Senior Planner - Energy Specialist

Tompkins County Department of Planning and Sustainability
Ithaca, NY
United States
Professional Areas: 
Other topics
Experience Level: 
1-3 years
$54,641 to start; $59,342 after nine months

A Unique Opportunity during a Time of Transformation

Tompkins County, NY is centrally located in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of Upstate New York which has a culturally, economically and civically engaged population of over 100,000 residents.  Home to Cornell University and Ithaca College, Ithaca sits at the southern tip of beautiful Cayuga Lake, in an area surrounded by dramatic gorges and waterfalls.  It has a small-town atmosphere while showcasing the qualities of a larger city through an incredibly diverse and active arts and culture scene. The city is surrounded by a rolling landscape of forests and farms with remarkable views, several vibrant, picturesque villages, and an abundance of outdoor recreational activities.

It is an exciting time for the Department of Planning and Sustainability. Recent retirements and promotions have created career opportunities and served as a catalyst for change and innovation within the Department. The Senior Planner will have an opportunity to work with a remarkable team of motivated professional planners, elected and appointed officials who appreciate the importance of planning, and a civically engaged population. Tompkins County is a community leader in energy planning, renewable energy, and energy efficiency efforts. We are a certified New York State Clean Energy Community and a Climate Smart Community. This position will work with commercial and industrial customers interested in installing renewable energy generation and incorporating energy efficiency in designs for new buildings and major expansion/remodeling projects. The incumbent would engage with business owners and energy managers one-on-one as businesses take steps to incorporate those aspects into their designs, and develop ways to finance those improvements. This position is currently funded through 2020, with the potential to continue that funding after that date.

Apply Today

Applications accepted through February 20, 2018.  A full description of the position and required minimum qualifications and application for employment may be found online. Please visit: To learn more about the Department, visit

Tompkins County is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE), as such, we strive to cultivate an inclusive and diverse workplace; individuals who can contribute to the diversity and inclusivity of our organization and the communities we serve, are particularly of interest and are encouraged to apply.

Published on:
January 29, 2018 - 8:48am
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