26 Jan 2023

Full-Time Water Quality Planner – Kansas City


Job Description

The Mid-America Regional Council is seeking a qualified individual to serve as a Water Quality Planner II or III. This person will be responsible for performing complex professional and administrative duties related to developing plans and programs to address the region’s water quality challenges. This position would be embedded in a newly formed team focused on climate action and resilience.


This is a professional position with significant responsibility to support the agency’s work in water quality, regional watershed planning and management, and climate resilience. The position performs complex professional and administrative duties related to the development of plans and programs to address the region’s water resource management and green infrastructure conservation challenges. The position entails frequent internal and external contacts that require considerable public relations skills. Contacts involve both routine and non-routine problems and require in-depth discussion, committee process and/or persuasion in order to gain concurrence or resolve problems. There is direct interaction with government officials across levels of government, business and industry representatives, environmental advocacy groups, vendors, and the public. The planning work involves stakeholder and community engagement processes. The position requires strong project management and stakeholder facilitation skills.

The position will oversee the design and implementation of the engagement work, the analysis of input received through those processes, and its integration into regional and local plans. The position requires strong grant and project management skills. The position involves staff support to a water quality public education committee and the process to award small grants to community organizations. The position also may provide staff support to regional collaborations on watershed management studies, stormwater management standards and practices, and climate resilience. All projects involve managing expectations of community stakeholders, raising resources, coordination with state and federal agencies and with MARC public affairs in outreach activities.

What you’ll do:

  • Help facilitate water resource management plans and policy development efforts with federal, state, and local agencies; and business, community and environmental groups
  • Support efforts to implement regional watershed management-related policies, programs and projects
  • Manage and administer program grants and contracts
  • Help secure program funding through grant writing and other mechanisms
  • Provide staff support to the Water Quality Education Committee and Climate and Environment Council
  • Facilitate implementation efforts of the regional water quality outreach and communications program, including technical analysis, message development, and outreach and educational program development.
  • Provide technical assistance to local governments and other community stakeholders in meeting water quality and related environmental requirements
  • Facilitate policy and project implementation efforts associated with the Regional Green Infrastructure Framework and the Regional Climate Action Plan
  • Help incorporate water quality efforts into related environmental programs to help foster more sustainable development in the Kansas City region
  • Design and manage stakeholder and community engagement processes to ensure that plans and policies reflect consensus among various interests


Basic requirements:

  • Planner II – 2 to 5 years’ experience and a bachelor’s degree in environmental management, public administration, urban planning or a related filed is required.
  • Planner III – 5 to 8 years’ experience and a master’s degree in environmental management, public administration, urban planning or a related filed is required.
  • A valid driver’s license is preferred.

Skills you’ll need:

  • Strong project management skills, with experience in public policy development, plan development, program design and implementation.
  • Experience with grant and project budget management and reporting.
  • Knowledge of environmental issues and policies.
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to deal with diverse constituencies.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Grant writing.
  • Thoroughness and attention to detail.
  • Ability to handle multiple demands.
  • Familiarity with geographic information systems (GIS) is preferred.


  • Starting salary for a Planner II position is from $50,905 to $58,293 per year, depending upon qualifications.
  • Starting salary for a Planner III position is from $60,000 to $70,000 per year, depending upon qualifications.
  • MARC offers an attractive team-oriented work environment along with a competitive fringe benefit package. MARC offers employees the flexibility to work remotely for up to two days per work week.

To apply, complete our online application form and attach your cover letter and resume. Apply at marc.org.


How to Apply

To apply, complete our online application form and attach your cover letter and resume. Apply at marc.org.

Job Categories: Urban Planning. Job Types: Full-Time. Salary: 40,000 - 60,000 and 60,000 - 80,000.

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