Environmental Planner II

Position Details

Type Full Time
Offered By Appalachian Trail Conservancy
4 E First Street
Boiling Springs , Pennsylvania
Salary Exempt
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Name: Lawson Bresette
Title: HR and Benefits Administrator
Phone: 304-535-6331
Fax: 304-535-2667


Under the direction of the Regional Director, the Environmental Planner advances the implementation of the 2008 Pennsylvania Appalachian Trail Act (Act 24) across an 11 county landscape, working collaboratively with 58 townships and boroughs. Act 24 requires Pennsylvania municipalities along the Appalachian National Scenic Trail to take such action, consistent with applicable law, to preserve the natural, scenic, historic and aesthetic values of the trail and to conserve and maintain it as a public natural resource. The Environmental Planner works with municipal officials, state partners, local land trusts, conservation organizations and others and serves as the ATC primary liaison for municipal outreach and trail related land use planning in Pennsylvania.


  • Provide leadership and coordinate efforts of the public and private partners including county planning directors, municipal managers, township supervisors and solicitors to advance the implementation of Act 24. These efforts include logistical support for municipal partners and conservation organizations, regular communication with said partners, formulate and implement strategies for priority projects and programs support and manage projects. Track and maintain a comprehensive inventory of related initiatives undertaken by the partners.
  • Gather, review and analyze comprehensive plans and zoning ordinances and provide comment on behalf of ATC.
  • Conduct field investigations with various partners and analyze planning strategies to protect Trail values using GIS and other visualization software and techniques.
  • In cooperation with Department of Community and Economic Development, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Pennsylvania Appalachian Trail Clubs and individual municipalities, assist with the development of planning and zoning ordinances consistent with the provisions of the 2008 Pennsylvania Appalachian Trail Act.
  • Create maps and other visual graphics for research and analysis, public meetings, partner meetings, and various other forums using Geographic Information System (GIS) software and other tools.
  • Establish and maintain regular communication with state, regional, county and local planning authorities in those jurisdictions through which the A.T. passes.
  • Foster and facilitate the cooperative partnership among ATC, Trail-maintaining clubs, conservation organizations, academic institutions, land use planning agencies, chambers of commerce and historical societies in the region; serve as primary liaison among representatives of these organizations. Promote the partnership and protection efforts through various media sources.
  • Using established ATC protocol, administer mini-grant program to advance the implementation of Act 24.
  • Serve as ATC's lead in the Kittatinny Coalition, including coordination of all efforts in the Kittatinny Central region


  • Bachelor’s degree in land use planning and administration, landscape architecture, resource management, conservation, community planning, or related fields; Masters degree and AICP certification preferred.
  • 4-6 years related experience.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, with excellent public speaking and community organizational skills.
  • Demonstrable fluency with GIS and related computer skills (eg Microsoft Office)
  • Knowledge of environmental systems – forests, watersheds, agricultural fields, and understanding of land-use to protect these systems.
  • Familiarity with Pennsylvania Municipal Planning Code (MPC) highly desirable.
  • Ability to negotiate successful outcomes, and sell new ideas and approaches.
  • Ability to analyze viewsheds and soundscapes.
  • Familiarity with the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and its cooperative management system is desirable.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with diverse groups including local, state, and federal agencies, Non-Government Organizations (NGO’s) and private citizens.
  • Familiarity with the conservation planning concepts and landscape level conservation.
  • Ability to organize, track, and follow through to successful completion and report the details of several projects at once.
  • Ability to work effectively on a variety of tasks, programs and projects, without direct supervision.
  • Ability to inspire cooperation and effective communication among individuals, private groups, local, state and federal agencies.
  • Self-starter who can take on and manage multiple tasks and frequently changing priorities with patience, perseverance, and minimal supervision.

How to Apply

To apply please email a cover letter, resume, to lbresette@appalachiantrail.org. Please include the position title and your name in the email subject line. An example subject line will read, “Environmental Planner II: Joan Smith.”