Planning Assistant (New Jersey Pinelands Commission)

The New Jersey Pinelands Commission is an independent state agency whose mission is to preserve, protect, and enhance the natural and cultural resources of the Pinelands National Reserve, and to encourage compatible economic and other human activities consistent with that purpose. The Commission implements a comprehensive plan that guides land use, development, and natural resource protection programs in the 938,000-acre Pinelands Area of southern New Jersey.

The Commission’s Planning Office is seeking a full-time Planning Assistant. The position will provide significant administrative support to the day-to-day operations of both the Planning Office and the Pinelands Development Credit (PDC) Bank. The incumbent Technical Planning Assistant administers the PDC Bank transfer of development rights program, takes meeting minutes and coordinates meeting correspondence, supports the Planning office in rulemaking activities, as well as a variety of other duties. Position requires routine inter-agency, intra-office, and client interaction and engagement. The position provides administrative support including: reviewing documents to ensure accuracy and completeness, guiding diverse clients through complex transactions, and maintaining permanent records of transactions. The position also supports the Planning Office by coordinating and scheduling various internal and external meetings and public hearings, drafting routine correspondences to public officials, maintaining departmental files, and providing staff support to the Commission’s Policy and Implementation Committee. The position may also assist in other Planning Office projects as needed.

Duties and Qualifications

Qualifications include excellent communication skills, organization, and personal initiative. Prior knowledge of, or the ability to learn, government procedures and administration is a must. The successful Technical Planning Assistant will be organized and efficient, will be comfortable with listening and accurately recording meetings, and will enjoy client services.

Required skills include proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook, as well as the ability to learn and use Teams to facilitate remote collaboration. Required abilities include the ability to read and interpret technical planning and land use documents and the ability to speak effectively with other staff, Commissioners, and the general public. Some ability to apply mathematical concepts such as fractions, percentages and ratios will be necessary. A Driver’s license is required.

Salary will be commensurate with experience, starting at $43,000. Full benefits package including paid vacation leave, paid sick leave, health and dental insurance, life insurance, and enrollment in the public employee’s retirement system.


EXPERIENCE: Minimum experience required is six months of responsible office/clerical experience. Post-secondary and/or specialized training may substitute for up to one year of experience.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample via e-mail to by the closing date. Only candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

Deadline – 10/17/2021