Land Use/Environmental Planner III @ San Diego, County of

Land Use/Environmental Planner III


Job Summary

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Exceptional Professional Planning Career Opportunity -
Be Part Of A Progressive and Recognized Land Use/Environmental Program


The County of San Diego invites you to apply for Land Use/Environmental Planner III.
This recruitment is conducted to establish a twelve (12) month eligibility list to fill vacancies county-wide. If selected, you will be an integral part of our departmental mission statement, as stated below.

The County's Planning & Development Services (PDS) has a current vacancy for Land Use/Environmental Planner III. This department is a great place to work and ideal for persons who want to make a difference in the San Diego region.

PDS is located at the County Operations Center, a modern 44-acre complex in the Kearney Mesa area of San Diego. This center consists of 18 structures and houses 19 departments, including an employee gym/workout center.

Planning & Development Services (PDS)

PDS Mission - Through operational excellence and attention to customer service, we strive to balance community, economic, and environmental interests to ensure the highest quality of life for the public of San Diego County.

PDS recommends how and where our communities will grow through programs, such as the County's General Plan and community plans. PDS reviews development applications in the unincorporated county to ensure they are properly designed and safely constructed. PDS also includes code compliance to ensure public health and safety, as well as hosting the County's sustainability and management of the County's Climate Action Plan. PDS consists of six divisions: Advance Planning, Building Services, Code Compliance, Land Development, Project Planning, and Support Services. Click here for additional information on PDS.

PDS has a current vacancy in the Advance Planning Division. The selected candidate in this division will independently contribute to a wide variety of long-range planning efforts of moderate to high complexity. Advance Planning projects may include General Plan or Community Plan updates, ordinance or regulation updates, housing policy, Climate Action Plan implementation, County-wide conservation plan preparation and implementation, public engagement meeting facilitation, graphic display and other public outreach material preparation, or other special long range planning projects.

NOTE: PDS may also select candidates from this eligibility list to fill vacancies in other divisions.

Ideal Candidate Profile (PDS)

  • Strong written and verbal communications skills, including proven experience in presenting to elected decision-makers, management, community groups, interest groups, and individuals
  • Expertise in leading and handling long-range planning projects with successful outcomes
  • Expertise in land use/environmental principles in the areas of growth management, zoning and land use regulation, environmental analysis, transportation, capital facilities, and urban design
  • Expertise in the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and other federal, state, county, and local laws and ordinances pertaining to the environment
  • Expertise in policy development, housing policy, and/or climate action planning
  • Understanding of legal basis for planning, zoning, and land development activities
  • Demonstrate proven professional level experience as a planner and project manager
  • Demonstrate a high degree of motivation and willingness to learn
  • Demonstrate a high degree of listening and observation skills, as well as displaying emotional intelligence
  • Demonstrate a strong willingness to continually learn and grow professionally
  • Maintain a professional perspective, objective demeanor, and flexibility when positive or difficult situations occur
  • Review and handle complex projects involving multiple functional groups, departments, consultant teams, or stakeholder groups.

If you believe that you possess these qualities, then the Planning & Development Services and the County of San Diego would be an ideal place for your talents. We have a great culture that values collaboration and teamwork.

Minimum Qualifications

1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university, or a certified foreign studies equivalency, in city and regional planning, urban planning, aviation management, landscape architecture, geography, archeology, biology with a concentration in wildlife and/or botany, geology, or any one of the following life and physical sciences, geography with a concentration in conservation of environmental quality, natural resources or physical geography, ecology, zoology, engineering with an emphasis in acoustics or environmental management, environmental science or a related field, AND, three (3) years of progressively responsible professional level experience performing environmental analysis, planning, research, data analysis, and computations, and preparing and presenting reports and graphics as it relates to land use/environmental planning. Experience must be at the level equivalent to a Land Use/Environmental Planner II within the County of San Diego; OR,

2. A master's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university, or a certified foreign studies equivalency, in one of the fields stated above, AND, two (2) years of progressively responsible professional level experience as described above; OR,

3. One (1) year of experience as a Land Use/Environmental Planner II with the County of San Diego.
Please be sure to attach a copy of your college diploma, official transcripts, unofficial transcripts, letter of verification, or a foreign equivalency certification (if degree was obtained outside of the US) during Step 1 of the online application submittal process.


San Diego, CA, USA




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