies and statutory & regulatory requirements and provides technical assistance and training as needed.

    6. Mediates issues prior to and during the local grievance procedure and monitors Department hearings regarding appeals of local grievance determinations.

    7. Provides assistance to municipalities on community development, municipal management and growth management issues.

    8. Other duties as assigned.

    PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
    1. Detailed knowledge of MGL Chapter 79A and experience with interpretation and implementation of statutes and regulations relating to property acquisition, displacement and relocation.

    2. Detailed working knowledge of federal statutes and regulations relating to property acquisition, displacement and relocation.

    3. Working knowledge of real estate appraisals.

    4. Working knowledge of local government operations.

    5. A general knowledge of government and local development issues.

    6. Experience in conflict resolution.

    7. Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

    8. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

    9. Ability to understand, explain and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures applicable to BOR and to Department programs.

    10. Ability to work within close time constraints.

    11. Ability to work with commonly used management information systems, computer software, and database applications.

    12. A Master's degree in a related field such as Urban and Regional Planning is preferred.

    13. Familiarity or knowledge of municipal government operations is required, municipal experience is preferred.

    14. Demonstrated ability to administer program rules, perform program oversight, and to communicate effectively with the public is required.

    15. At least 3 years of professional, administrative, supervisory or managerial experience in the field of relocation.

    16. Knowledge of MGL c. 79A and federal Uniform Relocation Act is required.

    MISSION STATEMENT
    The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is within the Housing and Economic Development Secretariat and its work touches the lives of all Massachusetts residents.  DHCD's mission is to strengthen cities, towns and neighborhoods to enhance the quality of life of Massachusetts residents by providing leadership, professional assistance and financial resources to promote safe, decent, affordable housing opportunities, economic vitality of communities and sound municipal management.

    COMMENTS
    Salary placement is determined by years of experience and education directly related to the position and the Human Resources Division's Recruiting Guidelines.  In the case of a promotional opportunity, the salary provisions of the applicable collective bargaining agreement will apply to placement within the salary range.

    Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring Guidelines. Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website.

    Please attach a resume when applying for this position.

    QUALIFICATIONS
    This requisition will remain open until filled; however, first consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days (10/03/17).

    Applicants must have at least (A) five years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional, administrative, supervisory or managerial experience in business administration, business management, public administration, financial management, or professional experience in a particular specialty (i.e. scientific, professional, or technical),  and (B) of which three years must have been in a supervisory or managerial capacity, or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.
    Incumbents may be required to have a current and valid motor vehicle driver's license at a class level specific to assignment.

    Substitutions:

    I. A Bachelor's or higher degree with a major in business administration, business management, public administration, financial management, or degree related directly to the specialty may be substituted for one year of the required (A) experience.

    II. A Graduate or higher degree with a major in business administration, business management, public administration, financial management, or degree related directly to the specialty may be substituted for two years of the required (A) experience.

    An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

    If you have Diversity, Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity questions or need a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact Diversity Officer / ADA Coordinator: Nancy DePaul - 617-573-1255

    HOW TO APPLY
    Create profile and apply online at https://massanf.taleo.net/careersection/ex/jobdetail.ftl?job=170005JM

  • 19 Sep 2017 9:02 PM | Anonymous

    PRINCIPAL PLANNER.  Part-time (up to 18 hours per week). Bachelor's or Master's degree in planning or related field.  Significant experience required in community and economic development, report writing and delivery, and public presentation.  Experience in other planning disciplines a plus.  For more info see job description at http://www.mrpc.org/  .   Range - Up to $28.29/per hour.  Salary based on education and relevant experience. Position is open until filled.  Send cover letter and resume to mrpc@mrpc.org<mailto:mrpc@mrpc.org> or MRPC, 464 Abbott Avenue, Leominster, MA  01453 no later than 9/29/2017.  Candidates must have valid driver's license and/or the ability to arrange transportation to meetings in different parts of the region.  MRPC is AA/EEO.

    Thanks,

    John Hume
    Montachusett Regional Planning Commission

  • 19 Sep 2017 12:52 PM | Anonymous


    The City of Taunton, on behalf of the GATHC, is seeking separately sealed
    price and non-price (technical) proposals from qualified consulting
    professionals to complete an AFH for the 14 communities that comprise the
    GATHC.  The AFH will need to be submitted to the Department of Housing and
    Urban Development (HUD) in August of 2018.  Candidates must be familiar with
    regulations and requirements related to HUD's Affirmatively Furthering Fair
    Housing (AFFH) Rule.  A Request for Proposal (RFP) package may be obtained
    beginning September 18, 2017 by calling Janine Peccini, Program Manager,
    City of Taunton, at (508)821-1030 or e-mailing jpeccini@taunton-ma.gov
    <mailto:jpeccini@taunton-ma.gov> .

