Are you passionate about shaping Montgomery County for the 21st century by having a broad impact on the built environment while advocating for Design Excellence? If so, the Montgomery County Planning Department is where you want to be! We are currently seeking a Planner II with an Urban Design/Architecture background who is interested in Urban Design, Design Guidelines, and Community Planning. This position is a 6-month contract. Flexible work hours are available up to 37.5 hours a week.

Why Join Us?
The Montgomery County Planning Department of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) enjoys a national reputation for excellence in planning and serves a culturally diverse population of over one million people on the border of Washington, DC. As Maryland’s most populous county, Montgomery County continues to attract an increasingly diverse and technologically savvy population. We at Montgomery Planning create great communities by developing master plans, reviewing applications for development, and analyzing various information to help public officials plan for and improve our current and future generations’ quality of life. To learn more about who we are and what we do, we encourage you to watch this brief video: Link and visit our website at www.montgomeryplanning.org

We believe that diversity in all dimensions of the organization support and bolster the innovative thinking essential to its success. We do not make hiring decisions on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, political affiliation, ideology, or status as a Veteran. We will do what we can to provide reasonable accommodations 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.

Examples of Important Duties 

Assisting with the creation of the Silver Spring Downtown and Adjacent Communities Plan Design Guidelines and the editing of the Silver Spring Streetscape Standards.
Editing maps and other graphics for the final Silver Spring Downtown and Adjacent Communities Plan
Supporting community engagement for the revisions to the Streetscape Standards and Design Guidelines
Assisting with other Silver Spring plan tasks as needed
Assisting with other DownCounty efforts as needed
Participating in DownCounty group meetings and events

Helpful Skills and Software Proficiency: Strong graphic and basic 3D modeling skills, a team player who enjoys collaborating with others, responds well to feedback, and guidance from colleagues; proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite including, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Sketchup, GIS, MS Office Suite (Word, PPT, Excel).

Minimum Qualifications 

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.

Supplemental Information

Classification/Specification- Planner II Term-Contract

Along with the application, applicants must attach a design portfolio or work samples that demonstrate relevant experience or interest. Attachments should be in PDF. Note: The maximum file size to upload at a time is 10 MB.

About Us: M-NCPPC offers excellent benefits and competitive salaries. We are conveniently located in downtown Wheaton, MD and easily accessible to Wheaton Metro Station and several bus lines. Transit subsidies are available. Learn about our new LEED Platinum-rated headquarters building here!

The Montgomery County Planning Department values the safety of our staff and our community. To that end, we have required all our employees to be vaccinated (with limited exemptions for religious and medical reasons) while following all COVID-19 protocols.

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.

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Montgomery County Planning Department

As Montgomery County continues to attract an increasingly diverse, technologically savvy, well-educated population, the Montgomery County Planning Department focuses its skills and talents to bring high-quality design in both form and function to all areas, from central business districts to rural villages.

The Department aims to improve quality of life by conserving and enhancing the natural and built environment for current and future generations. The Planning Department creates great communities by developing master plans, reviewing applications for development and analyzing various types of information to help public officials plan for Montgomery County’s future. Each community within Montgomery County has a master plan that creates a comprehensive view of land use trends and future development. 

The 140-member Planning Department brings regulatory cases, master plans, functional plans and many other initiatives to the Montgomery County Planning Board.