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Are you passionate about increasing forest cover and planting trees in your community? If so, the Montgomery County Planning Department is where you want to be! We are currently seeking a Forest Conservation Planner II to focus on managing the tree planting programs of Reforest Montgomery. The position will be within the Intake & Regulatory Coordination Division and will coordinate all tree planting programs of Reforest Montgomery, including the free tree program, native tree discount program, and large caliper transplant program. These programs are currently funded by the department’s Forest Conservation Fund (fee-in-lieu) and will be coordinated on both private and public land.
Montgomery County Planning Department is part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC). For 95 years, M-NCPPC has had a national reputation for excellence in planning, and today serves a culturally diverse population of over one million people on the border of Washington, D.C. in Montgomery County. We provide county-wide planning functions including long range planning, as well as reviews of development applications in diverse built environments of downtown urban districts, suburban communities, and agricultural areas. We have pioneered nationally modeled programs in agricultural preservation, inclusionary housing, and transit-oriented design. To learn more about who we are and what we do, we encourage you to watch this brief video here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-t5iTmLNFg&t=1s) and visit our website at http://www.montgomeryplanning.org
We value the safety of our staff and our community. To that end, we have required all our employees to be vaccinated while following all COVID-19 protocols. Person(s) hired for this position must provide proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (with limited religious or medical exceptions.)
The goal of all Reforest Montgomery programs is to increase the amount of forest cover and tree canopy in Montgomery County, Maryland. The Forest Conservation Planner II position will work closely with the forest conservation programs team to review applications from private landowners, coordinate with the Montgomery County Parks Department, manage contractors, identify new planting locations, seek agreement from private landowners, create program materials, and track data on tree planting efforts carried out through the program.
In addition, the Forest Conservation Planner II may work with the forest conservation programs team to create new maps, GIS layers, materials, documents, or presentations related to the department’s other forest conservation programs and initiatives, which could include updating the Montgomery County Forest Conservation law and related documents, research projects, data tracking and analysis, managing the annual budget for the Forest Conservation Fund, and the Forest Mitigation Bank program.
Examples of Important Duties Including but not limited to:
- Serve as the primary contact and manager of the Reforest Montgomery free tree program, including managing applications, meeting with property owners to discuss tree planting locations, developing planting plans, entering program data in a timely manner, coordinating with contractors, processing purchase orders and invoices, and conducting inspections to ensure trees are planted appropriately.
- Serve as the primary contact and manager of the Reforest Montgomery native tree discount program, including coordinating with nursery managers as needed, ensuring coupons are processed for reimbursement, onboarding new nurseries, and entering program data in a timely manner.
- Serve as the primary contact and manager of the Reforest Montgomery large caliper transplant program on M-NCPPC parkland, including fielding community requests, coordinating with the Montgomery County Parks Department’s Pope Farm and park managers to identify appropriate large tree planting locations on County parks, selecting native species, processing purchase orders and invoices, and entering program data in a timely manner.
- Recommend improvements to the above programs based on field observations and experience.
- Use ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online applications to update and analyze GIS data, identify planting locations, and create public and internal maps to support the Planning Department’s forest conservation efforts.
- Conduct relevant research studies as requested to answer big-picture questions, improve programs, or solve issues that arise.
- Compile and provide staff reports and presentations on the department’s forest conservation and tree planting programs for the Planning Board and community groups as needed.
- Learn the County’s Forest Conservation Law, regulations, guidelines, and procedures and their application to various land use decisions, including determining appropriate tree planting locations.
- Respond to inquiries from people within and outside M-NCPPC, including colleagues, residents, property representatives, developers, and contractors who may have questions about planting trees within the county or relevant laws and procedures.
- Generally assist as needed with the department’s current and future forest conservation programs, which could include conducting field work, creating planting plans, meeting with property owners/managers and contractors, tracking program information, and developing content for outreach and communications.
- Other duties as assigned, possibly including analyzing data for reporting purposes; assisting with the Planning Department’s other environmental planning efforts or work related to amending environmental laws, regulations, and technical documents; working with program partners to coordinate volunteer efforts; creating presentations; and/or presenting on the department’s programs.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Planning, Geography, Architecture, Parks and Recreation, Transportation, Urban Design, Engineering, Environmental Science, Public Policy, Economics or any related field.
- Two (2) years of progressively responsible professional level planning experience or specific area of assignment such as transportation planning, environmental planning or urban planning.
- An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted, which together total six (6) years.
- Valid driver’s license (depending on area of assignment) in accordance with both State and Commission rules and regulations. Driver’s license must be unencumbered by restrictions, revocations, suspensions, or points that could limit the employee’s ability to drive Commission vehicles or perform driving duties required by the position of assignment.
In addition to the minimum qualifications, the following qualifications are a plus!
- A Bachelor’s degree in planning, landscape architecture, forestry, parks and recreation, sustainability, conservation biology, environmental science, statistical analysis, public policy, or equivalent discipline.
- Outstanding analytical capabilities, knowledge of research techniques and statistical analysis, experience using ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Pro, and excellent communication and coordination skills.
- Two (2) years of work experience, at least one (1) year of which is relevant experience managing a similar environmental/tree or forest planting program.
- An understanding of tree selection and planting techniques and have a strong interest in increasing forest and tree cover in Montgomery County, MD.
- Demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills, and the ability to work directly with residents, colleagues, contractors, and community leaders.
Class/Specification: Planner II
Please note: Field work during normal business hours is required. Also, this position may require attendance at occasional evening meetings or weekend events.
The M-NCPPC offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits, generous leave plans, an employee pension plan, and a deferred compensation plan. Positions may qualify for public service student loan forgiveness. Montgomery Planning is conveniently located minutes from Washington, DC in downtown Wheaton, MD next to the Wheaton Metro Station, several bus lines, and bikeshare. A commuter stipend is available. Telework opportunities (up to two days a week) and tuition assistance are also available. We work in the only LEED Platinum-rated government building in the state of Maryland. Check it out here!
The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate a workplace culture of diversity, equity and inclusion without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, gender identity, or any other non-merit factor. We will do what we can to provide reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us at 301-495-4525 to request accommodation.
The salary range listed above represents the earning potential for this position. Salary is commensurate with experience. This position is eligible for a sign-on bonus (external candidates only).