Assistant Town Planner – Town of Athol


Reporting to the Director of Planning and Development, the Asst. Town Planner / Grants Administrator is responsible for performing entry-level professional and paraprofessional assignments to provide staff support to the Planning & Community Development Department. The position assists with various phases of department projects which include providing support in project research, supporting staff at various public meetings, performing demanding technical assignments and providing overall office support coordination. The position provides excellent customer service to internal and external customers on a daily basis. Work is often project-oriented involving a full scope of activities and accountability.

The Assistant Town Planner is required to work independently at times, within established policies and procedures of the department and the requirements of federal, state and local law (as applicable). May provide project-specific support to the Office of the Town Manager. All other duties as required.

Bachelor’s degree in town or regional planning, or related field; or undergraduate with 2-3 years of courses in urban planning, landscape architecture, geography, architecture or a related field required. A minimum of one year of experience in the field of planning is preferred, or, a combination of education and experience may be considered.

A general understanding of the state’s Zoning Act, Subdivision Control Law, the Green Communities Grant Program, and the Global Warming Solutions Act are preferred.  A valid driver’s license and vehicle are required for transportation to off-site construction or development projects, required meetings with other communities or federal or state officials.

This position under the SEIU collective bargaining unit with a 20-hour per week, four day workweek Monday through Thursday.  Hours are negotiable.  Hiring salary range is $22.46 to $26.03 per hour DOQE.  A complete job description may be obtained from the Office of Planning and Community Development, at (978) 721-8500 ext. 517 or

For priority consideration please submit a cover letter, resume and the names and phone numbers of three references by Wednesday, August 31, 2022 to:

Eric R. Smith, Director of Planning and Community Development
Town of Athol
584 Main Street
Athol, Massachusetts  01331

Electronic submissions preferred to  Athol is an equal opportunity employer.  Position open until filled.