Community Development Planner

Northwest Regional Planning Commission

Spooner, WI United States


Do you want to live and work where you play? Northwest Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (NWRPC) has an immediate opening for a Community Development Planner. Located in one of the most beautiful areas in the Midwest, our region is home to over 5,000 glacial lakes and rivers and 2.5 million acres of public forestlands. With a reputation as a premier tourism and outdoor recreation destination, our region features limitless recreational experiences and attractions, including world-class trails, cultural events and a vast inland sea, Lake Superior. NWRPC is a ten-county multidisciplinary planning agency located in Spooner, Wisconsin, and is responsible for assisting county, city, village, and town governments with economic and community development, housing, transportation, environmental, and comprehensive/regional planning. NWRPC is also an Economic Development District as designated by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration.

This position will serve as a project manager for various planning related projects with the primary responsibilities including:

  • Conducting research, data collection, analysis, and preparing studies and reports on land use, socioeconomic, and general planning topics.
  • Preparing and presenting updates and amendments to county and local government plans.
  • Preparing grant applications and administering grant requirements.
  • Providing assistance to counties, cities, villages, towns, and tribal nations on planning activities engaged by NWRPC.

The successful candidate will have knowledge and experience in contemporary planning principles and methods, research techniques, planning methodology, meeting facilitation, grant writing and report preparation, meeting deadlines, and maintaining product quality while managing multiple projects. The candidate will also have a high degree of political acumen and diplomacy as the position will work with the public and elected and appointed officials. The candidate will have excellent oral and written communication skills, proficiency with Word, Excel, and other Office applications, and the ability to work independently and as a team.

A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in urban & regional planning, geography, or natural resources is preferred, with at least three to five years’ experience in planning or related field. Must possess or be able to obtain a Wisconsin driver’s license. NWRPC has an excellent benefits package that includes health, vision, dental, short- and long-term disability, life insurance, participation in the Wisconsin Retirement System, and paid holidays and vacation.

If interested, send cover letter and resume to Northwest Regional Planning Commission, 1400 S. River Street, Spooner, WI 54801, Attention: Director, or email cover letter and resume to by August 13, 2021.  Go to for information on our organization.  EOE.

Experience Level
Mid I (1-4 years)
AICP Level
Not Required
Comprehensive or Long-Range Planning
Salary Range

Contact Information

Sheldon Johnson
1400 S. River Street
Spooner, WI
United States
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