Planning Intern

Town of North Wilkesboro

North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, NC United States


Under immediate supervision, supports the functions of the Planning Director while gaining knowledge of basic planning functions; and performs other duties as assigned.



  • Assist in the review of development applications for completeness including site, landscape and elevation plans, interpretation of the Zoning Ordinance and Town codes;
  • Assist staff and consulting firm with researching, evaluating, and consolidating the Town’s land use regulation ordinance into a Unified Development Ordinance (UDO);
  • Assist and make presentations to various Boards and Committees, as well as public outreach;
  • Assist in the enhancement of the department’s record keeping system by organizing and digitizing files;
  • Create and update materials pertaining to the Town's development approval process;
  • Research information and assist staff with inquiries pertaining to current or comprehensive planning, with a focus on the Great State of Wilkes Outdoor Economy Plan and River District;
  • Cross-train with other department staff and assists as needed;
  • Attend evening meetings of the Planning Board, Board of Adjustment, and Board of Commissioners as required;
  • Additional duties as assigned.



Knowledge of:

  • Basic principles and concepts of planning and/or local government.
  • Basic report writing, research methods and data compilation.
  • Understanding of record keeping.
  • General knowledge of operating a personal computer, various software and computer applications including Microsoft Office, and online ArcGIS. 
  • Good technical writing skills, the ability to research statutory requirements and good organization skills.
  • Complete other special projects and related duties as assigned

Ability to:

  • Ability to understand and follow oral instructions and written communications.
  • Communicate in both written and verbal forms.
  • Respond effectively to difficult and sensitive public inquiries.
  • Speak and present information to various audiences.
  • Provide high quality customer service.
  • Understand and carry out oral and written directions.
  • Work both independently and collaboratively as each individual project requires.


Desirable Education and Experience:

High school diploma or GED and a valid North Carolina driver license. Additionally, the candidate should be currently enrolled in, or have recently completed, an undergraduate or graduate program in geography, environmental science, engineering, urban or regional planning, public administration or a related field.


Physical Requirements

  • Sufficient physical ability to work in an office setting and operate office equipment; sit or stand for prolonged periods of time; operate motorized vehicles.
  • This position will involve fieldwork.

Pay: DOQ for a 12-week internship (40 hours per week)

Experience Level
Entry (0-1 year)
AICP Level
Comprehensive or Long-Range Planning
Salary Range

Contact Information

Crystal Keener
PO Box 218
832 Main Street
North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, NC
United States
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