Job Posting

Assistant Planner

Company / Agency

City of Sun Valley
Sun Valley,

Position Closes

Fri, June 15th 2018

Experience Level

Entry (0-1 Years)


Not Required

Salary Range

$47,500 - $64,000

Job Description

The City of Sun Valley is seeking to hire an Assistant Planner who will assist primarily with current planning duties. These responsibilities may include assisting with current development application review; reviewing and processing land use applications; coordinating application review among the respective City departments; conducting field investigations; preparing staff comments, findings and recommendations on development applications; presenting applications at public meetings; maintaining files, records and minutes; and conducting research as may be required from time to time. The Assistant Planner will respond to public inquiries and assist other City departments by providing planning information as requested. The City updated its Comprehensive Plan in 2015 and, as a result, there will be less long-term planning duties for the Assistant Planner at this time. On occasion, the Assistant Planner may assist with implementation of the Comprehensive Plan action items by researching and developing information, strategies, analyses and recommendations.

ABOUT SUN VALLEY: Sun Valley, located in the Wood River Valley of central Idaho, is a special place where the breathtaking natural environment blends seamlessly with valuable residential development and a four-season resort to produce a small mountain community of exceptional beauty offering residents a high quality of life. Sun Valley enjoys a pleasant mountain desert climate. With an average humidity of only 30%, and 15 inches of precipitation per year, the northern latitude creates long days with 15 hours of sunshine in the summer giving the resort community its well-deserved name.  Summer temperatures average 78 degrees with the average winter temperature at 23 degrees. Snowfall averages 112 inches, annually. In addition to world class alpine skiing, the surrounding region provides some of the world’s finest Nordic ski trails, single track and road biking routes, mountain climbing, hiking, and pristine river and lake fishing. The arts are unusually cosmopolitan for Sun Valley’s resort guests and residents with a summer symphony, dance, film festival, concerts, lectures and opera as just part of the list of cultural offerings. Sun Valley’s population of 1,406 residents (2010 United States census) live in a variety of single-family homes and condominiums.  Of the 2,610 housing units within Sun Valley, 614, or about 23.5%, were identified as occupied with the remaining housing units identified as second homes and seasonal or recreational rentals.

REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:  A Bachelor’s degree in land use planning, geography, architecture, public administration or a related field. One year of experience in conducting research and analyzing issues related to land use planning, reviewing maps and development plans, speaking in public and using presentation skills or any equivalent combination of education and experience which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the above duties or any. A Master’s degree in land use planning or a related field may be substituted for the one year of required planning experience.

TO APPLY:  Please submit letter of interest, resume, completed City application with Veteran’s Preference Form, writing sample, and a confidential list of references to or City Administrator, City of Sun Valley, P.O. Box 416, Sun Valley, ID 83353. Position open until filled; first review Monday, June 11, 2018. City application and Veteran’s Preference Form may be found at The City of Sun Valley is an Equal Opportunity Employer; preference will be given to qualified veterans.


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