Associate Planner

In assigned program or project, performs complex professional planning duties as follows: conducts research, analyzes data, makes recommendations, and prepares comprehensive reports regarding land use, zoning, and other related planning and development issues. Acts as the lead for a team of professional planners assigned to major planning and/or complex development review projects. Reviews plans with property owners, civic leaders and policy review boards; performs site inspections; attends offsite meetings. Makes presentations to community groups, Zoning Administrator, Historic Resources Commission and Planning Commission. Trains professional and technical staff. Performs other related functions as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications: Three years of progressively responsible professional planning experience in municipal or regional planning administration. Education equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, architecture, geography, environmental studies, public administration or a related field, or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the following knowledge, skills and abilities:


Knowledge of: the provisions, scope and purpose of State planning laws and related municipal ordinances; California Environmental Quality Act; California Subdivision Map Act; principles and practices of municipal planning; research methods and sources of statistical data.

Ability to: interpret laws and ordinances, apply them to specific cases, make sound recommendations and prepare comprehensive reports; communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing; perform as lead for a team of professional planners on assigned projects and/or provide effective lead supervision of planning counter operations; train professional and technical staff; utilize principles of Total Quality Service in day-to-day operations; develop and maintain effective working relationships with property owners, developers, community groups, public officials, regulatory agencies, other city employees and the general public in a culturally diverse community.

Must possess and retain a valid California Class “C” Driver’s License as a condition of employment.


Willingness and ability to work irregular hours, including weekends and evenings as needed.

Bilingual fluency in English and Spanish is desirable.
Experience in urban design and historic preservation is desirable, but not required