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Planning Technician

City of Orinda
Orinda, CA
United States
Experience Level: 
Entry Level
$5,132 - $6,262 Monthly

TO APPLY:  Submit your application, cover letter and resume online at 

THE POSITION:  The City of Orinda seeks a strong customer-service oriented Planning Technician to primarily staff the Planning Counter and process code-enforcement cases.  Depending upon experience, the successful candidate may also gain opportunities to assist with various current and long-range planning tasks.  This full-time position reports to the Director of Planning and requires some evening work. 


  • Staffs the Planning Counter to assist the public, conduct plan checks, collect and process forms, and file permit applications and plans.
  • Responds to email, telephone, and counter inquiries regarding the municipal code, entitlements, and the City’s development policies and procedures.
  • Conducts field work, including Planning Final Inspections, site visits, and code-enforcement.
  • Receives, investigates, and monitors requests to investigate alleged violations of the municipal codes and other complaints.
  • Coordinates and conducts abatement procedures, including preparing correspondence, coordination with other agencies (Contra Costa County Building Division, Moraga-Orinda Fire District, etc.).
  • Processes applications for a hillside-grading permit, elevated-deck permit, exception permit, tree-removal permit, and other “minor” discretionary projects.
  • Assists staff in collecting and preparing data for various planning projects and provides support at community meetings as necessary.
  • Researches and prepares routine graphic displays/exhibits for use by the Department, Planning Commission, and City Council.
  • Drafts reports of limited or variable complexity.

QUALIFICATIONS:  All City of Orinda employees are expected to uphold and exhibit the City’s core values including serving the public, being respectful and accountable, maintaining professionalism, and demonstrating responsibility. Minimum qualifications for the position are noted below.

Education & Experience:  This is an entry level position in the professional planning field.  Applicants must meet at least one of the following:

1. A four-year bachelor’s degree in planning or a related field.

2. Equivalent to two years of college, supplemented by at least two years of job experience or training in planning or a related field.

3. Four years of planning and building administrative support experience.

License:  Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California driver’s license.

Special Requirements:  Essential duties require the following physical skills and work environment:  Ability to work in a standard office environment including ability to sit, stand, walk, kneel, crouch, stoop, squat, twist, and lift 25 lbs.; ability to travel to different sites and locations.

Bonus Points:  Following are preferred qualifications for the Planning Technician position:

  • Coursework and/or experience with aspects of urban planning, long-range planning, urban redevelopment, public policy, civic engagement, stakeholder participation, and governance.
  • Ability to be flexible and work both independently and collaboratively in a diverse and dynamic environment.
  • Ability to learn fast and adapt quickly without compromising the quality of work.
  • Principals and procedures of record-keeping.
  • Proficiency in ESRI ArcGIS.

BENEFITS:  This position is part of the General Employees’ Unit and is represented by Teamsters Local Union No. 856. The following benefits are currently available to persons appointed to this position on a full-time basis. 

Medical Dental & Vision 

The City offers several medical benefit plan options for employee and family through CalPERS Health. Depending upon the number of dependents the City contributes between $808.60 and $2,102.35 per month towards 2021 medical coverage. A medical in-lieu monthly amount is available for employees who can show proof of medical coverage for him/herself and all dependents. The City contributes the full premium for dental and vision coverage.


The City contributes 13-percent of base salary to a 401(a) defined contribution plan which is on a three year graded vesting schedule.   The City does not provide a defined benefit pension plan (i.e., CalPERS). The City does not participate in Social Security, except for Medicare premiums.

Deferred Compensation

City participates in a 457 Deferred Compensation plan and matches an employee contribution of up to 3-percent of base salary.

Leave Accruals

In lieu of vacation and sick leave, the City provides General Leave of 19 days during the first year of employment. Accrual is increased by one day for each subsequent year up to a maximum of 25 days.


Employees receive 12.5 paid holidays per year. This includes two floating holidays.

Life Insurance, Long-Term Disability and SDI

The City pays for a Life Insurance policy for an amount equal to annual salary, as well as the cost of the monthly premium for Long-Term Disability. The City participates in SDI, which is fully funded by the employee.

Flexible Benefits

The City offers a full Flexible Benefits Plan for out-of-pocket health-care expenses and dependent-care expenses.

The information contained within this job opportunity announcement may be modified or revoked without notice and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.

The City of Orinda is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex origin or disability. In accordance with Federal law, the City of Orinda will only hire individuals who are legally authorized to work in the United States. Candidates with a disability which may require special assistance in any phase of the application or testing process should submit a request for accommodation with the application. Documentation of the need for accommodation must accompany the request.








Published on:
April 30, 2021 - 3:37pm
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