Planning Technician

The City:
The City of Carlsbad is a scenic coastal community located in North San Diego County along the 78 Corridor. The city’s population is nearly 110,000 and covers 40 square miles, nearly 40 percent of which is dedicated to open space, including three lagoons, 46 miles of hiking trails and seven miles of coastline.

The Planning Division:
Planning is one of the five Divisions that comprise the Community and Economic Development Department. With a staff of twenty, the Planning Division is organized into the following four teams: Current Planning, Development Services, Advance Planning, and Special Projects. The Division guides the planned physical development of the city in a manner that enhances the quality of life for its residents.

The Position:
The City is currently seeking a full time Planning Technician that primarily staffs the Planning Division’s public counter. The title of Planning Technician I or Planning Technician II will be determined based on the qualifications of the successful candidate. Following successful job performance and personal development, reassignment from the Planning Technician I to the Planning Technician II level may be expected.The ideal candidate will have excellent customer service skills, oral and written communication skills, and will have some public counter experience and/or knowledge in reading plans such as maps, charts, and sketches. A Planning Technician I will perform a variety of technical planning related duties requiring technical training and education, but little practical experience. A Planning Technician II may be distinguished from a Planning Technician I by having more technical planning knowledge, skills, and abilities acquired through experience, and having the ability to work independently, exercising judgment and initiative while assuming more difficult tasks under direct supervision.

Planning Technician I: $20.81-$27.23 Hourly
Planning Technician II: $24.16-$31.61 Hourly

Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills, and abilities would be:

Education and Experience:

One year of responsible technical experience in planning; public contact duties involving development processing, building or engineering; and Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade.


Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California Driver’s License may be required for some positions.