County of Sonoma – Planner I/II/III

As a Planner I, you will learn to process planning applications, research, prepare, and assist in the creation of planning studies, plans, projects, and reports regarding land-use, environmental compliance and protection, economic development, and related topics. Planner I’s also assist their colleagues, and County residents, by explaining State and Federal statutes and County rules, ordinances, plans, regulations, and policies relevant to urban and regional land-use and development.

The ideal candidates will have:

  • Experience accurately creating, reviewing, and maintaining records and reports
  • The ability to interpret title reports and review legal documents, market data, blueprints, and maps
  • Experience creating technical guidance documents and employing data visualization techniques
  • The ability to skillfully communicate and work well with others, including providing effective customer service support
  • Sound judgment, and strong analytical and organizational skills

As a Planner II, you will process and coordinate complex planning applications as well as research, prepare, and create planning studies, plans, projects, and reports regarding land use, environmental compliance and protection, economic development, solid waste planning, and related topics. Planner II’s also assist their colleagues, and County residents, by explaining State and Federal statutes and County rules, ordinances, plans, regulations, and policies relevant to urban and regional land-use and development. The ideal candidates will have:

  • Public agency planning experience administering local ordinances and State and Federal statutes
  • Experience interpreting title reports and reviewing legal documents, market data, blue prints, and maps
  • A sound understanding of California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requirements
  • Experience accurately creating, reviewing, and maintaining records and reports
  • Experience creating technical guidance documents and employing data visualization techniques
  • The proven ability to skillfully communicate and work well with others, including providing effective customer service support
  • Sound judgment, and strong analytical and organizational skills

As a Planner III, you will process and coordinate highly complex planning applications, including design review and permits for coastal projects, quarries, in-stream mining, winery use, subdivisions, and solid waste projects. Planner III’s research, prepare, and create planning studies, plans, projects, and reports regarding land-use, environmental compliance and protection, economic development, and related topics. Planner III’s also liaison with community groups, government agencies, developers, and elected officials to explain State and Federal statutes and County rules, ordinances, plans, regulations, and policies relevant to urban and regional land-use and development. The ideal candidates will have:

  • Multiple years of public agency experience administering local ordinances and State and Federal statutes
  • Experience in comprehensive planning and development review, coastal planning experience is highly desirable
  • A sound understanding of California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requirements
  • Experience creating technical guidance documents and employing data visualization techniques
  • Excellent presentation skills and experience presenting to neighborhood groups, public agencies, and elected officials
  • The proven ability to skillfully communicate and work well with others, including providing effective customer service support
  • Sound judgment, and strong analytical and organizational skills

What We Offer

Working at the County of Sonoma offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing you’re working to better our communities. You can also look forward to excellent benefits* including:

  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $500 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • Significant portion of health care premiums paid by the County and access to several health plan options
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment
  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range

Start your career as a Planner with Permit Sonoma!
Starting salary up to $46.66/hour ($97,385/year), a cash allowance of $600/month, and a competitive total compensation package!*

If you are interested in applying at the I, II and/or III levels of this opportunity, you must apply to the separate recruitments being conducted for each level.

*Salary is negotiable and benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. For more information, including minimum qualifications, & to apply, visit, www.yourpath2sonomacounty.org or call 707-565-2331. EOE Apply by 1/28/20