  • 16 Sep 2017 3:15 PM | Anonymous

    The City of Brockton is looking a Conservation Agent/Planner to join our
    team.  And I stress the word Planner in the job title.  In addition to
    managing the contract with the peer review consultant, wetland
    identification and typical site inspections, this position has additional
    planning duties.   These include implementing our new Urban Agriculture
    Plan, overseeing the Farmers Market and providing supervision of the Market
    Manager, preparing and executing PARC grant redevelopment projects, just to
    name a few.  There is a world of opportunity here in Brockton.  The link to
    the job description/announcement is
    http://www.brockton.ma.us/Information/Jobs.aspx

    Rob May, CEcD
    Director of Planning and Economic Development
    City of Brockton
    45 School Street
    Brockton, MA 02301
    508-580-7113
    rmay@cobma.us

  • 08 Sep 2017 4:27 PM | Leonardi Aray (Administrator)

    Free education and opportunities to earn AICP CM credits at your desk.

    ACRP  Free!  Register  https://webinar.mytrb.org/Webinars/Details/1104

    1.    Thursday, September 14, 2017, from 2:00PM to 3:30PM  (1.5 CM credits)

    TRB Webinar: Understanding Stormwater Management Requirements for Airports

    Research from the Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP)'s Research Report 169: Clean Water Act Requirements for Airports, Research Report 174: Green Stormwater Infrastructure - Volume 1: Primer, and Research Report 174: Green Stormwater Infrastructure - Volume 2: Guidebook.

    This webinar will discuss the research that may help airport environmental practitioners understand the environmental regulations and permitting programs that apply to airports' management of stormwater and other types of water resources.

    Register at.

    Webinar Presenters

    Dean Mericas, Mead & Hunt

    Jeffrey Longsworth, Barnes & Thornburg

    Jim Jolley, The Cadmus Group, Inc.

    Moderated by: Jennifer Fuller, Division of Aviation, North Carolina Department of Transportation

    Register  https://webinar.mytrb.org/Webinars/Details/1104

     

    From 1000 Friends of Florida   Free! -- Register Now!

    2.    Wednesday, September 20, 2017, Noon to 1:30 p.m. (1.5 CM credits)
    Character Towns:  Positioning Small Cities and Towns for the New Economy 

    Orlando LEED-certified planner and author Bill Kercher will share his observations on what makes a "character town" - a small city or town with friendly and inviting neighborhoods and an engaging business community both of which support a sociable and civil society; a society that is proud of its home town, protective of its heritage and committed to its well-being.  Using Florida communities as examples, Kercher will discuss essential attributes of character towns and provide action strategies to transform Florida's cities into livable and economically vibrant communities of the 21st century.  This event has been approved for 1.5 AICP CM Credits for planners (#9132937).  

     

    3.    Wednesday, October 18, 2017, Noon to 1:30 p.m. (1.5 CM credits)

    Implementing Florida 2070:  Successful Local Conservation Ballot Measures in Florida
    The Trust for Public Land’s Will Abberger and Pegeen Hanrahan will share proven strategies to assist Florida communities with the design and passage of local ballot measures to generate new public funds for parks and land conservation.  The TPL Conservation Finance program has helped pass 26 local ballot measures in Florida, creating over $1 billion in new funding for conservation. In 2016 alone, TPL helped win voter approval for all three conservation measures on the ballot: a ½-cent sales tax in Brevard County for Indian River Lagoon restoration, a ½-cent sales tax in Alachua County for Gainesville city parks and Alachua Forever, and continuation of Lee County’s Conservation 2020 program.   The goal of the webinar is to share how local governments and community groups in Florida can help fund the conservation of important local and regional natural lands to support Florida’s greenways and trails networks, the Florida Wildlife Corridor, and other park and conservation initiatives.  This event has been approved for 1.5 AICP CM Credits for planners (#9132938) and 1 CEC for Certified Floodplain Managers. 


    Thanks to Kathleen McCabe at McCabe Enterprises for the 1000 Friends listing.  


Contact: Leonardi Aray, President | MAConsultingPlanners@gmail.com
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