Assistant Planner

Pay range: $20.00 – $35.00 / Hour DOE


Under direct supervision, the candidate would perform entry-level professional duties in the Planning Department, while developing experience in land use planning processes and procedures. In addition, the candidate would develop a basic understanding of planning principles, practices and law; responsibilities would include assisting the Senior Planner with coordinating/ processing tentative maps, general plan amendments, zone changes, conditional use permits, site plan reviews, and land division applications. Other land use planning tasks may be assigned as they arise/ are requested by clients/ outside agencies; and may perform additional miscellaneous office duties as assigned. Under general supervision, the candidate would be responsible for performing general work requiring an understanding of land use planning and economic development principles, practices and activities; and performing other related work as required.

Essential Duties:

  • Learns and applies the Zoning Ordinance and General Plan of local agencies;
  • Learns and demonstrates an understanding of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and prepares environmental documents;
  • Prepares applications for conditional use permits, zoning modifications, and other planning entitlements as assigned;
  • Prepares/ Processes site plan review applications;
  • Assists with investigating requests for zoning changes, tract maps, parcel maps, and general plan amendments;
  • Provides support to staff on various planning projects;

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of: 

  • Basic principles and practices of City/ County planning;
  • Basic knowledge of land use and planning ordinances and concepts;
  • General technical report writing and use of grammar;  
  • Effective research methods and sources and data collection;  
  • Related computer and software applications.

Ability to:

  • Communicate clearly in verbal and written form;
  • Work effectively with the team, clients, agency departments,  and the community, as needed;
  • Learn laws, codes, ordinances and regulations regarding general plans, zoning and land division;
  • Develop and maintain positive public relations with a strong emphasis on customer service;
  • Operate a computer, including word processing, data base, spreadsheets, and mapping software; 
  • Understand and carry out oral and written directions; 
  • Learn and understand building plans, site plans, building elevations, and grading plans; 
  • Prepare clear and concise reports.

Training and Experience

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in Urban or Regional Planning, Geography, Public or Business Administration, Architecture, Economics, or closely related field; OR
  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with an associate’s degree in Urban or Regional Planning, Geography, Public or Business Administration, Architecture, Economics, or closely related field; AND
  • Enrolled in an undergraduate program for similar field of study; AND/OR
  • Worked or interned in a professional setting that provided practical work related to the planning position’s duties as described above.                                                                   


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance
Job Category: Planning
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Bakersfield Ca

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