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Employment Type:
Part time
Job Category:
Social Service
Assistant Planner
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County of Sacramento | Sacramento, CA
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Job Description

The Position

Under general supervision, performs analytical planning and environmental work in the administration and development of community and general plans, zoning regulations and environmental documents; explains the planning program, policies, local ordinances and State and Federal regulations to the public.

Examples of Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of

* Applicable federal, state and local laws, codes, ordinances, regulations, policies, and procedures related to urban planning, environmental regulations, and community development
* Various aspects of human ecological relationships
* Principles, practices, and techniques of urban and regional planning
* Principles and practices of governmental planning with particular reference to urbanizing areas
* Trends and statistics affecting community planning
* The State Planning, Zoning and Land Use laws, Subdivision Map Act, California Environmental Quality Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and pertinent County ordinances such as the Zoning Code
* Statistics and graphic presentation techniques
* Basic principles of urban planning
* Basic research and statistical methods and procedures
* Principles, practices and techniques of drafting and graphic design
* Procedures for gathering land use data
* Public speaking and presentation techniques
* Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and other specialized applications related to area of assignment
* English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation

Ability to

* Collect, compile, analyze and interpret data pertaining to planning, environmental, land use and zoning issues
* Prepare technical and statistical documents
* Prepare required maps and other graphical material
* Evaluate statistical data and present facts and conclusions
* Develop and maintain cooperative, effective working relationships with the public, community groups, and other government agencies
* Communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing
* Make effective presentations and respond to questions from various groups, including boards, committees, and the public
* Interpret and apply applicable federal, state, and local laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures
* Keep accurate records and prepare clear and concise reports
* Formulate options and make recommendations based on data and information collected
* Apply customer service skills, including the identification of customer needs and follow up to ensure customer commitments have been met
* Use current technologies, tools and equipment to achieve program goals

Employment Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

Either: 1. Three years of full-time paid experience employed by the County of Sacramento in the class of Planning Technician.

Or: 2. A Bachelor's Degree or higher from an accredited college or university in public administration, ecological studies, environmental planning and management, environmental studies, geography, natural resources, urban or regional planning or other field closely related to the intent of the class.

Or: 3. Four years of full-time paid professional experience in environmental, urban and/or regional planning which must have included performing one of the following kinds of planning activities associated with a planning agency: comprehensive, regional, area, or community planning; public infrastructure environmental analysis; plan/proposal review; general plan amendments; CEQA/NEPA document preparation; zoning; land division; housing administration; information services; urban renewal; or planning administration.

Note: Related fields above may include archaeology, anthropology, architectural history, biology, botany, business administration, climatology, economics, engineering, geology, historic preservation, hydrology, political science, range management, recreation administration (outdoor resource management), watershed management, and wildlife management.

Note: If the word "experience" is referenced in the minimum qualifications, it means full-time paid experience unless the minimum qualification states that volunteer experience is acceptable. Part-time paid experience may be accumulated and pro-rated to meet the total experience requirements.

Note: If the minimum qualifications include an educational or certificate/license requirement, applicants must submit proof of requirements with the application. Failure to submit proof of requirements may result in disqualification from the examination. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. For guidelines on submitting acceptable proof of educational requirements, please click here or speak to someone in our office before the cut-off date listed in this notice. Typing Certificate requirements can be found by clicking here or by obtaining the requirements from the Employment Services Division office.

General Qualifications

Driver's License: A valid California Driver License, Class C or higher is required at the time of appointment. Failure to obtain or maintain the appropriate California Driver License may constitute cause for personnel action in accordance with Civil Service Rules or applicable bargaining agreement. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Physical Abilities: While most work will be in an office setting, incumbents will occasionally visit sites of proposed development, construction sites, etc. and be required to:

* Walk and stand for long periods of time.

Working Conditions: While most work will be in an office setting, incumbents will occasionally visit sites of proposed development, construction sites, etc. and be required to:

* Work outside in all types of climatic conditions including inclement, very hot and/or cold weather.
* Work on rough, uneven terrain.
* Work in loud or noisy areas.
* Work near vehicular traffic.
* Work around dirt, dust, fumes and/or odors.
* Work around machinery and equipment with moving parts.
* Work in potentially hazardous areas.

