Planner III - Time-Limited

  • Sonoma County, CA
  • Santa Rosa, California
  • May 13, 2022
Full Time Planning and Development
  • Salary: $86,448.51 - $105,065.62 Annually USD

Job Description

Position Information

Permit Sonoma seeks a highly experienced public agency Planner!

Starting salary up to $50.34/hour ($105,065/year), a cash allowance of $600/month, and a competitive total compensation package!*

Permit Sonoma is currently recruiting to fill a Planner position at either the I, II, or III level. If you are interested in applying at the other levels of this opportunity, you must apply to the separate, concurrent recruitments being conducted for those levels. If you are an experienced Planner, please refer to the II and III level recruitments that we are currently conducting.

As a Planner III, you will process and coordinate highly complex planning applications, including design review and permits for coastal projects, quarries, in-stream mining, winery use, subdivisions, and solid waste projects. Planner IIIs research, prepare, and create planning studies, projects, and reports regarding economic development, environmental compliance and protection, and related land use topics. Planner IIIs also liaison with community groups, government agencies, developers, and elected officials to explain State and Federal statutes and County rules, ordinances, plans, policies, and regulations relevant to urban and regional land use and development.

As our ideal candidate, you bring to Permit Sonoma your:
  • Multiple years of public agency experience administering local ordinances and State and Federal statutes
  • Experience in comprehensive planning and development review. Coastal planning experience is highly desirable
  • Sound understanding of California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requirements
  • Experience creating technical guidance documents and employing data visualization techniques
  • Excellent presentation skills and experience presenting to neighborhood groups, public agencies, and elected officials
  • Proven ability to provide effective customer service support, skillfully communicate, and work well with others
  • Sound judgment, and strong analytical and organizational skills
What We Offer

When you join Permit Sonoma, you become part of a challenging and rewarding work environment where you gain the satisfaction of knowing that you are working to better your community. You can also look forward to a competitive total compensation package, including*:

  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range
  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance of up to $500 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • County paid 100% premium contribution for the majority of employee-only and employee + family health plan options
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment
Permit Sonoma is currently recruiting to fill a Planner position at either the I, II, or III level that is currently funded through June 30, 2024. The employment list established from this recruitment may be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra-help (temporary) positions as they occur during the active status of the list. Qualified County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment. The Civil Service title of this position is Planner III.

*Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can be found in the Service Employees International Union Local 1021 Memorandum Of Understanding (SEIU MOU) and our Employee Benefits directory .


Minimum Qualifications

Education: Any combination of education and/or training that would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, education equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in urban, regional or environmental planning, solid waste planning, geography, architecture, landscape architecture, economics, environmental studies or closely related courses, would provide such opportunity.

Experience: Experience which would provide the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, three years of professional planning experience in city, county, or regional planning, or private planning agency would provide such opportunity.

License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including necessary special endorsements, as required by the State of California to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Considerable knowledge of: the principles, methods, theories, practices, and techniques of urban and regional land use planning, design review and resource management planning; urban and rural development and conservation; research methodology, and of standard statistical methods and procedures as they apply to the use of socio-economic and environmental data; county government and of other governmental agencies which have a coordinative relationship with County planning activities.

Working knowledge of:
the principles, practices and techniques of drafting and graphic arts; transportation planning; electronic information systems; mediation and conflict resolution techniques.

Ability to: evaluate graphic design and site plans; plan, organize and carry through research projects effectively; understand and develop current knowledge in special areas such as environment, transportation, population growth and density; select proper methodology and apply it to planning problems; present the results of research effectively in oral, written or graphic form; read and interpret maps and legal property descriptions; learn to problem solve and understand, interpret, and explain a wide variety of laws, ordinances, codes, rules and regulations relating to land use issues; work effectively with and advise appointed citizens advisory committees and groups and various official boards and to communicate orally and in writing concerning specific planning studies, projects and programs; prepare clear and concise written reports; reason logically and speak effectively; perform difficult, complex, and specialized planning studies and projects with a great deal of independence; select proper research methodology and apply it to planning problems; present the results of research effectively in oral, written and graphic form; refine, rewrite, and combine work of lower level planning staff; speak effectively before groups and audiences; establish and maintain effective working relationships with county employees, other public agencies and the general public; utilize electronic information systems and analyze and interpret such information.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying

  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application and should be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.
Please visit Getting-a-Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the hiring process, including the application process, examination steps, and department selection process


Responses to supplemental questions may be scored using position-specific criteria. Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for a thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses that state "See Resume" or "See Application" may be considered insufficient and therefore may not be scored.

The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

An Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (weight 100%) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant's application and supplemental questionnaire for satisfaction of minimum qualifications (pass/not pass); and for educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities which relate to this position. Each applicant will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance of work history, related experience, and achieved level of education and/or training as described in the application and responses to the supplemental questions.
Candidates demonstrating possession of the minimum qualifications will be placed on an employment list in order of most qualified to least qualified based on the achieved score received in the Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination. Scores may be adjusted based on such factors as the number of candidates, anticipated vacancies, past practice, and natural breaks in the scores achieved by this group of candidates.


A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer is contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.


Applications are accepted online at . Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Continuous recruitments may close without notice at any time that a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.

The County of Sonoma values diversity and is dedicated to creating a workplace environment that provides individuals with a sense of belonging. We are committed to having a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. The County is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer where all aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance, and business need.

HR Analyst: CG
HR Technician: KC

Closing Date:Continuous

Job Address

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