Open Space Coordinator

Carbon County


To provide professional and technical assistance in the Office of Planning and Development for administering the County Open Space Grant Program and Farmland Preservation Program. Open space program work is carried out as defined by the Open Space Initiative and directed by the County Commissioners.


Bachelor’s degree in community planning, environmental planning, urban planning or related technical field. Two (2) years of experience and/or training in land use planning work, conservation/land management. Or, any equivalent combination of education, training and experience, which provides the requisite knowledge.


  1. Meets with municipal leaders, environmental advisory councils, environmental agencies and open space boards to facilitate open space grants, including conservation easements and fee simple acquisitions.
  2. Reviews all grant applications, appraisals and submission documentation, and makes recommendations for projects to the Carbon County Open Space Advisory Board (CCOSAB).
  3. Provides technical and professional support to CCOSAB and Farmland Preservation Board; including meeting arrangements, meeting attendance and minutes, records management and budget preparation.
  4. Works with CCOSAB to carry out established policies, and when needed, in developing new policies to advance goal of open space preservation.
  5. Assists in researching, analyzing, interpreting and reporting data; adapts and utilizes specialized methods, analysis and techniques to accomplish a project goal.
  6. Prepares annual report on open space program and farmland preservation, as needed. Annual reports include maps and status statistics on funds expended, acres preserved, and status of projects.
  7. Undertakes and accomplishes technical tasks relative to programs/projects, such as technical aspects of environmental reviews/assessments, obtains clearances from Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
  8. Provide administrative support for farmland preservation program activities (e.g. ranking, title, survey, inspections) at the discretion of the Director.


  1. Must be able to speak and understand the English language in an understandable manner in order to carry out essential functions of job.
  2. Must possess good communication and interpersonal skills.
  3. Must possess initiative and problem-solving skills.
  4. Must possess ability to function independently, have flexibility and the ability to work effectively with clients, co-workers and others.
  5. Must possess ability to maintain confidentiality in regard to client information and records.
  6. Must possess a willingness to travel as needed to carry out essential job duties.
  7. Must possess some knowledge of principles/practices and objectives of County planning and development.
  8. Must possess some knowledge of research methodology and ability to apply same to job duties.
  9. Must possess ability to plan, organize and carry out assignments effectively and within reasonable time.
  10. Must possess ability to organize and present information and survey/research results by means of effective communication tools.
  11. Must possess knowledge and ability to prepare charts, maps, and graphs and interpret same.
  12. Must possess ability to answer general questions in knowledgeable and correct manner regarding department issues and planning.
  13. Must be able to interact effectively with County officials regarding plans and development projects.
  14. Must possess a valid Pennsylvania Driver’s License.

RATE OF PAY: $18.93 – $20.39 per hour

For full job announcement see attached.

How to Apply

To Apply for Employment:

Fill out the Employment Application Form ( Be sure to enter a valid email address as you will receive an email once the form is submitted.

You can also hand deliver your completed application and resume to the Human Resources Office on the second floor of the Carbon County Administration Building.

2 Hazard Square
Jim Thorpe, PA 18229