Planner I

Portland, Oregon
Vancouver, Washington

PLANNER I(Portland and Vancouver)

We appreciate your interest in Mackenzie! Due to an expanding project base, we are looking for qualified and motivated individuals for full-time Urban and Land use planning position in our Portland Oregon and Vancouver Washington offices.

Mackenzie is a regional design firm with offices in Portland, Oregon and Vancouver and Seattle Washington. Project types include site development and site selection services; economic analysis; policy planning; zoning and comprehensive plan development; subarea planning to support community growth and economic development; and due diligence/entitlement for institutional, commercial office, retail, mixed use, and industrial development projects. This position requires the ability to address multiple concurrent tasks and deadlines in a fast-paced and collaborative work environment. We have a vibrant and active corporate culture that supports employee growth and rewards high performing employees.

Mackenzie is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


  • Bachelor’s and/or Master’s Degree in architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, geography, public policy, economics, or related field and minimum of 3 years of demonstrated work experience in the field
  • A general understanding and/or experience in the following areas:
    • Oregon and/or Washington zoning, building, environmental/natural resources, transportation, and related development codes and land use laws
    • Oregon and/or Washington land use and entitlement approval processes and procedures
    • Market elements of real estate
    • Preparing land use application packages and procedural requirements for land use approvals
  • Technical experience and proficiency in application and use of ArcMap GIS
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative suites and related software
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to effectively work with clients, firm staff, and agency personnel

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Preparation and monitoring of project schedule and follow-up with appropriate agencies and project personnel
  • Permit coordination and permit expediting including assistance preparing application submittals, monitoring jurisdiction reviews, and assistance in submittal response documentation
  • GIS-related mapping assistance
  • Assistance in project permitting and land development regulatory aspects of civil/site design and transportation planning projects
  • Investigation/research of zoning, demographic and market research, market surveys, property/site information, and other due diligence tasks
  • Preparation and coordination of project materials for special reports and entitlement applications
  • Interaction with public agencies in support of land use applications and building permits; assistance with other permitting duties as assigned
  • Assistance in report writing, graphic creation, and report and application compilation for land use applications, master plans, and similar products