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19 Jul 2022

Full-Time Planner I or II

Town of Vail – Posted by kwashburn Vail, Colorado, United States

Job Description

Planner I or II

Planner I – $63,036 – $88,250 DOE

Planner II – $71,232 – $99,725 DOE

The Town of Vail is now recruiting a Planner to join our Community Development Department. Since its incorporation in 1966, Vail has earned the distinction as North America’s Premier International Mountain Resort Community. With more open space than any other community of its kind, free transit and other environmentally-sensitive services, plus an abundance of recreational, cultural and educational opportunities, Vail has become not only a great place to visit, but an even better place to live and work. With a large number of development review applications and new development activity this is undoubtedly an exciting time to be part of the Town of Vail planning team.

We are looking for a self-motivated, dedicated individual with an exceptional work ethic who has demonstrated abilities in handling multiple projects and a heavy workload to join our high-performing team. The selected candidate shall be customer-service oriented with a positive attitude, and will primarily perform current planning duties in development review.

Specific responsibilities include: Responding to zoning and development questions; reviewing and analyzing development and architectural plans for compliance with all Town of Vail development standards and guidelines; providing professional counsel and expertise to applicants, the public, and decision-making boards; offering solutions to planning issues; writing technical reports, performing complex research, and making presentations to decision-making boards. The Town is seeking a Planner I, or Planner II (depending on qualifications) for this position.


For recent information about our community please visit our website  and read our Year In Review (2021)

The ideal candidate for this position must have excellent communications skills (both oral and written), an ability to accurately read and interpret architectural plans, a working knowledge of urban planning/design principles and the demonstrated ability to apply this knowledge within the development review process, development review project management, code enforcement/compliance, excellent facilitation and problem-solving skills, a commitment to providing extraordinary service to our customers, and be able to perform at a high level in a value-based and team-oriented environment.

Education, Experience & Certificates:

  • Bachelors Degree in Land Use/Urban Planning, City Planning, Urban Design or a closely related field and a minimum of 6 months of practical experience (internships will be given due consideration) required; or an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
  • A Masters Degree in Urban Planning, City Planning, Urban Design or a closely related field is preferred.

Vail, which is centrally located in the Rocky Mountains, offers easy access to Denver (100 miles to the east) and is surrounded by the White River National Forest, offering world class outdoor activities in summer and winter (skiing, snowboarding, hiking, biking, white water, golf, etc.).  Vail has become not only a great place to visit, but an even better place to live. 


When asked, most of our employees say that working for the Town of Vail feels like family.  Our values-based culture is nurtured by the employees’ strong desire to foster teamwork, take ownership in Vail’s future and an overall pride for serving their community.  Let’s not forget that our efforts not only benefit the community but also allow us to enjoy the spectacular amenities and culture in the Vail Valley which we call home! To find out more about our community, please visit our website and click on Vail Information.


Year-Round Benefits


The Town of Vail offers an excellent benefits and compensation package to our Full-time employees. This includes health and dental coverage, town-funded retirement, 457 pre-tax savings plan, life/survivor insurance, tennis pass, golf pass and other ski pass/wellness benefits.


What’s more, the town offers many other benefits to help employees make Vail their “home” including employee housing options, home buyer/renter assistance programs, day care assistance, education reimbursements, professional development opportunities and much, much more.

he Town of Vail is an Equal Opportunity Employer

We believe diversity makes us stronger!

The Town of Vail provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetics information, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other status protected by law or regulation.  We do this not only because its the law but because it is the right thing to do.  It is our intention that all qualified employees and applicants are given equal opportunity and that selection decisions be based on job-related factors.

How to Apply

Please apply using the following link to our jobs page: Town of Vail > DEPARTMENTS > HUMAN RESOURCES > Employment > Planner I in Vail, Colorado | Careers at Town of Vail ( Applicants - Cover Letters are encouraged!

Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: City Planning, land use planning, Redevelopment, Rocky Mountains, Ski, urban design, urban planning, Vail Colorado, and Zoning. Salaries: 60,000 - 80,000.

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