Job Title: Planning Technician I/II

Job Location: Carlsbad

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Job Description:

A world-class city is seeking world-class talent.

Carlsbad -The Community: Carlsbad is a well-balanced community with beaches, lagoons, habitat preserves, a variety of housing types, world-class employers, Legoland, the second-highest number of hotel rooms in San Diego County, a successful auto dealership core, two golf resorts and a municipal golf course, two rail stations, a thriving downtown village, and an engaged public. This balance has been achieved not by accident, but in part through the efforts of a strong team of experienced planners. From translation of the community’s vision into ambitious General Plan goals and policies and application of rigorous growth management principles that ensure public facilities, open space and infrastructure are provided in conjunction with development, to consistent implementation of zoning rules and development codes, the Planning Division is at the forefront of ensuring that Carlsbad’s high quality of life is maintained and the city continues to evolve in a manner valued by the community.

In addition to the many benefits that the City offers, incumbents will have the option of a 9/80 work schedule, a professional membership fee paid, and a variety of training and career advancement opportunities (please see the “Benefits” tab and our website for benefit details).

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 the successful candidate. Following successful job performance and personal development, reassignment from the Planning Technician I to the Planning Technician II level may be expected. The ideal candidate will have excellent customer service skills, oral and written communication skills, and will have some public counter experience and/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 one year of experience equivalent to Planning Tech I level, and having the ability to work independently, exercising judgment and initiative while assuming more difficult tasks under direct supervision.

Under general supervision, to perform a variety of technical work related to current planning; and to do related work as assigned. Positions in this class are normally filled by advancement from the lower grade of Planning Technician I or when filled from the outside, require prior planning experience. This is the journey level technical class. Positions assigned to this class require technical planning knowledge, skills, and abilities acquired through experience, and require the ability to work independently, exercising judgment and initiative while assuming more difficult tasks under direct supervision. This class may be distinguished from the next higher class of Assistant Planner by the level of difficulty and complexity of work performed, and the commitment of time to providing information to the general public. This position reports to a Senior Planner and Principal Planner and does not supervise.

Vaccination Requirement for Candidates Seeking Employment
The City of Carlsbad requires all candidates for city employment to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, including variants, prior to being employed by the city, subject to limited exceptions.  Candidates seeking city employment will be required to: (1) be fully vaccinated, or have had their first vaccine shot (with the second shot scheduled) and (2) submit proof of vaccination prior to their start date, unless a request for a reasonable medical, disability or religious accommodation has been approved.

Acceptable proof of vaccination includes:

  • CDC COVID-19 vaccination record card
  • Documentation of vaccination from a health care provider
  • Personal Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Card obtained by visiting:

Salary Ranges:
Planning Tech I: Range 37 $23.62-$30.89
Planning Tech II: Range 50 $26.87-$35.16

PLEASE NOTE: Advertised salary range is effective as of 1/1/2022 in anticipation of the incumbent starting after that date
Key Responsibilities:
  • Answer questions from the public, meet and correspond with property owners regarding zoning requirements.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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:

  • Public contact.

Ability to:

  • Read 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 and 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.

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

Link or email to apply:

Apply by date: 01/25/2022