The town of Ashburnham is seeking applicants for a part-time, 18 hours per week position of Town Planner.

Ashburnham is a rural community of less than 7,000 residents located in North Central Worcester County. The town is governed by a three-person Select Board and a Town Administrator. Home to Cushing Academy, a historic village center and a vibrant arts community, Ashburnham is aggressively pursuing grants in support of economic development and infrastructure improvements. Ashburnham is noted for its eight lake communities as well as its abundance of open space and hiking trails.

The Town Planner will provide professional management, support, and coordination to the Planning Board, and the Zoning Board of Appeals. The position should understand potential land use concepts, ideas, and plans, providing professional, management, and technical work. The Planner will be familiar with zoning and local bylaws, site plan reviews, growth management, and state statutes. The Town Planner should understand short- and long-range planning and land use principles, as well as demonstrate proficiency in grant writing and applications. Applicants must have the ability to communicate clearly in oral, written, and graphic form; work independently; interpret technical data, engineering maps and plans; work cooperatively with members of municipal boards/commissions; and deal professionally with government agencies, along with project applicants and their attorneys/engineers/consultants, as well as the public. Assistance in revising existing municipal bylaws and/or the preparation of new bylaws will be an important Town Planner task, as well as the identification, review, preparation, and administration of government and other grant source applications and relevant forms. The position requires the Town Planner to attend regular meetings of the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals as well as perform site visits as required.

Preferred Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in urban/regional planning or a related field preferred, however, applicants with a combination of comparable academic and two plus years’ work experience will be strongly considered. A valid Massachusetts Class D Motor Vehicle Operator’s License is required. This is a part-time position, 18 hours/week, with a starting salary range of $30 – $34.50. Pay is dependent on qualifications.

Application Deadline: Qualified applicants should send a letter of intent, resume, and three professional references to the Town Administrator, 32 Main St., Ashburnham, MA 01430 or email to the Executive Assistant MCalandrella@Ashburnham-MA.gov

Applications accepted until position is filled. Ashburnham is an EOE.

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