Town of St. Michaels Accepting Applications for Town Planner Position


The Town of St. Michaels, population 1,040, is located on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Known as “the town that fooled the British”, St. Michaels boasts a combination of popular marinas, inns, bed & breakfasts, shops, and restaurants that make it a favorite destination for visitors. Frequently featured in travel publications and a popular destination, St. Michaels is steeped in history and maritime culture.

The Town of St. Michaels is recruiting for a full-time Town Planner for this highly responsible position. The Town Planner performs a variety of professional and technical related tasks for planning and zoning administration, while supporting Town Staff, Town Commissioners, the Planning Commission, Climate Change/Sea Level Rise Commission, and Zoning Board of Appeals. The Town Planner reports directly to the Town Administrator. Job duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Reviews land development plans issuing reports to the Planning Commission to ensure compliance with development regulations.
  • Conducts research on issues, policies, and concepts pertaining to planning, zoning, and community development.
  • Provides technical assistance, answers questions, and meets with the public, developers, and design professionals regarding planning and development issues.
  • Reviews and updates ordinances affecting planning, zoning, development, and related departmental areas.
  • Assists with the coordination and updates of the Town’s Comprehensive Plan and other matters related to long-range planning.
  • Reviews and prepares staff reports for rezoning, special use permits, and variance applications coordinating all efforts with appropriate agencies.
  • Prepares agendas, legal advertisements, and meeting minutes.
  • In coordination with the Special Project Manager/Code Compliance Officer, enforces all Town codes while serving as the Town’s Zoning Administrator.

Preferred minimum qualifications include graduation from college with a bachelor’s degree in urban planning, public administration, or a closely related field and three to five (3-5) years of progressively responsible planning experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience. The successful candidate will possess excellent written and verbal skills, be tactful, diplomatic and customer service oriented.

The Town of St. Michaels offers a generous salary and benefit package including health care, paid vacation, paid sick leave, a pension plan through Maryland State Retirement System, and encourages training and development. Competitive salary dependent upon qualifications. 

Please send a resume and cover letter to the address below by end of the business day December 2, 2022.  

St. Michaels Town Hall
Attn: Rob Straebel, Town Administrator
P.O. Box 206
St. Michaels, MD 21663
rstraebel@stmichaelsmd.gov