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Associate Planner – Environment & Energy — New York, NY

Organization: Regional Plan Association

Job Title: Associate Planner, Environment & Energy

Location: New York, NY

Hours and Compensation: Full Time – $ not specified

Application Deadline: Oct. 26, 2012

Posted On: Oct. 9, 2012

Organization Overview 

Climate change, underfunded infrastructure, and rising costs have created a looming crisis for managing limited water and energy supplies. A fundamental shift in needed, from traditional, heavily-engineered and segregated management approaches toward systems-oriented and decentralized solutions that are integrated with smart land use and environmental policies.

Regional Plan Association, a leading non-profit planning, research, and advocacy organization in the 31-county New York-New Jersey-Connecticut region, has an opening for a Associate Planner – Environment and Energy to undertake research and policy programs to help identify and broaden best practices in energy and water infrastructure and build consensus on their implementation.

Since 1929, Regional Plan Association has worked to improve the quality of life in the 32-county, 13,000 square mile New York/New Jersey/Connecticut metropolitan area. On the basis of professional research, the Association recommends policy improvements, fosters cooperation among various government and private organizations, and involves the public in considering and shaping its own future.


The Associate Planner will work closely with the RPA’s Vice President for Energy and Environment and other senior staff to develop and carry out research studies, advocacy campaigns, and outreach programs in support of our energy and water programs. The position will be based in our New York office.


General responsibilities will include writing and helping prepare planning and policy documents in a variety of lengths and formats; organizing conferences and public workshops; providing support to advisory committees and advocacy coalitions; and grant writing. Specific initial responsibilities include preparing research papers and national workshops on how different metropolitan areas in the United States are integrating best management practices for water and energy management with land use, conservation, and infrastructure decisions.


Successful candidates will have excellent writing, research, organizational, and communication skills. S/he will be enthusiastic and willing to take on considerable responsibility in a fast-paced office environment. Familiarity with energy, water, land use, and/or natural resource issues is expected. Proficiency in Arc-View, Access, PowerPoint, Illustrator, or related software is also important. A graduate degree in planning, public policy, or a related field and at least two years work experience is expected. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

How to Apply

To apply, please fill out this application. At the same time, please also send your resume, cover letter, a 1-2 page writing sample and any additional supporting materials to as PDF attachments with “your name, Associate Planner – Environment and Energy” in the subject line. Applications without all attachments will not be considered. No phone calls please.

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