Emergency Planner (#RP0602)
$31.91-$38.79 Hourly / $5,531.10-$6,723.09 Monthly / $66,373.27-$80,677.13 Yearly


Under general supervision, performs a variety of assignments related to local emergency services activities; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


An employee in this class is responsible for assisting in the development, implementation, and training of employees and others in San Joaquin County emergency plans. This position is under the supervision of the Senior Emergency Planner or the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator.


  • Develops, recommends, and enforces emergency response and operational plans, policies, procedures, and regulations by utilizing state and federal regulatory guidelines and requirements; develops coordinated response and recovery operations implementation plans and assists with emergency preparedness and response plans and services for San Joaquin County.
  • Identifies training needs of local government jurisdictions and County personnel in emergency procedures; develops, coordinates, maintains records, and conducts training on emergency plans and procedures, Emergency Operations Center, or Department Operations Center, and state or federal response training; conducts disaster drills and exercises for emergency management partners; participates in office-sponsored programs and committees that shape policy.
  • Updates and maintains resource listings for individuals, equipment, and supplies needed for emergency response operations; works collaboratively with federal, state, local agencies, private organizations, and County departments to coordinate the use of resources to assist in emergency response.
  • Acts in assigned role within the Emergency Operations Center or Department Operations Center during emergencies and exercises; participates in on-call rotation during emergency incidents, assists with the preparation and analysis of damage assessments following disasters or emergencies.
  • Assists in identifying projects that can enhance emergency preparedness and planning for the County; may represent the County in meetings or exercises; serves as a liaison with a variety of public and private organizations, volunteer and community groups, service providers, other County agencies, state authorities, and consultants involved in emergency service projects; participates in community and professional groups and committees. 
  • Prepares, and maintains a variety of technical, statistical, administrative and narrative reports, and correspondence.
  • Based on the nature of emergencies, other duties may be assigned.


Education: Graduation from an accredited four year college or university with a major in public or business administration, liberal arts, journalism, communications, sciences, or closely related field. 

Experience: One year of experience in writing or implementing emergency plans, procedures, and policies for emergency incidents or disasters.

Education: Sixty semester units from an accredited college or university of which at least six units must have been in public or business administration, communications, or English composition courses.

Experience: Three years of experience in writing or implementing emergency plans, procedures, and policies for emergency incidents or disasters.

Licenses and Certificates: Possession of a valid California driver’s license.


Basic principles of emergency and disaster response programs, procedures and planning; knowledge of National Incident Management System (NIMS), Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS) and Incident Command System (ICS);report writing and basic principles of hazards response and planning; knowledge of state and federal laws, rules, and regulations; Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) methodology; principles of effective oral and written communication.


Apply principles, methods and techniques of public administration, management analysis, and statistics to the gathering, organizing, and analysis of data; train others; interpret laws and regulations; conduct risk assessments; work accurately and effectively under pressure; meet physical requirements; express oneself clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; prepare comprehensive reports; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; work with computers.


Mobility - frequent computer operation; sitting for long periods, walking, and driving; occasional standing for long periods of time, climbing stairs, crawling, pushing/pulling, and bending or squatting; Lifting—frequently 5 pounds or less; occasionally 5 to 30 pounds; Visual Requirements – constant overall vision, depth and color perception, ability to read and do close-up work, and frequent hand/eye coordination, field of vision and peripheral vision; Dexterity – constant holding, reaching, and grasping; frequent repetitive motion and writing; Hearing/Talking – constant hearing normal speech; frequent hearing on the telephone/radio, hearing faint sounds, talking in person, and talking on the telephone/radio; Emotional/Psychological – occasional exposure to emergency situations, trauma, grief or death; working alone and travel, working from heights; frequent public contact, and decision-making and problem solving; Special Requirements - may occasionally work weekends/nights; Environmental Conditions – occasionally exposed to noise, dirt, dust, smoke, fumes and poor ventilation, indoor heat and cold; frequently exposed to various weather conditions.

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

CLASS: RP0602; EST: 8/14/1991; REV: 11/10/2021;