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Belt Collins

Assistant Planner


Position Summary:
The Planning Assistant will provide support on a wide range of concurrent project and assignments in the planning department. He/She will work to support the department by conducting research, compiling and analyzing data, writing reports and collaborate with team members for ongoing projects.

Essential Duties/Functions:

  • Develops planning studies and reports in support of new and updated plans, programs and regulations.
  • Writes and presents formal and technical reports, working papers and correspondence.
  • Research and prepares various development applications including permits, variance requests and other entitlement documents.
  • Prepare Environmental Assessments and Environmental Impact Statements based on HRS Chapter 343 or NEPA.
  • Prepares research reports as directed.
  • Acts as a liaison between community groups, government agencies, developers and elected officials in developing neighborhood plans.
  • Attends evening and weekend meetings if needed.
  • Researches and compiles information on a variety of planning issues or requirements from multiple sources.
  • Collects, analyzes, and interprets data.
  • Prepares maps, charts, tables of limited complexity.
  • Attends public meetings, assisting other staff as appropriate.
  • Performs other duties as assigned to meet business needs.



  • Knowledge of principles and practices of research, data collection, and data analysis.
  • Knowledge of effective writing and editing techniques.
  • Knowledge of computer hardware and software programs, which may include Microsoft Office, internet applications, Adobe programs, GIS.
  • Knowledge of developing and maintaining databases and geodatabases.
  • Knowledge of simple public announcement/sound systems, and ability to troubleshoot system in the field.
  • Problem-solving skills to gather relevant information to solve vaguely defined problems or issues.
  • Knowledge of planning principles and practices for developing military facilities requirements.
  • Conduct searches of official records for property/parcel descriptions, uses, and boundaries.
  • Ability to work on several projects or issues simultaneously.
  • Ability to respond quickly to rush projects, multiple deadlines or emergencies.
  • Ability to work independently or in a team environment as needed.
  • Valid driver's license.
  • Other duties may be required.


  • Bachelor's degree from accredited college or university with specialization in city planning, architecture, engineering, economics, sociology, geography and public administration or a related field.
  • Master's degree from an accredited college or university in urban/regional planning or related field is preferred.
  • Certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners is preferred.


  • Combination of education and experience substantially equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with specialization in city planning, architecture, engineering, economics, sociology, geography, public administration or related field.
  • At least two(2) years of experience in an office settings.

Working Conditions

  • Monday through Friday. Evening and weekends also as needed.
  • Occasionally or site visit's may be required.

Physical Requirements

  • Requires sitting in office chair and typing on keyboard for periods of up to two hours without a break.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally in writing and over the telephone.
  • Occasionally requires bending and lifting/transporting of moderately heavy objects (up to 30 pounds).
  • Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard, mouse, power tools, handle other computer components, and other digital devices.
  • Requires alertness to respond to audio and visual cues from the environment, including computers, calculators, telephone systems and other staff members.
  • General vision, hearing, speech, walking, and standing required. Turning, twisting, kneeling, and bending performed.

Contact Info: 

Interested parties please send your detailed resume and a cover letter in word or pdf file, via email at Please quote the job title on your email subject line.

Belt Collins Hawaii is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race,sex, gender identity and expression, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry,citizenship, disability, genetic information, marital status, breastfeeding,income assignment for child support, arrest and court record (except as permissible under State law), sexual orientation, domestic or sexual violence victim status, national guard absence, or status as a covered veteran.

Employment is contingent on satisfying employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 and reference checks.

All information collected is for recruitment purpose only.