Assistant Planner – Town of Salisbury

POSITION: Assistant Planner
DEPARTMENT: Planning and Development
HOURS OF WORK: 37.5 Hours Weekly
CLASSIFICATION: Full-Time, Union Position
COMPENSATION: $58,000-$68,000 Depending on qualifications, generous benefits package

The Assistant Planner, working under the direction of the Planning and Community Development Director, focuses on short, intermediate, and long-term planning initiatives in the areas of land use, housing, commercial development, economic development, and more. They are responsible for reviewing all site plans that go before the Planning Board and coordinating between the board, developers, town officials, and any other interested parties.


Reports to the Director of Planning and Community Development or their designee.


  • Well versed in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint including;
  • Must be able to handle continual interruptions in workflow;
  • Must be able to change between tasks quickly and alter priorities as needed;
  • Must be able to understand basic financial information;
  • Must be able to learn new software as needed;
  • Must have refined organizational and documentation skills.
  • Must be able to keep-up with changing state or local zoning laws;
  • Must be able to cooperatively work with others
  • Must be able to adhere to strict timeframes as they relate to projects, grants, and other time sensitive work.
  • Must be able to confidently and politely work with vendors, contractors, and members of the public.
  • Must be able to use Windows 10 or higher.
  • Must have excellent oral and written skills.
  • Must be able use GIS.


To be considered for this position, applicants must have at a minimum the following:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a planning related concentration and two years’ experience in municipal planning;
  • Two years of customer services experience;
  • Two years in a position that works with business owners or contractors;
  • Experience creating maps and performing geospatial analyses using ESRI (e.g., ArcGIS) products or similar software.


Applicants will gain special consideration if they have the following qualities or qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in a planning related concentration;
  • Planning experience working for a Massachusetts municipality;
  • Experience being on a municipal planning board;
  • Experience obtaining and managing grants.


Work environment is that similar to an office environment and includes varying levels of noise from visitors, telephones, office equipment, and computers. Must be able to use computers, telephones, and other office equipment as required. Must be able to perform this job through regular interruptions in workflow. Environment includes interacting with co-workers, other town employees, residents, contractors and interest groups. Standing, walking, bending, crouching, seeing, hearing, talking, carrying, climbing and the ability to lift 20lbs is required.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to help individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Interested applicants are asked to send a cover letter, resume, and three references to Applicants will be notified before references are called. Position open until filled.