Associate Airport Planner - DIA

Associate Airport Planner ­- Denver International Airport

Salary: $59,278.00 - $94,845.00 Annually
Location: 80249, CO
Job Type: Unlimited Regular
Department: Aviation (DIA)
Job Number: 37334 16442
About Us

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Denver International Airport is the 19th-busiest airport in the world and the sixth-busiest airport in the United States, serving 58.3 million passengers last year and generating more than $26 billion for the region annually. DEN is the largest and newest commercial airport in the United States and consists of 15 million square feet of built environment.

Denver is one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States, and has been named the nation's top place to live, work, and play. Being the best place to live isn't easy; maintaining such a reputation means we need the best people working for the residents of Denver. People who want to make a difference; people who want to give back; people who want to be at the heart of the city and have a hand in creating our future. At DEN, the core values of the organization are transparency, collaboration, mutual respect and support, diversity, integrity, trust and organizational excellence. Join the team at DEN and be part of the future for the world's most exciting and forward-thinking airport. Learn more about DEN at

About Our Job

As DEN grows we need additional Associate Airport Planners to support the Planning Team in performing the following core duties:

  • Aircraft gate layout and paint design
  • Planning project coordination
  • Prepares phasing options and airline coordination exhibits with the goal of minimizing project impacts on airline users
  • Performs construction planning exhibits, developmental phasing options and airline coordination – with a goal to minimize project impacts on airline stakeholders
  • Performs, compiles, and organizes research/statistics measuring airfield efficiency and gate utilization
  • Conduct various airside planning studies and analysis including gate layout/optimization, hold room analysis, FAA design standard review, and airspace evaluations. Research current airline trends, scheduling, and fleet mix to identify potential impacts to DEN operational efficiency.
  • Prepare and maintain FAA Form 7640 applications and database. Maintain and update the Airport layout Plan and ensure that GIS data sets are current and up to date.
  • Performs, compiles, and organizes research/statistics measuring airfield efficiency and gate utilization. Create presentations and overview exhibits to effectively communicate existing airfield conditions and/or deficiencies throughout the organization
  • Other duties as assigned

About You

We are looking for someone with a passion for aviation and strong communication and organizational skills. We are looking for someone who wants to leverage their technical abilities and learn and grow within the aviation field.

Our ideal candidate has:
  • At least one year of experience in airfield planning/operations or in construction management and at least one year of experience creating gate exhibits and renderings, airfield/airline specific plans and concepts, phasing plans, or aircraft parking layout and simulation modeling.
  • Degree in Aviation Management or Airport Planning or construction management
  • Experience with AutoCAD highly desired
  • Experience with Geographic Information System (GIS)
  • Experience with Microsoft Office
  • Solid knowledge of Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) as they apply to Airport System
  • Planning, Airport Master Planning and Airport Design Working knowledge with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Advisory Circulars pertaining to Airport System Planning, Airport Master Planning and Airport Design Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Piloting experience
  • Understanding of aircraft characteristics
  • General understanding of airport environment and airport operations
  • Project coordination experience
We realize your time is valuable, so please do not apply unless you have the following minimum qualifications:
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in City or Regional Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, or a directly related degree and one year of professional city planning, regional planning, or experience creating, drawing and rendering urban design plans and concepts. 
Education/Experience Equivalency: A Master's Degree in City or Regional Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, or a directly related degree may be substituted for the experience requirement. A combination of appropriate education and experience may be substituted for the minimum education and experience requirements. 

About Everything Else

  • Please note the following:
  • FBI Criminal Background Check required:  an FBI criminal background check is required for all positions at Denver International Airport (DEN). Employees are also required to report any felony conviction and/or moving violations to maintain this clearance / be eligible for continued employment. By position, a pre-employment physical/drug test may be required.
Classification Title: We call this job the Associate Airport Planner. The official job classification title is Associate City Planner.
Assessments/Testing: This position does not require testing.
Pre-employment Screening: An offer of employment is contingent on the verification of credentials and other information required by law and City and County of Denver policies, including the successful completion of a background check. Candidates must pass a criminal background check and other verifications required for the position which may include, but are not limited to, employment and/or education verification, motor vehicle record check, drug test, and/or physical. The existence of a conviction does not automatically disqualify an individual from employment except where federal or state law or regulations prohibit employment of an individual with certain convictions. For more information about the selection and employment screening process, click here.
Probationary Period: This position may require the selected candidate to complete at least a six month probationary period prior to attaining career status with the City & County of Denver. For more information about the probationary period, click here.

The City and County of Denver provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, or any other status protected under federal, state, and/or local law. 


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