City of Martinez – Assistant Planner

Exciting opportunity to work in an amazing small city in central Contra Costa County, the City of Martinez! The Community and Economic Development Department is currently seeking to fill the Assistant Planner position. The successful candidate will be an integral part of the Planning division and will have the opportunity to complete current planning, plan check and front counter responsibilities.

SALARY: $31.52 – $37.74 Hourly
$2,731.50 – $3,271.00 Semi-Monthly
$5,463.00 – $6,542.00 Monthly
$65,556.00 – $78,504.00 Annually
DEPARTMENT: Community & Economic Development
DIVISION: Planning
OPENING DATE: 08/16/19
CLOSING DATE: 09/15/19 05:00 PM

Under general supervision, performs a variety of duties relating to the collection, analysis, and presentation of technical land use and City planning data, performs related and other work as required.


Reviews project applications for consistency with City zoning ordinance, general plans, and other regulations; prepares staff reports, coordinates project review with other City divisions, departments and other public agencies; accepts applications for and processes variances, use permits, and other land use procedures; conducts or assists in research on subjects such as: physical resources, environmental conditions, populations, economics, land use, housing, transportation; prepares or reviews environmental impact statements; attends public meetings and presents planning staff reports; meets with applicants, the general public and other elements, specific plans, zoning ordinances and related projects; may supervise and perform evaluations on subordinate employees.

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Minimum: Graduation from a four year college or university with a major in city of regional planning, architecture, geography, or a closely related field; two years of experience in planning, preferably in a municipality OR one year of graduate study in a related field plus one year of experience; possession of a valid California driver’s license, ability to pass a pre-employment physical examination, and background check via Livescan.

Desirable: Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures of city planning, including current trends and economic and engineering aspects of planning problems; of standards applied to the analysis of land use, transportation and circulation, coning, and master plans; of commonly applied zoning codes and ordinances; of statistical methods; of mathematics used in determining land areas and elevations; of the techniques and tools used in mapping and drafting; of the common sources of urban growth and planning information; and other the principles of public administration and local government organization. Ability to independently collect, analyze, interpret, and apply data pertaining to complex planning and zoning or special project situations; to prepare pertaining to concise reports; to learn and apply the standards and procedures pertaining to the work; to devise and prepare graphic illustrations; to work cooperatively with others; and to carry out written and oral instructions.

A select number of the most experienced and best qualified applicants will be invited to participate in an oral interview. Applicants invited to interview will complete a practical exam (site plan review) prior to their scheduled interview. For those passing the exam, the exam score will be weighted as 25% of the overall score. Scores from the oral interview will be weighted as 75% of the overall score. Applicants must pass both tests in order to qualify for placement on the eligibility list.PROBATIONARY PERIOD:
This position is subject to a six (6) month probationary period.

At the time of application, please be prepared with any electronic file attachments that you will be submitting.



Assistant Planner Supplemental Questionnaire
* 1. Describe how your education, experience and training prepared you to be the best candidate for the position of the Assistant Planner position with the City of Martinez.
* 2. Describe your current planning experience, responsibilities and activities related to processing applications for variances, use permits, design review and subdivisions.
* 3. What experience do you have writing staff reports and making presentations regarding these applications to approving bodies (i.e., Planning Director, Zoning Administrator, Planning Commission and other agencies)?
* 4. Describe your experience working at the public counter and performing plan checks.
* 5. Describe your philosophy and approach to providing excellent customer service.
* 6. I understand I will be required to attach a supplemental electronic file with my responses to my application.
Yes Yes    No No
* Required Question


Retirement:  California Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) and Social Security.

  • Classic Members – Retirement formula of 2% at age 60 with a 3 year final compensation period. The City contributes 2% of the employees’ 7% portion toward retirement for Classic Members.
  • New Members – Under the new pension reform law, Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act (PEPRA), effective 1/1/13 those defined as New Members of PERS are eligible for the 2% at age 62 retirement formula with a 3 year final compensation period.  New Members are required to contribute towards pension; currently the contribution rate is 6.75%.  New Members are not eligible for Employer Paid Member Contributions (EPMC).

Deferred Comp:  City contribution of 1.6% gross monthly earnings into a 457 deferred compensation retirement plan (ICMA).

Vacation:  Fifteen days vacation for the first four years of service.  Maximum 25 days annually after 20 years of service.

Holidays:  Thirteen and one-half days per year and seven days of floating holiday time.

Sick Leave:  Accrued indefinitely at the rate of eight (8) hours per month.  PERS service credit for unused sick upon service retirement.

Longevity Pay:  2% at fifteen (15) years of service.

Bilingual Pay:  2% for one language and 4% for two or more languages.

Health Insurance:  The City offers Kaiser and Blue Cross PPO.  Effective 1/1/19, the City contributes $755.10 for employee, $1510.16 for employee +1, and $2136.84 for family coverage with the employee contributing a portion of the monthly premium.  Please see the MCP for complete details.  MCP available online at

Dental Insurance:  The City pays 100% of the premium for dental coverage for the employee and dependents. Dental plan includes orthodontic coverage.

Life/Disability:  The City pays the premium for life up to $200,000 and disability insurance for the employee only.  Voluntary, supplemental plan available for additional life insurance.

Health Club Reimbursement:  The City pays up to $25 a month for health club membership.

Training/Education Reimbursement:  The City pays up to $1000 per fiscal year.  See MCP for details.