Environmental/Resiliency Planner – CMRPC

The Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission (CMRPC) seeks candidates for the full-time (37.5 hours/week) position of Environmental/Resiliency Planner within the agency’s Regional Collaboration and Community Planning Department.  The successful applicant will work with a variety of community planning and development projects but will be focused on environmental projects such as Open Space and Recreation Plans, Climate Resiliency Plans, Hazard Mitigation Plans, and Trails Planning. The successful candidate will thrive in a dynamic, interdisciplinary, and innovative environment with an opportunity for growth.


CMRPC is the Regional Planning Agency (RPA) serving the people who live and work in southern Worcester, the Blackstone Valley and Central Massachusetts.  Our mission is to improve the quality of life for those who live and work in the region. We work toward sound municipal management, sustainable land use, protection of natural resources, efficient and affordable transportation, a diverse housing stock, public safety, economic development, an informed public, and equity and opportunity among people of all backgrounds.  CMRPC’s office includes approximately 35 full-time employees located in the Worcester Central Business District in a transit-accessible and bike-friendly office, LEED certified building.  Free parking is provided in the attached garage. For further detail on CMRPC please visit www.cmrpc.org

Typical Duties

This is a writing and speaking-intensive position in which the Associate Planner will draft planning documents, zoning bylaws, scopes of services, and grant applications.  Additionally, this position requires the ability to compile and analyze a wide variety of data, to communicate (in writing and in person) in public settings and to facilitate and coordinate public outreach activities. The successful applicant will be a key part of our Regional Collaboration and Community Planning team and will also take part in various local and regional planning efforts.

Specific duties will include:

  • Contributing to the development of Open Space and Recreation Plans; Climate Resilience Plans, Hazard Mitigation Plans, and other community-focused plans;
  • Writing of such plans including contextual data collection, research, analysis, community engagement, meeting facilitation, and goal, objective and action strategy articulation.
  • Assisting in the development of a Regional Trail plan.
  • Resource development related to topical efforts to benefit the region and its communities.
  • Working with local officials to identify community development needs and opportunities and short-term strategies to address them;
  • Working with communities to align zoning bylaws with environmentally sustainability and climate resilience.
  • Meeting coordination including conducting, identifying appropriate facilities, registration of attendees, and other logistics;
  • Development of community engagement tools such as online surveys;
  • Providing limited assistance with contract and grant administration. This position would likely involve working with towns to assemble and execute contracts, developing text for reports, etc.
  • Contributing to project or organization social media platforms, websites, newsletters, and informational booklets;
  • Assisting with other duties as assigned


Master’s degree in community and/or urban planning, public policy, public administration, environmental science, natural resource management, or similar with a minimum of two (2) years of relevant work experience.  Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree may be considered with sufficient relevant work experience.

The successful applicant will demonstrate all or most of the following skills:

  • Strong writing and speaking skills with the ability to tailor messages to specific audiences in a variety of settings;
  • A professional demeanor and a positive “can do” attitude;
  • A task-oriented work ethic and excellent attention to detail;
  • Ability to analyze and solve problems independently in a resourceful and innovative manner;
  • Ability to proactively set priorities and multi-task without compromising attention to detail;
  • Excellent time management skills;
  • Understanding of multi-step processes and how to work within them in a team environment;
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines while not being afraid to ask questions;
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills, particularly Outlook, Excel, and Word;
  • Basic working capability with Geographic Information Services (GIS) and Data Analytical skills are preferred;
  • Ability to create develop social media messages in multiple platforms to engage community;
  • Problem solving skills, ability to research, and ability to learn new software are required.
  • Excellent verbal communications skills, including the ability to make presentations, work with state and local officials to address specific transportation problems, and facilitate discussions at committee meetings.
  • Inter-personal skills to work with other members of a planning team, including developing consensus on solutions, facilitating public participation, and implementing action plans.

Supplemental Information

This is a full-time position with an excellent state employee benefits package. Starting salary will range from $35,000 to $57,000 depending on qualifications and experience. This position is exempt under the guidelines of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

Resume and letter of interest should be emailed to:  tsettles@cmrpc.org. Trish Settles, RCCP Program Manager, 1 Mercantile Street, Suite 520, Worcester, MA 01608.   Priority will be given to applications received on or before February 5, 2019.  This position is open until filled. Candidates must have legal authorization to work in the USA and a valid driver’s license and/or the ability to arrange transportation to meetings in different parts of the region.

Due to Covid-19 precautions in office work and in-person meetings are strictly constrained and are expected to remain so until conditions improve substantially. Candidates must have the computing capacity and means to work remotely 100% of the time. Candidates should own a home computer with sufficient connectivity to reliably access our network remotely and to “attend” remote meetings with video and audio.

CMRPC is an EOE/AA employer. CMRPC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, or disability in employment or the provision of services. CMRPC takes pride in the diversity of its workforce and encourages all qualified persons to apply.