Planning Technician I/II

  • Merced County, CA
  • Merced, California
  • Oct 22, 2020
Full Time Planning and Development
  • Salary: $3,300.27 - $4,647.07 Monthly USD

Job Description

Examples of Duties
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Prepares maps, charts, diagrams, and other matter illustrating planning studies.
  • Prepares legal description of property boundaries.
  • Interprets symbols, nomenclature and meanings on maps, charts, and tables.
  • Searches records of the Assessor's and Surveyor's Office, title companies, and other agencies for information regarding ownership and land use.
  • Address complaints concerning land use and compliance with zoning and other ordinances and laws.
  • Conduct Condition Monitoring inspections.
  • Assists in developing and maintaining a system for investigation records.
  • Maintain current knowledge of applicable ordinances and directives relevant to enforcement of County land use regulations.
  • Provide administrative support to County regulation of mining activities.
  • Assists public with preparing applications and permits required by the Planning Division of the Community & Economic Development Department.
  • Assists public in drawing site plans and provides general information regarding planning requirements.
  • Uses chronometers, automated drafting and geographic information systems software, microfilm equipment, calculators, drafting instruments, planimeter, and lettering devices.
  • Provides assistance to the public by interpreting County ordinances and other laws pertaining to zoning and planning and provides explanations of their importance to the community.
  • May make initial determinations on the need for an environmental review.
  • Coordinates the work of the Drafting Section or public service counter with other Department areas.
  • Provides training to Planning Technician I staff.

Minimum Qualifications
Level I
Experience:


One (1) year of experience in work requiring public contact.

Education:

An AA Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in planning, community development, building trade, law enforcement, public administration, business administration or related field can be substituted for one year of experience.

Level II
Experience:


Three (3) years of technical planning experience in drafting layout, graphic arts, cartography, architectural design, or direct experience in work requiring public contact and the explanation of rules and regulations to the public.

Education:

An AA Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in planning, community development, building trade, law enforcement, public administration, business administration or related field can be substituted for one year of experience.

OR

Experience:

Two (2) years experience comparable to a Planning Technician I with Merced County.
Essential Functions
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
  • Operate a personal computer and other office equipment.
  • Communicate effectively with others in person and over the telephone.
  • Analyze data, interpret directions, procedures and regulations, and develop appropriate responses.
  • Perform job duties under stressful conditions and respond appropriately to situations.
  • Respond appropriately in adverse situations during investigations.
  • Maintain confidential information in accordance with legal standards and/or County regulations.
  • Conduct investigations in the field, on uneven ground and in a variety of weather conditions.
  • Frequent use of depth perception, peripheral vision and color perception.
  • Frequently lift, carry, reach, push, pull, twist and manipulate large and small objects.
  • Frequent use of hand-eye coordination and data entry device including repetitive hand and arm motion.
  • Occasionally lift and carry up to 40 pounds.
  • Normal dexterity, frequent holding and grasping.
  • Regular attendance is an essential function.

Knowledge of:

  • Nomenclature, symbols, methods, techniques, and instruments used in planning, drafting/mapping.
  • Engineering mathematics as applied to the computation of distances, angles, areas, and traverses.
  • Principles and practices of county planning; zoning and planning laws and regulations.
  • Word processing, Computer Assisted Drafting (CAD) software, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software, spreadsheets, and data base application software.
  • Principles, practices, and techniques of drafting and design; graphic illustration.
  • Computer applications related to the planning functions.
  • Statistical and engineering practices as applied to planning.


Ability to:

  • Skillfully and accurately prepare drafting presentations of data, plans, and maps.
  • Collect, analyze, interpret, and display data for planning/zoning ordinances and studies.
  • Read legal descriptions of property; Prepare/Draft letters and administrative level reports.
  • Explain ordinances, policies/procedures to the public; assist in completing applications and permits.
  • Understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with others.
  • Train and provide direction to staff.


HOLIDAYS & LEAVES

VACATION

10 days the first 5 years of continuous employment (limited to a maximum of 160 hours), 15 days in the second 5 years of continuous employment (limited to a maximum of 240 hours), and 20 days after 10 years of continuous employment (limited to a maximum of 320 hours).


SICK LEAVE

.0462 hours sick leave for each paid regularly scheduled work hour. 12 days (96 hours per year) with unlimited accumulation. Optional annual buy back of a portion of accumulated sick leave hours upon meeting certain criteria.


HOLIDAYS

Twelve paid holidays annually plus one optional holiday.


BEREAVEMENT LEAVE

Three (3) regularly scheduled work days or five (5) days if distance traveled over 500 miles one-way.


INSURANCE

HEALTH INSURANCE

County paid health plan with maximum contributions; 100% for employee up to maximum of $420, 50% of dependent up to maximum of $100 for child/$220 for spouse biweekly. There are multiple health plans to choose from. County paid dental and vision plans, 100% for employee, with 50% of dependent premiums paid by the County.

County sponsored employee health clinic available for zero or reduced co-pay depending on selected health plan.


DISABILITY INSURANCE

State Disability Insurance - Benefit based on highest quarter during previous calendar year. Employee pays premium.


LIFE INSURANCE

$10,000 County-paid coverage (Accidental Death and Dismemberment included). Voluntary Term Life and Universal Life Insurance available - premium paid by employee.


RETIREMENT

DEFERRED COMPENSATION

The County offers a 457 Deferred Compensation Plan. Employees choose their investment funds and can make pretax contributions to the plan up to the maximum allowable.


MERCED COUNTY EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT ASSOCIATION

The retirement plan is a defined benefit plan administered pursuant to the County Employees Retirement Law of 1937 and other provisions of the California Government Code. MCERA members also pay into Social Security.The applicable benefit formula is dependent upon your hire date with an MCERA employer; yourpension amount will be determined by your age, years of service and final compensation amount.

EXTRA HELP EMPLOYEES DO NOT QUALIFY FOR COUNTY BENEFITS.

EMPLOYEE PROGRAMS

EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (EAP)

MHNEAP services provides up to five face-to-face counseling sessions per incident and provides a toll-free "800" hotline available 24/7 for emergencies and crisis intervention. EAP services include counseling services, legal services, financial services and Work-life Resource services.

For more information log on to members.mhn.com.


EMPLOYEE TICKETS, COUPONS, and DISCOUNTS

The County of Merced has partnered with Employee Savings Tickets to provide discounted coupons and tickets for all county employees to attractions throughout the state and out-of-state. The discounts and coupons are available for shopping, movies, sporting events, theme parks, zoos and aquariums and much more.

THIS BULLETIN IS NOT A CONTRACT AND DOES NOT CREATE CONTRACTUAL OR LEGAL RIGHTS ON BEHALF OF ANY EMPLOYEE. THIS BULLETIN IS SUBJECT OF BEING SUPPLEMENTED, MODIFIED, WITHDRAWN OR OTHERWISE CHANGED PENDING LABOR AGREEMENTS AND/OR AT THE DISCRETION OF THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE OFFICER OR AS THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS DEEM NECESSARY.

For answers to specific questions regarding employee benefits, please call Human Resources at 209.385.7682 or go to
Merced County Benefits Summary


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Please discuss your familiarity with land use/permitting/entitlement processes.

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Please discuss your personal approach to customer service. How would you handle customers who may not fully understand land use policies and regulations?

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Please describe your understanding of the role of code enforcement and what skills would you bring to help make our communities cleaner, safer and in conformance with all applicable zoning code requirements.

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Please describe your experience working as part of a small team. What steps will you undertake to ensure organizational success and the success of others?

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