The Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments serves a diverse group of 19 municipalities in west-central Connecticut that is home to more than 450,000 people. Our goal is to improve the quality of life in the region by assisting local governments plan and manage projects that meet critical community needs. This includes cleaning up blighted and polluted Brownfields sites, improving the area’s transportation network and preserving the quality of our waterways. The planning services we provide are in the areas of transportation, environment, land use, emergency preparedness, legislation and policy review and geographic information systems. Please check this page regularly for openings on our staff.

NVCOG Openings:

Environmental Planner 1


The individual selected for this position will support environmental planning efforts under the direction of senior staff. Such projects may be related to municipal solid waste, brownfields, water planning, open space, multiuse trails, cultural and natural resources, infrastructure, climate planning, and others as relevant. Typical assignments will include:

  • Analysis of environmental, demographic and program data.
  • Selection, oversight, and management of contractors.
  • Administrative support for committees and work groups.
  • Development of presentations, educational materials and webinars in a variety of formats.
  • Community outreach and education, including night meetings, tabling on weekends, and other event planning activities.

Knowledge and Abilities:

Knowledge of:

  • MS Office suite of applications, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • General principles of planning, environmental planning, and environmental policy.
  • Preferred working knowledge of graphic design and relevant design software.

Ability to:

  • Clearly convey technical concepts to peers, partners and the public who may have limited technical knowledge.
  • Analyze and interpret data to reach logical conclusions.
  • Manage multiple assignments and changing priorities.
  • Prepare clear, concise, and comprehensive documents, reports, correspondence, and other written materials.


Bachelor’s degree in a related field of study (Planning, Environment, Natural Resources, Geography, Public Administration, or related) or equivalent relevant experience.

Work is performed in a standard office environment with some reimbursable travel. NVCOG has a remote work policy that may allow up to 25% of supervisor approved remote work.

May be required to attend evening and weekend meetings


This is a full time, 35-hour per week position. The NVCOG has authorized a salary range of $50,000-to-$55,000 for this position, commensurate with experience and qualifications. Benefits include a comprehensive health insurance plan, including vision and dental, and a retirement plan with no employee contribution.


Please submit a cover letter and resume to Josh Lecar, Director of Planning, NVCOG at NVCOG is an equal opportunity employer.  

 Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and kept in confidence until interviews are completed. Reference and additional supporting documents may be requested from the applicant if NVCOG decides to advance the applicant.