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Land Use/Environmental Planner III

San Diego County Planning and Development Services
San Diego, CA
United States
$81,744.00 - $100,422.40 Annually

This is a series recruitment subject to suspend on Sunday, January 5, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. 

Effective January 3, 2020, the salary range for Land Use/Environmental Planner III will increase to $84,219.20 - $103,438.40

The County of San Diego is currently accepting job applications for Land Use/Environmental Planner III (LUEP III).  The eligible list will be used to fill current vacancies in Planning & Development Services.  This list may also be used to fill future vacancies on a county-wide basis. 

Planning & Development Services (PDS)

Planning & Development Services (PDS) is responsible for recommending how and where our communities will grow through programs such as the County's General Plan and community plans. PDS reviews development applications in the unincorporated County to ensure they are properly designed and safely constructed. Other services include code compliance to ensure public health and safety, as well as hosting the County's sustainability efforts. PDS has six divisions: Advance Planning, Building Services, Code Compliance, Land Development, Project Planning, and Support Services. For additional information on this department, please click here.

Planning & Development Services (PDS) Positions

The selected candidates for PDS's Advance Planning Division will contribute independently to a wide variety of long-range planning efforts of moderate complexity.  These projects may include General Plan or Community Plan updates, ordinance, or regulation updates, Climate Action Plan implementation, County-wide conservation plan preparation and implementation, public engagement meeting facilitation, graphic/display and other public outreach material preparation, or other special long-range planning projects.   

Ideal Candidate Profile (PDS) 

  • Expertise in leading and handling long-range planning projects with successful outcomes
  • Expertise in land use/environmental principles in the areas of growth management, zoning and land use regulation, environmental analysis, transportation, capital facilities, and urban design
  • Expertise in the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and other federal, state, county, and local laws and ordinances pertaining to the environment 
  • Expertise in policy development, housing policy, and/or climate action planning 
  • Understanding of legal basis for planning, zoning, and land development activities
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including presentation experience; good listener
  • Demonstrate proven professional level experience as a planner
  • Demonstrate a high degree of motivation and willingness to learn
  • Demonstrate a strong willingness to continually learn and grow professionally
  • Maintain a professional perspective, objective demeanor, and flexibility when positive or difficult situations occur
  • Review and handle complex projects involving several functional groups

If you believe that you possess these qualities, then the Planning & Development Services and the County of San Diego would be an ideal place for your talents.  We have a great culture that values collaboration and teamwork.

Minimum Qualifications

1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university, or a certified foreign studies equivalency, in city and regional planning, urban planning, aviation management, landscape architecture, geography, archeology, biology with a concentration in wildlife and/or botany, geology, or any one of the following life and physical sciences, geography with a concentration in conservation of environmental quality, natural resources or physical geography, ecology, zoology, engineering with an emphasis in acoustics or environmental management, environmental science or a related field, AND, three (3) years of progressively responsible professional level experience performing environmental analysis, planning, research, data analysis, and computations, and preparing and presenting reports and graphics as it relates to land use/environmental planning.  Experience must be at the level equivalent to a Land Use/Environmental Planner II within the County of San Diego; OR,
2. A master's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university, or a certified foreign studies equivalency, in one of the fields stated above, AND, two (2) years of progressively responsible professional level experience as described above; OR,
3. One (1) year of experience as a Land Use/Environmental Planner II with the County of San Diego.

Evaluation Process

Qualified applicants will be placed on a six (6) month employment list based on scores received during the evaluation of information contained in their employment and supplemental applications.  Please ensure all information is complete and accurate, as the responses you provide on the supplemental application questionnaire will be reviewed using an automated evaluation system.  If you are successful in the initial screening process, your application will be reviewed individually to confirm that the information you provided is accurate and qualifying.

Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of a job, on a case-by-case basis. 

Published on:
December 17, 2019 - 9:18am
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