About the job

Assistant Land Use Environmental Planner

The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, and have excellent technical writing and interpersonal communication skills, and be highly client service focused. Most importantly, the candidate must have a positive attitude and a passion for learning and developing their skills as a land use environmental planner.

This position performs professional environmental and planning studies, research, and data analysis to develop goals and policy recommendations for adoption by decision-making bodies; and to perform related work as required.

This is an entry level professional position under immediate supervision of and reporting directly to Senior Planning staff. Incumbents perform assignments of expanded scope and responsibility as more experience is gained.

Essential Functions (General):

  1. Collects and identifies sociological, economic, demographic, and physical site data      that affect land use and community development.

  2. Prepares multi-disciplinary projects and studies.

  3. Plans and implements comprehensive programs for utilization of land and physical facilities.

  4. Reviews building plans for conformance with the Zoning Ordinance.

  5. Reviews and prepares charts, maps and other graphic materials using planning instruments and computer mapping tools.

  6. Plans, coordinates, and prepares projects and studies such as general planelements, comprehensive plans and other special planning studies and environmental impact reports.

  7. Defines parameters of projects.

  8. Analyzes and makes recommendations on discretionary projects/permits.

  9. Performs specialized and technical planning tasks and coordinates, organizes, and implements comprehensive plans and programs for effective utilization of the land and physical facilities.

  10. Prepares records on the status of assigned projects.

  11. Prepares grant applications.

  12. May act as a group project leader and participates as a member of committees and special task groups.

  13. Assists committees and groups in formulating policy statements and implementing programs.

  14. Drafts agendas and minutes of meetings.

  15. Assists in preparing project schedules and budgets.

  16. Writes clear, concise, and effective reports, communicating information to the      public, government officials, agencies and staff.

  17. Produces final documents such as ordinances, technical reports, development standards and criteria, general plan amendments and resolutions, and notices of approval or disapproval for discretionary projects.

  18. Communicates orally to the public, government officials, citizen groups and other staff to effectively convey technical planning information.

  19. Makes public presentations to the Board of Supervisors/City Council, citizen planning groups, environmental groups, Planning Commission, and other      policy-making bodies.

In addition to the general essential functions listed above:

  1. Prepares environmental impact reports; initiates studies and environmental reports in archeology, biology, geography, geology, ecology, zoology, and      environmental management.


Knowledge of:

· Land use/environmental principles in the areas of transportation, capital facilities, environmental analysis, growth management, zoning and land use regulation

· Theories and principles of urban and regional planning

· Environmental issues relating to one or more of the following: archeology, biology, geography, ecology, zoology, air quality and noise, water quality and resources, land use planning, transportation, energy, environmental management, and agriculture

· The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and other federal, state, County and local laws and ordinances pertaining to the environment

· Environmental impact report preparation and interpretation

· Zoning and subdivision principles and regulations

· Research practices applicable to data collection and analysis

· Appropriate land use patterns

· Land development practices and construction permit processes

· Basic college level statistics

· Mapping techniques and graphic design

· Oral and written presentation techniques

· Legal basis for planning, zoning, and land development activities

· Principles and techniques of lead work and training

· Telephone, office, and online etiquette

· County customer service objectives and strategies

Skills and Abilities to:

· Compile, organize, analyze and interpret data

· Assemble, analyze, and evaluate sociological, economic, demographic, environmental and land use data for studies and formulate recommendations for decision-making bodies

· Read, understand, and interpret maps including land use, topographic, population distribution, and physical and natural features

· Summarize technical information relevant to environmental issues

· Identify and evaluate environmental resources

· Analyze maps in a three-dimensional context and visualize the impact of construction on a site

· Read and interpret rules, regulations, policies and ordinances

· Collect and analyze data

· Prepare reports and correspondence

· Use planning instruments and computer mapping tools

· Communicate effectively orally and in writing

· Establish and maintain effective working relationships with management, employees, employee representatives and the public representing diverse cultures and backgrounds

· Treat County employees, representatives of outside agencies and members of the public with courtesy and respect

· Exercise appropriate judgment in answering questions and releasing information; analyze and project consequences of decisions and/or recommendations

· Provides responsive, high quality service to fellow employees, representatives of outside agencies and members of the public by providing accurate, complete and up-to-date information, in a courteous, efficient and timely manner.

Desirable Traits

Communicates Effectively, Knowledge Worker, Customer Focused, Values and Respects Others, Drives to Excel, Teamwork and Collaboration, Continuous Learning, Demonstrates Ethical Behavior, Supportive of Change, Bilingual (Spanish preferred).

Education and/or Experience

Education, training, and/or experience, that demonstrate possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed above. Qualifying education/experience: a bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university, or a certified foreign studies equivalency, with at least 30 semester units in the following fields of study: life science, physical science, city and regional planning, urban planning, aviation management (Airports Option), landscape architecture, architecture, geography, archaeology, biology, wildlife and/or botany; geology, conservation of environmental quality, natural resources, physical geography, ecology, zoology, or engineering with an emphasis in acoustics or environmental management, public administration or a closely-related field.


Professional level land use/environmental planning experience in a public or private agency may substitute for education on a year for year basis, for up to two (2) years of the education requirement.



A valid California Class C driver's license, which must be maintained throughout employment in this class, is required at time of appointment, or the ability to arrange necessary and timely transportation for field travel. Employees in this class may be required to use their own vehicle.


None required.


Working Conditions

Office environment; exposure to computer screens. Limited fieldwork is required. Fieldwork has inherent concerns including, but not limited to, exposure to wild and domesticated animals, poisonous plants, and long driving hours to survey sights.

Essential Physical Characteristics

The physical characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this classification. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of a job, on a case-by-case basis.

Continuous: upward and downward flexion of the neck. Frequent: standing, sitting, repetitive use of the hands to operate computers, printers, and copiers; side-to-side turning of neck; fine finger dexterity to operate keyboards and writing materials. Extensive: walking or hiking on uneven terrain in remote areas.

Background Investigation
Prior to appointment, candidates will be subject to a background investigation.


3060 Saturn St, Brea, CA 92821, USA