To perform technical and inspection work as it relates to the
objectives of the Planning/Zoning Department; and is responsible
for the administrative enforcement of the county and state
ordinances and other functions as required by the Environmental
Services/Planning and Zoning Department.
To complete paperwork related to planning and zoning, keep
records of transactions, and provide customer service to citizens
requiring information and permits.
Employees working in this job class work under general
supervision and usually receive some instruction with respect to
details of most assignments, but are free to develop their own work
sequences within established procedures, methods, and policies.
They are often physically removed from their supervisor and are
only subject to periodic supervisory checks.
No formal supervisory authority.
This position description is not intended to be all-inclusive.
Employee may perform other essential and nonessential functions as
assigned or apparent to meet the ongoing needs of the department
and organization. Regular attendance and punctuality are essential
requirements of this position.
Receives, issues or rejects permits for land use and zoning
purposes. Answers questions from the general public relating to
issuing permits and rules and regulations of Aitkin County
ordinances. Performs inspections of individual sewage treatment
systems and reviews related soil and design information for permit
compliance with Aitkin County SSTS Ordinance. Reviews and inspects
subdivisions/plats, variances, conditional use permits, land use
permits, and re-zonings. Examines and inspects all facilities and
sites presently within the scope and jurisdiction of the Aitkin
County Environmental Services Department for compliance with goals,
plans and objectives of said department. Receives payment and
issues receipts for permits. Records and documents all findings of
fact and transmits the necessary reports to the appropriate
department or agency.
Responds and investigates complaints of potential violations of
local and state rules and regulations from the public and related
state and local agencies. Resolves complaints and violations
through compliance and restoration, and if unsuccessful, issues
citations and follows through with court/legal proceedings.
Consults with local officials and the general public to explain
and interpret zoning ordinances, environmental protection
regulations, and construction requirements.
Provides consultative services relative to Planning and Zoning,
Environmental Health, and Solid Waste problems, representing the
department favorably in public by handling potentially sensitive
complaints, inquiries, and emergencies.
Assist with Environmental Health operations as needed, which may
include conducting water testing, as well as various tasks
associated with Food, Beverage, and Lodging (FBL) owners and
businesses located throughout Aitkin County.
Performs office assistant functions as assigned which may
include, but not be limited to, file maintenance, scanning,
preparing agenda packets, notices, publications, taking minutes,
typing correspondence, billing, processing mail, data entry,
research, special projects, grant and report assistance, conference
registrations, and other office related functions.
Attends seminars and workshops as needed to keep informed and
up-to-date on state regulation and rule changes as it pertains to
planning and zoning, environmental health, groundwater protection,
surface water protection, solid waste, hazardous waste, wetland
conservation, shoreland management and well program.
- Coordinates with the Wetland Specialist on potential wetland
issues, as well as determining Ordinary High Water Level of lakes
- Performs other work-related duties as assigned/required.
Requires an Associate's degree or equivalent from a two-year
college or technical school in Planning, Natural Science, or a
related field, plus two (2) or more years related experience and/or
training; or an equivalent combination of education and experience
sufficient to perform the essential functions of the position.
Must possess, or obtain within two (2) years of hire, a
Certified ISTS Inspector license issued by the Minnesota Pollution
Valid Minnesota driver's license required. Employment reference
checks, pre-employment physical, and a criminal background check
will be performed as part of the pre-employment process.
Must be willing to work flexible hours when necessary, including
occasional evenings for meetings and occasional weekends.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required
County and departmental policies, procedures, and practices.
Federal, State, and local laws, rules, and regulations relevant
to the work performed in this position, including land use, zoning,
wetland, solid waste, and pollution control.
Soils sufficient to interpret groundwater levels based on color
and texture, and ability to interpret soil absorption based on soil
Survey techniques, transits and levels to determine contour and
slope ratios for onsite sewage treatment systems, and collect
preliminary information for reports, design, and construction
Business English, spelling, grammar and punctuation.
Basic math and accounting skills sufficient to track expenses
- Modern office procedures, practices and equipment.
