City of Menlo Park – Planning Technician

 The Position

Under general supervision, performs a variety of technical and paraprofessional duties in support of the Community Development Department, primarily related to land use regulations and policies; assists the public at the counter and provides them with technical information related to the issuance of permit applications, including the process and any related fees; checks plans; reviews materials prior to submittal to ensure comprehensive and accurate submittals; uses specialized database and permit tracking management programs; prepares materials for community meeting presentations; conducts research related to planning efforts; and performs related work as required.

The Ideal Candidate

The Community Development Department is seeking a dynamic and customer-focused Planning Technician. The position is part of the Planning Division, and supports the Division with a variety of technical planning work and administrative support functions. Collaboration and communication are critical job skills for the Planning Technician position.

The ideal candidate must master complex regulations and relay them to the public clearly and succinctly. The candidate must be able to manage and prioritize multiple tasks in a timely manner, and quickly read and interpret project plans and associated technical reports. In addition to the core job tasks of reviewing building permit applications for zoning compliance, assisting at the public information counter, and coordinating Planning application submittals, the Planning Technician may be called upon for special projects, including detailed permit/parcel research and mapping (GIS) analyses, preparation of graphics and other diagrams, and participation at community events. Candidates with GIS skills are highly desirable.  If you are a highly motivated team player who enjoys working with a variety of City staff and the public, please apply!

Minimum Qualifications

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:

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in urban planning, or a closely related field.
  • Experience in municipal planning or related field is highly desirable.