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E-M:/ Job Posting for Michigan Land Use Institute
- Subject: E-M:/ Job Posting for Michigan Land Use Institute
- From: "Arlin S. Wasserman" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Tue, 03 Oct 2000 16:11:38 -0400
- List-Name: Enviro-Mich
- Reply-To: "Arlin S. Wasserman" <email@example.com>
JOB OPENING AT A DYNAMIC ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ORGANIZATION FOR A SKILLED
The Michigan Land Use Institute, one of the fastest growing and most
effective state-based environmental research and advocacy organizations
in the nation, is seeking a proven and talented land planner to advance
its shoreline protection program and its overall mission to join natural
resource protection with economic development. The successful candidate
will have the opportunity to join a 14-member staff of community organizing,
communications and technical experts working to improve the management
of Michigan’s public and private lands.
Our 2,200 member non-profit organization based in Benzonia, Michigan,
has developed cutting edge tools and techniques to tame sprawl, strengthen
environmental policy, and build influential citizen movements aimed at
fostering progressive land use policies. The Institute’s ability to combine
policy research, journalism and grassroots organizing has helped the us
build a solid record of tackling the toughest land use and environmental
policy issues and winning.
Send resumes and references by October 16th to Arlin Wasserman,
Policy Director, P.O. Box 228, Benzonia, MI 49616 or deliver them
via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Institute’s Land Planner will assist private land owners, local
and state governments implement the Institute’s proposals for better management
of rural lands, public forests and the land/surface water interface. The
Land Planner also will assist in the development of new approaches for
investing public funds in infrastructure development that protects natural
resources, supports existing communities and limits sprawling development.
For more information about our programs, visit www.mlui.org.
The successful candidate will work under the direction of the Policy
Implement the Shoreline Protection Program, which works with local governments
to design and implement a model zoning ordinance that protects of shoreline
habitat, especially the endangered piping plover. (25-30 hours/week)
Support Farmland Preservation efforts, including advocacy for state policies
to slow the loss of farmland, development of local land use measures to
support appropriate development of rural lands, and design of site plans
to support environmentally sensitive development of farmland in northern
Michigan. The Land Planner also will collaborate on the production of guidebooks,
Internet resources, fact sheets and other tools to support citizen activists
and local governments working to protect farmland. (as needed, about 5
hours per week and more if the project is funded)
Support the Transportation and Land Use Reform Program by helping the Transportation
Project Coordinator identify and illustrate the land use impacts of state-funded
transportation investment, and work with local governments, citizen groups
and state agencies to develop mechanisms to ensure transportation proposals
support community land use goals. (as needed, 5 hours per month)
Assist in the design and writing of grant proposals to support the Institute’s
Work with the staff to establish clear, visual examples of the Institute’s
approaches to the appropriate uses of urban and rural lands.
Establish and maintain relationships with other environmental/conservation
Participate in membership recruitment efforts.
Support the Institute’s existing programs through public speaking, occasional
writing for our quarterly magazine, The Great Lakes Bulletin and the Institute’s
web site, and participation in regular staff meetings, evaluation and planning
The Michigan Land Use Institute was founded in 1995 to establish a new
approach to economic development that strengthens communities, enhances
opportunity, and protects the state’s unmatched natural resources. The
Institute has a 14-member professional staff, and more than 2,400 member
families, businesses, local governments and organizations. Our office,
located in Benzonia, is in the heart of Northwest Michigan, a region of
stunning natural beauty and vibrant small towns.
Master’s degree in Urban Planning, Land Planning, Architecture or Landscape
Architecture, or a bachelor’s degree in the above fields plus at least
3 years professional experience.
Good understanding of Michigan’s land use planning and zoning laws and
regulations, as well as familiarity with township and village planning
and zoning practices
Experience in community organizing, the Michigan legislative process or
transportation planning is all desirable.
Creativity in design for redevelopment of neighborhoods and small towns,
and conservation-minded development for rural lands.
Familiarity with and commitment to environmental and land use issues.
Ability to conduct effective research into economic viability of development
proposals, their impacts to natural resources, and the processes for permitting
and implementing alternative plans.
Ability to improve the Institute’s capacity to develop positive, workable
alternatives to environmental damaging and sprawling development.
Extensive travel to promote the shoreline protection program and other
Institute activities around Michigan.
Strong writing and public speaking skills.
Strong interpersonal skills to build positive and lasting relationships
with members and staff.
Ability to work effectively in an interdisciplinary, collaborative workplace.
Ability to work calmly and efficiently under deadline.
Commitment to service in the public interest.
Computer Skills: Excellent familiarity and comfort with Microsoft Office
98 or 2000 and personal computer operating systems, as well as basic internet-assisted
research and communications. Aptitude and experience with computer aided
design programs preferred.
Salary: Starting at $30,000-$35,000 plus health and retirement
Hours: Full time.
The Michigan Land Use Institute is an independent, non-profit organization
that conducts research and works with policy makers and citizens to link
environmental goals with economic development. The Institute is an equal
opportunity employer, considering candidates without regard to gender,
race, sexual preference, religion, or political affiliation.