Carlsbad – California

The City:
The City of Carlsbad is a scenic coastal community located in North San Diego County along the 78 Corridor. The city’s population is nearly 110,000 and covers 40 square miles, nearly 40 percent of which is dedicated to open space, including three lagoons, 46 miles of hiking trails and seven miles of coastline.

The Planning Division:
Planning is one of the five Divisions that comprise the Community and Economic Development Department. With a staff of twenty, the Planning Division is organized into the following four teams: Current Planning, Development Services, Advance Planning, and Special Projects. The Division guides the planned physical development of the city in a manner that enhances the quality of life for its residents.

The Position:
The City is currently seeking a full time Planning Technician that primarily staffs the Planning Division’s public counter. The title of Planning Technician I or Planning Technician II will be determined based on the qualifications of applicants. The ideal candidate will have excellent customer service skills, oral and written communication skills, and will have some experience or knowledge in reading plans such as maps, charts, and sketches. A Planning Technician I will perform a variety of technical planning related duties requiring technical training and education, but little practical experience. A Planning Technician II may be distinguished from a Planning Technician I by having more technical planning knowledge, skills, and abilities acquired through experience, and having the ability to work independently, exercising judgment and initiative while assuming more difficult tasks under direct supervision.


  • Planning Technician I: $20.81-$27.23 Hourly
  • Planning Technician II: $24.16-$31.61 Hourly

Save the Date:

  • Written Exam is scheduled for Monday 8/28/2017
  • Oral Panel Interviews are tentatively scheduled for the week of 9/11/2017

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist in gathering and tabulating data on population, land use, subdivision and community design.
  • Participate in the processing of use permits, variances applications and minor zoning applications.
  • Check building, grading and minor subdivision plans for appropriateness of site, of lot size and setback.
  • Obtain names and addresses of property owners from county assessor’s records for public hearing notices.
  • Assist public in completing applications for use in special permits, variances and reclassifications.
  • Make land use field investigations.
  • Conduct field inspections for permit approvals and compliance with zoning regulations and codes.
  • Prepare notices regarding violations and conduct re-inspections to insure compliances.
  • Design and draw a variety of maps, charts, and other graphic representations.
  • Answer questions from the public, meet and correspond with property owners regarding zoning requirements.
  • Check final maps to see if all conditions for the development are met, and submit to the department head for final approval.
  • Prepare simple written staff reports.
  • Conduct on site environmental review and complete necessary form indicating findings.
  • Provide information to the general public at the development processing counter.

Knowledge of:

  • Property description and requirements pertaining to preparation and maintenance of property maps.
  • Methods, practices, techniques and instruments used in drafting.
  • Skills related to the design and layout of development plans.
  • Some knowledge of the principles and practices of municipal planning.
  • Organization and functions of the various agencies involved in the planning process.

Skills in:

  • Customer service with the general public.

Ability to:

  • Read and prepare maps, sketches, charts, graphs, and other graphic representations to be used for illustration in reports and for display at public hearings.
  • Understand and carry out oral and written direction.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.
  • Properly interpret and make decisions in accordance with laws, regulations and policies.
  • Enforce appropriate codes and regulations with firmness and tact.

Experience & Education
Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills, and abilities would be:

  • One year of responsible technical experience in planning; public contact duties involving development processing, building or engineering; and Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade.


  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California Driver’s License may be required for some positions.