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Employment Opportunities

The County of Nelson is seeking interested and qualified applicants for the following positions:

Position:  Director of Planning and Zoning
Salary Range: $47,531 – $60,843
Department: Planning & Zoning
Closing Date:  Until filled
Beginning Date:  As soon as possible

Responsibilities include administration of planning and zoning for Nelson County in accordance with state and local codes and ordinances. Administration may include studies and analysis for maintaining the Comprehensive Plan and subdivision and zoning ordinances as well as support functions to the Board of Zoning Appeals, Planning Commission, Board of Supervisors, and the Thomas Jefferson Planning Commission.  Duties include site plan and subdivision plat reviews to determine compliance with subdivision and other regulations, processing zoning applications, investigating complaints on zoning violations, supervision of office staff, management of department budget, and assisting and communicating with citizens as may be required. Must have the ability to perform GIS analysis using mapping and other related software tools. Must have knowledge of planning and zoning principles, state and local codes relating to zoning, subdivision of land, erosion, and sediment control. Must be able to communicate courteously and effectively with the public in oral and written form.  The successful applicant will possess strong administrative and organizational skills and be able to perform effectively with limited staff resources. Previous supervisory experience is preferred. Bachelor’s degree in related field or equivalent experience is desirable; Master’s degree is preferred.  Residency in Nelson County is required of the successful candidate.

Interested persons may apply in person at the Nelson County Human Resources Department, 84 Courthouse Square, Lovingston, by mail to P.O. Box 336, Lovingston, VA 22949 or by email at lstaton@nelsoncounty.org . Required submissions include: Nelson County Job Application, Cover Letter, Resume, and Three (3) References. EOE.


Position:  Emergency Services Coordinator
Salary Range: $43,116 – $53,846
Department: Public Safety & Emergency Services
Closing Date:  Open until filled by qualified applicant
Required Documentation:  Nelson County Job Application; Resume; AND Three (3) References

Responsibilities include coordinating emergency operational plans and operating procedures as required by state and federal regulations as well as ensuring compliance with hazardous waste requirements. The Coordinator also provides scheduling and supervision of the Emergency Operations Center personnel as well as serving as the county representative to the Nelson County Emergency Services Council and other state or federal emergency services organizations as appropriate. In the event of major emergencies, the coordinator serves as advisor providing technical assistance and coordination. The Coordinator is responsible for managing the department budget and works with the Technology Department in assessing equipment and software needs for the Emergency Operations Center.

Preference will be given to candidates with experience in emergency communication center operations and familiarity with local, state, and federal laws regarding emergency operations. Supervisory skills and working knowledge of basic purchasing and budget management are required. Must have general knowledge of maps and county road systems and working knowledge of PC applications. Must be able to communicate courteously and effectively with the public in oral and written form.  High school education or GED equivalent is required. Related course work or training in emergency services is desirable. Must possess a valid Virginia driver’s license.

Interested persons may submit a completed application and resume with three references to the Department of Human Resources, P.O. Box 336, Lovingston, VA  22949, (434) 263-7137/7136. EOE

For a County employment application, please visit: Nelson County Job Application


Please be aware, the Nelson County Department of Human Resources does not handle applications for Constitutional Offices.  Please direct any applications, resumes, or questions directly to the Constitutional Office.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion, sex, familial status, sexual orientation, and reprisal. (Not all prohibited bases to all programs).

To file a complaint of discrimination, write to:

USDA, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
Office of the Assistance Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, S. W., Stop 9410
Washington, DC 20250-9410
Or call toll-free at (866) 632-9992 (English) or (800) 877-8339 (TDD) or (866) 377-8642 (English Federal-relay) or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish Federal-relay).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer

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Contact Us
Physical Address
84 Courthouse Square
Lovingston, VA 22949
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 336
Lovingston, VA 22949
Debbie McCann - Director
Linda Staton - Finance Technician (Payroll & Human Resources)
Grace Mawyer - Finance Technician (Accts. Payable & Public Services)
fax: 434-263-7134