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Posted: 08/13/2019

City of Jaksonville
Community Planning/Historic Preservation Section

Jacksonville is a rapidly growing metropolitan city in Northeast Florida, with approximately 850,000 residents. Due to its convenient location, mild climate, reasonable cost of living, high quality of life and a business-friendly government, Jacksonville is a popular location for corporate expansions and relocations. One of Jacksonville's many natural assets is its urban park system, which is one of the largest in the country. The active and passive parks and preservation lands are a key part of Jacksonville's quality of life along with miles of beaches and waterways, a major symphony orchestra, a sports and entertainment complex downtown and a myriad of special events that the city hosts each year. Home of the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars, the city welcomed its first Super Bowl in 2005. With a growing population, a strong economy, diverse cultural and recreational opportunities and abundant natural resources, Jacksonville continues to distinguish itself as one of the nation's most dynamic and progressive cities. Jacksonville is a Certified Local Government with a local historic preservation ordinance, a seven member Commission, historic incentive programs, five National Register districts, three local historic districts and over 180 landmark sites. The Historic Preservation Section of the Community Planning Division of the Planning and Development Department coordinates the City's historic preservation program. This program includes coordinating the identification and documentation of the city's historic resources, protecting historic properties though the local historic designation process, reviewing work in local historic districts and impacts to local landmarks through the Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) process, and encouraging preservation through local incentives. Additionally, the Section provides administrative support to the Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission, writing landmark reports for consideration and recommendation reports for the review of certain COA applications.

City Planner I
Professional Opportunity
Jacksonville, FL
Open Until
The following description is a generic Planner 1 listing, but the position currently being filled is in the Historic Preservation Section, the main duties of which support the identification, documentation, protection and preservation of Jacksonville's Historic Resources in accordance with the Historic Preservation Element of the 2030 Comprehensive Plan...
This is entry level professional urban planning and regulatory work including data collection, analysis and maintenance. Work requires knowledge of general principles and practices of urban planning, which is usually gained through degree granting schools or equivalent training and experience. Contacts with others require skills in understanding and influencing people and are important in implementing urban planning projects, discussing and resolving work-related issues and problems, and presenting and defending recommendations and decisions. The work is semi-routine in that tasks are covered by procedures or precedents, but some latitude is permitted to consider the most appropriate method, technique or procedure to follow and involves differing situations requiring the use of judgment in searching for solutions or new applications within one?s known experience. Work is performed primarily in an office environment though the employee may be required to make field visits to project sites in order to evaluate project or gather statistical data. Operates vehicles and standard office equipment including computer. The physical demands consist mainly of sitting at a work station for extended periods of time, occasionally lifting and moving light objects, and visiting field sites. The work is performed under general supervision where the work assignments are subject to established procedures and practices, and is reviewed in progress and upon completion for adherence to proper procedures.


Examples of Work



  • Conducts field studies and interviews, collects data, conducts statistical research and analysis, and develops required reports.
  • Prepares recommendations on comprehensive plan amendments, certificates of appropriateness, re-zoning, zoning and concurrency applications and/or other regulatory reviews.
  • Assists in the preparation and update of all elements of the comprehensive plan and related and/or supported documents by collecting data, conducting research and drafting elements of the proposed plan.
  • Reviews requests for street name and address changes or assignment.
  • Provides technical assistance to customers and other employees.
  • Performs professional land use, site plan, zoning and related planning reviews.
  • Develops special land use and zoning statistics.
  • Develops recommendations and reports to include spreadsheets, graphs and statistical analysis.
  • Coordinates preparation of Land Use and Zoning Committee and Planning Commission agenda packet.
  • Prepares plans and applications for grant funds.
  • Compiles data and prepares reports and/or oral presentations.
  • Prepares correspondence and technical reports as required.
  • Maintains and updates special projects, maps, charts and related files.
  • Operates a motor vehicle and standard office equipment including computers.
  • Demonstrates proficiency in the City of Jacksonville Core Competencies.
  • Performs related duties as required.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities



  • Knowledge of principles, practices and techniques of urban planning and regulatory techniques.
  • Knowledge of analytical and statistical methods.
    Knowledge of local zoning codes, ordinances, rules and regulations.
  • Ability to research, collect and evaluate planning data and prepare written reports.
    Ability to read, interpret, and apply planning-related laws, rules, and regulations.
  • Ability to prepare and submit grant applications.
  • Ability to operate standard office equipment and use word processing, spreadsheet, database, and related software applications.
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle.


Open Requirements/Supplemental Information


  • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution which includes at least thirty (30) semester hours of college coursework in urban and regional planning, public administration, political science, geography, landscape architecture, architecture, historic preservation, environmental science or closely related field.
    • One year of professional planning experience may substitute for fifteen (15) semester hours required above.

  • FL Class E Driver's License is required prior to appointment and must be maintained.
  • City of Jacksonville Public Driver Certification must qualify for prior to appointment, obtain and maintain during employment.

How to apply
ONLINE APPLICATION REQUIRED. Apply at www.coj.net. A copy of your college transcript is required with your application. College transcripts for colleges outside the US must be converted to US standards. The application system works best with Google Chrome web browser. Please try to apply using this browser. Be sure to add coj.net to your safe senders list to ensure you receive email notifications. You may check your application status any time by logging into your account. If claiming veteran's preference, you must attach a DD-214 (Member Form-4 copy) or military discharge papers, or equivalent certification from the Department of Veterans Affairs listing military status, dates of service and character of discharge. You must also attach the Veterans Preference Certification Form and if applicable, the additional forms as noted here: http://www.coj.net/departments/employee-services/veterans-preference
Lisa Sheppard
Phone: 904-255-7843

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