Employment with the Village of Gurnee


The Village of Gurnee is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local laws regarding employment. The Village encourages qualified candidates who share our commitment to diversity and non-discrimination to apply for available positions.

Full-time employees that are not part of the Police or Fire pensions become members of the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF), a link to their website is posted here

Applicants for employment can view the FMLA poster here.

Applications are accepted only in response to posted vacancies. If there is a position you would like to apply for, please review the job advertisement and follow the application instructions. Unless otherwise indicated, the qualifications listed are guidelines. Other combinations of education and experience, which could provide the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform in the job position, may be considered at the Village's discretion when appropriate. Please note during high volume recruitments, Village staff may contact only candidates under consideration for a position. Questions? Email the Human Resources Department.

Current Openings

Senior Planner - Community Development


The Community Development Department seeks an experienced, team oriented and motivated individual to join our team as a Senior Planner.


Click Here to Apply - apply immediately; first review of applications June 23, 2023; open until filled.

The Village of Gurnee is seeking an experienced candidate, team player, and motivated individual who is ready to join our team as a Senior Planner in the Community Development Department. With an upcoming retirement in the near future, the Village seeks to hire its next “Village Planner in waiting”. Succession planning and internal promotions are highly valued in our stable organization. This is a great opportunity to advance to the next level in your career and help lead one of Illinois’ most professionally managed communities.

Education/Experience: This position requires a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university in Urban Planning, Business, Public Administration or a related field. A minimum of (3) years of experience in urban planning is required. Must be familiar with GIS software used in planning and development work. A valid Driver’s License is required. A Master’s degree or AICP is highly preferred, but not required.

The Salary range:
 This position starts at $86,000 - $104,500 + DOQ, plus a generous benefit package including health, dental, and vision benefits, employer-paid life insurance and other ancillary benefit options. Retirement benefits through the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) are provided along with the option to participate in a 457(b) deferred compensation plan. The Village of Gurnee also provides paid vacation, personal, and sick days as well as paid Village Holidays. The Senior Planner position is an exempt, non-union position.

Work Schedule: Full- time position: 40 hours per week- The Village of Gurnee strongly believes in a work/life balance, our schedule is 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Attendance at night meetings is required.

The successful candidate will have an outstanding work ethic, positive attitude and be self-motivated. They must have strong organizational skills, the ability to work with a high degree of accuracy/attention to detail with multi-tasking skills.

Key Responsibilities: In this role, you will be responsible for professional planning and project management work related to land use and municipal development. You will have a variety of routine and complex assignments pertaining to the implementation of current and long range planning programs. Tasks will include, but are not limited to:

  • Coordinates and implements the subdivision, planned unit development, and related current and long-range zoning processes, working closely with and advising the applicant, relevant Village staff, outside agencies, Planning and Zoning Board, and other relevant parties of the code requirements and procedures.
  • Coordinates and implements the development review and approval process, including conducting pre-application meetings with all interested parties related to subdivisions, annexations, PUD's, impact fees, map and text amendments, and other significant development proposals and compiling comprehensive review comments.
  • Reviews development and redevelopment proposals including subdivision, site plan, variance requests, plat, and other development documents; applies knowledge of site design, landscaping, transportation, lighting and other fields to the review process; conducts plan reviews and prepares detailed comments/reports.
  • Acts as staff liaison to Planning and Zoning Board; develop and coordinate agenda packets for meetings, conduct research, and maintain compliance with posting notices.
  • Maintains records and databases of demographic, land use, and related information for planning purposes.
  • Assists Community Development Director and other Village staff in the interpretation and enforcement of applicable Village codes, development standards, design guidelines, and the comprehensive plan.

The Senior Planner can expect to work closely with the Planning Manager on ongoing redevelopment projects and new development projects. The Senior Planner should have knowledge and experience working with annexation agreements, PUD's and experience in negotiating the terms of such agreements.  The Village is seeking candidates with experience in contract management and working with consultants on special projects.