Assistant Planner

City of San Gabriel

Alhambra, CA

Experience Level: Internship

AICP Certification: AICP Not required

Salary: $5,228 - $6,355

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The City of San Gabriel’s Community Development Department is recruiting for Assistant Planner to join its team.  This position provides an exceptional opportunity for the ideal candidate to grow their planning career with our historic “City with a Mission.”  A career with the City of San Gabriel offers excellent pay and benefits, a full array of programs to work on, outstanding training and career development opportunities, and a great location for living and working in Southern California.


The ideal candidate aspires to be an outstanding planning professional and is self-motivated, outgoing, willing, and prepared to work for a multifaceted department that provides planning, design, and economic development services.  The ideal candidate will have outstanding work ethic, sound judgment, communications skills, empathy, and interpersonal tact.  Most importantly, the ideal candidate will understand and exemplify the principles of public service and the City of San Gabriel mission.


Under the immediate direction of the Planning Manager, the Assistant Planner performs professional short and long-range planning functions of moderate difficulty; assists the public with land use, development, and environmental matters; prepares research and staff reports for the Planning Commission, Design Review Commission, and City Council; and conducts field inspections.  The Assistant Planner also reviews projects for zoning compliance, design and environmental issues, and supports the department’s ongoing initiatives in historic preservation, advanced planning, housing, sustainability, and development code revisions; responds to inquiries and provides information over the front counter to applicants, developers, consultants, outside agencies, the public and other City departments regarding land use, development, and environmental regulations and procedures; and performs other related duties as assigned.

For more details on the essential duties of the position, please see the attached position classification specification for Assistant Planner.


Any combination of experience and education may be considered.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed would be bachelor’s degree in planning, public administration or equivalent from an accredited institution and one year (1) of full-time employment in urban and regional planning, redevelopment, or closely related field.

Required Licenses and Certifications:

Possession of a valid Class C California Driver’s License and ability to maintain a satisfactory driving record throughout employment with the City are required.

Desirable Qualifications:

Local government experience is desirable.


Candidates must complete a City of San Gabriel online application.  Applications must be thoroughly prepared and include the following three items as attachments: (1) cover letter, (2) professional résumé, and (3) copies of all certifications applicable and/or required for the position.  Hard copies of item 1-3 will not be accepted.  Failure to submit a thoroughly prepared application along with items 1-3 may be disqualifying.  To apply, please visit  Please do not hesitate to apply.  The deadline for submitting applications is 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 30, 2021 OR when a sufficient number of qualified applications have been submitted, whichever occurs first.  Faxed, emailed, and/or hard copy applications will not accepted.


The following is the tentative exam plan and schedule for this recruitment.  Please prepare your schedule in advance and note that the exam plan and schedule may be modified without notice if the City deems it necessary. 

  • Application Period…… August 5, 2021 – September 30, 2021
  • Oral Panel Interview… Week of October 11, 2021
  • Selection Interview….. Week of  October 18, 2021
  • Tentative Start Date… November 22, 2021

Posted August 30, 2021, 8:26 AM PDT

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