Assistant Planner for Community Services

Assistant Planner for Community Services


Assistant Planner for Community Services 


Assistant Director for Community Services


The Assistant Planner provides land conservation planning services for landowners, with emphasis on the cultivation, planning, documentation, preparation, and implementation of resource conservation practices for soil and water quality improvement. 


Works with other Conservancy staff as necessary regarding land conservation, municipal planning, and easement management projects.


  1. Assists with planning, preparation, permitting, bidding, and contracting for the construction of resource conservation and agricultural best management practices designed to improve soil and water quality.
  2. Identifies and cultivates conservation projects in Conservancy priority areas, capitalizing on the Conservancy’s existing relationships with key landowners therein.
  3. Supervises the work of consultants and other assistants to identify, bid and supervise best management practice (BMP) implementation. Coordinates work with conservation planners, engineers, contractors, and others. Reviews consultant work for compliance with the Conservancy’s conservation objectives and funding requirements. Coordinates resource conservation grant budgets, expenses, and funding reporting with the Budget Manager and Development Department.
  4. Prepares reports, project metric data analysis and other requests in compliance with the Delaware River Watershed Initiative.
  5. Assists the Municipal Assistance Program (MAP) in the preparation of comprehensive plans, regulatory ordinances, municipal stormwater technical assistance, and special projects for townships, boroughs, and counties.
  6. Assists and participates in partnerships and collaborations, as assigned, to advance the Conservancy’s mission.
  7. Works with local, state, and federal land conservation program staff to coordinate conservation efforts.
  8. Works with the Budget Manager, Land Conservation and the Easement Management staff, the Conservancy Committee and other Board subcommittees to maintain on-going compliance with national land trust accreditation requirements.
  9. Makes presentations to the Conservancy Committee to obtain approval of proposed projects or grant applications and update the Committee on resource conservation activities.
  10. Participates in Conservancy public relations efforts as needed.  Contributes to Conservancy publications.  Makes presentations to interested groups.
  11. Assists Development Department as needed with the identification of potential funding opportunities, preparation of grant proposals and grant reporting requirements.
  12. Performs other duties as assigned.  


  1. Bachelor’s degree in geography, environmental science, ecology, agronomy, construction management, engineering, land planning, organizational studies, or related field.
  2. 1-3 years’ experience with agricultural or natural resource management, planning and stewarding conservation easements, and/or land planning.
  3. Familiarity with legal documents, maps, conservation plans, conservation easements, and municipal plans.
  4. Ability to effectively manage and coordinate multiple projects simultaneously and to work efficiently under pressure.
  5. Willing to devote such time as required to perform assigned functions.  Usual work hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Occasional night meetings and weekend work. Must be able and comfortable working outdoors in rural natural conditions and construction sites.  Frequent travel within Pennsylvania and Delaware and to other places as necessary.
  6. Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills. Positive and energetic attitude. Strong personal initiative and organizational skills required.
  7. Proficiency with Microsoft Office computer programs, including MS Word, Outlook, Access, and Excel. Familiarity with GIS and GPS preferred.
  8. Must have a means of transportation to and from work and work assignments.  
  9. Must be able to lift and carry 30 lbs.


To apply, please send your resume to Julianne Ruocco at [email protected]

We are an equal opportunity employer and consider all qualified applicants equally without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability status.