Background/Criminal History: The County may access criminal history information on candidates who have accepted a conditional offer of appointment for this class consistent with the provisions of Board of Supervisors Resolution No. 82-602, Personnel Policies and Procedures B-5, and applicable federal and state laws. The County shall not consider for employment any candidate who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor that relates to or impacts the candidate's ability to perform the job duties of this class unless it is determined that mitigating circumstances exist. For purposes of accessing criminal history information, the candidate will be fingerprinted. A subsequent arrest notification may be obtained.

The County may also conduct a background check on the candidate prior to appointment to a position within this class. The background check may include personal and professional reference checks, credit history checks where authorized by Labor Code section 1024.5, Social Security Number verification, professional license/registration verification, military service information and driving history. Information obtained in the course of this background check will be considered by the appointing authority in the selection process. In obtaining such information, the County will comply with applicable consent and disclosure practices in the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the California Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act.

Probationary Period

The probationary period for this classification is six(6) months.

Application and Testing Information


Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. All applicants must complete and submit an online County of Sacramento employment application online by 5:00 PM on the final filing date of April 26, 2017. Click here to apply.

County of Sacramento

Department of Personnel Services

Employment Services Division

700 H Street, Room 4667

Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone (916) 874-5593; 7-1-1 California Relay Service

Inter-Office Mail Code: 09-4667


* Employment applications and all documentation requested in this announcement must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date.
* Employment Services is not responsible for any issues or delays caused by an applicant's computer or web browser. Applicants will be automatically logged out if they have not submitted their applications and all documentation prior to 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date.
* Your application should highlight all relevant education, training, and experience, and clearly indicate how you meet the minimum qualifications for the position as of the final filing date.
* Application information must be current, concise and related to the requirements in this job announcement. You may only apply for this recruitment once. Duplicate and incomplete applications will be disqualified.
* A resume may be included with your application, however it will not substitute for the information requested on the application.


Applicants are required to provide a full and complete response to each supplemental question. The Supplemental Questionnaire is located in the tab marked "Supplemental Questions". Please be descriptive in your response.

Note: Responses of "See Resume" or "See Application", or copy and paste of work experience are not qualifying responses and will not be considered.

* Supplemental Questionnaires must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date. Employment Services is not responsible for any issues or delays caused by an applicant's computer or web browser. Applicants will be automatically logged out if they have not submitted their applications and all documentation prior to 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date.
* The supplemental questions are designed to elicit specific information regarding a candidate's experience, education, and training. Responses should be consistent with the information on your application and are subject to verification.
* Please provide place of employment, pertinent dates, and concise, descriptive and detailed information for each question.
* If a job included responsibilities applicable to several questions, separate the different functions of the job to answer all the questions completely.
* Resumes or referral to the application or other questionnaire responses will not be accepted in lieu of completing each question.
* If you have no experience, write "no experience" for the appropriate question.
* For many individuals, it is more efficient to develop responses to the supplemental questions in a word processing document and then paste them into the final document to be submitted. Changes or corrections to your Supplemental Questionnaire cannot be made once your application packet has been submitted.
* If the Supplemental Questionnaire is used in the Formula Rate or Credentials Screening Panel exam, failure to complete all of the questions or incomplete responses will result in a lower score. While scoring the Supplemental Questionnaire, the candidate's application and/or attachments will not be reviewed, therefore, a candidate's responses to the questions should be accurate, thorough, detailed, and complete.


All candidates meeting the minimum qualifications by the final filing date will have their Supplemental Questionnaire scored in the Formula Rate Examination.

This examination will evaluate the relevance, level, recency, progression and quality of candidate's education, training and experience. The candidate's application or other materials will not be included in this examination. Therefore, the candidate's responses to the supplemental questionnaire should be thorough, detailed and complete. The score from the Formula Rate Examination will determine the ranking on the eligible/employment list for this job.

All candidates competing in the testing process will receive written notice of their examination results by email. Applicants achieving a passing score will be placed on the eligible list in rank order. The rank is determined by the test score attained from the examination.


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* Call (916) 874-5627 and you will be provided with a recorded message, accessible 24 hours a day.

About County of Sacramento

The County of Sacramento is an equal opportunity employer of over 11,900 dedicated people covering a variety of services including public safety and protection, public health, community services, municipal services and administrative support that serve a diverse and vibrant County.