Planning Department
$45,571 – $54,041
DATED: June 21, 2022


DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS: This position performs office and field assignments in connection with County’s Planning and Solid Waste departments. Duties include, but are not limited to county transportation, hazardous mitigation, agriculture/farmland preservation, GIS, census data, 911 addressing, recycling, solid waste management, and miscellaneous topics of local land use law and process. Related duties as required.



  • Assists municipal boards, the general public and others to apply planning and land use principals and
  • Assists with the County’s solid waste and recycling program;
  • Assists with the County’s 911 addressing program;
  • Prepares maps for in-house agencies and local planning boards when requested;
  • Assists in collection, tabulation and analysis of data as it relates to County Planning and Solid Waste;
  • Prepares reports necessary for the administration of the county transportation, solid waste and recycling
  • Performs miscellaneous office work and maintains records of planning, solid waste and recycling unit activities;
  • Develops comprehensive land use plans by researching and analyzing data such as land use regulations,
    design controls, historic preservation, environmental laws and any other pertinent information in the
    development and review of land use plans;
  • Assists with answering questions and providing resources to local municipalities;
  • Assists with local land use reviews under General Municipal Law 239;
  • Acts as a lead on planning projects by coordinating and directing activities such as data collection and
    analysis, and project implementation;
  • Prepares and provides oversight of the preparation of a variety of planning statistics, graphs, plans, designs,
    charts, records and reports;
  • Plans and conducts field studies and surveys to collect demographic and other related planning data;
  • Collects, tabulates, and analyzes data for use in connection with census statistics and population reports;
  • Collects information and prepares documents for planning boards, site plan reviews, and community and
    economic development activities;
  • Coordinates grant and county-funded activities with other departments and agencies by participating in
    meetings with department heads to discuss and evaluate the needs of their department;
  • Participates in studies involving research, investigation, and analysis of sociological, economic, and
    environmental factors related to planning;
  • Develops plans for large scale proposals involving landscape and architectural design aspects for a county;
  • May attend and participate in informational meetings and conferences with municipal officials providing
    technical assistance and guidance with respect to planning projects and design;
  • Related duties as required.


FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: Knowledge of the principles of land use planning; comprehensive plans and land use regulations; City, County, State and Federal laws, codes and regulations
pertaining to community planning; Knowledge of the sociological, economic, environmental, engineering, designs and research factors in problems involved in community planning; Knowledge of computer hardware and software
programs which may include Microsoft Office, Excel, Internet applications and GIS; Knowledge of relevant


  • Graduation from a recognized college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Planning, Geography,
    Environmental Science, Geology, Public Administration or related field and one (1) year of experience or its part-time
    equivalent in municipal, community or regional planning; OR
  • Graduation from a recognized college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree AND two (2) years of experience or
    its part-time equivalent in municipal, community or regional planning; OR
  • An equivalent combination of training and experience.



Applications are available at the Otsego County Personnel/Civil Service Department, 183 Main Street, Cooperstown, NY 13326 or online at