The Prince George’s County Planning Department of The Maryland National-Capital Park and Planning Commission is seeking a Planner Coordinator with a background in geotechnical engineering, including technical review skills, to join our planning team. The Department provides land use planning for the physical development of Prince George’s County, Maryland. As the second most populous county in Maryland, Prince George’s has a population of approximately 900,000 residents, is characterized by urban, suburban and rural areas, and is home to The University of Maryland at College Park, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and Joint Base Andrews Air Force Base. If you are interested in working for the Prince George’s County Planning Department, we invite qualified candidates to apply for our Planner Coordinator position.

The Planner Coordinator will play an important role in reviewing geotechnical reports, evaluating proposed land developments from geotechnical perspectives, ensuring implementation of the applicable environmental regulations and geotechnical requirements, educating the public on the requirements, permitting regulations, and assisting with the myriad of state reporting requirements. The position also requires the ability to apply land use regulations and to meet deadlines.

The duties of this position are highly technical and will primarily focus on the environmental planning and review of short term, site specific land development applications. The job will require coordination with other local agencies as well as state and federal agencies. Long term planning assignments may be assigned as needed. Fieldwork and occasional evening meetings are required. Knowledge of slope movements, stability analysis methods, natural resources and land development processes is highly preferred.

This position will be located in the section’s secondary office in Largo, Maryland, but may be relocated to the County Administration Building in Upper Marlboro, if necessary.

Examples of Important Duties

  • Reviews engineering plans and reports, and provides recommendations on proposed development review applications
  • Applies knowledge of planning standards, codes, and plans to develop alternatives to resolve planning problems identified. Works with interested parties to negotiate solutions.
  • Provides expertise to senior management and professional colleagues on geotechnical and planning issues
  • Serves on committees, task forces, special inter-agency-interdepartment teams for the purpose of contributing technical expertise to achieve goals and objectives of work related to geotechnical and soils engineering issues
  • Applies best national geotechnical practices and makes policy recommendations
  • Reviews and makes recommendations on proposed legislation
  • Receives input from and makes recommendations to elected and appointed officials and community groups
  • Prepares routine correspondence related to the implementation of the requirements of County Code
  • Speaks at public hearings as necessary to provide expertise and information for development applications
  • Other duties as assigned

Applicants called for interview should bring a writing sample.


  1. Expert proficiency in Slope & Global Stability Analysis using different analytical methods for different slope movements. Experience with Over-consolidated soils (like Marine, Marlboro and Christiana Clay).
  2. Knowledge of environmental planning, wetland delineation, forest delineation, Forest Conservation Act, Chesapeake Bay Critical Area, land use, and/or land development.
  3. Proven ability to review and manage projects to meet work program objectives including the delivery of work products on schedule and within budget, and in accordance with progressive planning principles, best practices, and high-quality standards.
  4. Demonstrated ability to review, manage or facilitate complex, multi-year projects involving multiple stakeholders and a wide array of disciplines, sensitive political issues and challenges, and diverse communities.
  5. Strong communication skills, oral and written; ability to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with a variety of stakeholders, including elected officials and agency officials at all levels of government, non-profit organizations, developers, and civic groups.


Minimum Qualifications
Master’s degree in planning, architecture, parks, engineering, environmental science, or equivalent disciplines related to job function and three years of progressively responsible professional level planning experience at the journey level; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Supplemental Information
The Prince George’s County Planning Department is currently located in historic Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Free onsite parking is available for employees. In the foreseeable future, the Department will be moving to a newly renovated, state-of-the-art building in Largo, Maryland, conveniently located near Metro and I-495.

The M-NCPPC offers a competitive salary range of $61,231 to $104,980 per annum at the Planner Coordinator level with an excellent benefits package. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. The Commission is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from minorities, females, and persons with disabilities.

The Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission
6611 Kenilworth Avenue
Suite 103
Riverdale, Maryland, 20737