Job Opportunities: Planner – Development Services 1 year Limited Duration Planning Department


Salary Range:  $5,220 – $6,869 per month.

Starting salary is $5,220 – $6,351 (depending upon qualifications), plus full benefits package.

*This position is subject to conversion to a regular employment pending City Council budget approval in June 2018.

The City of Hillsboro’s Planning Department is looking for a one year limited duration, urban planner in its Development Services Division.  As a Development Services Planner, you will get hands on experience in a variety of land use responsibilities including:

  • Reviewing development projects for residential, industrial, commercial uses that can range greatly in scale and size
  • Implementing the City’s updated Comprehensive Plan through development review
  • Researching and processing land use development applications, permit applications, plans, amendments, variances and related documents
  • Community Development Code administration
  • Presenting at public hearings and community meetings

Skills you’ll bring to the table

  • Creative and innovative thinking
  • Exceptional customer service
  • Project coordination
  • Basic understanding of state, regional and local planning structure, processes and codes
  • Knowledge of landscaping design and installation principles

Preferred Skills

  • Landscape plan preparation or review and/or experience in inspecting the installation of landscape materials
  • Ability to fluently speak and write both English and Spanish

General Statement of Duties

The principal function of an employee in this class is to perform entry and journey level professional routine current planning work. Responsibilities include reviewing, researching and processing planning and development applications, plans, amendments, variances, and related documents; conferring with other divisions, applicants and external agencies to resolve project issues; interpreting and communicating codes, laws and regulations, ensuring compliance with applicable standards; providing support and giving presentations to the community and governing groups; preparing code amendments; preparing drawings, plans, studies, reports, and other related documents.

Acceptable Experience and Training

Bachelor’s degree in Regional Planning, Urban Design, Landscape Architecture, Geography or related field and, as assigned, up to two years of municipal planning related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

Preference will be given to candidates with professional experience in landscape plan preparation or review and/or experience in inspecting the installation of landscape materials.  Preference will also be given to candidates who are bi-lingual and able to speak and write both English and Spanish.


Depending on assignment, some positions may require:

  • Valid Driver’s License and safe driving record.

To Apply

Please visit our website to apply online through our link. For an alternative to our online application system you may download and print an application packet.

Employment applications must be completed online or returned by mail, fax or in person by the closing deadline of the position.  Applications received after the filing deadline, by email, or without a resume and supplemental questions will not be considered. Resumes will not substitute for the employment application.  Applications may be submitted by fax to meet the application deadline.

City of Hillsboro
150 E Main Street, Second Floor
Hillsboro, Oregon 97123
503-615-3459 fax

The closing date for this position is 5:00 p.m., Friday, April 20, 2018.  Qualified minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Selection Process
Applications will be evaluated based on experience, training and skills presented in the employment application.  Selected applicants will be invited to an interview approximately two weeks after the closing date.  Criminal and civil record checks and reference checks will be conducted on final candidates.  A pre-employment physical examination and drug screening will also be required for safety-sensitive positions.  All applicants will be notified in writing of the final status of their application.  Employment of persons hired by the City will be contingent upon presentation of acceptable documents verifying identity and employment eligibility in the United States.

All salaries, as stated, are based upon current information and are subject to change.  Please carefully consider the following information before applying.  The 72nd Oregon Legislature created the Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP).  Public employees hired on or after August 29, 2003 become part of OPSRP, unless membership was previously established in PERS.  Employees who are PERS/OPSRP eligible are subject to a mandatory 6% employee contribution.

For employees hired that are not eligible for PERS/OPSRP, once eligibility is established after working six full-calendar months in a qualifying position (at least 600 hours in a calendar year), you will be subject to a mandatory 6% employee contribution to PERS/OPSRP resulting in a decrease in your “take-home” pay.

Our policy states employees will receive a step increase upon successful completion of a one year probationary period.  Other step increases occur annually thereafter with at least satisfactory performance until the top of the range is reached.  In addition to step increases, cost of living adjustments are considered by City Council on an annual basis.  Again, salary amounts and our compensation policy, as stated, are based upon current information and are subject to change.

Bi-lingual Fluency Program
Employees who can demonstrate the ability to speak both Spanish and English, at a proficiency level determined by a fluency test administered by the City, will receive incentive pay.

The benefits package includes family medical, dental, and vision insurance, VEBA, employee life, accidental death and dismemberment, and long-term disability insurance, retirement (PERS/OPSRP and social security), holidays, vacation, sick leave, voluntary health promotion program, employee assistance program, credit union, and deferred compensation programs.  The current base benefit package employee contribution is $115.00 per month and is subject to change.

Equal Employment Opportunity
The City of Hillsboro is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.  All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, familial status, domestic partnership, national origin, political affiliation, age, genetic information, mental or physical disability, credit history or source of income.  Applicants who feel their civil rights have been violated at any time during the course of their consideration for employment with the City of Hillsboro should contact the Human Resources Department immediately.  Applicants who consider themselves disabled under federal or state law and desire assistance should contact the Human Resources Department.

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