Multiple Planning Positions Available

County of Lake

Lakeport, CA

Experience Level: Mid-Level

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Multiple Planning Positions Available


County of Lake, CA

Senior Planner: $69,118 - $84,011 annually DOE/DOQ

Principal Planner: $78,252 - $95,100 annually DOE/DOQ

The County of Lake seeks multiple planning professionals to join the Community Development Department, a Senior Planner and a Principal Planner. With multiple planning opportunities available, you can apply your experience and knowledge to support advanced long range, current, housing, and environmental planning projects. These positions offer the right candidate an opportunity to work on a wide array of planning projects in cannabis, housing, economic development, and other areas.


Senior Planner

The Senior Planner is a high-level technical position responsible for complex planning projects. This could include cannabis ordinance development and permitting, community planning, development and environmental services review, and housing and economic development planning. Typically, the Senior Planner manages long term planning projects, coordinates and conducts planning studies, and assists with policy implementation. While the Senior Planner does not manage staff directly, they will mentor and oversee others, as assigned.

The ideal candidate will be well versed in a wide variety of planning principles and will bring many years of complex planning experience. The individual will be a self-motivated and an independent worker with excellent interpersonal skills to liaise with the County Board of Supervisors, state agencies and other stakeholders, as well as facilitate public meetings. Strong writing and communication skills are a must as this person will regularly make presentations, respond to inquiries, and synthesize and translate complex technical planning information for less technical decision makers and the public-at-large. An in-depth understanding of federal, state, and local laws and regulations related to environmental and land use planning will be necessary, as will an understanding of pertinent engineering principles, life sciences, and CEQA.

Minimum Requirements:

Two (2) years of full-time experience performing professional planning work comparable to that of an Associate Planner with the County of Lake.

Bachelor’s degree in planning, geography, environmental studies, or a related field degree is highly desirable.

Additional directly related experience and/or education may be substituted.

Principal Planner

The Principal Planner is an at will position that oversees a designated area of the Planning Division, including leading staff, overseeing contractors, directing the most complex planning projects and developmental reviews, and providing high level technical expertise for staff, leadership, the Board of Supervisors, the Planning Commission and others as needed. This position works closely with leadership on the development and implementation of County planning policies, codes and ordinances, resource management, zoning enforcement, and/or environmental review work. The Principal Planner also serves as Chairperson and/or primary staff support for the Planning Commission, presents to the Board, and represents the Division to the public.

The ideal candidate will be highly organized with strong analytical skills and the ability to manage large and complicated projects. The individual will have extensive experience as a CEQA practitioner, and is a highly motivated, independent leader who can build and mentor a collaborative team and foster strategic alliances to further the Division’s mission and vision. The ideal candidate will be a critical thinker who can communicate complex technical language to the general public and possess the political acumen to navigate the needs of the community.

Minimum Requirements:

Five (5) years of full-time responsible experience performing a wide scope of professional planning work, including two (2) years in a lead, supervisory, or management capacity.

Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate valid California Driver’s License.


Senior Planner: $69,118 - $84,011 annually DOE/DOQ

Principal Planner: $78,252 - $95,100 annually DOE/DOQ



These positions are open until filled, apply by September 17th for first consideration through our job board:


Interviews will take place October 7th and 8th

Please contact Wendi Brown with any questions:

[email protected]


Posted August 25, 2021, 10:49 AM PDT

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