Public Lands Policy Position Open

Job Description

JOB TITLE: Senior Planning and Policy Coordinator


Under the supervision of the CEO and the Director of Legislative Affairs, monitors, promotes and participates in the development of federal and state policies, planning and management decisions beneficial to county government.  Conducts research, publishes and distributes findings, provides planning coordination and technical assistance on a variety of federal and state issues.  Strong emphasis on public lands, multi-use of federal and state lands, general land-use, and renewable and non-renewable resource utilization.


  • Conducts research on federal policies and programs affecting counties throughout the state.
  • Reviews and analyzes the impacts from federal and state policies, rules, regulations, budgets, management decisions and administrative practices on counties.
  • Responds in writing and orally to members of congress, executive branch agencies, state lawmakers, and others regarding county positions relating to federal and state statutes, policies, regulations and management decisions.
  • Prepares various documents coordinating with and assisting county officials to address federal policy issues and management actions.
  • Coordinates with federal and state agencies involved in resource management planning.
  • Writes articles, bulletins, policy summaries and related literature for Association publication and distribution.
  • Communicates the Association’s position on federal and state policies and plans to Association members with large populations as well as to members with smaller populations.
  • Develops and implements strategies for positive public relations supporting the association’s positions on issues related to federal and state planning, private and public lands, the environment and the economy.
  • Prepares a variety of memos, correspondence, spreadsheets, reports, planning comments and other documentation for dissemination to appropriate federal, state, and county officials.
  • Monitors the policy development process at the federal and state level involving resource management planning, rule-making, regulation, and practice.
  • Attends federal and state government agency meetings, commissions, task forces, boards and groups to advocate county issues and positions.
  • Cultivates and maintains effective non-partisan relationships with federal and state offices, and other public and private organizations whose interests have an impact on county government or the Association.
  • Assists and coordinates with the Lands, Resources, and Development Committee as well as other committees as assigned by the CEO.
  • Assists the CEO with the Association’s state legislative program in areas as assigned.


Bachelor’s degree in political science, public administration, business administration, social science or closely related field required; supplemented by three (3) years previous experience and/or training in natural resource management or planning as a county, state or federal employee, policy or fiscal analyst, attorney or paralegal, or closely related field preferred; knowledge and experience in the federal planning and NEPA processes; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.  Must possess and maintain a valid Utah driver’s license.

Must have the ability to organize work and events to effectively accomplish lobbying efforts, committee work, meetings, and handle a range of complex issues in stressful situations as well as attending to duties through complete and dedicated fulfillment of professional responsibilities.

Interpersonal skills such as the understanding of how groups work together effectively, the ability to credit others with success, to get along with others, and accomplish objective smoothly and effectively.


Salary will be between $73,000 – $83,000 depending on qualifications.  Health, dental, and life insurance are provided.  Retirement benefits are also provided through Utah Retirement Systems.


Resumes and a cover letter detailing interest in the position should be submitted to our Programs Coordinator, Linda Hill at by close of business on July 15, 2019.