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Junior/Assistant Planner

City of Woodland
Woodland, California, United States
April 16, 2019


Posting Date: April 15, 2019

Final Filing Date: May 6, 2019 (or first 25 qualified applications)



Junior Planner Salary: $4,400.18 - $5,348.45/mo. plus Excellent Benefits

Assistant Planner Salary: $4,978.39 - $6,051.27/mo. plus Excellent Benefits


Junior Planner: This class is the entry level in the professional planning series. Work assigned to incumbents is typically reviewed during work process and upon completion, and performed with less supervision with increased experience. Under the training concept, positions assigned to the class of Assistant Planner which become vacant may reasonably be filled at the Junior Planner level, with the understanding that future reassignment to the Assistant Planner classes in most cases is to be expected.

Assistant Planner: Incumbents in this class perform a variety of professional planning tasks of moderate difficulty with a minimum of supervision. Duties requires the equivalent of professional planning experience. Work is normally reviewed on completion and for overall results.

The purpose of this recruitment is to fill a new position in the Planning Division within the Community Development Department, as well as establish an eligibility list for future vacancies.


The City of Woodland has a full-time, permanent opportunity for an entry level professional position to serve as a Junior or Assistant Planner, depending on qualifications. This position offers a tremendous growth opportunity for a candidate interested in a wide range of experience including long-range planning, zoning, and environmental analysis. The Junior Planner Ideal Candidate should have a Bachelor’s degree with major course work in urban planning or a related field.

Woodland is a dynamic community with a population of 60,000. The City of Woodland has a strong sense of community rooted in its history and small town feel and exemplifies the best in community and livability. It is emerging as a center for industrial and residential growth but at its center is a Nationally Registered Historic Downtown. The City is a leader in emerging food and Ag technology sector as well as infill development. Located just 16 miles west of Sacramento, 10 miles north of UC Davis and close to Napa, San Francisco and Tahoe affording easy access to a wide range of cultural, educational and recreational attractions.


Review and approve department proposals, site plans, design and landscape plans, sign plans, and business licenses for compliance with appropriate regulations and policies. Assume responsibility for moderately complex planning projects or significant portions of complex projects involving land use, demographics, economic activities, housing, transportation, and related subjects. Assist in compiling, arranging, analyzing, and interpreting data; conduct field surveys/inspections; prepare research studies, maps, charts, statistical analysis, and report recommendations regarding land use, zoning, urban design, population trends, environmental analysis, community needs, transportation, housing and urban characteristics. Provide general information to the public, development community and other government agencies pertaining to General Plan and specific plans, land use, zoning, redevelopment, historic resources, and planning and development policies, procedures, and standards; make authoritative interpretations of applicable laws, regulations, and policies. Regular and consistent attendance. Work cooperatively with others.

Participate in the development and revision of community design guidelines, zoning, subdivision and other City planning policies, regulations, and procedures. Promote and maintain safety in the work place. Inspect properties and structures for compliance with current City zoning codes and regulations; recommend improvement and rehabilitation programs; identify corrective actions to be taken by owners. As assigned, serve as staff to the City Council, Planning Commission and other commissions and committees in planning related matters, including the preparation of reports and recommendations. Represent the City in the community and at professional meetings as required. May assume lead responsibility over beginning level professionals, interns, or paraprofessionals. Perform related duties as assigned.



Education and Experience

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Education: Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major work in planning, community development, urban design or related field.

Experience: Some urban planning experience is desirable.

License or Certificate: Possession of a valid California Driver’s License is required upon hire. American Institute of Certified Planner Membership highly desirable.


In addition to the qualifications for Junior Planner:

Education: A Master’s degree in planning or related field desirable.

Experience: One (1) year of technical and professional planning experience in municipal or regional planning administration.


Apply with a City of Woodland application by visiting or the Human Resources Office, City Hall, 300 First Street, 2nd Floor, Woodland, CA 95695 by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 6, 2019 (or first 25 qualified applications). Supplemental questionnaire must be submitted with application by the final filing date to be considered. Résumés and cover letters are encouraged but will not be accepted in lieu of the application form. Postmarks will not be accepted.

Review Process: Based on the information provided in the application documents, the best qualified applicants will be invited for further examination. All applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. Depending upon the number of applications received, the examination may consist of an application screening, written and/or practical exam, oral interview or any combination thereof. Applicants will be required to take and pass a medical examination by a City of Woodland physician to insure their physical suitability to perform the assigned duties. If you have a disability that requires accommodation during the selection process, please notify Human Resources at least seven days prior to the event.


Current Salary: Junior Planner: $4,400.18 - $5,348.45 per month

Assistant Planner: $4,978.39 - $6,051.27 per month

Retirement: CalPERS Retirement System (2% @ 60 Formula for current CalPERS members and 2% @ 62 Formula for new CalPERS members)

The City does not participate in social security

Deferred Comp: Choice of deferred compensation plans (Traditional 457(b) and Roth 457(b) plans available), including a 2% City match

Medical: CalPERS Medical Insurance Plans, including HMOs & PPOs

City gives an allowance toward the cost of insurance

Maximum Family Medical Allowance for 2019 is $1,952.03 per month

Dental / Vision: City paid Delta Dental and Medical Eye Services

STD / LTD: City paid wage protection for short and long term disabilities

Life Insurance: City provides $50,000 life insurance policy

Supplemental Benefits: Voluntary Supplemental Life, Cancer, Accident Only, and Critical Illness insurances, and Flexible Spending Accounts available

Vacation: 6.7 hours per month during first three (3) years of service

Sick Leave: 8 hours per month

Holidays: 12.5 paid holidays (including two floating holidays)

Bilingual Pay: $200 per month upon certification

Prof. Growth Incentive: $625 per fiscal year for additional education or professional activities

The City of Woodland hires only U.S. citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the U.S.

The City of Woodland is an Equal Opportunity Employer