Assistant Planner

invites applications for the position of:


SALARY: $29.89 – $38.15 Hourly
$5,181.00 – $6,612.00 Monthly
OPENING DATE: 01/11/18
CLOSING DATE: 01/25/18 06:00 PM

Under supervision, performs entry-level professional work in city planning; and to perform related duties as required.

(These functions are representative and may not be present in all positions in the class. Management reserves the right to add, modify, change or rescind related duties and work assignments.)
Assists in overseeing and completing various planning programs and functions, including: providing planning information (property development rights, permit processes, zoning regulations, regulatory policies, etc.) to interested parties through regular interaction at the counter; conducting research and disseminating findings; reviewing blue prints, sketches and applications for permit approval; and logging in plans and assuring necessary components are present.
Assists staff in completing various advanced planning projects, including: assisting with planning policy projects; overseeing the work of contractors; processing contracts; scheduling and conducting public meetings; reviewing the work of consultants; and preparing and delivering presentations.
Prepares complex, routine and non-routine reports as requested utilizing a variety of software; receives, sorts, and summarizes material for the preparation of reports; prepares work reports and staff reports.
Manages planning cases and monitoring projects under construction, including: reviewing cases and assuring compliance with ordinances, guidelines, acts, etc.; meeting with interested parties to discuss cases; conducting site visits; corresponding with customers regarding application requirements; rendering decisions regarding planning projects; and presenting cases to governing bodies with recommendations for approval/disapproval.
Conducts research related to policy analysis; compares the policies of various jurisdictions.
Interacts with a variety of high level individuals, both internally and within the community to provide information, disseminate departmental information and assist in resolving administrative issues.
Composes correspondence in accordance with standard policies; answers various inquiries; explains policies and procedures; processes routine and non-routine matters independently.
Performs specialized research and statistical work on assigned subjects for staff and management.
Disseminates a variety of information and/or reports to various agencies, division, or departments via telephone, mail, email or FAX.
May serve as backup for other positions within the department.
Performs related duties as required.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college with specialization in planning, architecture, landscape architecture, public administration or a related field.

Knowledge of:
Applicable state, federal and local ordinances, codes, laws, rules and regulations and legislative issues.
Administrative principles and practices, including goal setting and implementation.
Principles and practices of public administration, including knowledge of government organizations and operations.
Principles, practices, and techniques of effective customer service and collaborative problem solving.
Budget development processes and procedures.
External governmental bodies and agencies related to area of assignment.
Principles and practices of municipal planning and zoning.
Methods and techniques of research, statistical analysis and report presentation.
Environmental review policies.
Office administrative practices and procedures, such as business letter writing and the operation of standard office equipment.
All computer applications and hardware related to performance of the essential functions of the job.
Record keeping, report preparation, filing methods and records management techniques.

Skill in:
Using tact, discretion, initiative and independent judgment within established guidelines.
Applying logical thinking to solve problems and accomplish tasks; analyzing, resolving, and/or making recommendations regarding a variety of administrative, financial, and operational issues.
Preparing clear and concise reports, correspondence, and other written materials.
Organizing work, setting priorities, meeting critical deadlines, and following up on assignments with a minimum of direction.
Communicating orally and in writing with internal staff, the public, and City and government officials in order to give and receive information in a courteous manner.
Using a computer and appropriate computer applications to perform the essential and important functions of the job.
Operation and routine maintenance of general office machines such as copiers, facsimile machines, and telephone systems.
Researching, compiling, and summarizing a variety of informational and statistical data and materials.
Preparing and delivering presentations.
Ability to:
Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.
Communicate effectively both orally and in writing at the appropriate level.
Perform mathematical calculations at the appropriate level.
Read and interpret, apply and explain codes, rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
Learn and follow City and departmental policies procedures.
Understand and carry out written and oral instructions, giving close attention to detail and accuracy.
Draft and type correspondence.
Deal with problems involving several variables in standardized situations.
While performing the essential functions of this job, the incumbent is regularly required to sit and stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects; reach with hands and arms; speak and hear; and push, pull and/or lift up to 20 pounds occasionally.

License or Certificate:
Valid California driver’s license.
Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:
Require vision (which may be corrected) to read small print.
Perform lifting, pushing and/or pulling which does not exceed 50 pounds and is an infrequent aspect of the job.
Is subject to inside and outside environmental conditions.
May be required to use personal vehicle in the course of employment.
May be required to attend periodic evening meetings and/or to travel within and out of District boundaries to attend meetings.
Employee accommodations for physical or mental disabilities will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Applications will be screened and evaluated for relevant training and experience. Only those applicants determined to be among the most qualified may be invited to participate in the selection process which will consist of a written examination, weighted 50%, and an oral examination, weighted 50%. Applicants must achieve a 70% or above on both segments of the examination to be placed on the eligibility list. An eligibility list will be established in accordance with the City’s Personnel Rules, Rule VI, Employment List Procedures.

The City of Carson is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Special assistance with the application and examination process is available, upon request, for persons with disabilities. Call Human Resources for assistance at (310) 952-1736.

The City of Carson has an agency shop agreement with the Carson Professionals and Supervisors Association (CPSA); therefore, the payment of union dues or an agency fee to CPSA is a condition of employment.

Any offer of employment, or acceptance of an employment offer, is contingent upon passing live scan, background check and other tests. All new employees are required to take a loyalty oath.

The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provisions contained herein may be modified or revoked without notice. All statements made on the job application are subject to investigation and/or verification. Inaccurate and/or false statements will be cause for disqualification, removal from the eligibility list or discharge from employment.


Please do not use your City of Carson email address as part of this application. You must indicate a personal email address in order to receive communications and/or notices from Human Resources throughout the recruitment process.


701 E. Carson Street
Carson, CA 90745
(310) 952-1736

Position #17-00029

  • : california
  • : Carson