City of Santa Rosa – City Planner/City Planner Trainee

More information on the job opportunity is provided below…

SALARY: $25.30 – $50.87 Hourly
$4,385.00 – $8,817.83 Monthly
$52,620.00 – $105,813.96 Annually


OPENING DATE: 09/10/19
CLOSING DATE: 09/23/19 11:59 PM
The City of Santa Rosa announces an opportunity to join a team of professionals performing highly responsible work in the field of urban planning and environmental analysis. This is an excellent opportunity to join the City and be part of a dynamic and professional team!

A City Planner is the primary point of service for planning issues and meets face-to-face with applicants; conducts neighborhood meetings; makes staff presentations to the Planning Commission, the Design Review and Cultural Heritage Boards; and attends City Council meetings to answer questions about their assigned projects.

The current opening is a three-year limited term opportunity in Development Review. This is a full-time, Limited Term assignment with benefits that is budgeted through June 30, 2022. The City may fill this opening at the City Planner OR the Trainee level. The list of eligible candidates from this recruitment may be used to fill future limited term or ongoing openings as long as the list is active.

City Planner: $6,264.33 – $8,817.83 monthly
City Planner Trainee: $4,385 – $6,202 monthly

CITY PLANNER: For consideration at the City Planner level, a MINIMUM of one year of full-time planning experience at the professional level (above technical-level work) is required in addition to the equivalent of a Bachelor’s degree with major study in planning or a related field considered useful in city planning work.

CITY PLANNER TRAINEE: Trainee applicants must have the equivalent of a Bachelor’s degree with major study in planning or a related field considered useful in city planning work. A City Planner Trainee is expected to participate fully in the work of the department, in on-the-job training, and in formal professional training and education. Promotion from the trainee level to the professional journey level may occur as soon as the prescribed training is successfully completed but no later than two (2) years from the date of hire. Trainees remain on probation during their training period and are evaluated at periodic intervals. Trainees may be eligible for salary increases during their probationary period as the trainee shows progress in acquiring the skills and experience of a City Planner.

The eligible list of candidates resulting from this recruitment may also be used to fill future  vacancies.

We are looking for candidates with excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills and a commitment to providing excellent customer service. The ideal candidate is also a proven self-starter with a strong commitment to the field who thrives on managing multiple projects and working in a dynamic organization. In addition to basic computer software, knowledge of GIS and/or permit software is highly desirable.The ability to communicate in Spanish as well as English is also desirable.

The Ideal City Planner candidate will also demonstrate a solid foundation in planning principles and practices; experience with environmental review, development review, advance planning, and/or public counter serving a city or county jurisdiction similar to Santa Rosa. Local experience is a plus.

The Ideal Trainee candidate will demonstrate a foundation and interest in planning principles and practices through internships, directly related coursework, class projects, and/or volunteer work; experience in the local community that provided exposure to local community planning concerns, laws, environmental regulations, general plan, zoning and design standards and local social, economic, population or land use data and trends.

The Planning & Economic Development Department provides a wide range of development services to this dynamic and growing community, developing long-range plans for the growth of Santa Rosa and reviewing development proposals for consistency with those plans. These are very busy, challenging, yet rewarding times for the Department due to dramatic increase in activity as a result of the unprecedented October 2017 fire disaster in which several businesses and 5% of the City’s housing stock were destroyed. Planning staff assist in the land use permit review, the public review process, preparing reports and presentations, conducting outreach and education, and processing both minor and major permit applications.

The City of Santa Rosa is the county seat of Sonoma County, one of California’s premier wine growing regions, and is the gateway to tourist destinations in the redwoods and on the coast. Santa Rosa is the 26th largest City in the state. It occupies 41 square miles and serves a population of 170,000. It is a great place to live, work and play!

The City of Santa Rosa provides a full range of services including police and fire protection; construction and maintenance of streets and other infrastructure; water, storm water, and wastewater utilities; housing services through its Housing Authority; economic development; transit; parking; and recreation, parks, and cultural services, including a municipal golf course. The City of Santa Rosa’s residents work in a well balanced mix of management, professional, manufacturing, sales, tourism, transportation, construction, and service jobs. The City also plays an important role in supporting the agriculture and tourism industries of California’s north coast.

  • Advise property owners and  the general public of the effect and implications of land use, zoning, and development actions
  • review development proposals for consistency with local general plan, zoning and design standards
  • respond to complaints and requests for information from the public
  • analyze and interpret social, economic, population and land use data and trends
  • prepare written and graphic reports on various planning matters and elements of the general plan
  • provide technical assistance in the analysis, coordination and implementation of environmental requirements and regulations
  • compile information and make recommendations on special studies
  • make public presentations to the city council, various commissions, boards, committees and community groups
  • research and draft ordinances for review
  • review rezoning, variance, conditional use permit, subdivision, design review and other related applications
  • manage consultant contracts for environmental and other planning documents and oversee consultant work
  • assist in the orientation and work of new city planners and interns and work with clerical staff
  • represent the City and explain planning objectives and policies to various organizations, agencies and public groups;
  • confer with and advise architects, builders, attorneys, contractors, developers, engineers, and the public regarding City development policies and standards
  • provide technical staff support to various commissions, boards, committees and community groups
  • represent the City by serving as a member of planning related committees
Knowledge of:  Principles and practices of urban planning and zoning; laws underlying general plans, zoning and land divisions; current literature, information sources and research techniques in the field of urban planning; applicable environmental laws and regulations; computer software such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint.

Ability to: Analyze and compile technical and statistical data and prepare reports; utilize computer software to prepare professional reports, spreadsheets, maps and presentations; perform complex professional planning work with a minimum of supervision; conduct and analyze planning studies and present the findings in an understandable manner; apply planning principles and practices to specific problems and formulate recommendations; communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing; interpret and explain planning and zoning programs to the general public; work under pressure and meet established deadlines; establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, representatives of other agencies, municipal officials and the public.

Experience and Education: Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience – Sufficient independent planning experience of a professional nature in a public planning environment. A minimum of one year of experience is required at the City Planner level. Typically this experience would be comparable to that gained in the City of Santa Rosa’s Planning & Economic Development Department.

Education – Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from a college or university with major study in planning or a related field considered useful in city planning work.


License or Certificate:

This classification requires the ability to perform work at various locations. Individuals must be physically capable of operating a motor vehicle safely and possess a valid, Class C, California Drivers License, or be able to demonstrate the ability to travel on scheduled or unscheduled visits to various City facilities or work locations which may or may not be reachable by public transportation.

Working Conditions:
Incumbents assigned to this classification are expected to be able to communicate verbally, in person and or via the telephone and in writing. It is common for incumbents to sit for extended periods of time as they complete their work by using a computer terminal. The work requires an individual to make site visits for the purpose of plan and design review and presentations to neighborhood groups. Formal public presentations are frequently conducted, requiring the individual to be familiar with and use audio-visual aides as part of the presentation.

Selection Process: Applications will be carefully reviewed and evaluated. Applicants possessing the MOST DESIRABLE qualifications based on a screening of application materials, with special focus on the supplemental questionnaire, will be invited to continue in the selection process. Top candidates will be referred to the hiring department for structured interviews. The hiring eligible list resulting from this recruitment may also be used to fill future City Planner or Trainee vacancies, limited term or ongoing.