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🔗Design Review Planner

  • Full Time
  • Knoxville, TN
  • 58,105+ (salary commensurate with experience) USD / Year
  • Job Qualifications:

    Minimum qualifications:
    Master’s degree in urban planning, historic preservation, or related field with a minimum of one year of relevant experience; or, bachelor’s degree, with four years of relevant experience.

    Preferred qualifications:
    • Master’s degree in urban planning or historic preservation.
    • Membership in American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).
    • Three to five years of relevant experience.
    • Meeting Professional Qualification Standards for Historic Preservation published in 36 the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 61.

    Specialized knowledge and experience should include:
    • Knowledge of historic architectural styles and building technology.
    • Familiarity with requirements and criteria for listing properties on the National Register of Historic Places.
    • Knowledge of the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings.
    • Knowledge of local zoning, subdivision, and land use regulations.

    Skills we are looking for:
    • Creative thinking.
    • Positive attitude.
    • Strong commitment to public service and community involvement.
    • Ability to work as part of a team and across divisions.
    • Ability to build collaborative relationships with colleagues in multiple jurisdictions and build productive relationships with citizens, public officials, and the media.
    • High level of personal accountability.
    • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.

  • How to Apply:

    Send your resume, cover letter, and three references to:
    Tina Piatt
    Knoxville-Knox County Planning
    Suite 403, 400 Main Street
    Knoxville, TN 37902

    It is our policy to contact only those candidates selected for an interview, so be sure to reach out to confirm that your materials were received. Also, a cover letter is an important part of the application packet – we are unable to review incomplete submissions. Our review will begin immediately, and the
    position will remain open until filled. Visit our website to check position status and to learn more about our agency.

  • Job benefits: Our benefits package includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, life insurance, retirement with employer match, 13 paid holidays, family leave, and accrued annual and sick leave.
  • Contact Name: Tina Piatt
  • Application Email:
  • Application URL:
  • Application Address: Knoxville-Knox County Planning 400 Main Street Knoxville, TN 37902

Website Knoxville-Knox County Planning

Knoxville-Knox County Planning (Planning) is looking for a dedicated planner to assist with the agency’s design review program. The position works closely with the Design Review Program Manager to administer local infill housing guidelines, review development applications for historic zoning, middle housing, and downtown projects, prepare long-range plans, and provide customer service.

Typical job duties include:
• Assisting with initiatives and projects in historic preservation planning, infill housing, downtown design, development review, ordinance drafting, and other areas as assigned.
• Preparing staff reports and recommendations to the Historic Zoning Commissions, Design Review Board, and Planning Commission.
• Working with neighborhood groups to determine feasibility of historic overlay districts and architectural design guidelines.
• Conducting field investigations and maintaining county-wide inventory of historically and architecturally significant structures and districts.
• Providing technical support and professional guidance to others involved in historic preservation and rehabilitation work.
• Assisting in the coordination of Section 106 reviews for federal and local projects.
• Reviewing rezoning requests and development plans.
• Supporting long-range planning projects.
• Making formal presentations to the public, other professionals, and various commissions.
• Providing support to the agency’s customer service counter.


All NCPE interns received an hourly stipend, the rate is listed at each position description. Additionally, interns receive paid time off (PTO), paid Federal holidays if working full-time, and access to NCPE's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for career and personal counseling, coaching, and referrals. Project sites may also offer a housing allowance and/or commuting stipend; this information is also listed in the description or offered during the interview.

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To be eligible, applicants must be at least 18 years old, currently enrolled in a degree-seeking academic program at the college level (or recently graduated within the past 12 months), and be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident. Interns are not eligible to work more than 1200 hours total in the program; previous interns must stay within this overall limit. The length of an internship can vary from 10 to 30 weeks if full time (40 hours per week) or longer if on a part-time schedule. If selected, the exact starting date will be determined by you and the NPS supervisor. The stipend rate is $17.00 per hour unless otherwise listed.

The successful candidate is responsible for finding and paying for travel to and housing at the internship location; some exceptions apply. The supervising office may be able to assist in locating housing but it is ultimately up to the individual accepting the internship to find accommodation.

The National Council requires all interns working in-person at Federal facilities and/or with Federal employees receive the Covid-19 vaccination. Please be advised that you may also be required to wear a mask, depending on the protocols adopted by your work site. Also be aware that, due to Government-wide security requirements, a background check will be required if you are selected for a position. This will include providing information about recent housing and employment history. The position supervisor will have more information about these requirements and procedures at the time of hiring. You may direct any questions to NCPE's Internship Program Director, Julee Johnson, at

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