Planner I - Time Limited

County Of Sonoma   Santa Rosa, CA   Full-time     Other
Posted on May 13, 2022
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Starting salary up to $36.30/hour ($75,762/year), a cash allowance of $600/month, and a competitive total compensation package!*


Permit Sonoma is currently recruiting to fill a Planner position at either the I, II, or III level. If you are interested in applying at the other levels of this opportunity, you must apply to the separate, concurrent recruitments being conducted for those levels. If you are an experienced Planner, please refer to the II and III level recruitments that we are currently conducting.

As a Planner I, you will learn to process planning applications and research, prepare, and assist in the creation of planning projects, studies, and reports regarding economic development, environmental compliance and protection, solid waste, and related land use topics. Planner Is also learn to assist their colleagues, and County residents, by explaining State and Federal statutes and County rules, ordinances, plans, policies, and regulations relevant to urban and regional land use and development.

As our ideal candidate, you bring to Permit Sonoma your:

  • Experience accurately creating, reviewing, and maintaining records and reports
  • Ability to interpret title reports; and review legal documents, market data, blueprints, and maps
  • Experience creating technical guidance documents, and employing data visualization techniques
  • Ability to provide effective customer service support, skillfully communicate, and work well with others
  • Sound judgment, and strong analytical and organizational skills

What We Offer

When you join Permit Sonoma, you become part of a challenging and rewarding work environment where you gain the satisfaction of knowing that you are working to better your community. You can also look forward to a competitive total compensation package, including*:

  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range
  • With time and good performance, the opportunity for advancement to Planner II ($35.22 - $42.81/hour)
  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance of up to $500 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • County paid 100% premium contribution for the majority of employee-only and employee + family health plan options
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment

Permit Sonoma is currently recruiting to fill a Planner position at either the I, II, or III level that is currently funded through June 30, 2024. The employment list established from this recruitment may be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra-help (temporary) positions as they occur during the active status of the list. Qualified County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment. The Civil Service title of this position is Planner I.

*Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can be found in the Service Employees International Union Local 1021 Memorandum Of Understanding (SEIU MOU) and our Employee Benefits directory.



Minimum Qualifications

Education: Any combination of education and/or training that would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, education equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in urban, regional or environmental planning, solid waste planning, geography, architecture, landscape architecture, economics, environmental studies, or a related field. Full time work experience equivalent to that of a County Planning Technician or Permit Specialist may substitute for two years of the required education.

Experience: None required.

License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including necessary special endorsements, as required by the State of California to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of: the principles, methods, theories, practices, and techniques of urban and regional land-use and environmental planning and development; social, environmental and economic principles, and of their application to urban and rural development; research methodology including methods of gathering, compiling and analyzing data required for planning studies, and of standard statistical methods and procedures as they apply to the use of socio-economic and environmental data; the principles, practices and techniques of drafting and other graphic arts; electronic information systems.

Ability to: plan, organize and carry through research projects effectively; select proper research methodology and apply it to planning problems; read and interpret maps and legal property descriptions; learn to problem solve and understand, interpret, and explain a wide variety of laws, ordinances, codes, rules and regulations relating to land use issues; present the results of research effectively in oral, written or in graphic form; advise citizen groups and various boards orally and in writing concerning specific planning projects and programs; prepare clear and concise written reports; establish and maintain effective working relationships with county employees, other public agencies and the general public; reason logically and speak effectively; utilize electronic information systems and analyze and interpret such information.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying


  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application and should be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.