Assistant Planner/Planning Technician

$27.00 – $37.18 per Hour

$22.90 – $31.54 per Hour


The City of Mission Viejo is accepting applications from qualified applicants for the position of Assistant Planner and Planning Technician. Selection of an applicant to fill the vacancy may be made from either classification and will be based on the applicants that closely meets the requirements of the position and best suits the needs of the City of Mission Viejo. The eligibility list established for this position may be used to fill future Assistant Planner and Planning Technician vacancies.

Currently, there is one (1) full-time vacancy scheduled to work Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Community Development Department assigned to City Hall. The schedule and assignment which includes after hours Commission and/or City Council meetings may vary depending on the needs of the City.

 Serve as project manager for routine application projects, including analyzing and evaluating site and architectural plans, performing technical review and making recommendations, ensuring plans and applications receive appropriate signatures, coordinating in-house review with contractors, administering contracts and giving approval for payment on projects;
 Review commercial, industrial and residential development proposals, plans, and applications for issuance of zoning clearance; reviews for compliance with appropriate regulations and policies;
 Compile information for a variety of studies and reports; research, analyze, and interpret social, economic, population and land use data and trends; develop recommendations and prepare written reports on various development issues, other planning matters, and elements of the City’s General Plan;
 Research, collect, record, analyze, interpret, and summarize statistical and demographic information; prepare spreadsheets and establish and maintain a comprehensive database;
 Prepare staff reports for the Planning and Transportation Commission, City Council, various committees and advisory boards as directed; prepare research, reports, maps, and conduct briefings;
 Confer with and advise architects, builders, attorneys, contractors, engineers, and the general public regarding City development policies and standards; provide and clarify information relative to zoning, general plan compliance, signage, and other issues;
 Participate in coordinating City planning and development related activities with other City departments, outside agencies;
 Research and draft ordinances for review; and
 Perform other duties as assigned.

 The Planning Technician is an entry-level technical class in the planning classification series that performs a variety of routine planning duties. Positions at this level perform most of the duties required of the Assistant Planner position as listed above, but are not expected to function at the same skill level and exercise less independent discretion and judgment in matters related to work procedures and methods. Exceptions or changes in procedures are explained in detail as they arise. This class is distinguished from the Planner series in that the latter requires a professional degree and performs professional planning work.

Applicants are encouraged to review the entire Assistant Planner and Planning Technician job descriptions by visiting the City’s website at

 Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with numerous deadlines and is detail-oriented and accurate in their work;
 Proactive thinker with a positive, solution-oriented attitude;
 Ability to establish and maintain effective and harmonious working relationships with all levels of staff, elected and appointed officials, vendors, contractors, volunteers, and the public;
 Flexible self-starter who is enthusiastic, open to new ideas, and works independently with minimal supervision;
 Successful performance of work which includes long-and-short range planning and capital improvement project oversight; and
 Good oral and written communication skills with knowledge of writing and standard format for reports and correspondence.

To be Selected as an Assistant Planner: Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in urban planning, community development, business or public administration or a related field and one (1) year of professional experience in planning, zoning and related community development activities. Possession of a Master’s degree in either city planning or public administration with emphasis in city planning is highly desirable.

To be Selected as a Planning Technician: Equivalent to the completion of at least twenty-four (24) semester units of college-level coursework with an emphasis in Planning; preferably supplemented with a minimum of six (6) months of clerical and/or technical experience, paid or unpaid, in planning, code enforcement, other functions in local government, real estate development, paralegal services, engineering/surveying, environmental analysis, or similar fields, involving regular public contact.

Must possess and maintain a valid California class C driver’s license and a satisfactory driving record.