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Position: Part-time Zoning Enforcement Officer

CLOSING DATE: March 23, 2017

Availability: Immediately

Qualifications:Bachelor’s degree in planning, law, geography, land use, public administration or zoning enforcement, wetlands enforcement, or a related field and two (2) years’ experience; or any equivalent combination of training or experience.

CAZEO certification preferred. If not CAZEO certified, must be certified within one (l) year of appointment, or, at the earliest date based on scheduling of the CAZEO certification course. Must possess a valid state issued Driver’s license.

HOURS OF WORK:under 30 hours per week Monday-Thursday

Wage: To be determined based on qualifications and experience


GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES:Performs technical work in enforcing local and state regulations regarding zoning and land use matters.  Investigates complaints of zoning violations and administers the Town's zoning regulations.  Provides customer service in the Building and Zoning Department.  Serves as designated agent of the Town's Planning and Zoning Commission in all enforcement actions.  Serves as designated agent of the Town's to the Zoning Board of Appeals.  Acts as a liaison to the Town's Inland/Wetlands Commission.  Works with the Town’s Planner Consultant as needed.  Performs other miscellaneous duties in the land use department upon request of the First Selectman or the Planning & Zoning Commission.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Works under the general supervision of the First Selectman or his designee.



ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: Conducts and is responsible for the review of all private and governmental plans and projects as they may relate to applicable zoning regulations.  Conducts field inspections as needed to determine compliance with the zoning regulations.  Provides the general public an interpretation of the regulations.  Provides answers and advice regarding violations and complaints, pursues them to resolution in conformance with departmental procedures with an emphasis on public relations.  Recommends and writes changes to the zoning regulations.  Prepares reports of violations and complaints for the PZC.  Reviews plot and building plans accompanying applications for zoning permits for conformance to all zoning regulations and conducts an administrative inland wetland review.  Issues zoning permits and advises applicants of violations or deficiencies.  Conducts scheduled inspections of all open permits to determine continued compliance with the Zoning Regulations.  Has extensive contact, by phone or in person, with the public as well as attorneys, engineers, architects, and land surveyors, to interpret, answer and advise on matters related to the zoning regulations.  Conducts inspections as required by the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals.  Reviews the minutes of the ZBA and PZC for accuracy and documents regular and punctual attendance by the members.


 Answer telephones in the land use and building department. Attends meetings of the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals and other federal, state or local agencies and performs related work as required.

 PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.

 The work is performed mostly in office settings. Some outdoor work is required for inspections. Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate computers and various pieces of office equipment.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to talk and hear. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, stand, walk, use hands to finger, grasp, handle or feel objects, tools or controls.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus. 

 WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, or airborne particles.  Performs highly complex and varied tasks requiring independent knowledge.  The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet in the office and moderate to loud in the field.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY: Knowledge of the principles and practices of municipal planning and zoning; ability to analyze, interpret and administer the provisions of the zoning regulations; ability to read, interpret and analyze plans and specifications with respect to zoning requirements; ability to enforce in an equitable manner, the zoning requirements of the Town; ability to read and interpret plot plans, maps, blueprints, drawings and zoning regulations; ability to establish an effective work relationship with the public and associates; ability to express ideas effectively in oral and written form to associates, the general public and appointed boards or commissions; ability to organize materials and present information in legal procedures.

This job description is not, nor is it intended to be, a complete statement of all duties, functions and responsibilities which comprise this position.

Please send resume and letters of reference to:

Town of Stafford
Office of the First Selectman
Attn: Beth A. DaDalt
1 Main Street
Stafford Springs, Ct 06076


The Town of Stafford is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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