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Lancaster County Planning Department Seeking a Senior Planner

Job Position


Senior Planner



We’re looking for motivated, out-of-the-box thinkers to join a department dedicated to making Lancaster County, Pennsylvania a better place to live, work, and visit. At the Lancaster County Planning Department, we emphasize teamwork in all that we do. We build on the strengths of our staff to create a positive work environment and help the community plan for the future.

The work of our department is guided by the county comprehensive plan, places2040. We’re proud of this plan, which emphasizes a countywide and regional approach we call “thinking beyond boundaries.” Senior Planners serve as salespeople for this way of thinking, whether they’re providing technical assistance or facilitating cooperation among our partners.

Senior Planners work externally to promote best practices in planning and consistency with county plans and policies. Internally, they manage projects, organize meetings, give presentations, and coordinate key tasks associated with the department’s plans and programs. They also guide planners and support staff in research, data collection & analysis, records maintenance, and meeting preparation.

Some Senior Planner positions focus on functional areas of planning such as comprehensive planning, growth management, land use, transportation, environment, heritage conservation, placemaking, planning education, civic engagement, and data analysis. Other positions focus on particular regions of the county. Our regional planners serve as the department’s liaison to these regions, and in this role, they foster regional initiatives and review local plans and ordinances for consistency with county plans.

The Lancaster County Planning Department is located in the heart of downtown Lancaster, Pennsylvania, a diverse city of 60,000 residents with walkable neighborhoods, a lively restaurant scene, and numerous arts and cultural venues. As a whole, Lancaster County has a population of 550,000, world-class farmland and natural areas, and distinctive small towns.



Minimum qualifications for this position are a master’s degree from an accredited college or university in planning or a related field and 3 years of varied and complex experience in planning; or a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in planning or a related field and 5 years of varied and complex experience in planning; or any equivalent combination of education, experience, and training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform this job.

How to Apply 


For a complete job description – and to apply for this position – please visit “Employment Opportunities” on our website, Job IDs 3640 & 3641, or visit the Lancaster County Human Resources Office at 150 N. Queen St., Ste. 312, Lancaster, PA 17603. EOE.