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Land / Urban Planner

RaganSmith is seeking a full-time Land Planner / Urban Designer to join our Landscape Architecture and Land Planning Studio based in our Chattanooga office. The ideal candidate is creative, collaborative, and has a passion for creating places that are authentic, innovative, and functional. This position will have an opportunity to work on a broad range of projects with a focus on public sector work, planning, and design including community comprehensive plans, parks and recreation planning and design, community mobility and alternative transportation plans, streetscape and urban design, green infrastructure, civic center, and downtown master planning. The Land Planner will have access to professionals of various backgrounds and expertise across our multi-disciplinary firm. 

RaganSmith is looking to grow our flourishing community planning and urban design practice with a proven contributor. This position will have the opportunity to work with experienced AICP planners, registered LAs and Civil Engineers but should have a demonstrated record of success in developing plans, projects, and policy documents for community-based projects. The selected candidate will also demonstrate a passion and aptitude for planning and designing the public realm, engaging community members in the design process, and translating community input into functional plans, policy, and designs.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support senior planners and/or project managers in producing master planning documents for federal projects
  • Support project team in data collection and data analysis
  • Preparation of plans and maps, GIS production, report graphics production, and workshop meeting documentation
  • Support project teams and sometimes lead client workshops
  • Establish and maintain a project framework, budget, and schedule
  • Review and edit planning and design documents throughout a project lifecycle
  • Assist department leads in preparing proposals and assigning project teams
  • Additional related duties as assigned

Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to efficiently read, comprehend, and interpret a variety of community plans, resource documents, and data sources (including GIS data)
  • Comfortable facilitating small group discussions and building consensus
  • Possess a functional understanding of comprehensive planning and policy documents, zoning and development codes, entitlement process, and transportation plans 
  • Manage and mentor a team to meet project goals and deadlines
  • Perform and manage the design of projects in ArcGIS Pro, Adobe Creative Suite, AutoCAD, and MS Office platforms
  • Coordinate and lead meetings with clients, design professionals, reviewing agencies, state agencies, development districts, and nonprofit agencies
  • Help lead and document community engagement and public input
  • AICP certification or ability to obtain


  • Bachelor’s degree in Planning, Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Environmental Planning & Design, or a related field
  • 4-8+ years of experience in land planning and design
  • Portfolio of previous community related project experience
  • Proficiency with one or more of the following platforms ArcGIS Pro, MS Office, Adobe Creative Suite
  • Adaptability and time management
  • Ability to work independently as well as in multi-disciplinary teams


  • 100% covered health, dental and vision insurance, group term life insurance, identity theft protection, long-term and short-term disability coverage, telemedicine, and long term care insurance 
  • Generous PTO, paid holidays, and three additional paid days between Christmas and New Year’s Day
  • Profit sharing bonus
  • 401(k) contribution
  • Compensatory time paid out as PTO or additional pay if over 40 hours worked in a week
  • Flexible work environment
  • Focus on work-life balance

RaganSmith was founded in 1933 as a land surveying company. More than eight decades later, we have grown into an interdisciplinary consulting firm of experienced civil engineers, landscape architects, transportation experts, savvy surveyors, and brilliant land planners serving the private and public sectors. 

RaganSmith is an equal opportunity employer recognizing the value of a diverse workforce. All qualified individuals will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, and/or protected veteran status in accordance with governing laws.

Please submit a portfolio of relevant work to be considered.

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