Human Resources

Planner Trainee

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS:  The Trainee level is used to recruit to the professional planning field, college graduates who lack a Master's degree in planning, or experience in planning, but who have a career interest in the field.  Trainees acquire on-the-job training while performing duties of a limited professional nature, under close and continuing supervision.  Trainee appointments are made from an Eligible List, and are for a one-year period, at the conclusion of which an incumbent may be appointed as Planner without further examination.  Does related work as required.

Assists in collection and analysis of data and preparation of periodic and special reports on land use and other planning problems or projects;
Prepares simple technical presentations;
Complies and abstracts materials for use in connection with census statistics and population reports;
Attends on-the-job and special training sessions, and studies appropriate materials related to the field of planning for increasing knowledge of profession;
Collects, tabulates and analyses a variety of factual information;
Accompanies superiors to conferences with other government officials and business and civic groups;
Performs miscellaneous office work and maintains records;

The above examples of duties are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES, AND/OR PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS:  Good knowledge of the techniques of verbal and quantitative reporting; basic knowledge of principles and procedures of research, survey and mathematical analysis; basic knowledge of community and regional planning; ability to communicate and deal effectively with others; initiative; tact and courtesy.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations ma be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms.  The employee is required to walk, talk and hear.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  Graduation from high school or possession of an appropriate equivalency diploma recognized by the NYS Department of Education

Graduation from a recognized college or university, with a Bachelor's degree in Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Engineering, Sociology, Economics, Geography, Government, Public Administration, Political Science, Environmental Studies or other similarly related field.