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LOCATION: Santa Barbara, CA

SALARY:  $6,755.66 - $8,247.25 approximately per month. Additional cash allowance $236.51 bi-weekly

OPENING DATE: 7/25/2018                                                                                    

CLOSING DATE: 8/13/2018

The Planning and Development Department is accepting applications to fill three vacancies in Santa Barbara:  two positions in Long Range Planning and one position in the Cannabis Program. For more information on the Planning and Development Department, please visit us at:  http://sbcountyplanning.org/

LONG RANGE PLANNING DIVISION:  The workplace is a highly driven and innovative environment that sets and achieves high expectations.  Our mission is to develop, promote and implement plans, policies and public improvements which enhance the quality of life for Santa Barbara County residents, protect natural resources and promote sound long term economic development, while recognizing the differing needs and values of each of the County’s unique communities and diverse rural areas.

Ideal Candidate Qualities:

  • Successful track record of managing complex, politically sensitive long range planning projects
  • Skilled in making public presentations before citizens, organizations, commissions and boards
  • Knowledge and experience in the practices and principles of long range planning
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Has an in depth understanding of the County’s comprehensive plan and zoning ordinances
  • Works well in and contributes to a team environment
  • Ability to analyze complex projects

Staff work on the following activities:

  • Long-range, regional planning initiatives.
  • Providing policy makers with objective and balanced information to make well informed decisions.
  • General plan consistency, annexation proposals, development of zoning and other ordinances, management plans, and other land use project plans.
  • Monitoring state and federal legislation and multi-jurisdictional groups and advisory committees.
  • Participating in regional planning activities with other government agencies advisory committees, educational institutions, associations (transportation, housing, regional planning, etc.) and other county departments.

Knowledge of:

  • State and local housing laws and implementation measures
  • Planning grants, application submittal, funding and management
  • Regional governmental agencies and their processes.

CANNABIS PROGRAM:  An opportunity to work in the new cannabis industry in California.  Santa Barbara County has a long history of agriculture and is now positioned to be a leader in the cultivation of cannabis in the State.  This position will work with industry representatives, members of the public, and a wide array of state and local agencies in permitting cannabis activities in the County.

Ideal Candidate Qualities:

  • Skilled in land use permitting of complex discretionary projects with CEQA and or coastal regulatory requirements.
  • Knowledge of Santa Barbara County land use regulations.
  • Successful track record of establishing effective working relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders with divergent interests.
  • Knowledge of agricultural practices and trends relevant to cannabis.
  • Experience working in a multi-jurisdictional land use regulatory environment.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to analyze complex projects.

Staff work on the following activities:

  • Analysis of proposals for cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, retail and associated activities.
  • Preparing reports and documents that provide policy makers with objective and balanced information to make well informed decisions.
  • Provide information to the public and applicants regarding cannabis regulations, development projects or other cannabis activities in the County.
  • Monitoring of approved projects’ conformance with permit requirements.
  • Presentations to decision makers and members of the public.

For a summary of benefits, visit: http://www.countyofsb.org/hr/CompSumm.aspx?id=11024

The County of Santa Barbara is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to applicants. Qualified individuals with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation during the application or selection process should contact the recruiter listed on the job posting. We do require verification of needed accommodation from a professional source, such as a doctor or a learning institution.

The County of Santa Barbara respects and values a diverse workforce and strongly promotes strategies and activities to recruit, develop and retain qualified persons of varied backgrounds, lifestyles, experiences and races.

APPLICATION AND SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE DEADLINE: 8/13/18; 5:00 pm. Postmarks will not be accepted. Applications and job bulletins can be obtained 24 hours a day at www.sbcountyjobs.com. In Santa Barbara, applications and job bulletins may be obtained at the Human Resources Department, 1226 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA, 93101, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. In Santa Maria, applications and job bulletins can be obtained on-line only at the Workforce Resource Center located at 1410 S. Broadway, Santa Maria, CA, 93454, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.     Debbie 

Contract Assistant Planner | Stantec

Stantec is hiring for an assistant planner to work on a contract basis. Must have at least 6 months of agency planning work. Please contact: 

Hollee King, MPA, AICP
Stantec Consulting Inc.


