Employment Opportunities

Planning Technician

The Western Upper Peninsula Planning & Development Region Commission, located in Michigan’s beautiful Western Upper Peninsula, seeks a full-time Planning Technician.
Qualified applicants are asked to electronically submit a cover letter, including salary expectations; resume; and references in one PDF document to jobs@wuppdr.org. Please also direct questions to jobs@wuppdr.org. The position will be open until filled.

Job Description
Summary: The successful candidate will work under the supervision of senior personnel to serve a diverse rural six-county region. The position performs assignments including but not limited to: project support, meeting support, research, data analysis, and grant writing. Work is conducted primarily during daytime weekday hours at the WUPPDR office in Houghton. Some evening work and regional travel may be required.

Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Assist local governments in matters pertaining to regional planning and development;
  • Prepare reports on a variety of topics, including recreation, transportation, emergency management, housing, and economic development;
  • Attend meetings of staff, governing bodies, and other regional stakeholders;
  • Professionally and articulately communicate with a diverse population;
  • Assist in facilitating public meetings and workshops; and
  • Implement work plans for a variety of projects.


  • Two-year college degree with coursework in or related to planning, public administration, urban/regional studies, business administration, economic development, communications, or related field; and
  • Long-term experience using personal computers, including Microsoft Office applications;
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle.


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree
  • At least one year of relevant experience;
  • Background in geographic information systems; and
  • Experience with writing grant proposals.

Other Required Skills/Characteristics:

  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently under pressure and with frequent interruptions;
  • Ability to organize and prioritize multiple assignments in a high- volume work environment;
  • Ability to work with accuracy, with attention to detail, and in accordance with policies;
  • Sensitivity to confidential and political matters.

Compensation: Benefits package commences on start date and includes health, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance; paid holiday, vacation, and sick days; and participation in the Municipal Employees Retirement System. Salary range is $26,000-$30,000 commensurate with qualifications, and with opportunity for advancement.

How to Apply
Send cover letter, resume, and three references to jwuorenmaa@wuppdr.org. Please do not make
office visits or phone calls regarding this position. Position will remain open until filled.

WUPPDR Planning Technician (Sept16-May17)


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