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Burns & McDonnell Staff Land Use Planner - Environmental Services (Baltimore, MD) in Baltimore, Maryland


The Staff Land Use Planner will work with the Land Use and Public Involvement teams on land use projects of considerable size, scope and complexity, including utility, residential and commercial development. For these projects, the Staff Land Use Planner will work with both internal and external team members, including subcontractors assigned to the project. This coordination includes project engineers to obtain information necessary for application development. This position will also work directly with the Public Involvement team on large scale programmatic and smaller scale projects to respond to the public, coordinate and facilitate public/community meetings. This position will establish and maintain effective working relationships with key individuals at clients, governmental agencies, organizations, and the public. This position will assist with the development of proposals to prospective clients for project opportunities and meeting with prospective clients to discuss company capabilities. The Staff Land Use Planner will be a primary contact for clients, local government staff and elected officials, and will regularly present before Boards and Commissions. This position is responsible for being a specialist in the area of Land Use Planning. The Staff Land Use Planner will help provide leadership, guidance, instruction and technical advice to less experienced staff members, as well as other duties as assigned.

Examples of Duties:

  • Serve as the primary contact for the client

  • Write clear, concise, logical, complex and technical reports

  • Regularly Interface with the public at public hearings

  • Regularly correspond and coordinate with internal and external project stakeholders

  • Work with the land use team on various projects, including utility projects, renewables projects, industrial projects, master planning, and local government coordination

  • Help senior staff with proposals for prospective projects

  • Coordinate with key staff at Governmental agencies and elected officials

  • Present applications before the public, local Boards and Commissions, as well as community associations

  • Coordinate and direct engineers to develop application materials for projects

  • Other duties, as assigned


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning or a directly related field from an accredited university.

  • A minimum of 4 years of progressive land-use planning experience at a utility, private consulting firm, or governmental agency or office, including successful management of land use projects.

  • Previous experience providing oral or expert witness testimony before a public utilities commission preferred.

  • Must have extensive knowledge of local, state, and federal land use regulation, ordinances, statutes, and procedures as well as an understanding of the legal basis for land use planning, zoning, subdivision, environmental management, and land development.

  • This position requires the highest level of competence and experience working with and presenting to local, state or federal governmental boards or commissions.

  • Must have experience presenting at public hearings and in front of community groups.

  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills and be extremely proficient and comfortable with public speaking.

  • Requires strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • This position requires an individual capable of applying intensive and diversified knowledge of principles and practices to broad areas of assignments.

  • Must be capable of devising new approaches to problems encountered.

  • Valid driver's license required. In addition, must meet standards to qualify for and maintain the Company's vehicle driving privileges as outlined in the Company's Motor Vehicle Safety Policy.


Job Land Use/Acquisition

Primary Location US-MD-Baltimore

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

Req ID: 224212