Senior Planner

Douglas County Government

Minden, NV United States

Douglas County has a population of 50,000 and is nestled at the foothills of the sierras. We are 20 minutes east of beautiful Lake Tahoe and one hour south of Reno, "The Biggest Little City in the World"!  


Salary $75,920.00- $113,880.00 annually, generous benefits program including state retirement plan (PERS), health, dental, vision, and life insurance, no state tax, paid annual vacation and sick leave.


The Senior Planner is responsible for performing complex professional planning duties related to the administration of the County’s development regulations; acts as lead on projects/teams.


  • Provides direction, training and work review to professional and/or technical staff on a project or day to day basis; organizes and assigns work, sets priorities, and follows-up to ensure coordination and completion of assigned work.
  • Receives and processes applications for variances, rezoning, specific plan amendments, subdivision maps, annexations, use permits, and related zoning/planning and regulation items.
  • Interprets, explains and enforces provisions of County codes, applicable laws and regulations, and other policies and standards to potential applicants and the public.
  • Reviews construction plans for conformity to codes and regulations; processes routine plans and applications, variances, and use permits.
  • Monitors status of development applications from acceptance to issuance of final permit.
  • Conducts research studies and prepares reports and recommendations regarding planning and zoning related issues.
  • Researches and reviews plans for ordinance regulations; provides specific information to engineers, architects, contractors, developers, property owners, etc. regarding codes, regulations and procedures.
  • Prepares a variety of written communications, including analytical reports, correspondence; directs the preparation of graphic materials.
  • Develops and provides oral and graphic presentations or prepares materials for presentation to Boards and commissions and community groups.
  • May provide work direction and instruction to technical or office support staff; may assist in instructing less experienced professional staff.
  • Coordinates efforts with County Planning Office, regional government agencies, community groups, State and federal agencies; attends public meetings and presents information on planning related issues.
  • Researches and interprets laws, regulations, and pertinent information related to planning activities. 
  • Contributes to the efficiency and effectiveness of the unit's service to its customers by offering suggestions and directing or participating as an active member of a work team.
  • Represents the County with dignity, integrity, and a spirit of cooperation in all relationships with staff and the public.

Minimum Requirements: 

Bachelor’s degree in planning, or a closely related field; AND four (4) years of professional planning related experience; OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.


APPLY NOT LATER THAN: Monday, February 7, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. APPLY AT:, Phone 775-782-9860. Resumes only accepted with on line application.  EOE/ADA.

Experience Level
Mid II (4-8 years)
AICP Level
Land Use and Development Regulation and Zoning
Salary Range
$67,038.40 - $100,588.80