Arborist / Planner II

Athens Clarke County Unified Government
Athens, GA

The purpose of this job is to research and prepare information related to planning functions within the Planning Department. Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, reviewing of site plans, reviewing and recording of minor subdivision plats, administering development related ordinances and regulations, writing and reviewing reports, reviewing plans, assisting and directing developers, approving permits, and performing additional tasks as assigned.

Duties specific to Arborist include responsibility for monitoring community tree canopy cover and evaluating related plans that accompany or are a part of site plans, preliminary plats, and building permits to ensure compliance with all Athens-Clarke County codes related to any development activity that involves trees. The primary responsibilities of the Athens-Clarke County Arborist include, but are not limited to: the review of tree canopy cover plans during the weekly site plan and preliminary plat review process to ensure compliance with the Community Tree Ordinance and the Development Code (“tree regulations”); development site inspections; monitoring for compliance; and, developing and conducting tree related educational programs.

The following duties are normal for this job. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Develops and maintains various databases of information needed to support ongoing or project-specific analysis.
  • Prepares zoning verification correspondence and answers public inquiries regarding zoning and subdivision issues as assigned.
  • Administers the Unified Government’s zoning ordinance and other development-related regulations; conducts research on various issues related to zoning or development regulations as assigned.
  • Provides instruction and direction to the general public and department visitors; receives, responds to, or forwards departmental, governmental, or public correspondence by phone, mail, message, etc.
  • Review and processes Manufactured Home Permits, Home Occupation Permits, Alcohol License Applications, and Building Permits as assigned.
  • Attends various training workshops, conferences, and committee and public meetings which may require meeting at night or overnight travel; records minutes of meetings as assigned.

Bachelor’s degree in urban/regional planning, forestry, landscape architecture, architecture, transportation, or related field with two years of professional work related experience required; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for the job.

Must possess a valid driver’s license.

Salary & Benefits
$42,933.00 Annually
Full range of benefits including health, dental, vision, life and disability as well as deferred compensation plans, a robust wellness program, and organizational development.

How to Apply
You must apply online. Emailed resumes will not be evaluated. Resumes may be attached to the electronic application but not in lieu of completing it.