Chief of Land Acquisition | East Bay Regional Park District

East Bay Regional Park District is conducting an extensive search for an experienced and forward thinking real estate professional with a strong commitment to conservation of open space to serve as the new Chief of Land Acquisition. Reporting directly to the Assistant General Manager of Acquisition, Stewardship and Development Division, the Chief of Land Acquisition ensures the Park District’s ongoing series of land acquisitions are made in a manner that is efficient, timely, and according to plan. The ideal candidate will be a critical thinker and an articulate communicator who is comfortable interacting with a wide-array of individuals from Park District Leadership, EBRPD Board Members, local and regional elected officials, land owners, and other key stakeholders. Department oversight includes 5 FTEs including two Land Acquisition Specialists; a Senior Land Acquisition Specialist; a Management Analyst; and an Administrative Analyst. This position requires a Bachelor's degree and 6 years of experience in real estate law, real estate finance, land acquisition, acquisition planning, and/or right-of-way work, of which three years must have been at a level that included supervision of staff. An advanced degree is desirable along with an attorney or real estate broker license in California.

The salary range for this position is $128,003 to $163,321 with possible future merit steps up to $189,051. The District also offers an attractive benefits package including CalPERS retirement.

Interested candidates should apply by submitting a compelling cover letter and comprehensive resume to apply@ralphandersen.com by August 31, 2018. Confidential inquiries welcomed to Heather Renschler at (916) 630-4900. Recruitment brochure available at www.ralphandersen.com/jobs/chief-of-land-ebrpd/.


ORGANIZATION: City of Moorpark

LOCATION: Moorpark, CA

MONTHLY SALARY: $8,157.07 - $10,972.00 

CLOSING DATE: 8/5/2018

The City of Moorpark is seeking candidates to fulfill the position of Planning Manager. The Planning Manager will be responsible for directing, managing, and coordinating of activities of various divisions of the Community Development Department, including the review of complex development projects, the preparation of general plan elements, specific plans, zoning ordinance amendments, and environmental documentation under the California Environmental Quality Act, and the management of assigned activities with other City departments and outside agencies, including demographic analysis and reports to state and regional planning agencies.  The Planning Manager will also provide responsible and administrative support to the Community Development Director.  AICP Certification is desirable.  This position is overtime exempt; receives general direction from the Community Development Director, or other City Manager designee; exercises direct and primary supervision over supervisory, professional, technical and clerical staff; administers contracts and monitors performance. Details available at online Job Description or Job Application Webpage


ALTERNATIVE FORMAT MAY BE OBTAINED AT: 799 Moorpark Avenue, Moorpark, CA 93021; (805) 517-6238; JArcher@MoorparkCA.gov 

An Equal Opportunity Employer

LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA

SALARY: $140,961 to $206,044 annually, depending on qualifications and depth of experience

POSITION DETAILS: managementpartners.com/…/Deputy-Director-Opportunity-City-of-Los-Angeles.pdf

The Los Angeles Department of City Planning is actively seeking experienced and innovated managers to provide leadership and help realize an ambitious vision for the City as a Deputy Director of Planning.

The Deputy Director of Planning is responsible for the oversight of employees assigned to day-to-day planning activities as well as ensuring that critical programs are successfully executed. The department’s executive team has an Executive Officer and four deputy director positions reporting directly to the Director of Planning. Duties include organizing, supervising, reviewing, and coordinating long-range planning and current planning projects, budget and administration, as well as providing services and support to a variety of public and private entities, such as the City Council and Council Committees, the City Planning Commission, Cultural Heritage Commission, Area Planning Commissions, Certified Neighborhood Councils, and citizen advisory boards. The Deputy Director may also be called upon to act in the absence of the Director of Planning. The City seeks a talented, energetic, and committed leader who will work collaboratively in a results-oriented organization to serve as the Deputy Director of Planning. If you are an experienced and innovative problem-solver who is passionate about planning and inspired by big ideas this may be the opportunity for you!

