Under direction, to perform a variety of professional duties in support of current and advanced planning and to provide assistance to developers, business owners and the general public on planning related matters.DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS:
This is the second, third and fourth level of the five level planner series. The Planner is a broad class that encompasses planners from entry-level to the full journey level planner. Promotion between levels I, II and III is considered on a merit basis and is subject to recommendation of the Department Head and approval by the Director of Personnel.Planner I:
This is the entry level of the Planner series. The Planner I is distinguished from the Planner II and its responsibility for performing professional planning activities. Incumbents are not expected to perform at the same skill level as the Planner II and work with less independence and discretion. Incumbents typically provide front counter assistance, research and prepare minor reports, complete worksheets and perform site reviews. As this is a training level, incumbents typically are mentored by higher-level planners.Planner II:
This is the experienced level in the Planner series. The Planner II is distinguished from the Planner I in that incumbents perform professional level planning activities with less supervision than the Planner I. Incumbents begin working more independently and begin working on cases requiring higher-level detail and analysis.Planner III:
This is the full journey level Planner. The Planner III is distinguished from the Planner II in that incumbents handle more complex and controversial cases and work with greater independence and discretion. Incumbents may serve as a lead to lower level planners.Essential Functions
- Prepares plans by gathering information, soliciting public comments, determining issues and goals, preparing plans and drafting land use maps. Designs, develops and coordinates projects; reviews project budgets and specifications.
- Researches a variety of records, files and documents.
- Reviews and comments on environmental documents; prepares CEQA documents.
- Prepares and gives presentations.
- Prepares, maintains and updates General Plans.
- Prepares plan amendments, zone changes and conditional use permits.
- Prepares initial studies and negative declarations and drafts mitigation monitoring programs and findings.
- Researches, analyzes and prepares reports for land development requests.
- Reviews and signs off on a variety of maps, licenses and permits.
- Provides counter assistance to include providing planning information and documents and interpreting ordinances and general plans.
- Reviews and processes a variety of applications and prepares written responses.
- Prepares projects for hearings before the governing board.
- Prepares grant applications.
- Conducts public meetings to listen to and address concerns.
- Researches and analyzes legislation.
- Performs other duties of similar nature or level as required.
Bachelor's Degree in Planning or a related field; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to obtain the knowledge and skill to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.Supplemental
A background check may be conducted for this classification.
All Kern County employees are designated "Disaster Service Workers" through state and local laws (CA Government Code Sec.3100-3109 and Ordinance Code Title 2-Administration, Ch. 2.66 Emergency Services). As Disaster Service Workers, all County employees are expected to remain at work, or to report for work as soon as practicable, following a significant emergency or disaster.Following an offer of employment, you may be required to submit to post offer medical and drug screening tests at county expense.
Admittance to each phase of the examination will require a Government issued photograph identification. Applicants who are unable to present proper identification must make arrangements with the Human Resources Division prior to the test date.
This examination will establish an eligible list from which immediate appointments will be made at the Planning & Natural Resources Department and the Public Works Department. Other permanent and temporary appointments will be made as needed. Successful candidates will remain on the eligible list for a period of twelve-months, unless specified otherwise by the Civil Service Commission.Examination components for promotional testing will be administered during the scheduled date(s)/time(s)/location without exception.
WRITTEN EXAM (Weight 20% ) :
planning principles and theory; applicable planning and zoning laws, ordinances and regulations; surveying; research methodologies; and, report writing techniques.PERFORMANCE EXAM (Weight 30%):
a writing exercise to evaluate ability to write a logical report adhering to standards of business writing, English usage, grammar and other relevant factors.
The written and performance exams may be given together; however, the performance exam will only be graded for those candidates who pass the written exam. Applicants must attain at least 70% on each phase of the examination process. THE HUMAN RESOURCES DIVISION MAY LIMIT THE NUMBER ADVANCING TO THE ORAL EXAM TO APPROXIMATELY THE TOP 20 BASED UPON THE FINAL EARNED RESULTS OF THE PERFORMANCE EXAM.
ORAL EXAM (Weight 50%):
will be conducted for the purpose of appraising training, education, experience, interest and personal fitness for the position. IF THE NUMBER OF APPLICANTS SUCCESSFUL ON THE PERFORMANCE EXAMINATION IS INSUFFICIENT TO WARRANT AN ORAL APPRAISAL, THE PERFORMANCE EXAM SHALL BE WEIGHTED 80%
THE COUNTY OF KERN IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER