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Human Resources - Current Employment Opportunities
(UPDATED 9/6/16)




To perform a variety of professional planning duties in support of the Community Development Department, including review of development proposals and planning and land use applications for compliance with applicable regulation; and to provide development-related and planning information and assistance to developers, the business community and the public.


This is a journey level professional planning position to perform a variety of planning duties in support of the Community Development Department.  Employee at this level is expected to perform independently, with minimal direction from supervisor, in direction and judgment on matters related to established procedures and guidelines.  The position is characterized by increasingly specialized knowledge of the planning field and a more elevated level of required duties and responsibilities as compared to the Assistant Planner position.  The Associate Planner is expected to possess in-depth knowledge within one or more of the planning specialties such as economic development, advanced planning, housing, environmental planning, etc.  Although the Senior Planner works closely with the Associate Planner, planners at this level receive somewhat less supervision than an Assistant Planner or Permit Technician.



Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

1.   Customer Service – Shall provide exemplary customer service to all individuals by demonstrating a willingness to be attentive, understanding, and responsive, fair, courteous and respectful, and to actively participate in maintaining a positive customer service environment.


2.   Ministerial Permits – Shall review non-discretionary permits including building permits, sign, fence, temporary use, film and other permits.  Shall review licenses including business, entertainment, and home occupations.


3.   Discretionary Permits – Shall review discretionary planning permits including development plans, conditional use, subdivisions and other permits. 


4.   Public Counter – Shall assist the public at the counter with general questions, concerns and reporting complaints.  Shall have the ability to provide information in a clear and concise manner.  Shall consult with and advise architects, builders, contractors, engineers and the public regarding City development policies and standards.


5.   Communication – Shall have oral communication and interpersonal skills to clearly explain rules and procedures to the public.


6.   Writing Skills – Shall have extensive experience writing staff reports, memos, letters and other written communication.  Shall have a working knowledge of grammar, spelling and composition.   

7.   Written Reports and Analysis – Shall write staff reports, resolutions, draft ordinances and prepare other documents for the public, boards, commissions and council regarding land use applications and draft regulations. 


8.    Environmental Review – Shall prepare and review environmental documents (CEQA).  


9.   Research – Shall have the knowledge and ability to independently research and complete data collection.  Shall have extensive understanding of statistical analysis, algebraic and geometric reasoning and shall have the ability to apply in a practical manner.


10. GIS/Mapping – Shall have a basic understanding and ability to use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) or similar mapping software to create maps and convey information graphically in map format. 


11. Presentation – Shall be able to prepare visual presentations for public meetings and for the City website.  Ability to communicate through visual mediums including PowerPoint, Publisher or other presentation software is desirable.  Ability to develop brochures, slideshows, advertisements and similar products is desirable.


12. Public Speaking – Shall be able to speak to the general public and in public meetings.  Shall have effective communication skills to communicate complicated scenarios and issues.


13. Technology Skills – Knowledge and ability to use computer hardware and software, including Microsoft Office, various internet applications, GIS, and others as required for the position.


14. Urban Planning and Land Use Knowledge – Shall have extensive knowledge of local, state and federal planning regulations and concepts.  Shall have working knowledge of the Coastal Act, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), zoning and subdivision regulations.


15. Legal Knowledge – In-depth knowledge of principles of law and code compliance.  Shall prepare legal notices for hearings.  


16. Architectural / Construction Knowledge – General understanding required to review and understand construction plans, site plans, grading plans, etc.


17.  Monthly and Annual Reporting – Ability to track and research ongoing trends and patterns, report activities through reports, charts and tables.


18. Project Management and Basic Accounting – Ability to understand and use basic accounting software, receipting, accounting for amounts due and received, accounting of time and costs.


19. Site Inspection – Shall have the ability to conduct site inspections in coordination with the review of permits, projects or other concerns as needed.


20.  Attend Meetings – Shall be able to attend occasional night or weekend meetings, as required.


21.  Other – Perform related duties and responsibilities, as required.



1.    Minimum four years of work experience in planning or related field.


2.   Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in city and/or regional planning, architecture, geography, public administration, business management, landscape architecture, environmental studies or other related field.


3.   Specialization or advanced Graduate degree in planning or related field may replace up to two years of work experience.



1.    Learn applicable environmental laws and regulations.


2.    Interpret planning, zoning and land division regulations for the general public.


3.    Interpret and utilize current literature, information sources and research techniques in the field of urban planning.


4.    Perform basic plan checking activities.


5.    Understand and carryout both oral and written directions.


6.    Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.


7.    Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


8.    Knowledgeable with a variety of computer programs, with the ability to prepare reports, presentations, documents and other forms of communication. 


9.    Maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities.


 ANNUAL SALARY RANGE:  $59,006.69 - $81,134.46

 Excellent benefits package



The first application review date is Monday, September 26, 2016.  This recruitment will remain open until filled and may close without prior notice.  Prompt application submission is encouraged. 

 Please send a letter of interest, resume, and a completed application to:

Human Resources
5775 Carpinteria Avenue
Carpinteria, CA 93013

TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THE POSITION, A COMPLETED EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION IS REQUIRED.  Employment application without salary information will not be accepted. 

A complete position profile and employment application form are available at City Hall or on-line

Resumes in lieu of City employment applications will not be considered.

A personal interview will be scheduled for the most qualified applicants to determine final eligibility. 

An equal opportunity employer


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Application process:

To be considered for the above position, applicants must submit a completed City employment application form.  A City Employment application form is  available at City Hall, 5775 Carpinteria Avenue, Carpinteria, CA 93013 and on the City's website at personal interview will be scheduled for the most qualified applicants to determine final eligibility.


Send your completed employment application to:


Human Resources

5775 Carpinteria Avenue

Carpinteria, CA 93013




An Equal Opportunity Employer

If you require special accommodation in the recruitment process or need additional information, please contact Human Resources at 805/755-4404 or


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Arlene Balmadrid, Human Resources Manager
5775 Carpinteria Avenue
telephone 805/755-4404
Fax (805) 684-5304

Contact the City of Carpinteria at:
5775 Carpinteria Avenue, Carpinteria, CA 93013 (805) 684-5405 (805) 684-5304 FAX

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