Opening Date: January 25, 2023
Closing: Open Until Filled
Review Date: February 8, 2023
Hourly Wage: Planner Associate- $28.53 – $32.28; Senior Planner – $34.11 – $38.60

Medical, Dental, and Vis. Insurance ~ Basic Life Insurance and AD&D ~ Washington PERS ~ Optional Deferred Compensation Plans ~ 12 Paid Holidays ~ 2 Paid Personal Holidays ~ 12 Vacation Days ~ 96 Hours of Sick Leave

(Full position description is available at Human Resources. Contact information below).
Under general supervision of the Planning Manager, planners generally assist the public on permitting, land use, and regulatory issues as well as review and process building and land use permits. Position levels are distinguished in a job series of professional planners performing complex or sensitive job duties with levels of supervision ranging from high to minimal.


  • Provide assistance to public on permitting, land use, and regulatory issues.
  • Research and analyze regulations for development, construction and land use issues.
  • Review and process building permits and other ministerial and administrative decisions.
  • Review and/or process special reports prepared as part of the permit process.
  • Review, process, and prepare or assist in the preparation of staff reports for quasi-judicial permits.
  • Prepare and present permit information to Hearing Examiner.
  • Perform site visits and investigate complaints. Assist, coordinate and/or staff advisory commissions, committees, or boards and presents reports and recommendations to them.
  • Present information at public hearings and other public forums.
  • Perform as subject matter expert, advise other planners, and represent department before administrative and judicial bodies.
  • Create procedures and/or draft ordinances for consideration in areas of expertise.
  • Assist senior planning staff with complex cases and with planning projects or programs by gathering and analyzing data, assisting in the preparation of reports and other documents, and providing recommendations.
  • Maintain accurate and updated information on permit tracking data base systems.

Any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the job. A typical was to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Planner Associate:

  • A bachelor’s degree in planning, architecture, environmental or natural science or other closely related field.
  • Experience working in a planning department for a city or county in Washington State preferred.

Senior Planner:

  • A bachelor’s degree in planning, architecture, environmental or natural science or other closely related field.
  • A Master’s degree in planning or closely related field preferred.
  • AICP certification preferred.
  • Five Years’ Experience as a Planner Associate.

Knowledge of: Planning principles, codes, regulations and procedures related to the planning process.

Ability to: Communicate effectively with the public, co-workers, supervisors, and other professionals. Ability to use a computer, software packages and mainframe database systems. Perform duties accurately and timely. Manage competing duties and occasionally heavy workloads. Record data accurately and consistently. Interpret and apply codes and regulations. Work within established guidelines with limited supervision. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees in the department and other county departments. Read and interpret maps and legal descriptions.

Applicants are required to submit a Mason County Application to the Human Resources Department –

The completed application may include additional pages of employment history using the application format, and a resume may be attached. The completed application will be used as the primary document to determine if minimum qualifications are met for this recruitment. Misrepresentation, incomplete, or inaccurate entries may be the cause of application rejection, removal from the employment list, or discharge from county service. Applicants will be screened based upon education and experience, and the top candidates will be scheduled for interviews. Selection factors will include demonstrated knowledge and abilities for the particular position. Only those candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted. Please read the reverse side for additional information. This selection process may be subject to change.

Return Applications to: -or-
Mason County Human Resources
Mailing Address – 411 North 5th Street, Shelton, WA 98584
Physical Address – 423 North 5th Street, Shelton, WA 98584
Phone-(360) 427-9670 X 290

Application Instructions
Carefully read the posting and note the minimum qualifications and the selection process. Please indicate all relevant education and experience on the application. A County application is always required and is utilized as the primary document to determine if the applicant meets the minimum qualifications. Resumes can be included as a supplement but cannot be used in lieu of completing the application. Applications must be entirely completed, and “see resume” will not be acceptable. Applicants applying for more than one position must complete a separate application for each position. Applications must be signed and dated, and returned to the Human Resources Department on or before the closing date.

Completed applications should be submitted via regular mail to: Mason County Human Resources, 411 North Fifth Street, Shelton, WA 98584, Dropped off at our Human Resources Building #9 – 423 N 5th Street, Shelton, WA 98584, E-mailed:

Mailed applications must be postmarked no later than the closing date. Applicants should keep a copy of their completed application and any supplemental pages.

Applicant Qualifications – All candidates must meet minimum requirements. Often, the most competitive applicants will possess qualifications far exceeding the required minimum. If a large number of applications are received, only the most qualified applicants will be involved in the selection process.

Authorization to Work – Successful candidates must present documentation proving authorization to work in the United States (as required by federal law).

Work Environment – Mason County maintains a drug-free work environment and prohibits smoking in all County buildings.

“At-will” Positions – Some positions are considered “at-will” or at the pleasure of the employer. Therefore, the County does not need to establish “just cause” or “cause” to terminate the employment relationship. Selection to at-will position does not create or constitute an employment contract or agreement.

Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity – Mason County is an equal opportunity employer, committed to fair employment practices and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, color, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, marital status, genetic information, veteran’s status, disability, or any other bias prohibited by federal, state or local law.

Accommodation – Applicants with a disability requiring accommodation during the selection process should notify the Human Resources Department at (360) 427-9670 Ext. 290.

Health Insurance – Regular full-time employees and their qualifying dependents are eligible for medical, dental, vision, and life insurance coverage. Some regular part-time employees may receive the same coverage. Employees may partially contribute premiums depending upon the type of coverage selected.

Paid Leave – Sick leave, holidays, and vacation are provided in accordance with the County policy or union contracts. Vacation accrual rates increase at regular intervals based on length of service with the County.

Retirement Plan – All regular Mason County employees are enrolled in the Washington State Public Employee’s Retirement System (PERS, PSERS or LEOFF). The County and employees contribute jointly to the plans.

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