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Assistant/Associate Environmental Planner

Cowlitz County
Kelso, WA
United States

This position processes applications for land use permits and performs or assists in a wide variety of technical and administrative tasks in the administration of the current and established environmental land use planning regulations and procedures. Review land use proposals and administer land management plans as they relate to critical areas, environmental impacts and protection under local, state and federal law and regulations. Apply applicable laws and ordinances including, but not limited to, Shoreline Management Act, State Environmental Policy Act, Critical Areas Ordinance, Floodplain Management Ordinance, Special Use Ordinance and other environmental regulations. 

Benefits Information:
Cowlitz County offers a generous benefits package which includes:

  • Medical/Dental/Vision  (includes dependent coverage)
  • VEBA/Health Retirement Account for those who qualify
  • Retirement through Washington State Public Employees Retirement System
  • Life Insurance 
  • Deferred Compensation plans available (457b)
  • Vacation, Bonus and Leave Days Paid
  • 10 Paid Holidays
  • Reasonable work hours

The County
Cowlitz County is a great place to live and work.  Located along the Columbia River less than an hour from the Cascade Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Cowlitz County provides an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities and easy access to the Arts.  The I-5 corridor runs right through Cowlitz County providing quick access to the Vancouver, Washington and Portland, Oregon metropolitan areas. 



  1. Bachelor's degree in environmental science, environmental planning, natural resource planning or related environmental field.
  2. Possess and maintain a valid driver's license.


  1. Bachelor's degree in environmental science, environmental planning, natural resource planning or related environmental field plus two (2) years of experience in the administration of environmental land use regulations, or a combination of graduate school course work in planning and experience in administration of environmental land use regulations equaling two (2) years.
  2. Possess and maintain a valid driver's license.

Required Skills and Abilities:

  1. Knowledge of environmental planning and regulations. Familiarity with principles and practices of land use planning, zoning administration, and subdivision design and development.
  2. Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills to courteously deal with the public and others requiring services. Clearly and effectively interpret and explain processes, codes, and ordinances to the public or those unfamiliar with planning issues.
  3. Excellent oral and written communication skills, in a professional business-like manner. Able to prepare or assist prepare group and single-person audience presentations.
  4. Work in a cooperative, collaborative atmosphere. Ability to handle a diverse workload and multiple deadlines in an ever-changing political and legal environment. Perform work in a multi-task work environment. Prioritize and organize projects to achieve excellent outcomes.
  5. Work under strict deadline requirements, and handle applicant pressure or disgruntled public.
  6. Able to analyze and interpret topographic maps, aerial photographs, plan drawings and specifications. Produce clear and legible presentation drawing, charts, and graphs.


Published on:
August 2, 2019 - 3:15pm
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