The fundamental reason this class exists is to research and analyze technical data in the field of city planning. The Planner I is an entry-level, professional planner classification. Assignments may be made in the broad areas of land use, transportation, economic development, housing, community renewal, public facilities, environmental management, and master planning for the Downtown/Riverfront area, as well as, other specific planning studies. Major responsibilities include assisting higher level professional planners in conducting studies and preparing plans and strategies, interfacing with the public and performing a variety of administrative tasks. Planner Is work in the Planning and Development Department under the direct supervision of higher level professional planners. Planner Is typically receive specific assignments and assisting in determining data requirements, developing a work program, performing research and analysis, and preparing a final report. Work programs and objectives are developed with the aid and approval set forth by the supervisor; however, Planner Is must exercise initiative and judgment in carrying out these programs. The Planner I position is distinguished from the Planner II classification by the latter's responsibility for handling more complex planning assignments requiring a fully proficient planner's expertise.
Bachelor's Degree from a university or college with major course work in Urban and Regional Planning, City Planning, Transportation Engineering, Geography, or a similar field, or equivalent combination of education and experience.