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City of Boise Assistant Planner Historic Preservation in Boise, Idaho

Assistant Planner Historic Preservation

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Assistant Planner Historic Preservation


$48,500.00 - $55,000.00 Annually


Boise, ID

Job Type

Full Time Regular


PDS Admin

Job Number



7/1/2021 5:00 PM Mountain

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Summary Statement

The City of Boise's Department of Planning and Development Services (PDS) has an excellent opportunity for talented and experienced professional Historic Preservation Planners to join our team. If you share our passion for preserving Boise, consider joining our Historic Preservation team ( !

Reviews and issues decisions on permits for historic preservation and design review regarding over-the-counter historic preservation permits, substandard lot, minor exterior commercial changes, and other administrative review topics. Supports senior planning staff with research related to historic preservation and design review. Assists the public on planning and zoning, historic preservation, and design review questions and application procedures. Work is performed under general direction and reviewed for quality of research, analysis, and recommendations.

Please include a current resume and cover letter to be considered for this vacancy.

Essential Functions

Researches, reviews, and issues decisions for administrative level applications, as well as review of zoning certificates for design review including canopies, awnings, site work, landscape modifications, and minor exterior changes to commercial and industrial structures. (50%)

Performs background research related to land use, zoning, and previous entitlement history. Conducts general parcel research through archived city records, GIS systems, subdivision plats, Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, design guidelines and assessor’s records. (25%)

Assists the front desk planners with customer service by interpreting zoning regulations, City Code processes and procedures, approving walk in building permits, etc. Conducts general parcel research through the archived city records, GIS system, subdivision plats and Assessor’s records. (15%)

Reviews building plans to ensure compliance with zoning requirements. Researches plat approval and zoning requirements, including previous entitlements, setbacks, height, parking and location within floodplain or foothills. (10%)

Performs other duties as assigned. Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this position at any time. Total Percentage = 100%


Required Knowledge, Experience, And Training

Bachelor’s degree in Planning, History, Urban Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, or related field, and one year of experience conducting research and analyzing problems and issues related to urban planning and land-use controls, or an equivalent combination of experience and/or education.

Intermediate knowledge of theory, principles, standards and practices of professional urban planning and/or architecture; application of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties, application of land use, physical and environment design, ecological science and zoning theory and practices to the planning process; pertinent ordinances, codes and regulations; current literature and developments in planning; research methodology as applied to the collection and analysis of planning data; terminology, symbols, methods, techniques and instruments used in planning.

Working knowledge of methods and techniques of citizen involvement as they apply to planning processes; research techniques and report writing; computer operations including word processing, spreadsheets, database and related software applications.

Ability to understand, interpret, explain and apply federal, state and local law, regulations, policies, procedures and standards; interpret graphic information such as blueprints, layouts, maps, plans and specifications, graphs and statistical data; research, analyze and summarize planning data both manually and with computer programs; work effectively with others and deliver courteous, responsive, effective customer service related to planning issues; speak clearly and concisely, communicate technical information through graphic presentations and written correspondence; explain various codes pertaining to the development and subdivision of land, signs, annexations and general plans; deal with difficult people, angry citizens and upset applicants and resolve their issues within the confines of laws, rules, policies and processes; exercise sound judgment and reach appropriate conclusions within established policies and guidelines; display an attitude of cooperation and work harmoniously with all levels of City employees, the general public and other organizations; communicate effectively in the English language at a level necessary for efficient job performance; complete assignments in a timely fashion; understand and comply with all rules, policies and regulations; maintain regular attendance; perform all essential and marginal functions as assigned by an authorized employee, supervisor and/or manager with or without a reasonable accommodation.

Preferred Knowledge, Experience, And Training

Bachelor's degree and four years of experience in architecture, professional planning, urban design, historic preservation, or similar field. Experience in the public sector, knowledge of state statutes and planning case law are preferred. Possession of American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Certification is advantageous.

Special Requirements

Applicants must be able to pass:

City of Boise background check processes includes a criminal history check and reference checks in accordance with the City of Boise Hiring Process Regulation.

Working Conditions

The physical effort characteristics and working environment described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Efforts

While performing the duties of this job the employee is rarely lifting/carrying up to 10 pounds. Also, the employee is rarely pushing/pulling up to 10 pounds. Work includes the sensory ability to talk and hear. Work in this position also includes close vision. Employees will reach and grasp. Position requires hand/finger dexterity.

Working Environment

The work environment will include inside conditions and outdoor weather conditions.

Top talent deserves top notch benefits. The City is among the best in the Treasure Valley when it comes to the benefits and perks we offer our employees.

Most positions are eligible for the general benefits listed here; fire fighters, police officers, senior managers, command staff, and directors may be offered other benefit plans.

Healthcare : ZERO premium medical coverage for you and your family!

  • Low cost dental and vision options.

  • Post-employment health savings account.

Retirement and Investment Plans

  • PERSI retirement benefits

  • 401(k) or 457b investment options with employer match.

WellBeing Program

  • Up to $500 cash per year for participants.

  • Alternative transportation incentives.

Paid Leave – City employees receive generous paid leave:

  • 8 hours of vacation per month, and this increases the longer you stay with the City

  • 10 paid holidays every year

  • 8 hours of sick leave per month

  • Six weeks Parental Leave

Life & Long Term Disability-

  • Basic Life insurance at no cost to you

  • Long Term Disability insurance at no cost to you

Other optional benefits –

  • Pre-tax Flexible Spending Accounts

  • Supplemental Life Insurance

  • Supplemental Disability Insurance

  • Tuition reimbursement

  • Free Boise GreenBike membership

  • Free local bus pass

  • Corporate discount programs


  • Employee Assistance Program for short-term counseling on work, family, finances, and personal issues.