Assistant Planner (#RE2001)
$30.09-$36.57 Hourly / $5,215.09-$6,338.98 Monthly / $62,581.19-$76,067.83 Yearly


Under general supervision, performs entry-level field and office work in the compilation, interpretation, and presentation of zoning and planning data; assists the public in interpreting zoning and planning regulations; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is the entry-level class in the professional planning series. Initially, an employee in this class works under immediate supervision, but as knowledge and experience are gained, supervision becomes more general. Assignments are reviewed upon completion for accuracy, factual content and presentation as well as the soundness of interpretations and conclusions.


  • Gathers, selects, compiles and analyzes data, with particular reference to its impact upon existing or future County land use plans.
  • Participates in, or conducts, studies involving the planning aspects of economic, social, geographic or other conditions; tabulates, analyzes and interprets statistical data as necessary to develop meaningful bases for conclusion.
  • Assists the public in interpreting zoning and planning regulations; reviews, analyzes and makes recommendations regarding development projects.
  • Prepares reports presenting information by means of written text or graphic illustration.
  • Assists in planning research projects and developing methodology.
  • Assists in drafting and administering ordinances and regulations pertaining to the County's planning program.
  • May attend Planning Commission meetings and other meetings or conferences and make presentations.
  • May help prepare grant applications and administer grant programs.


Education: Graduation from a four year college or university with a major in urban or regional planning, architecture, architectural engineering, landscape architecture, geography, sociology, public administration, economics, ecology or related field.


The principles of research and of standard sources and uses of socio-economic information; social and economic principles and their application to urban development; basic objectives and procedures of planning and zoning; research methodology and of standard statistical procedures; basic drafting.


Plan, organize and carry out research projects effectively; select proper research methodology and apply it to planning problems; do simple drafting; search records, ordinances, and other rules and regulations to obtain information; express oneself, clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with department personnel, other County departments, County and public officials, local, state, and federal officials, and the general public.


Mobility-Frequent operation of keyboards, sitting for extended periods, standing for long periods, walking, pushing/pulling, bending, squatting, driving, climbing stairs or other objects; occasional crawling; Lifting-Frequently 5-30 pounds or less; occasionally 30-70 pounds; occasionally restraining, lifting/turning heavy objects; Vision-Good vision; frequent reading and close-up work; normal hand and eye coordination; Dexterity-Normal dexterity with frequent writing and repetitive motion; Hearing/Talking-Frequent hearing and talking on the telephone and in person; Emotional/Psychological-Frequent public contact and decision making; frequent concentration required; Special Conditions-May be exposed to dust and varied outdoor conditions; may require occasional weekend, evening or overtime work.

San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: RE2001; EST: 6/8/1983; REV: 5/10/2000;