Land Use Specialist

Application Deadline: 2023-09-29
Job Type: County
Job Description:

Responsible for the enforcement and administration of land use ordinances, regulations, and laws duly adopted within the jurisdiction of the department. This is a public service position. Employees are required to be courteous, cooperative, and respectful at all times with the public and clients. This includes establishing and maintaining courteous, cooperative, and respectful working relationships with other employees, supervisors, and public officials.


Under the supervision and direction of the LUP&Z Director, and relating to the administration and enforcement of general zoning, land division, nonmetallic mining reclamation, and private onsite wastewater treatment systems (POWTS) ordinances, the following duties are illustrative and not all inclusive:

Accepts and reviews land use and sanitary permit applications, conducts inspections and may issue certificates of compliance in accordance with applicable ordinance standards.
Accepts and investigates complaints.
Conducts field inspections.
Issues violation orders when appropriate; maintains contact with alleged violator to effect compliance; issues citations as needed. Appears in court when necessary to represent the County in matters related to ordinance violations.
Conducts field and/or office investigations of matters pertaining to ordinances for zoning, nonmetallic mining reclamation, soil tests, private sewage systems standards and other similar issues to assist in their administration and enforcement.
Conducts the initial contact with applicants for variances, rezoning, and conditional use permits. Reviews requests and inspects the sites.
Prepares staff reports.
Represents the Department at Land Use Planning and Zoning Committee or the Board of Adjustments public hearings.
Evaluates, interprets and enforces ordinances, other laws and regulations related to General Zoning, Land Division, Nonmetallic Mining Reclamation, and POWTS ordinances.
Manages the County’s POWTS Maintenance Program.
Serves as back-up for the administration and enforcement of Shoreland Zoning and Floodplain Zoning ordinances.
Other duties as assigned by the director of the department.


Knowledge of local, state and federal laws, codes, and regulations that pertain to the duties assigned, knowledge of environmental health, and land use laws and principals.
Ability to apply zoning/land use and sanitation codes to individual situations.
Ability to obtain and interpret facts through inspection and investigation
Ability to create accurate and well written reports that will be suitable for public record and as evidence in court actions.
Ability to deal effectively with the public, other agencies, and co-workers.
Proficient with the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Word.
Skill in the use of general office equipment, including, but not limited to: Computer workstation, calculator, drafting tools, measuring tools, digital camera, shovel, soil auger, bit driver, laser level and grade rod, soil trawl, clinometers, telephone, fax machine, or similar machines necessary to perform essential functions.

EDUCATION: A Bachelor’s of Science Degree in related field is required (i.e., Natural

Resources). A Bachelor’s of Science in Soil Science or Wastewater Treatment is preferred.

EXPERIENCE / JOB KNOWLEDGE: Must be certified by the State of Wisconsin as a Soil Tester and POWTS Inspector or be willing to obtain these certifications within six (6) months of hire date. Must have at least three (3) years of working experience in zoning/land use, sanitation, and code enforcement OR any equivalent combination of education, training, and/or experience that provides the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities. Must possess and maintain a valid Wisconsin driver’s license and have access to an insured automobile.


PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Up to 90% of the time is spent talking, hearing, and handling objects; walking, sitting, using far and near vision. Frequent stooping, kneeling, climbing, reaching, lifting and carrying (10 to 50 lbs.); occasional lifting/sliding of 150 pounds is required. Occasional crouching, balancing, bending or twisting, would be required. Other actions may be required in unusual or non-regular situations. The Department reserves the right to assess the medical and physical fitness of each employee’s ability to fully perform the expected duties of the position.

ENVIRONMENTAL DEMANDS: Frequently outdoors and exposed to inclement weather including wet and/or humid, and both cold and hot weather. Indoor office environment including shared office space and/or equipment.

Green Lake County provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Green Lake County complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the Green Lake County has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment.

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Deadline Note: May close early without notice based on applicant pool.