County hires former intern for conditional use permit code enforcement

Ben Joner will focus on surface mining overlay ordinance

Ben Joner, a recent Washington State University Vancouver graduate, will fill Clark County’s new code enforcement position dedicated to monitoring compliance with conditional use permits.

He joined the environmental services department in mid-August.

During the 2014-2015 school year, Joner was a natural resource intern in the department, where he helped with water quality monitoring, data management and mapping projects and became familiar with Title 40, the county’s code regulating property development in the unincorporated area.

Joner will enforce compliance with the county’s new surface mining overlay ordinance and other specific conditional use permits throughout the county.

“Ben Joner is proof that our internship program works,” said Don Benton, environmental services director. “He will be a great addition to the team, and I look forward to providing other interns with the experience they’ll need to be competitive in today’s marketplace.”

Joner is a lifelong Clark County resident. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and environmental science in June and an associate degree at Clark College in 2011.

Environmental Services partners with WSU Vancouver’s College of Arts and Sciences to offer students paid internships to gain work experience. Internships are 150 hours.

For more information about the program, contact Pete DuBois in environmental services at or (360) 397-2121, Ext. 4961.