City of East Palo Alto, Planning Assistant

To perform professional work in the field of current and/or comprehensive planning; and to provide information and assistance to developers, the business community and the public on land use planning, housing, and development related matters. This recruitment is to fill one regular, full-time position in the classification of Assistant Planner at the Planning Department.
This is the entry-level classification in the professional planning series. Initially, incumbents learn and perform a variety of techniques related to the interpretation, application and enforcement of the City’s land use regulations, including Zoning Ordinances and the General Plan. Positions at this level usually perform most of the duties required of the positions at the Associate level, but are not expected to function at the same skill level and usually exercise less independent discretion and judgment in matters related to work procedures and methods. Work is usually supervised while in progress and fits an established structure or pattern. Exceptions or changes in procedures are explained in detail as they arise. As experience is gained, assignments become more varied and are performed with greater independence.


Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:

  • Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in Urban Planning, Geography, Public Administration, Business Management or a closely related field.
  • Assistant Planner: One (1) year of full-time professional planning experience.
    Licenses and/or Certifications:
  • Valid California Class C Driver’s License or higher and a good driving record.

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