Planner I

  • Type:

    Full Time
  • Salary/Pay Rate:

    Dependent Upon Experience
  • Announcement Date:

  • Closing Date:

    Open Until Filled

Position Summary:

This position is responsible for assisting with the county-wide planning activities.

Major Duties:

  • Reviews proposed plans for compliance with zoning ordinances, subdivision regulations, and building codes.
  • Coordinates county transportation planning activities with regional plans.
  • Provides staffing support and technical assistance to various boards, subcommittees, planning organizations, and the County Council; attends meetings as requires. 
  • Maintains the GIS database; consults with other users and provides technical user assistance as needed.
  • Conducts research, analyzes findings, and summarizes possible effects of proposed policy initiatives. 
  • Assists with development and updating of the county’s Comprehensive Plan and related amendments to the Zoning Ordinance, Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance, and Subdivision Regulations.
  • Assists with the process for special use permits, variance applications, and appeals: prepares legal notices, prepares staff reports, submits agenda materials, and makes recommendations to Planning Board, Board of Adjustment, and County Council as appropriate.
  • Provides information to the public regarding department activities; explains processes involved for zoning, building, and subdivision issues; interprets zoning regulations as requested. 
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge Required:

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of planning, zoning, land use, and inspection.
  • Knowledge of the county’s zoning ordinance, development ordinance, and land use regulations. 
  • Knowledge of relevant state and federal laws and regulations.
  • Knowledge of the geography of the county, including subdivisions and road names.
  • Knowledge of geographic information systems and applications.
  • Skill in performing planning functions.
  • Skill in preparing and presenting public presentations.
  • Skill in the use of a personal computer and word processing, spreadsheet, graphics design, geographic information system, and database software packages.
  • Skill in planning and prioritizing work.
  • Skill in collecting and analyzing data.
  • Skill in reading and interpreting maps, blueprints, and site plans.
  • Skill in the use of office equipment such as a calculator, copier, scanner, facsimile machine, telephone, and standard audiovisual equipment.
  • Skill in the use of engineering and architect scales, measurement equipment, and drafting tools.
  • Skill in public and interpersonal relations.
  • Skill in oral and written communications.

Physical Demands:

The work is typically performed while sitting, standing, walking or stooping. The employee occasionally lifts light and heavy objects, uses equipment requiring a high degree of dexterity, and distinguishes between shades of color.


This work is typically performed in an office and outdoors at inspection sites. The employee may be exposed to dust, dirt, machinery with moving parts, and occasional cold or inclement weather.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Requires Bachelor’s degree in planning, urban planning or related field and one (1) year of urban planning, local/regional land use, zoning, land development plan review or related field; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
  • Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver’s license issued by the employee’s State of residence for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.

Application Procedure:

Only applicants submitting a fully completed Jasper County application will be considered. Please submit completed documents to Jasper County Human Resources, PO Box 150, Ridgeland, SC 29936. Applications are available on-line or, may be obtained in person at the Clementa C. Pinckney Government, 358 Third Avenue, Ridgeland, SC 29936. APPLICANTS WILL BE DRUG TESTED AND MUST SUCCESSFULLY PASS A CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK.


Open Until Filled

If an accommodation is needed in order to participate in the application process, please contact the Human Resources Office.