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Lackawanna County Seeking Planning Intern

The Planning Internship is designed to provide students of planning and related fields guidance and training in the many disciplines of planning, including land use, transportation, environmental and Geographic Information Systems. The intern will review subdivision and land development plans, and other land use regulation related to land use planning, assist with developing transportation planning, and work with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) use in the planning process, and field work regarding data collection.

Job Training Duties:

  • Community, economic, environmental and transportation impacts of land use decisions; land use considerations in issues of a different functional nature or separate
  • Specialized technical assistance to the general public, other staff elements, County agencies, and local governments in land use planning and other related functions which require similar
  • Review of subdivision and land development applications, review applications to amend municipal zoning and subdivision/land development ordinances and review of Act 67 and 68 applications.
  • Working with subdividers and developers, their agents, engineers, surveyors, lawyers, and lending institutions, providing site plan design advice where needed, to achieve voluntary compliance with applicable laws and regulations, to upgrade the quality of development, and to accomplish orderly and effective use of land.
  • Working with municipal officials to maintain and develop a strong subdivision/land development partnership; including municipal training, municipal comments on subdivision and land development applications including consistency with municipal zoning and other ordinances, and feedback about SLDO regulations and administration.
  • Providing administrative support and research assistance to the Regional Planning Manager and the department to facilitate the planning process.
  • Providing assistance to the GIS Coordinator in the development and production of map products.
  • Providing assistance to the Transportation Planning Manager in data collection and transportation planning and work with consultants in developing multi-modal transportation plans.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Successful completion of at least six (6) semesters towards a bachelor’s degree in planning or a related field.
  • Must possess the ability to learn: laws underlying comprehensive plans, zoning, and subdivision and land development regulations; interpret and utilize current literature, information sources and research techniques in the field of urban, transportation and environmental planning; basic land use plan checking activities; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; read maps, topography and planimetric, surveys, engineering cross-sections and profiles, aerial photos and any plan or drawings pertinent to evaluation of proposed subdivisions and land developments is
  • Ability to analysis data and data sets to prepare transportation, environmental and other planning documents and white papers.
  • Proficient in the use of laptop/tablet/other mobile computing equipment.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and familiarity with GIS programs.
  • Valid Driver’s License and accessibility to a vehicle


  • This position requires travel in the area for field work, meetings and training sessions.
  • Some minor lifting of equipment (under twenty pounds) may be required.

This Planning Internship Summary is not intended to be a formal description or a complete list of responsibilities/qualifications but rather a summary of key factors.

This is a paid internship, rate negotiable.

To Apply, Send Resumes To:
Lackawanna County Administration Building
123 Wyoming Avenue, 5th Floor
Scranton, PA  18503