County of Contra Costa – Planner I

The Contra Costa County Department of Conservation and Development’s (DCD) has an exciting employment opportunity for individuals interested in a Planner I position. Positions will be assigned to offices in Martinez, CA. The Planner I classification performs basic professional planning duties involving data collection and analysis, public contact, report preparation and related duties.

The individual selected will be assigned duties which include, but are not limited to: conducting review of applications for permits and variances, conducting studies, compiling information and preparing written reports or partial reports on land use, environmental impact, population and economic trends and pattern, transportation, habitat conservation, and a variety of other matters and data essential to planning and formulation of general plan and general plan elements; preparing special studies maps; answering a variety of questions in person and by phone and providing information to the public regarding development requirements as to general plan, zoning, subdivision, housing redevelopment, community development and environmental impacts.

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) divisions under a Deputy Director: 1) Current Planning, 2) Policy Planning, and 3) Building Inspection Services.  Additionally, there are two working sections: 1) Housing/Community Development Block Grant/Federal Programs Section under an Assistant Director and 2) the Business Administration Section which provides support services to the Department under the Land Information Business Operations Manager. DCD administers the Building Code and coordinates planning, building, special housing, economic development, transportation, infrastructure, solid waste, water planning, habitat conservation, and sustainability and energy efficiency programs.

The ideal candidate will have a proven track record demonstrating the following:

  • Motivated and enthusiastic with a desire to learn
  • Positive attitude
  • Superb customer service and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to prepare and present effective written reports and verbal representation
  • Ability to deal effectively with others

Planner I is a flexibly staffed classification and may advance after a satisfactory performance period to Planner II ($5,681 – $6,905) and Planner III ($6,571 – $7,987).

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


Tentative Written Exam: April 26, 2019


  • Conducts studies, compiles information and prepares written reports or partial reports on land use, environmental impact, population and economic trends and patterns, transportation, ordinance revisions and a variety of other data essential to one or more of the Planning Fields
  • Contributes to the formulation of general plans, general plan elements, specific plans and related projects
  • Prepares basic staff reports on matters related to one or more of the Planning Fields; in person and by phone answers a variety of questions and provides information to the public regarding ordinance requirements as to general plan, zoning, environmental impact and other policies and regulations related to one or more Planning Fields.
  • Advises public as to procedural requirements for securing consideration of application requests
  • Reviews applications for permits and variances provided for in zoning and other ordinances and regulations related to the Planning Fields
  • Maintains required records and documentation of actions taken
  • Prepares correspondence on routine planning matters


License Required: Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator’s License.  Out of state valid motor vehicle operator’s license will be accepted during the application process.

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

Substitution: Six (6) months of full-time, or its equivalent, experience performing technical planning duties in a planning office may be substituted for the required 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. Completion of a supplemental questionnaire is required.
  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. Written Examination: May include multiple-choice questions, writing proficiency test, and scenario based competency/behavioral questions. Test items may consist of the following assessment categories: Reading Comprehension, Interpretation of Graphs and charts, General Planning, and Report Writing (Weighted 100%). Candidates must receive a score of at least 70, which may be an adjusted score, in order to be placed on the eligible list.

The Human Resources Department may change the examination steps noted above in accordance with the Personnel Management Regulations and accepted selection practices.

After you receive a conditional job offer, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you have received a conditional job offer. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances. Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with Contra Costa County. If you accept a conditional job offer, the Human Resources department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.
All Contra Costa County employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law. Employment with the County requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.
 It is the policy of Contra Costa County to consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identify, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, or other protected category under the law.
$30.55 – $33.68 Hourly
$2,444.19 – $2,694.72 Biweekly
$5,295.74 – $5,838.56 Monthly
$63,548.88 – $70,062.72 Annually

ISSUE DATE: 03/29/19



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