Ideal Candidate:

  • Have the skills necessary to define a direction, facilitate change, inspire teamwork, and adapt to rapidly changing environments and issues
  • Value equity and demonstrate an appreciation of diverse and underserved communities
  • Demonstrate strong leadership abilities and superior interpersonal skills
  • Inspire and connect with emerging talent
  • Be able to act as a facilitator and catalyst for meaningful city-process change
  • Have excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Have excellent problem-solving skills, coupled with great analytical skills
  • Have strong strategic planning and conceptual skills
  • Be highly collaborative and have an open and adaptive management style
  • Be experienced in directly advocating policy positions to executives and elected officials and be politically astute
  • Be able to establish strong, credible relationships with staff and other agencies, and handle City administrative functions with effectiveness and precision
  • Have experience developing budgets and managerial control mechanisms and a high-level understanding of the budgeting and legislative processes
  • Possess a passion for and commitment to the planning profession
  • Demonstrate and motivate staff to provide high levels of customer service.

Position Requirements: Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in urban planning, urban studies, urban design, environmental studies, geography, architecture, landscape architecture, public administration, or closely related field; and five years of professional managerial experience in the planning department of a federal, state, or municipal government or equivalent public sector administration experience. Applicants must also have experience directing and managing through subordinate managers and supervisors. A broad working knowledge of California planning principles and practices, including CEQA experience, is desired and a master’s degree is preferred.

To Be Considered: Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume by July 30, 2018 to:

Management Partners

Attn: Nancy Hetrick


To learn more about the department and the opportunities that lie ahead, please visit the department online at planning.lacity.org or contact Nancy Hetrick at 408-437-5400 or nhetrick@managementpartners.com with any questions.



ORGANIZATION: City of Oxnard

SALARY: $24.68 - $38.28 Hourly / $4,277.07 - $6,635.18 Monthly / $51,324.83 - $79,622.19 Annually

CLOSING DATE: 7/23/2018 5:00 PM

TO APPLY: Assistant Planner

DESCRIPTION: The City of Oxnard's Development Services Department is seeking an Assistant Planner with strong technical knowledge and a collaborative and customer service oriented approach to their work to be part of the Planning team.  This individual must be comfortable processing current and advanced planning projects from submittal through environmental review, public hearing, plan check and final inspection. The ideal candidate will demonstrates a full understanding of all applicable policies, procedures and work methods associated with assigned duties.  This position will be responsible for residential, industrial and commercial planning projects.  This classification is distinguished from the next higher classification of Associate Planner by the performance of less complex projects.


  • Performs the full array of duties assigned to classes in the planning series including assisting the public at the counter, explaining and interpreting zoning and planning regulations, making recommendations for zoning changes, and handling public information calls.
  • Demonstrates a full understanding of applicable policies, procedures and work methods associated with assigned duties.
  • Reviews, approves and processes simple and complex residential, industrial and commercial projects through the planning process including: subdivision maps, lot line adjustments/mergers, special use permits, zone changes, general plan and specific plan amendments, and other administrative and/or discretionary application requests.
  • Processes temporary use permits, home occupation permits, and zone clearance applications. Uses personal computer and specialized permit processing systems to prepare correspondence, council agenda items, staff reports, resolutions, and other specialized documents.
  • Represents the City at inter-departmental (e.g. Development Advisory Committee), neighborhood meetings (e.g. Community Workshop), and public hearings (e.g. Planning Commission and/or City Council).
  • Accepts project application submittals; assesses and collects fees.
  • Updates public information handouts, zoning and other types of maps and project lists.
  • Prepares initial studies, negative declarations (ND's) and mitigated negative declarations (MND's), and all documents related to environmental reviews. Work with consultants to review and prepare EIR's and manages consultant contracts.
  • Coordinates with other programs and departments who are involved with project review and permit processing.Works with contractors during the construction process through the final inspections. Responds to questions and concerns from the general public; provides information as is appropriate and resolves complaints.
  • Reviews critiques (aesthetic and technical) and approves civil and architectural blueprints for planning and building permits.

QUALIFICATIONS: Any combination of education and experience that has provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for a Assistant Planner. A typical way of obtaining the required qualifications is:

Education  and/or Experience:

  • One (1) year of directly related experience as a Planner.
  • A Bachelor's degree in urban or regional planning, architecture, landscape architecture, or a related field considered useful in City planning.

License, Certificate and Other  Requirements:

  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid unrestricted class C California driver's license. Additional certifications, licenses, endorsements and training may be required, depending on assignment. You may be required to submit documented proof of these requirements.


