CA – San Diego

County of San Diego Department of Human Resources invites applications for the position of:

Land Use/Environmental Planner III – General Option-14355011G
SALARY: $73,070.40 – $89,752.00 Annually

This is a series recruitment that will temporarily be suspended on November 23, 2014.

Per county rules, this position is eligible for appointment at step 1, $73,070.40 annually. County employees are subject to the county promotion rule for step placement in accordance with comp ord 1.3.5.

Through operational excellence and attention to customer service, Planning & Development Services (PDS) strives to balance community, economic and environmental interests to ensure the highest quality of life for the public of San Diego County.

PDS is responsible for long range land use planning, including the County’s General Plan and Zoning Ordinance, which determine how our communities will grow. The department analyzes privately initiated land use projects to ensure compliance with land use regulations and advises the Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission on the projects. Through programs, such as building plan review, building inspection and code compliance help maintain public health and safety.

The ideal candidate is a knowledge worker who communicates effectively orally and in writing, is able to work in a fast-paced environment, has strategic perspective, leverages resources, and is supportive of change. The ideal candidate is also a team leader who coaches and develops others, and maximizes team effectiveness.

The Land Use/Environmental Planner III performs the most complex, difficult and sensitive environmental and/or planning projects, and serves as project leader for a major environmental and/or planning project or study. The current vacancy is located in the department of Planning & Development Services. However, this list may be used to fill future vacancies in other departments.


  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. college or university, or a certified foreign studies equivalency, in city and regional planning, urban planning, aviation management, landscape architecture, geography, archeology, biology with a concentration in wildlife and/or botany, geology, or any one of the following life and physical sciences, geography with a concentration in conservation of environmental quality, natural resources or physical geography, ecology, zoology, engineering with an emphasis in acoustics or environmental management, environmental science or a related field, AND, three (3) years of progressively responsible professional level experience performing environmental analysis, planning, research, data analysis, and computations, and preparing and presenting reports and graphics as it relates to land use/environmental planning. Experience must be at the level equivalent to a Land Use/Environmental Planner II within the County of San Diego; OR,
  2. A master’s degree from an accredited U.S. college or university, or a certified foreign studies equivalency, in one of the fields stated above, AND, two (2) years of progressively responsible professional level experience as described above; OR,
  3. One (1) year of experience as a Land Use/Environmental Planner II with the County of San Diego.
    Note: Professional level land use/environmental planning experience in a public or private agency may substitute for education on a year-for-year basis, for up to two (2) years of the education requirement.

Qualified applicants will be placed on a twelve (12) month employment list based on scores received during the evaluation of information contained in their employment and supplemental applications. Please ensure all information is complete and accurate, as the responses you provide on the supplemental application questionnaire will be reviewed using an automated evaluation system. If you are successful in the initial screening process, your application will be reviewed individually to confirm that the information you provided is accurate and qualifying.

Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable an individual with qualified disabilities to perform the essential functions of a job, on a case-by-case basis.