Planning Assistant

City of Torrance
Torrance, CA
United States
Experience Level: 
Entry Level
$29.02 - $36.16 Hourly

The City of Torrance is looking for a results driven team member who wants the opportunity to use their skills to make an impact on the community and carry out the City's General Plan!

Planning Assistants perform entry-level work in municipal planning and environmental review.  Candidates should have experience in compiling, recording, and analyzing data for planning activities; conducting field surveys and conducting project site analysis; preparing maps, charts, graphs, and diagrams for use in planning studies; reviewing proposals and applications for development.


Education and Experience
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a major in city or regional planning, architecture, landscape architecture, geography, public administration, engineering, or closely related field.


Six months of research and writing experience involving municipal planning and/or redevelopment activities specifically related to General Plan and Research, design/development administration or redevelopment and housing activities.

License and/or Certificates
A valid California Driver's License Class 3 is normally required.

Ideal Candidate
In addition to the above requirements, the most successful candidate will possess:

  • A high comfort level with technology;
  • Ability to read blueprints;
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing;
  • Make public presentations;
  • Prioritize tasks and deadline driven; and
  • Work occasional weekends and nights.


Interested candidates must submit an online City application and supplemental questionnaire at www.TorranceCA.Gov/Jobs. The application filing period opensWednesday, September 26, 2018 and closes Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.
Only those candidates who best meet the City and Department's needs will be invited to participate in the examination process, which will consist of the following components:
Written Test: 40% (Tentatively scheduled on November 7, 2018.)
Panel Interview: 60% (Tentatively scheduled on November 27, 2018.)
Performance Test / Work Sample: Qualifying (Tentatively scheduled on November 27, 2018.)


Applicants with disabilities who require special testing arrangements must contact the Human Resources Department prior to the final filing date.

As a condition of employment, candidates must pass a background check and pre-employment medical examination.
The provisions of this announcement do not constitute an expressed or implied contract and any provisions contained in this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice.

Published on:
September 26, 2018 - 1:02pm
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