County of Santa Cruz – Principal Planner

Under general direction, plan, organize and direct a section of the Planning Department; act as designated, on behalf of an Assistant Director in their absence; and do other work as required. The current vacancy is within the Development Review Section of the Planning Department. The Principal Planner may also be assigned to act as and/or supervise the Zoning Administrator.

SALARY: $8,413 – $11,246 / Month

THE REQUIREMENTS: Any combination of education and experience which would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying, unless otherwise specified. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

One year of work experience equivalent to a senior level Planner (such as Supervising Planner or Planner IV) or six years of work experience, which included  leadership and/or supervisory experience.


Possession of a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with a major in planning, urban studies, natural science, architecture or a closely related field and four years of work experience as a Planner which included leadership and/or supervisory experience.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License or the employee must be able to provide suitable transportation which is approved by the appointing authority.

Paid holidays, excellent benefits and CalPERS retirement! 

The County of Santa Cruz offers a generous benefits package which includes annual leave, paid holidays, medical, dental, vision and retirement benefits!


Live and work in beautiful Santa Cruz County!