Details online at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/cityofoxnard/jobs/2108144/assistant-planner?pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

Associate Planner II | City of Santa Cruz

Location: City of Santa Cruz

Organization: City of Santa Cruz, Water Department

Salary: $6,080.00 - $8,229.00 Monthly

Recruitment #18-125

The Associate Planner II in the Water Department serves as a member of the department's expert team in the field of environmental practice. The ideal candidate has experience managing the preparation and review of environmental documents, environmental permitting, and background technical studies; has experience developing, administering, reviewing and negotiating contracts with outside consultants; and independently performs the full scope of assigned duties with minimal supervision. In addition to the current vacant position in the Water Department, this eligible list may also be used for future full-time, part-time, or temporary positions in the Water, Public Works or the Planning and Community Development Departments. The City offers excellent health benefits and PERS retirement!


Apply by 5:00 p.m. Thursday 7/5/18. For a complete list of job requirements and to apply, go to www.cityofsantacruz.com and click on Jobs

City of Santa Cruz Human Resources Department

809 Center Street, Room 6, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

(831) 420-5040



Assistant Land Use Planner | Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck has an opportunity for an Assistant Land Use Planner to be based in our Santa Barbara, California office.  This individual will be mentored and trained by two Senior Land Use Planners in addition to working with many land use, real estate, and natural resources attorneys.

The Planner will work as independently as possible on various tasks, ranging from assisting private property owners through the application and permitting process at various local, state, and federal agencies; providing due diligence analysis and advice to potential buyers of property; and assisting in litigation related to land use entitlements and the California Environmental Quality Act. The firm represents a number of public agency clients, which provides the Planner with the responsibility of assisting in preparation of environmental analyses, staff reports, findings, and conditions of approval.  The projects vary in location from within Santa Barbara County and throughout California.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Assist clients during agency review of development applications;

  • Analysis of applicable federal, state, and local policies, ordinances, specific plans, general plans, permits, conditions of approval, and state and federal regulations;

  • Coordination with experts on various environmental topics associated with land development and environmental review;

  • Abstract information from aerial photographs, subdivision maps, census reports, planning and building permits, etc., for analysis in planning studies;

  • Analyze geographic information systems data and creates maps;

  • Assist  in the preparation of plans, maps, graphs and other visual aids;

  • Participate in field inspections to gather data relevant to planning projects and the development review process;

  • Analyze and comment on documents such as staff reports and environmental documents prepared to comply with California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) such as Exemptions, Negative Declarations, or Environmental Impact Reports;

  • Conduct in-depth property specific research including the review of deeds and other legal documents;

  • Assist with outreach to community groups, government agencies, developers and the public;

  • Perform related duties as required.

  The successful candidate will have knowledge of the following:

  • Research and data collection methods;

  • Principles and practices of planning and zoning administration

  • State and local laws and regulations associated with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Clean Water Act, National Historic Preservation Act, Coastal Act, Williamson Act, and Endangered Species Act;

  • Relationship of land use planning to the requirements of other local government departments such as Fire Department and Environmental Health;

  • Principles of effective internal and external client service;

  • Effective writing and presentation techniques;

  • Statistics and math applicable to planning and property development;

  • Common computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheet, internet, and geographic information systems.

  The successful candidate will have the ability to:

  • Learn the principles, concepts and techniques related to planning and zoning administration;

  • Learn to review project descriptions, plans or field conditions and apply policy and code provisions to determine conformance;

  • Interpret the zoning ordinance and other policy documents;

  • Collect and analyze data;

  • Prepare clear and concise reports and other communications;

  • Communicate rules and procedures tactfully and effectively;

  • Work on several projects or issues simultaneously;

  • Work independently or in a team environment;

  • Build relationships and work respectfully, tactfully and creatively with clients, the public, agencies and staff.

Please send cover letter & resume to Colleen Wheeler, Staff Recruiting Manager, via email at cwheeler@bhfs.com.

Contract Planner | Rincon Consultants

Location: Oakland, CA | Monterey, CA | San Luis Obispo, CA | Santa Barbara, CA | Ventura, CA | Los Angeles, CA

Job Type: Full-Time/Regular


Rincon Consultants, Inc. is a highly qualified professional consulting firm comprised of environmental scientists, geologists, biologists, planners, soil scientists, wetland scientists, GIS professionals, architectural historians, LEED accredited professionals, and visual information specialists. We provide a wide range of services in environmental impact assessment, urban planning, soil and groundwater assessment & remediation, and biological & cultural resources, focusing on California's unique and challenging regulatory and policy environment.