Public relations, communication, and interpersonal skills as
applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisors, the general
public, etc. sufficient to exchange or convey information and to
receive work direction.
Typing skill sufficient to complete 30 net words per minute
Reading, writing, and speaking English proficiently.
Organizing and prioritizing work.
- Computer skills sufficient to efficiently retrieve and update
Present a positive attitude in the workplace, promote a spirit
of teamwork and cooperation, and be able to treat others with
respect, honesty, and consideration.
Demonstrate a high degree of self-motivation and the ability to
Read and interpret plans, specifications, and blue prints
sufficient to compare them with construction in progress and
Exercise independent judgment, initiative, and discretion in
operating methods and procedures.
Interpret and enforce regulation with tact, firmness, and
Establish and maintain effective working relations with county
personnel, local officials, state and federal agencies, the
community and the general public.
Negotiate and resolve disputed issues and deal with difficult
and irate people in a tactful manner.
Deal with the public on a daily basis in a pleasant and polite
and tactful manner.
Conduct thorough investigative work from start to finish and to
accomplish assignments under stress at times and time
- Read, understand, and locate properties by legal
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules,
operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
Ability to write reports and correspondence. Ability to speak
effectively before groups of customers or employees of the
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 and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
Ability to calculate proportions, percentages, area,
circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts such as
fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of
concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization
exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in
written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
To perform this job successfully, an individual should be
proficient at using the following software.
County Payroll Software, E-time, Webfusion, Microsoft Word,
Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and other job-related software.
Ability to Travel
Daily travel required for site inspections in Aitkin County.
Occasional travel required for trainings and meetings out of Aitkin
To perform the job successfully, an individual should
consistently demonstrate the following competencies (definitions
attached or available upon request):
Ethics, attendance/punctuality, safety and security,
dependability, analytical, design, problem solving, project
management, technical skills, customer service, interpersonal
skills, oral communication, written communication, teamwork,
leadership, quality management, cost consciousness, diversity,
organizational support, judgment, motivation, planning/organizing,
professionalism, quality, quantity, adaptability, and
Outdoor work is performed for the majority of the day. The
employee is required to operate office equipment, lift and
transport light equipment including but not limited to, auger,
probes, levers, transit, sewer manhole covers that may involve
lifting up to 50 pounds, climbing, bending stooping, reaching, and
also may involve dust and extreme temperatures. Outdoor work will
include visiting construction sites, inspecting onsite sewage
treatment systems, and investigating complaints. Outdoor work
conditions will frequently be in proximity to wood ticks,
mosquitoes, flies, bees and other insects, inclement weather,
domestic and wild animals.
Indoor work will be performed in an office setting using various
office machinery and equipment, assisting the public at the
counter, processing and writing reports. Indoor work will involve
sitting in front of a computer for prolonged periods of time, and
getting up and down to greet the public.
Equipment and Tools
Computer, copier, fax, telephone, printer, shredder, hand tools,
surveying equipment, laser levels, measuring and metering devices,
county-owned vehicles, and personal vehicle (requires proof of
insurance on file).
Climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching,
standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, carrying, use of
fingers, grasping, talking, hearing, seeing, and repetitive
motions. Must have the ability to lift and/or carry up to 50
While performing the duties of this job, the employee performs
medium to heavy work, exerting up to 50 pounds of force
occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up
to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
Working safely is a condition of employment. Aitkin County is a
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature
and level of the work being performed by employees assigned to this
job classification. This is not an exhaustive list of all duties
and responsibilities. Aitkin County reserves the right to amend and
change responsibilities to meet organizational needs as necessary.
This job description does not constitute an employment agreement
between the employer and employee.
Reasonable Accommodation Notice
The County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with
the Americans with Disabilities Act, the County will provide
reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with
disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees
to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.
Our Vision: We strive to be a county of safe, vibrant
communities that place value on good stewardship of local
Our Mission: Aitkin County's mission is to provide outstanding
service in a fiscally responsible manner through innovation and
collaboration with respect for all.
Our Core Values: Collaboration, Innovation, Integrity,