DSD - Assistant Planner Compliance Ambassador

Date Posted:

Monday, May 20, 2024


Development Services Department


Starting $23, DOE plus comprehensive benefits


Full Time, 40 hours M-F, Non-Exempt


Open until filled

Position Objectives:

Garden City is seeking an Assistant Planner. The position is for a planner; however, code education and enforcement duties are an essential function of the position. The position’s primary focus is to be an ambassador for the city and create a positive environment to achieve code compliance in Garden City. The position performs plan reviews of simple to moderately complex applications for compliance with building and development ordinances, plans, as well as stipulations approved by administrative bodies. This position also conducts municipal ordinance inspections and investigations, issues citations for violations, and assists in the remedy of violations. In addition to day-to-day customer service, permit processing, and assisting in department operations, the position may conduct public outreach or create programs to reduce violations or their impacts on Garden City. The position may also assist with a variety of Development Service long-range plans, and projects, including, but not limited to, work in urban design, community sustainability, floodplain management, and other department functions. Duties may be performed within a defined latitude for independent judgment with internal controls for accuracy and compliance under the management of the direct supervisor, the Development Services Director. The principal duties of this class are performed in both a general office environment and an outdoor environment that may include exposure to adverse weather conditions.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The description of duties is intended to present a descriptive list and range of duties performed by employees in this position. The list is not intended to be comprehensive of all duties performed within the job.

• Provide public assistance and outreach related to applicable laws, ordinances, codes, and policies.

• Review and process applications for compliance with City ordinances and other applicable regulations.

• Provide and interpret applicable laws, ordinances, codes, policies, and evidence to the public, coworkers, other departments, decision-makers, and in a court of law.

• Analyze, and determine code compliance, violations, and grandfather rights.

• Generate effective, accurate, and professional written and oral reports and outreach materials.

• Present in a public setting, such as in front of the Planning and Zoning Commission or City Council.

• Prepare and maintain records in a manner consistent with approved Department file management processes.

• Sets priorities, ensures timely processing of applications and projects, including public noticing, correspondence, and drafting presentations, and written reports.

• Perform self-initiated patrol consisting of code enforcement violations and other relevant code enforcement activities.

• Interact with parties involved in code violations or code violation complaints.

• Conduct preliminary and follow-up investigations, inspections, and field evaluations.

• Contact, cooperate, and coordinate with other staff, departments, agencies, and governing bodies in matters relating to public relations, investigations, and prosecution.

• Refer charges for review and prosecution to the city attorney's office.

• Maintain, clean, and care for City-issued equipment and vehicles.

• Create and administer programs to reduce code violations and impacts of violations to Garden City.

• May aid with Garden City Code, Comprehensive Plan, and master planning updates, projects, and procedures.

• Performs special projects, studies, and research as directed; including performing portions of work of higher classified positions as assigned or performing duties of similar complexity in other divisions or departments as assigned.

• Perform all work duties and activities in accordance with City policies, procedures, and safety practices.

Desirable Training and Experience:

• High school diploma or GED equivalent is required and a bachelor’s or master’s degree or certification in urban planning, criminal justice, public administration, or related field is preferred; and • One (1) year of experience in city planning, criminal justice, business administration, or a similar field is required; and • Valid driver’s license. • Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge and abilities necessary to perform the work.

More Information:

Please submit a letter of interest, resume, and a Garden City Employment Application to:

Susanna Smith
Administrative Assistant
City of Garden City
6015 Glenwood Street
Garden City ID 83714

or email to:
ssmith@gardencityidaho.org and to kchampion@gardencityidaho.org