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Join our small but powerful team! We value service, flexibility, teamwork, “can-do” spirit, and love for our communities and region. Our team members enjoy excellent benefits, including health and dental insurance, participation in the Iowa Public Employees Retirement System (IPERS) and a generous PTO program. ECICOG employees have the option to work from home two days a week.

ECICOG Planning Fellowship

The East Central Iowa Council of Governments (ECICOG) is seeking to fill an 12-18 month planning fellowship. The fellowship is a great opportunity for a recent graduate to gain exposure to a wide variety of planning disciplines before pursuing a permanent position or advanced education. This position reports to the Executive Director and is anticipated to start in January of 2023 (or earlier depending on candidate availability). Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to employment@ecicog.org. This position will remain open until filled. 


Position Purpose

The ECIC0G Planning Fellowship is 12-18 month position intended to advance a recent college graduate’s knowledge of the planning field and our region. It is a great opportunity to gain exposure to a wide variety of planning disciplines before pursuing a permanent position or attending graduate school. This position reports to the Executive Director and is anticipated to start in January of 2023 or earlier depending on candidate availability.


1. Assists with the development of plans.

  • Gathers and analyzes data.

  • Assists with community engagement activities.

  • Drafts plan sections.

  • Uses GIS to prepare relevant maps.


2. Assist with writing and administering federal, state and private grants.

  • Drafts grant narratives and prepares grant packages.

  • Conducts environmental assessments.

  • Conducts Davis-Bacon wage compliance checks.

  • Conducts income verifications.

  • Tracks grant progress and submits for requests for reimbursement.

  • Maintains grant records.


3. Assists with other activities as assigned, such as city code updates, land use ordinance changes, surveys, mapping, and facilitation/event planning.


4. Supports ECICOG’s reputation as a regional leader.


5. Works to continuously improve ECICOG’s reputation, services and deliverables. Understands that doing relevant, high-quality work and generating revenue are both important to sustaining the organization.


6. Stays current on planning issues and best practices. Looks for opportunities to broaden skill set.


7. Shares technical expertise with other team members within organization.


8. Attends occasional evening or weekend meetings.

Example Projects from 2020-2022 Fellowship

  • Assisted with Comprehensive Plans for Bertram, Wyoming and Lisbon

  • Assisted with Iowa City Strategic Plan

  • Assisted with Jasper County Hazard Mitigation Plan

  • Facilitated Iowa City Business Assistance program

  • Developed University Heights ARPA Business Assistance Grant program

  • Administered Iowa Watershed Approach grants


Likely projects for 2023-2024 Fellowship

  • Create Regional Trail Plan

  • Assist with Comprehensive Plans for Swisher and Anamosa

  • Assist with Linn County Hazard Mitigation Plan

  • Assist with Linn County Housing study

  • Support Hometown Pride Activities

  • Help write and administer Community Development Block Grants (CDBG)

Knowledge and Skills

  • Strong customer-service orientation.

  • Strong written communication skills.

  • Ability to work on several projects or issues simultaneously.

  • Ability to manage projects efficiently and effectively.

  • Ability to reflect on and respond to feedback constructively.

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office and GIS.

  • Willingness to support the work of other teammates and departments as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

The Planning Fellowship requires a bachelor’s or master’s degree in planning, GIS, public administration or related field. Successful candidates will model ECICOG’s core values and love for our communities and region.

Pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987 and other nondiscrimination authorities, it is the policy of ECICOG that discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability or income status shall not occur in connection with any of its programs or activities.