Associate Planner

City of Palm Springs

Palm Springs, CA

Experience Level: Mid-Level

AICP Certification: AICP Preferred

Salary: $36.43 - $49.03 Hourly

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This position is a member of the Planning division of the Development Services Department, and will have a special focus in Historic Preservation; performs difficult and sensitive research and planning studies in support of the planning department; reviews and manages complex planning applications involving research and determining code compliance and performs a variety of professional and technical tasks relative to assigned area of responsibility.

Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Perform difficult and technical research and planning studies in support of the Planning department including managing and processing large multi-application projects.
  • Review and manage the full array of planning and development proposals submitted for City consideration; perform detailed background research and code compliance review; review techni­cal plans including site plans, architectural elevations, grading plans and landscape plans for compliance with codes and conditions of approval.
  • Conduct and review field inspection reports for compliance with laws and practice; take appropriate actions as necessary; conduct investigations and resolve problems as appropriate.
  • Establish and maintain necessary files pertaining to planning records, reports, maps and related files; prepare reports; present findings.
  • Supervise the preparation of graphics for inclusion in reports; draft and submit proposed legislation related to planning matters.
  • Serve as staff on a variety of boards, commissions and commit­tees; prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
  • Assist in the processing and preparation of complex environmen­tal documents.
  • Provide information and assistance to the public, City depart­ments and other agencies regarding planning related issues, code interpretations and planning applications. 
  • Attend and participate in community and professional group meetings; stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of planning.
  • Supervise staff in the absence of the Principle Planner.
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.

Minimum requirements must be clearly demonstrated on the application to be considered, however, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee an invitation to compete further in the selection process.  Experience requirements must be demonstrated in the "Work Experience" section of the application, other sections of the application will not be used to determine experience qualifications. (One year of work experience is the equivalent of 12 months of full-time work. "Full-time work" means at least 36 hours of work over a period of one week or 1,872 hours of work over a period of at least 12 months.) Qualifications noted as "desirable" or "preferred" are not included as part of the minimum requirements.


  • Two (2) years of increasingly responsible urban and regional planning experience is required. 
  • State of California planning experience is preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in applying the theories, methods and practices of historic preservation is preferred.


  • Bachelors degree in planning, urban geography, architecture, landscape architecture or a related field from an accredited college or university or any combination of education and experience that provides equivalent knowledge, skills, and abilities is required. (Education may be substituted on a year for year basis with related job experience, experience is in addition to any other required experience.)
  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in Historic Preservation is preferred.

License or Certificates:

  • American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification is preferred.

Special Requirements:

  • Must successfully complete a pre-employment background investigation, and physical.

Working Conditions:
The following work environment and physical conditions described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions and expectations.

This position works in an office environment that travels from site to site and may require maintaining physical condition necessary for sitting for prolonged periods.

A completed cover letter, resume, application, and supplemental questionnaire are required by the closing date and time.  As a candidate for the position, you will want to be sure your application accurately reflects your skills and abilities as they relate to the position to achieve maximum opportunity.  Applications will be reviewed carefully and only those who appear to have the best qualifications will be invited to continue in the selection process.
Minimum requirements must be clearly demonstrated on the application to be considered as this information will be used to determine minimum qualifications.  Experience requirements must be demonstrated in the "Work Experience" section of the application, other sections of the application will not be used to determine experience qualifications.
Resumes and other documents may be submitted, however, they will not be used to determine minimum qualifications, please do not use phrases such as "see attached" or "see resume" as they will not be considered.  Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee an invitation to compete further in the process.  Minimum requirements must be met at the time of application submission unless stated otherwise.      

The selection process for this position may include one or more of the following: application review, qualification review, written exam, practical exam, oral panel exam and department interview.

Candidates must successfully pass each stage of the selection process above in order to continue to the next step.  This process may be modified or changed depending on the number of qualified candidates.
Please remember to submit all your application materials by the closing date and time.  Incomplete or applications received after the closing date and time cannot be considered.  All information on the application is subject to investigation and verification.
For more information on completing your application materials click here. 
If you are ready to join the exciting Team Palm Springs and you meet the requirements detailed above, please click the apply button.  For more information contact Human Resources at:

                                                          The City of Palm Springs
                                                    3200 East Tahquitz Canyon Way
                                                          Palm Springs, CA  92262


Applications must be received by 4:00 pm, November 22, 2021 in order to be considered for this opportunity.  The City of Palm Springs reserves the right to accelerate or extend the "Closing Date" of open positions at any time, dependent upon the number of applications received.

The City of Palm Springs is an equal employment opportunity employer and we encourage all persons to file applications.  Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, family or marital status, disability, medical condition or pregnancy, genetic information, religious or political affiliation, or veteran status. 
Disaster Service Worker:  In accordance with Government Code Section 3100, City of Palm Springs Employees, in the event of a disaster, are considered disaster service workers and may be asked to respond accordingly.

Posted November 9, 2021, 8:59 AM PST

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