Assistant Planner or Associate Planner
THE TOWN OF YUCCA VALLEY
Are you looking for a great opportunity for either an entry level or mid level planning position? The Town of Yucca Valley is currently accepting applications for either an Assistant Planner or an Associate Planner.
Yucca Valley is a Southern California high desert community (elevation 3,300 ft.) that lies conveniently between the San Bernardino Mountains and the Joshua Tree National Park. Located about 25 minutes from Palm Springs, the town is characterized by moderate temperatures, clean air and amazingly starry nights. It is currently home to 22,000 residents.
Situated on State Highway 62 where it is intersected by State Highway 247, Yucca Valley is the hub of the Morongo Basin communities and a host of recreational opportunities including close proximity to the world famous Johnson Valley off road vehicle area, and other tourist attractions. The community is a frequent stop for travelers en route to the Colorado River or Big Bear Mountain.
Under direct supervision, performs various professional and technical field and office planning work related to current and advance planning, including review of development and land use applications, zoning, site plans, and environmental documents; provides project management and administration; completes technical assessments and prepares written project analyses; provides environmental review and project analysis for Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) and special projects in advance planning; provides professional advice and assistance to the public on planning, community development, zoning, permits, and environmental review; provides complex professional staff assistance to the Deputy Town Manager, other departments, and the public in areas of expertise; performs a variety of studies and prepares and presents staff reports; and performs related work as required.
Qualifications: Knowledge of the following applicable areas: Modern principles and practices, technical and legal issues of urban and regional planning, zoning, urban economics, demographics, and environmental planning and program management; geographic, socio-economic, transportation, political and other elements related to Town planning; comprehensive plans and current planning processes and the development process; site planning and architectural design principles; general concepts of architecture, landscaping, grading, drainage, traffic and transportation engineering as they relate to the process of urban planning; operational characteristics, services, and activities of a comprehensive environmental planning program; applicable Federal, State, and local laws, codes, and requirements and related reports; project management and contract administration principles and techniques; researching and reporting methods, techniques, and procedures; recent developments, current literature, and sources of information related to planning, zoning, and environmental review; modern office methods, practices, procedures, and equipment, including computer hardware and software necessary for graphic presentation, mapping, and database management; practices of researching planning and land use issues, evaluating alternatives, making sound recommendations, and preparing and presenting effective staff reports; methods and techniques of effective technical report preparation and presentation; English usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation; techniques for effectively representing the Town in contacts with governmental agencies, community groups, various business, professional, educational and regulatory organizations, and with property owners, developers, contractors, and the public; techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors and Town staff.
Education and Experience: Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in urban planning, community development, business or public administration, or a related field, and one (1) year of experience in planning, zoning and related community development activities for Assistant Planner; two (2) to three (3) years for Associate Planner.