Seeking qualified applicants for an Assistant Conservation Agent (Planning Analyst) within the Office of Economic Development’s Planning & Regulatory Services Division. The Assistant Conservation Agent is responsible for providing professional and technical assistance and administrative and customer service support primarily to the Worcester Conservation Commission. The position will support the Conservation Planner/Agent in protecting Worcester’s natural resources through administration and enforcement of the Wetlands Protection Ordinance and Regulations, the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act and regulations, as well as management of over 850 acres of conservation land. Responsibilities include reviewing and managing projects and applications, coordinating board meetings, conducting development review, preparing legal notices, agendas, and meeting minutes, issuing decisions as well as conducting inspections and investigating complaints.
Bilingual and multilingual applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Knowledge of the principles and practices of environmental planning Ability to establish and maintain excellent working relationships with diverse populations, organizations, and interests Excellent organizational, interpersonal, problem-solving skills Excellent verbal and written communication skills Self-starter who can work well both independently and in team environments. Computer proficiency and proficient in Microsoft Office Suite & Adobe Acrobat Proficiency with GIS mapping and analysis Ability to quickly learn new software and data management tools Strong database management skills Proficiency with records research methodology and searching records through use of online databases Detail-oriented, enthusiastic, and flexible Ability to work independently and as part of a team Ability to take initiative to solve problems and identify opportunities for process improvement or streamlining work Ability to prepare reports Ability to assist in preparing legal notices Ability to communicate clearly and diplomatically in oral, written, and graphic form Ability to maintain confidentiality Ability to read and interpret maps and complex information Ability to work in a faced-paced environment and consistently meet tight deadlines Knowledge and experience providing excellent customer service Ability to address questions and customer concerns via telephone, email, and in-person, in a consistently professional and courteous manner Strong organizational, written, oral communication skills Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills Ability to develop and maintain productive interpersonal relationships and work collaboratively across professional and departmental boundaries within and between organizations MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, ecology, biology, environmental policy, planning, civil engineering, or other related field OR Two (2) years of full-time or four (4) years of part-time experience in environmental science or policy, permitting, planning, or related role Proficient with computers, including proficiency in Adobe Acrobat and Microsoft Office Suite Excellent communication skills