San Diego – CA


Senior Planner – T10838-201508

SALARY: $31.42 – $37.99 Hourly
$2,513.60 – $3,039.20 Biweekly
$65,353.60 – $79,019.20 Annually

OPENING DATE: 08/28/15
CLOSING DATE: 09/08/15 05:00 PM


Senior Planner positions develop and manage environmental, general and community plans; review and analyze land use and land development projects; review and analyze historic preservation and transportation projects; review and analyze technical drawings, specifications and reports; research, review, and prepare ordinances and policies; review technical analyses prepared for environmental documents; prepare environmental documents; administer resource management programs; make presentations on planning issues and projects at public hearings and meetings with community groups or citizens; review projects to ensure compliance with city, state and federal regulations; interpret regulations and requirements to the public; prepare planning reports; review development projects for urban design related issues and develop policies and ordinances related to urban design; staff design review boards; supervise other professional planners; and perform other duties as assigned.


You must meet the following requirements on the date you apply, unless otherwise indicated.

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent education (i.e., minimum completed units = 120 semester/180 quarter).

· Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for education lacked on a year-for-year basis. One year of full-time experience = 30 semester/45 quarter college-level units.

EXPERIENCE: Three years of full-time professional-level planning experience. Qualifying professional experience must be in at least ONE of the following areas:
a) Prehistoric or historic archeology.
b) Historic preservation.
c) Environmental review or analysis.
d) Resource management.
e) Landscape planning or landscape architecture.
f) Environmental, general and community planning.
g) Transportation planning.
h) Design, redevelopment and capital improvement projects.
i) Zoning administration and enforcement.
j) Architecture and urban design.
k) Site planning.
l) Discretionary permit review and processing.

A Master’s Degree in Archeology, History, Urban Planning, Urban Studies or Urban Design, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Historic Preservation, Economics, Geography, Geographic Information Systems, Public Administration, Life Science (e.g., Biology, Zoology, Ecology, Botany), Environmental Studies, or a closely related field may be substituted for a MAXIMUM of one year of the required experience.

LICENSE: A valid California Class C Driver License may be required at the time of hire.


  • Certified Planner Certification issued from the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).
  • College course work in Archeology, History, Urban Planning, Urban Studies or Urban Design, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Historic Preservation, Economics, Geography, Geographic Information Systems, Public Administration, Life Science (e.g., Biology, Zoology, Ecology, Botany), Environmental Studies, Transportation Planning or a closely related field.
  • Conservation biology and/or Multiple Species Conservation Program (MSCP) experience.
  • Watershed planning experience.

Proof of degree/transcripts, if utilized to meet the minimum requirements.

Required documents should be attached electronically to your application. If you are unable to attach at the time of application submittal, you must submit them as soon as possible via fax: (619) 533-3337; or to the Employment Information Center: City of San Diego Personnel Department, 1200 Third Avenue – Suite 300, San Diego, CA 92101. Include your name and the title of the position for which you are applying.


Please ensure all information is complete and accurate as the responses you provide on the supplemental questions will be reviewed using an automated evaluation system. If you are successful in this initial screening process, your application will be reviewed for applicable education, experience, and/or training to ensure all minimum requirements have been met. Successful candidates will be placed on a list which will be used to fill position vacancies during the next one year. For each vacancy, only those candidates with the most appropriate qualifications will be contacted by the hiring department for an interview.


PRE-EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS: Employment offers are conditional pending the results of all screening processes that are applicable to this job, which may include but are not limited to the following: Confirmation of citizenship/legal right to work in the United States; completion of a pre-employment medical review/exam (which may include drug/alcohol testing); reference checks; and a fingerprint check. The fingerprints will be submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the California Department of Justice for a conviction record report. Certain positions may require additional screening processes which may include a polygraph examination and/or background investigation. All of these processes must be successfully completed before employment begins. A positive test for alcohol, illegal drugs or inadequately explained prescription drugs, misrepresentation, falsification, or omission of pertinent facts in any step of the screening/selection process may be cause for disqualification and/or termination of employment. Nothing in this job posting constitutes an expressed or implied contract for employment with the City of San Diego. Applicants must notify the Personnel Department of any changes in their name, address (home, email), or phone number or they may miss employment opportunities.

1200 3rd Ave., Suite 300, MS 51P
San Diego, CA 92101 Recruitment #: JS-T10838-201508
Class #: 1872
SENIOR PLANNER – T10838-201508

The City of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants with disabilities who require testing accommodations may call (619) 236-6358. To obtain this information in alternative formats, persons with disabilities may call (619) 236-6467 or for TTY (619) 236-6776.