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  • Full-time


Since its inception in 1912, the Arizona State Land Department has been entrusted with managing approximately 9.2 million acres of State Trust lands scattered throughout Arizona. The Common Schools (K-12) are the largest beneficiary entitled to approximately 87% of the land and receiving close to 90% of State Trust Land revenues. Through the application of sound stewardship, and effective business management principles, the Land Department can succeed in its mission of responsibly managing the assets of a multi-generational perpetual Trust in alignment with the interests of the beneficiaries and Arizona’s future. Are you ready to join us in our mission?
Please apply today!
For general information, visit our website: www.azland.gov
1616 West Adams Phoenix, AZ 85007



Job Location:

Address:  1616 West Adams Phoenix, AZ 85007

Posting Details:

Salary: $50,000 - $57,000 

Grade: 19

Closing Date: Open Until Business Needs Are Met

Job Summary:

The Arizona State Land Department manages more than 10,000 leases, permits, rights of ways, sales and other contracts relating to the management use and disposition of 9.2 million acres of State Trust lands. State Trust lands are lands granted to the State of Arizona pursuant to the federal Enabling Act. The Trust lands are held in Trust for the common public schools and 13 other public institutions. Any use or disposition of Trust lands must benefit the Trust's beneficiaries.

Job Duties:

Reporting to the Planning and Engineering Section Manager, the Planner II position at ASLD is unlike most public-sector planning positions. Planners at ASLD are not regulatory gatekeepers, but instead serve as both a guardian and advocate, working on behalf of the State Trust beneficiaries to protect and enhance the value of their Trust land assets. We seek candidates to act as a landowner’s representative to evaluate potential impacts associated with adjacent entitlement cases, amendments to agency planning documents, and proposed Trust land uses. The successful candidate will be an excellent communicator in all modes. The ability to quickly produce maps and graphics that communicate complex technical concepts to public stakeholders and local officials is desired. The successful candidate will be self-motivated and able to work both independently with minimal direction and as part of a team with other ASLD staff in representing the Section and the Department.

Job Duties:
• Evaluate a variety of long-range planning documents, zoning and permit applications to identify sensitive planning-related issues.
• Provide planning support and perform information gathering on existing conditions and land management considerations to evaluate right-of-way, sales and lease applications.
• Review planning documents and draft agency responses to external requests for comment.
• Participate on internal teams consisting of staff professionals, providing technical guidance as needed.
• Prepare maps, graphic and written materials to convey complex technical issues to non-technical stakeholders and decision-makers.
• Assist other agency sections with presentations before local boards, committees, councils and the ASLD Board of Appeals.
• Assist in creation of project development and implementation plans in compliance with state/federal laws and regulations and in alignment with overall Department strategic goals and objectives.
• Interface and coordinate with outside consultants, appraisers and staff from local jurisdictions as well as Federal, State and tribal governments.
• Attend public meetings, open houses, and hearings as a Department representative, on occasion outside of regular business hours.
• Coordinate responsibilities for multiple projects at any given time.

• Evaluate entitlement cases, right-of-way, sales applications, land use and corridor planning documents and make effective planning recommendations to management with the goal of maintaining or increasing value and benefits to the Trust. (60%)
• Assist in the evaluation, drafting and implementation of new rules, procedures, policies, reports and documents. (25%)
• Apply the principles, theories and concepts of the Arizona Management System; actively participating in group huddles and huddle board updates; continually identifying areas for process and equality improvement, adhering to established standard work and procedures. (10%)
• Other duties as assigned and as related to the position. (5%)

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

• Basic concepts of planning, land use law and civil engineering.
• Ability to comprehend topographic maps, schematic drawings and engineering plans.
• Alternative selection analysis for roads and utility infrastructure pursuant to the National Environmental Policy act or similar state and local processes.

• Strong comprehension and written, verbal and graphic communications skills and familiarity with related software programs.
• Creation of maps and plans and familiarity with related software.

• Work independently, problem-solve and develop options for management consideration.
• Conduct a land parcel opportunities and constraints analysis.
• Locate information and conduct research of assessor’s records, title reports and ALTA surveys, long-range and current planning documents, zoning ordinance and ASLD electronic file contents (OASIS, Palms, View Center, Salesforce).
• Present complex planning and engineering concepts in written, verbal or graphic format.

Selective Preference(s):

• Bachelor’s degree - planning or closely related field, 1-3 yrs of exp. in urban land mgmt, construction and land development, utility, circulation and drainage infrastructure financing and development, entitlement, site planning, etc.
• Professional registration (AICP, ASLA, LEED, etc.) or willingness to work toward achieving credential within two years of hire.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

● Prior or after interviewing, candidates may be subject to a pre-employment skills assessment.
● Requires possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete required driver training. (refer to Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.)


● Sick leave
● Vacation with 10 paid holidays per year
● Health and dental insurance
● Retirement plan
● Life insurance and long-term disability insurance.
● Optional employee benefits include short-term disability insurance, deferred compensation plans, and supplemental life insurance

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


● Positions in this classification participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS).
● Participation is a mandatory condition of employment for all employees who meet the eligibility and membership criteria as defined in statute.
● Enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment
● The current contribution rate is 12.41%

Contact Us:

If you have trouble applying for this position, please email HRIShelpdesk@azdoa.gov for assistance.

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting AZSLD Human Resources at 602-542-2629. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation.

Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.