Environmental Planner/Staff Planner

Position Status: Union
Supervisor: Director of Planning & Development
Grade: 16
Civil Service: No
Union: Beverly Municipal Employees Association of City Hall
Hours: 35 Hours per Week
Salary: $51,459.24 to $58,816.27 plus additional $6,000 Conservation Agent Stipend



Serves as Staff Planner, responsible for providing technical and administrative support to the Conservation Commission and Open Space Committee (and may include other City boards and/or commissions as deemed necessary), to include review for compliance with applicable by-laws and ordinances. The Environmental Planner will serve as the Conservation Agent overseeing compliance with the Wetlands Protection Act and Beverly Wetlands Ordinance.



Include the following; other duties may be assigned.


  • Under general direction of the Director of Planning & Development, assist, as directed, in the administration of various programs within the department.
  • Provide administrative and professional assistance to the Conservation Commission and Open Space and Recreation Committee (and may include other City boards and commissions as necessary). Administrative and professional support shall include, but not be limited to: technical review of plans and proposals submitted for compliance with applicable local by-laws and ordinances, and preparation or oversight of necessary follow-up correspondence, and certification of Board action as necessary.
  • Working in concert with the Conservation Commission, and other City Departments, to enforce the Wetland Protection Act regulations, and the City of Beverly Wetlands Ordinance, and associated regulations.
  • Works with the Conservation Commission and Beverly Open Space and Recreation Committee to manage public land under the Commission’s care, custody and control, and will further manage City owned properties held as open space by restriction or in fee ownership.
  • Review and provide written comments to other Boards and Commissions or Departments as necessary, including the applications before the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Building Permits and Certificates of Occupancy before the Building Department. Participates in pre-application project review meetings.
  • Provide assistance to the general public in the interpretation of Wetlands Protection Act, Beverly Wetlands Ordinance and associated regulations, including compliance, permitting processes and to promote their understanding of all City policies and programs relative to wetlands and open space protection.
  • Before permits are issued for proposed building construction or site alteration, inspect subject properties to determine wetlands applicability, and advise proponent accordingly.
  • Attends Commission site inspections, conducts pre- and post hearing and violations site inspections, conducts pre-construction meetings with project proponent, conducts inspections during on-going site construction as needed, and at completion of work.
  • Participate and assist in the research for general planning studies and projects, including the Open Space and Recreation Plan update. Assist in the writing and production of resulting documents, staff reports and maps.
  • Assist in the research, preparation and administration of proposals and grants from applicable federal, state or private funding sources.
  • Represent the Planning and Development Department and the City at various inter-departmental, agency and public meetings as requested by the Director.
  • Timely response to assignments made by the Director. The Planner shall be assigned and supervised by the Director, unless otherwise stated.
  • Attendance, as necessary, at evening meetings and occasional weekend meetings.
  • Attendance at out-of-office meetings, seminars and conferences as assigned by the Director.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Planning/Planning or related field.
  • Recommend a minimum of one-two years’ experience.



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit.  The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, talk and hear.  The employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms, climb or balance or stoop.


The employee must lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include the ability to adjust focus.






The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.