Contra Costa County, Planner III


The Contra Costa County Department of Conservation and Development (DCD) has an excellent employment opportunity for individuals with professional City, County, or regional planning experience.  We are currently accepting applications for Planner III.

Under direction, the Planner III conducts and coordinates complex planning surveys, planning research studies, analysis, and land use control projects; and insists in day-to-day administration of planning ordinances. The Planner III is expected to act with considerable independence in the selection of study techniques and applicable resource material. Direction is received from a Principal Planner who is charged with overall program responsibility.

Department of Conservation and Development (DCD) was established to serve the functions of the community development/land use planning and building departments of the County. DCD is headed by a Director and within DCD there are three (3) work areas under a Deputy Director; 1) Current Planning; 2) Policy Planning and 3) Building Inspection Services.  Additionally, the Department consists of one work area under an Assistant Deputy Director, the Housing and Community Improvement and the Business Operations group which provides support services to the Department under the Land Information Business Operations Manager.

The ideal candidate will have knowledge of the principles and practices of governmental planning and zoning; current trends in county planning, including engineering phase and economic factors; and Federal and state laws relating to county planning including the nomenclature, symbols, methods, practices, techniques and instruments used in planning. The ideal candidate will also demonstrate the skills/ability to collect, analyze and interpret data pertaining to planning and zoning; effectively deal with others, including members of other departments, elected officials and the public; direct the work of others; prepare clear and comprehensive letters and reports; and present matters in public before commissions and other bodies in a clear and effective manner.

Read the complete job description at The eligible list established from this recruitment may remain in effect for six months.

Tentative Oral Exam: December 13, 2017


License Required: Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator’s License.

Education: Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a major in city or regional planning, or a closely related field.

Experience: Three (3) years of full time or its equivalent professional experience in city, county or regional planning.

Substitution: One (1) year of graduate study with a major in city or regional planning or a closely related field may be substituted for six (6) months of the required experience. One (1) additional year of qualifying experience may be substituted for the required academic major.


  1. Application Filing: All applicants must apply on-line at and submit the information as indicated on the job announcement by the final filing date. A completed Supplemental Questionnaire is required at the time of applying.
  2. Application Evaluation: Depending on the number of applications received, an Application Evaluation Board may be convened to evaluate and select the best-qualified candidates for invitation to the next phase of the examination.
  3. Oral Interview: Conducted by a Qualifications Appraisal Board who will evaluate candidates in job-related areas. (Weighted 100%)
  4. Candidates must receive a score of at least 70, which may be an adjusted score, in order to be ranked on the employment list.

The Human Resources Department may change the examination steps noted above in accordance with the Personnel Management Regulations and accepted selection practices. As part of the application process, an applicant may be required to complete a Conviction History form. The Conviction History form should only be submitted when requested.

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