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Posted: 07/27/2016

City of Lake Worth, Florida
Division of Planning, Zoning, and Historic Preservation

Lake Worth is a coastal city of 37,000 residents and 7 square miles, located in Palm Beach County, Florida. The Atlantic Ocean and the broad waters of the Lake Worth Lagoon form the city's east boundary and the beautiful fresh waters of Lake Osborne its west. Next door to Palm Beach, it is situated along the latitude making the northern most point of the subtropics. Lake Worth is truly the place “where the tropics begin” and the fun never ends. Lake Worth is a dynamic, multi-cultural city with a strong social and environmental consciousness. People are drawn to the city by its independent character, acceptance of different cultures and lifestyles, many historic structures, hip downtown, and distinctive residential neighborhoods. The city has a rich history and is protective of its historic architectural fabric. Over 1,000 historic buildings contribute to the human scale and charm of the downtown and residential areas. The City is the geographic and artistic center of Palm Beach County. The downtown is considered the artistic soul of Lake Worth with a historic theater and a museum, live music clubs, coffee houses, art galleries, antique malls, retail stores, and many restaurants.

Associate Preservation Planner
Professional Opportunity
Lake Worth, FL

Under limited supervision, assists Planning, Zoning & Preservation Division staff with research and analysis pertaining to both current and advance preservation planning initiatives. Assists with Certificates of Appropriateness (CoAs), Land Development Regulations and other matters in the Citys historic districts. Provides assistance to applicants and the general public pertaining to preservation planning matters. May operate independently on simple zoning matters.


Researches and prepares planning-related analysis, reports, documents and agenda for City of Lake Worth officials and other agencies and organizations

Responds to preservation planning-related inquiries from the general public and other departments, agencies and organizations

Participates in preservation planning-related education and outreach initiatives

Assists in preservation planning-related code compliance efforts

Assists in the preparation of maps, brochures, forms, flyers and other graphic materials and presentations for the department

Performs fieldwork and research for both current preservation and comprehensive planning efforts

Assists in reviewing and making recommendations for building permit applications

Reviews and approves Business Tax Receipts and Use & Occupancy Certificates

Collects and analyzes data, conducts site visits as needed and assists planners with special projects as requested

Assists in Land File Maintenance

Other duties as assigned related to the overall mission of the Department for Community Sustainability


Knowledge of historic preservation, urban, and comprehensive planning principles.

Basic knowledge of historic preservation, urban design, state planning laws and applicable Federal regulations.

Knowledge of zoning.

Skill in operating computers and blueprints machines.

Skill in research and technical analysis of planning-related information.

Ability to organize and analyze technical information.

Knowledge of site plan review.

 Ability to make sound assessments and recommendations based on research.

Ability to communicate effectively, graphically, orally and in writing.

Ability to make effective public presentations.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted during the course of work.


Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Urban or Regional Planning, Historic Preservation, Architectural History, Architecture, or a closely related field. One (1) year of progressively responsible working experience in a planning environment or any equivalent combination of training and experience. A valid Florida drivers license is required. National Incident Management System (NIMS) Series 100, 200, and 700 certifications must be attained within six (6) months of hire date.

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How to apply
Interested parties should forward a completed application package to: Germaine English, HR Director City of Lake Worth Attn: Human Resources 7 N. Dixie Highway Lake Worth, FL 33460 Or visit our website at: www.lakeworth.org Each application package should include the following: • Resume of previous work experience and cover letter summarizing relevant experience • City of Lake Worth Application https://www.lakeworth.org/files/files/hr/Employment%20Application.pdf Applicants for positions with the City of Lake Worth should know and be aware of the following: Please note incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications will be received until the position is filled. Submission of an application does not guarantee the applicant an interview. Applicants for employment who become candidates for available employment positions should note employment is contingent upon satisfactory completion of all reference checks and pre-employment physical satisfaction. Upon request, information on the nature and scope of an inquiry will be provided under FS 119. Furthermore, most of the job classifications within the City of Lake Worth workforce are covered by Collective Bargaining Agreements with the Public Employees Union (PEU), Professional Managers and Supervisors Association (PMSA), and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). Consistent with Chapter 447 of the Florida Statutes, a bargaining unit employee has the right to join or not join the union. However, the Union is not obligated to represent a non-member.
William Waters
1900 2nd Ave N
Lake Worth, FL 33461

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