Planning and Zoning Intern

Application Deadline: 2023-01-29
Job Type: County
Job Description:

The purpose of the Planning and Zoning Intern is to provide assistance for planning and zoning activities on behalf of Sauk County, such as recreation and natural resource planning; short and long range planning; intergovernmental cooperation; special projects; and related work as assigned.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

• Assist in performing and coordinating the responsibilities of the Land Resources and Environment Department, specifically for Planning and Zoning.

• Research and evaluate cost effectiveness and make recommendations/consultation on priorities for planning projects and other projects assigned to the department.

• Provide liaison support between the county and other units of government and the public.

• Organize, conduct, and attend meetings with government officials, public and private agencies, citizen groups and other groups as appropriate to discuss and explain plans.

• Provide assistance for short and long range planning, land use, comprehensive planning, and farmland preservation programs.

• Prepare written reports and makes oral presentations for appropriate committee or department review, revision, and policy determinations.

• Conduct research and analysis and compile data of information related to special projects or studies.

• Prepare studies and reports on projects and recommend implementation methods to appropriate department staff or committee.

Additional Duties and Responsibilities

• Assist with meeting facilitation.

• Perform other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

• Plan, organize, and carry out complex research projects.

• Analyze results of research and to present reports effectively in oral, written, and graphic form.

• Effectively communicate orally and in writing.

• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with fellow employees, members of various committees and agencies, elected officials, and the public and ability to work closely with government agencies and community groups.

• Accept challenges and assigned tasks and work independently to accomplish assigned tasks.

• Adapt to changing circumstances and present information from varied perspectives.

• Facilitate discussions at public meetings and attend meetings independently.

• Calculating algebraic and trigonometric formulas and equation data, and interpreting basic statistical reports.

• Computer skills, such as word processing and spreadsheets

• Standard office practices and procedures.

• Theory, practices, and procedures of planning including research, standard sources, and methods of obtaining information relative to planning programs and projects.

• Planning, land use and farmland preservation.

• Principles and practices of government organization and administration.

• Compare, count, differentiate, measure, sort, classify, compute, tabulate, and/or categorize data and/or information.

• Assemble, copy, record, and transcribe data and/or information.

• Analyze data and information using established criteria to define consequences, consider, and select alternatives.

• Apply functional and situational reasoning by exercising judgement, decisiveness, and creativity in everyday routine and non-routine situations.

• Use fine and gross motor skills to perform tasks such as operating survey equipment, motor vehicle, photocopier, drafting equipment, measuring devices, and a computer keyboard.

• Exert effort in moderate to light work, such as lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, stooping, crouching, crawling, climbing, balancing, and standing for long periods of time.

• Recognize and identify degrees of similarity and differences between characteristics of colors, forms, sounds, odors, textures, etc. associated with objects, materials, and ingredients.


• To work the allocated hours of the position, including evenings.

• Occasionally unsafe and uncomfortable with respect to temperature variations, odors, toxic agents, wetness, and dust.

Required Working Hours

Standard working hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 am until 4:30 pm. Please note these hours are subject to change and additional hours may be needed or required. Compensation for additional hours beyond normal working hours are subject to applicable state and federal regulations.

Education and Experience Requirements

Required: Must be in the process of obtaining a graduate, undergraduate, or associate’s degree in Land Use Planning, or another related field

Licenses/Certifications: Valid Wisconsin State Motor Vehicle License

Preferred: Junior or senior level undergraduate student, or graduate student
Background in planning or community development

Any combination of education and experience that provides equivalent knowledge, skills and abilities may be considered.

Deadline Note: