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Planning Intern, Village of Carpentersville, IL


The Planning Intern assists the Assistant Community Development Director with performing a variety of routine and complex technical and professional work related to current planning. The Planning Intern assists with verification of compliance with zoning, signage, and related code provisions, policies, agreements, rules, and regulations.


The job duties listed are typical examples of the work performed by positions in this job classification. Not all duties assigned to every position are included, nor is it expected that all positions will be assigned every duty.

  • Assists with conducting field inspections, signage inspections, and verification of development projects’ compliance with Development Standards and Design Guidelines.

  • Assist with timely plan reviews for zoning compliance.

  • Assist with implementing the Village’s Contractor Licensing Program.

  • Provide professional customer service in responding to inquires related to zoning regulations and related ordinances.

  • Prepare and present staff reports to the Village’s Planning and Zoning Commission, under the guidance and supervision of the Assistant Community Development Director, typically focused on zoning variations and special use permit applications.

  • Communicate (verbally and in writing) and interact professionally with members of the public in the field, at the permit counter, over the phone, through email, and by other means of correspondence.

  • Perform research of historical documentation and assemble data for studies, surveys, and reports.

  • Assist with organization and maintenance of central filing system for Subdivision Plats and associated Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions.

  • Assist with preparation of Village GIS maps.

  • Maintain a courteous and respectful attitude and represent the Village in a positive and professional manner to all persons.

  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with coworkers and the public.

  • Assist other Community Development staff members as needed.

  • Perform other related duties and special projects as assigned.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job during a full duty day or shift. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, talk, hear, stand, and walk. The employee will use hands to handle, feel, or operate tools, objects, controls, or equipment; will reach with arms and hands; will climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally carry, lift, push, or move up to 50 pounds from a standing or bent over position. Specific vision abilities required for this position include close and distant visual acuity, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work environment is a typical office environment requiring use and operation of general office equipment. There may be high dust levels in work area on occasion. The noise level in the work environment is quiet to moderate. Employee must have the ability to concentrate in an active work environment, multi-task to assist various requests by staff and public, and address work interruptions by public seeking assistance.


The Planning Intern works under the supervision and direction of the Assistant Community Development Director, and does not have supervisory responsibilities.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

Graduation from high school or GED equivalent is required. The employee must be pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree in land use planning, municipal or urban planning, public administration, or a closely related field at an accredited four-year college or university.

Certificates, Licenses, Training

A valid State of Illinois Driver’s License is required upon hire. Knowledge or general understanding of land use and zoning regulations, and the role of municipal codes and ordinances.

Attendance Requirements

The Planning Intern is a seasonal position. Attendance is required for up to 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:30am – 4:30pm.

Machines, Equipment, Software

The machines, tools, equipment and software that are used when performing the essential functions of this job include a personal computer, Microsoft Office Suite, permitting software, various other computer software programs, printer, copier, scanner, fax, calculator, multiple phone line system, GIS, and a motor vehicle.

Language Skills

Ability to read, comprehend, summarize, and compose moderate to complex correspondences, instructions procedures, detailed plans, and blueprints. Ability to effectively communicate and/or present information in one-on-one and small group situations. Ability to understand and carry out oral instruction. Ability to communicate clearly, concisely and legibly, both verbally and in writing. Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with employees, residents, property owners, contractors, design professionals, public officials, and the public. Ability to produce or obtain reports, graphs, or charts.

Mathematical Skills

Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent.

Reasoning Ability

Use of cognitive ability to reason, analyze and verbalize thoughts and ideas. Ability to express cognitive ability in spoken and written form. Ability to apply logical understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form. Ability to deal with, troubleshoot and resolve problems in typical and atypical situations. Ability to analyze situations, problems, and data, and to exercise sound and independent judgment in drawing conclusions and making decisions.


$17 / Hour

How to Apply:

Open Until Filled.

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