Located in Kelso, WA, the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments (CWCOG) serves the communities primarily within the southwest Washington counties of Cowlitz and Wahkiakum. Through its Transportation program, it also includes the regions of Grays Harbor, Lewis, and Pacific Counties.

Conveniently located between Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington on the I-5 corridor, the region offers residents a comfortable, small-city lifestyle while having access to big-city recreational and cultural opportunities. Nestled between the Pacific Coastline and home to some of the most prominent mountains in the Cascade Range, this Lower Columbia region is considered one of the Northwest’s best outdoor playgrounds. Residents can enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities year-round including fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, boating, mountain climbing, and skiing.

The CWCOG has a highly varied work program with initiatives undertaken in the areas of long and short-term regional and local planning, transportation and economic development planning, community development, technical assistance, and a wide array of contractual services. Financial support for CWCOG services comes from annual membership fees, project-specific federal and state grants, and contractual revenues. The agency is a board-directed organization that meets once a month to oversee operations, approve policy direction, and discuss issues of importance to the region.

The CWCOG is an equal opportunity employer (EOE). Employees and applicants for employment are protected by federal, state, and local laws designed to protect employees and job applicants from discrimination on the bases of race, religion, color, creed, sex (including pregnancy and maternity, gender identity, and sexual orientation), parental or marital status, national origin, age, disability, family medical history or genetic information, use of service animal, political affiliation, military service, or other protected class status.

If you are looking for a diverse and challenging position and want to live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, then the CWCOG might be the place for you! All applications for open positions must include a letter of interest, application, resume, and writing example submitted by the advertised deadline to:

Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments
PO Box 128
Kelso, WA 98626

The CWCOG does accept Planner applications at any time even without a posted position. Follow the guidelines above to apply.

The Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments is seeking a Planner to join our team. The position will work directly with program staff, collaboratively on a variety of technical and procedural activities related to a five county regional transportation planning program, federally designated metropolitan planning organization for an urbanized area and a multi-county Economic Development District.

The successful candidate must possess a Bachelor’s degree or higher in urban and regional planning or related field and have one to five years experience within a planning process.

This full-time position is opened until filled. All Levels of experience will be considered.

Planner I Hiring Salary Range:  $52,610-$59,187 annually DOQ. Excellent benefits. EOE.

Planner I Job Description

Planner II Job Description

Submit letter of interest, application, résumé and writing example to Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments, PO Box 128, Kelso, WA 98626 or via email to rnugent@cwcog.org.  Application and full job description found at www.cwcog.org or call 360-577-3041.