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    Planning Director • City of Cave Springs, AR

    (posted 1.6.2022)

    Summary.  The City of Cave Springs, Arkansas is accepting resumes for a Planning Director. This position reports directly to the mayor and is full time. As sole staff planner, responsibilities involve interaction with the public, guidance for applicants, support for the Planning Commission, and reports for the City Council. Duties include zoning and development review, subdivision review, staff support to the Planning Commission and members of the public. The staff Planning Director also aids in updating or revising zoning, subdivision, signage, and other planning-related regulations.  Pay range for this position is $52,000.00 to $78,000.00 per year. Compensation is commensurate with experience and includes a benefits package with Municipal Health, Vision, Dental and, APERS Retirement Preference may be given to applicants possessing experience in a supervisory capacity or qualifications above the minimum.  A background investigation will be conducted before employment can begin. 

    Minimum Qualifications. 

    • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in Urban Planning, Public Administration, or a related field
    • Three years of progressively responsible planning experience 
    • AICP Certification is preferred 
    • Common Industry software proficiency preferred 
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills 
    • Excellent Customer Service skills 

    For more information or to apply by submitting completed application with resume and salary history, mail/email:

    Mayor Randall J. Noblett (E-MAIL)

    City of Cave Springs

    PO Box 36

    Cave Springs, AR 72718

    Planning Technician • City of Bentonville, AR

    (posted 12.7.2021)

    Summary. Performs a wide variety of technical office and field duties related to current planning and code enforcement, , including development review, staff support to the planning commission, and compiling data for use by the Community and Economic  Development Director in making community development decisions.  Provides general administrative, clerical, and technical support for all the departments.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Reporting relationships, work assignments, and work schedules may be subject to change in order to meet City needs or operational requirements.  Attendance at work and the ability to get along with the public, supervisors, and co-workers are essential elements of this position.  Other duties may be assigned. Knowledge of City regulations and policies for residential, and commercial development.  Prepare staff reports for Planning Commission making findings and conditions of project approval.  Summarizes information from maps, reports, field and file investigations, and books. Makes surveys of traffic flow, parking, educational facilities, zoning, and other conditions which affect planning studies. As required, confers with local authorities, civic leaders, and land planning and development specialists to devise and recommend arrangements of land and physical facilities for residential, commercial, industrial, and community uses. Makes recommendations to the Senior Planner, Planning Services Manager, and Community and Economic Development Director on governmental measures affecting land use, public utilities, community facilities, housing and transportation to control and guide community development and renewal. As required, confers with clients, engineering personnel, and architects on community development projects. As required, inspects construction work in progress to ensure compliance with landscape specifications, to approve quality of materials and work, and to advise Planning Services Manager and construction personnel on landscape features and requirements. As required, reviews project specifications and confers with Planning Services Manager and Engineering Department concerning assistance required such as plan preparation, acceptance testing, evaluation of field conditions, design changes, and reports. As required, inspects construction site to determine conformance of site to design specifications. Under the direction of the Planning Services Manager, reviews and prepares staff reports on development applications. As required, analyzes site plan proposals and recommends modifications and changes. Under the direction of the Current Planning Manager, researches, drafts, and implements land use regulations. Assist with the development of reports and presentations to various boards and commissions. Analyze and develop solutions to planning issues.

    To apply CLICK HERE

    Senior Planner • City of Jonesboro, AR

    (posted 12.2021)

    Description. This position is responsible for helping assist, regulate, and approve planning and development activities for the City. This position will assist Director of Planning in the development and review process; reviews rezoning requests, prepares reports and makes recommendations; proposes and revises ordinances, policies and regulations related to planning. This position will also oversee the redevelopment and neighborhood revitalization program through property acquisition, land banking, project management and land disposal, and performs various other duties.

    Position Requirements.

    • Broad knowledge of such fields as accounting, marketing, business administration, finance, etc. Equivalent to a four year college degree, plus 2 years related experience and/or training, and 12 to 18 months related management experience preferred, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Arkansas Real Estate License preferred.
    • Valid driver’s license
    • American Institute of Certified Planners certification preferred (attainable within two years).
    • A successful background check.

    To apply CLICK HERE

    Planner II • City of Siloam Springs, AR

    (posted 12.28.2021)

      Summary. Under the direction of the Community Development Director, the position is responsible for providing professional planning services within the Planning Division of the Community Development Department. The Planner II performs a variety of complex current and long-range planning functions including development plan review, administration of the City’s Zoning and Subdivision regulations and implementation of the City’s Comprehensive Plan.

      Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following (additional duties may be assigned as needed):


      Current Planning

        • Manage land use applications including, but not limited to, rezoning, site improvement plan, subdivision procedures (preliminary plat, final plat), special use review, lot split, etc.
        • Conduct research, analysis, and interpretation of technical reports, plans and documents for complex land development projects.
        • Prepare and present staff reports to the appropriate hearing entity (Board of Directors, Planning Commission, Board of Adjustments).
        • Review permit applications for compliance.
        • Process variance request.
        • Answer questions and provide information to the public, city staff, engineers, architects, developers and other interested parties regarding the Comprehensive Plan, land use, and zoning codes.


        Long Range Planning

          • Assist in oversight, implementation, and amendments to the City’s Comprehensive Plan.
          • Coordinate and participate in regional planning efforts and or projects.
          • Assist with special projects.


            Qualifications. Knowledge of: 1. Research techniques related to the field of urban planning. 2. Comprehensive planning. 3. Principles and practices of urban planning. 4. Current literature, sources of information and recent developments related to the field of urban planning. 5. Municipal and State land use law. 6. Statistical principles. 7. Architectural styles, history, and design philosophies. 8. Fundamentals of economic development. 9. Current planning related computer software programs including, but not limited to Word, Excel, Access, Power Point, and ArcGIS. Ability to: 1. Interpret and apply policies, procedures, laws, codes, and regulations pertaining to Community Development Department programs and functions. 2. Read and interpret technical plans and reports. 3. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public, City staff, engineers, architects, developers, and other interested parties regarding planning related items. 4. Codify land development regulations. 5. Perform professional planning work with a minimal supervision. 6. Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. 7. Prepare basic planning related maps and graphics. 8. Keep accurate and detailed planning related records and files. 9. Apply mathematical concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations. 10. Make verbal/graphical presentations to the Planning Commission and Board of Directors.


            Miscellaneous Information. Minimum education and/or experience requirements include a bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning or a closely related field and three years of private or public planning experience. A master’s degree may substitute for one year of the required planning experience. Applicants who can provide a combination of education, experience and training that is equivalent to the minimum qualifications will also be considered. Professional certification of the “American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)” is required or must be obtained within two years of the hire date.

            To apply CLICK HERE

            Urban Design Planner • Tulsa Planning Office (Indian Nations Council of Governments (INCOG)

            (posted 11.18.2021)

            The Tulsa Planning Office at INCOG is seeking an Urban Design Planner who is ambitious, hard-working, and creative to join our planning and design team. Our work helps guide future development and capital projects for the City of Tulsa with a focus on improving quality of life for all who spend time in Tulsa. 

            This position requires knowledge of physical design planning practices, including engineering and architecture, urban design, and graphic and modeling software. The successful candidate must have the ability to work collaboratively with a wide array of individuals from various backgrounds; complete planning and design assignments through analysis of complex technical and statistical information; formulate creative planning and design solutions; prepare planning documents and urban design graphics and understand and influence the behavior of others in order to achieve objectives and cause action or understanding. 

            Minimum qualifications include 3 years’ experience in urban design, urban planning, architecture, landscape architecture, or a closely related field. A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in urban design, urban planning, architecture, landscape architecture, or related field is required. Annual salary range starting at $51,875; specific compensation based on qualifications and experience. Comprehensive health and retirement benefits package included. A hybrid (remote work & in-office) work schedule may be available for this position.

            For full details, visit  

            To apply: Please submit a résumé detailing employment history, experience, education, and contact information; a portfolio of work samples demonstrating the experience and skills listed above (the portfolio should be no larger than 10 MB and should be submitted in PDF or website format); and a cover letter that explains why you are interested and qualified for this position to: Personnel Director, INCOG, 2 W 2nd Street, Suite 800, Tulsa OK 74103, or e-mail to

            Planner • City of Centerton, AR

            (posted 10.2021)

            Seeking qualified person with municipal planning experience in review of zoning applications & new development submittals. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office, general clerical & organizational skills, & oral/written communications.

            Job description and application available on request or at

            Competitive wages and great benefits include Health insurance & APERS retirement plan.

            Open until position filled.

            Send application/resume to City of Centerton, Attn: Human Resources at PO Box 208, Centerton, AR 72719 or email

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