City of Carpinteria - Home of the World's Safest Beach

Human Resources - Current Employment Opportunities
(UPDATED 5/25/16)



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 an entry-level professional planning position to perform a variety of planning duties in support of the Community Development Department.  Employee at this level is not expected to perform with the same independence of direction and judgment on matters related to established procedures and guidelines as is the position at the Associate level.  Since this class is typically an entry level class, employee may have limited related work experience.  Employee works under immediate supervision while learning job tasks.  Typically, employee may have completed a college degree in the field or related field. 

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 simple building permits, sign, fence, temporary use, film and other permits.  Shall review licenses including business, entertainment, and home occupations.


3.    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.


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


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


6.    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. 


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


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


9.    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.


10. 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.


11. 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.


12. 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.


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


14. Legal Knowledge – General knowledge of principles of law and code compliance.  Shall prepare legal notices for hearings.


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


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


17. 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.


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


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


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



1.    Minimum two years of work experience in planning or related field.  Internships may account for no more than one year of work experience.  


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.



1.    Learn applicable environmental laws and regulations.


2.    Learn to 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.



The first application review date will be Monday, June 27, 2016.  This recruitment will remain open until filled and may close without prior notice.  Prompt application submission is encouraged.
Employment Application


Maintenance Worker – Part-time position

The individual will perform a variety of general janitorial tasks, some debris collection, general painting, carpentry and duties pertaining to Public Works areas and equipment.  Additionally, the incumbent may handle complaints and questions from the public.  Ideal candidate must have a high school diploma or equivalent experience, a valid California driver’s license, one year experience in construction or maintenance work including some semi-skilled assignments in public works maintenance is desirable.  Candidates must have knowledge of common tools and materials used in basic maintenance activities, basic repair and maintenance procedures and able to perform heavy manual labor. 


Salary range is $15.20 - $18.47 per hour. 


Employment Application


Pool and Beach Cashiers – Part-time position

Incumbent will perform varied sales, cashier and clerical work, including collecting monies and maintaining financial records.  Responds to public inquiries; capable of giving clear, concise instructions in the event of an emergency.  Ideal candidate must be able to work weekends and flexible hours.


 Salary range is $10.00 -$12.45.


Pool Lifeguards – Part-time and seasonal position

The individual must possess CPR and American Red Cross First Aid. Lifeguards must possess Basic Lifesaving certification. Water Safety Instructor certification a plus.  Some prior recreational experience is preferred.  Bilingual English/Spanish is a plus.  Applicants must be able to pass the swim test of 500 yards in ten minutes or less and possess and have the ability to obtain American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification.  Applicants must be at least 17 years old.


Salary range is $10.23 -$15.16. 


Beach and Tower Lifeguards – Part-time and Seasonal position

Individual will perform a variety of lifesaving and accident prevention services at the beach; ensures the safety of swimmers in and around the beach by providing constant surveillance; monitors swimmers, enforces safety rules, and responds to emergencies quickly and appropriately and provides emergency medical care until emergency officials arrive.  Ideal candidate must be able to pass an ocean swim test of 1000 yards for 20 minutes or less.  And must be able to complete weeklong required lifeguard training.  Applicants must be at least 18 years old.


Salary range is $10.75 - $18.94 per hour.


Swim Instructors –  Part-time and Seasonal position

Provide individual and group swimming and water safety instruction to children, teens, adults, seniors, and disabled persons at the pool.  Handle all aspects of classes.  Assure all swimming instruction activities function well and service/safety objectives are realized.  Must be able to pass a swim test of 500 yards in ten minutes or less.  Applicants must be at least 18 years old.


Salary range is $10.49 - $12.76 per hour.


Requirements for Pool Lifeguards, Beach and Tower Lifeguards, Swim Instructors:


Applicants must possess CPR and American Red Cross First Aid. Lifeguards must possess Basic Lifesaving certification. Water Safety Instructor certification a plus.  Some prior recreational experience is preferred.  Bilingual English/Spanish is a plus. 


A general knowledge of recreational and educational activities is required.   Applicants must have ability to work in aquatic related programs, be able to remain calm in stressful situations and respond to emergency situations, possess the ability to interact and relate effectively with the public.


Application process:

See above deadlines for submission of employment application for certain positions.


To be considered for the above positions, applicants must submit a completed City employment application form.  City Employment application form is  available at City Hall, 5775 Carpinteria Avenue, Carpinteria, CA 93013 or our 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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