Recognized as a 'Best Places to Work' in 2015, we invest in our employees through competitive salaries, benefits and incentive programs designed to further the professional development of each employee in line with the firm's business goals and needs.

We have an immediate opening and excellent professional growth opportunity for a Contract Planner to join our team in our Oakland or Los Angeles Office.

The Contract Planner will:

Provide contract planning services for government agencies and/or for private individuals or corporations, with emphasis on providing temporary current and/or long range planning services, assist private clients with alcohol permitting within select municipalities, and provide assistance preparing high quality CEQA/NEPA documents.

  • Prepare environmental assessments, technical studies, and land use planning documents for government clients or private individuals or corporations
  • Assist in company outreach/marketing and business development efforts in the southern California region
  • Conduct field work necessary to complete high quality technical studies, CEQA/NEPA documents, project proposals, and general land planning studies for specific projects as assigned
  • Attend meetings and public hearings as part of contract planning and/or CEQA/NEPA services as required to serve existing and potential projects
  • Coordinate and consult with federal, state, and local regulatory agencies
  • Perform all other duties as assigned by your supervisor(s)

Experience and Skills

  • Qualified candidates should hold a BA/BS degree or higher in environmental science, urban planning or a related discipline, with between 3 and 10+ years of experience in municipal planning, environmental impact assessment, land development/entitlements, and/or urban design. 
  • Strong development plan review, communication, critical thinking, writing, presentation skills, and an understanding of land use policy and zoning regulations are required. 
  • Experience with preparing CEQA documents is also required. 
  • AICP certification, experience in coastal development planning, and experience in architectural/design review is also preferred. 

Please apply at our Careers page at www.rinconconsultants.com

Senior Environmental Planner/Scientist-Transportation Focus | Rincon Consultants
  • Location: Los Angeles, CA | Oakland, CA
  • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular


Rincon Consultants, Inc. is a highly qualified professional consulting firm comprised of environmental scientists, geologists, biologists, planners, soil scientists, wetland scientists, GIS professionals, architectural historians, LEED accredited professionals, and visual information specialists. We provide a wide range of services in environmental impact assessment, urban planning, soil and groundwater assessment & remediation, and biological & cultural resources, focusing on California's unique and challenging regulatory and policy environment.

Recognized as a 'Best Places to Work' in 2015, we invest in our employees through competitive salaries, benefits and incentive programs designed to further the professional development of each employee in line with the firm's business goals and needs.

We have an immediate opening and excellent professional growth opportunity for a Senior Environmental Planner/Scientist-Transportation Focus to join our team in our Oakland or Los Angeles Office. 

Senior Environmental Planner/Scientist – Transportation Focus

Rincon Consultants is seeking a Senior Planner/Environmental Scientist with experience in transportation (roadway, transit, rail) projects. The Senior Planner will be responsible for conducting and overseeing research, field work, impact analysis, report preparation, and business development related to CEQA/NEPA and related technical studies. The Senior Planner will:

  • Write and manage the preparation of complex CEQA/NEPA documents for roadway, transit, and rail projects
  • Engage with urban design teams providing environmental planning and review for TOD or other multi-modal projects
  • Oversee and train junior staff on CEQA/NEPA and other planning/environmental requirements
  • Interface with clients and make public presentations to agency decision-making bodies
  • Perform agency consultation and ensure environmental regulatory compliance
  • Perform various business development functions, including proposal preparation and active involvement in transportation-related planning/environmental organizations
  • Demonstrate confidence in decision-making and be recognized by clients and peers as having expertise in CEQA/NEPA and related technical areas

Experience and Skills

  • BS/BA Degree in applicable field and 10 years of increasingly responsible experience required
  • Advanced Degree (Masters/PhD) preferred
  • Experience in a private environmental consulting firm preferred
  • Experience working with and/or for Metro, Caltrans, FTA, FHWA and/or local or a regional transportation/transit agency preferred
  • Excellent verbal and written skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to lead a large multi-disciplinary team
  • Excellent organization, schedule and budget management skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite Applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project)

Please apply at our Careers page at www.rinconconsultants.com

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