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Big Basin Senior Project Planner

Parks California
(Posted 9/7/2021.  Application review will begin September 13, 2021. Application submitted after September 13 will continue to be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.)

Parks California is a new organization working to ensure that our state’s parks thrive. From redwood groves and desert springs to lighthouses and ghost towns, we are working with our partners to make California parks more climate resilient and welcoming, accessible, and relevant to all visitors. Managing these assets for nearly 40 million residents and millions more annual visitors takes collective work. Park managers cannot do it alone. Parks California harnesses skills and resources—and California’s renowned ingenuity—to help our state, regional, and local parks thrive and evolve. Parks California coalesces a diverse set of partners to make this vision a reality. Parks California is committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the organization and its programs.
The Big Basin Senior Project Planner position will work with Parks California’s key partners in the California Department of Parks and Recreation (CA State Parks) Natural Resources Division (NRD) and Santa Cruz District on the Reimagining Big Basin visioning and planning process.

In 2020, the CZU Lightning Complex Fire swept through Big Basin Redwoods State Park, burning over 97% of the land and destroying most of the park's buildings and infrastructure. State Parks, with the help of its partners, volunteers and members of the public, is working to reimagine and reopen Big Basin. This position will work in partnership with Parks CA and CA State Parks on the visioning and resilience planning process in Big Basin and surrounding landscapes by advancing the stewardship of natural and cultural resources. The core focus of the work will be to integrate climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies into the process.
The Big Basin Senior Project Planner position is a full-time, exempt position and will work through a matrixed management framework under the general direction of the Santa Cruz District Superintendent II and Parks California. The reporting location for this position is the District Office located in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park and various field office locations within the District may be made available to enhance operational efficiency. The position is funded for a period of two years, with the opportunity for future extension.

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LAFCO Executive Officer Services

Amador LAFCO
(Posted 9/5/2021, Closes 10/11/2021)

Amador LAFCO desires to retain the services of a qualified professional to serve as the Executive Officer of the Commission. The Executive Officer is appointed by, reports to, and serves at the will of the Commission. This position, as authorized by §56384 of the California Government Code, has responsibility for overall policy development, program planning, fiscal and personnel management, general administration, contract administration, and operation of the Local Agency Formation Commission. The Executive Officer is responsible for developing and accomplishing administrative goals and objectives, in addition to implementing the applicable provisions of the Government Code and the policies and procedures of the Commission. The Executive Officer will also be responsible to conduct the day-to-day business and administration of the Commission, and to make reports and recommendations to the Commission on matters that require the Commission's consideration and action. Position details are included in the attached additional information.

The position is approximately .25 of a full-time equivalent position. More hours may be necessary from time-to-time depending on the workload. This position will serve as an independent contractor to the Commission.

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Senior Planner

City of Sacramento
(Posted 8/13/2021, Closes 9/9/2021 11:59 PM Pacific)

The Long Range Planning Team is hiring a Senior Planner with a specific focus on climate action, climate adaptation, and sustainability policies and programs. This position would lead the planning and implementation of our Climate Action & Adaptation Plan, the implementation of the New Building Electrification Ordinance, lead the creation of a pathway to decarbonize existing buildings, and other climate action and sustainability efforts. There would be strong collaboration with other divisions, departments and staff leads on these initiatives.

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Full Time Assistant Planning Director

County of Plumas, CA
(Posted 7/13/2021)

Under general direction, to perform a variety of the more difficult, complex, and specialized assignments in the preparation and distribution of planning reports; to represent the County Planning with groups and organizations as delegated; perform technical reviews of land use and permit applications, environmental impact reports, and environmental statements; to assist with planning policy formulation and implementation; explains ordinances, resolutions, regulations and County policies to the public; manages and administers the assigned staff; provides administrative support for the Director of Planning; acts for the Director of Planning his/her absence or at his/her direction; performs related work as required. This is a single position class for a mid-level management position which assists the Director of Planning in providing direction and supervision within the County’s Planning and Building Services. An incumbent may be assigned to represent the Director of Planning on standing committees.

Qualifications: Any combination of training and experience which would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be: Four (4) years of responsible experience in public planning work equivalent to a Senior Planner with Plumas County.

Salary: $29.73/hr - $36.16/hr

Open Until Filled.

Plumas County Job Application:

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Planner or Associate Planner

Urban Planning Partners
(Posted 6/29/2021)

Urban Planning Partners (UPP) seeks a full-time Planner or Associate Planner to join our team. Our firm is currently working on multiple housing element updates, contract planning assignments, entitlement assistance projects, and environmental review documents. Tasks involved in this effort will include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Housing Policy Assistance to jurisdictions adopting policies and processes to become pro-housing (e.g., objective standards, residential zoning, and ADU ordinances).
  • CEQA Review for primarily mixed-use, infill and transit projects ranging from exemptions to EIRs.
  • Contract Planning for jurisdictions which could include design review, use permits, plan checks and responding to inquiries from the public. This could include working with applicants to meet development and design standards, coordinating interdepartmental and interjurisdictional review, preparing staff reports and public notices, and presenting at public hearings.
  • Outreach and Education to collect input from stakeholders and educate jurisdictions and communities around housing issues.
  • Policy and Entitlement Management including determining the maximum development potential for a site, preparing assessments of applicable planning policies and development standards, preparing applications, coordinating with city staff on obtaining necessary approvals, and preparing/managing streamlined schedules.


Planners generally have 1-2 years of professional planning experience. Associate Planners generally have some project management experience and 3 or more years of planning experience (AICP certification a plus).

Please note that while the office is located in Oakland, we are actively expanding our Sacramento Valley business and are open to full-time remote applicants located in the Sacramento area.

How to Apply

Please visit the full job listing on our company website for instructions on how to apply.

Environmental Planner/Project Coordinator

Sacramento, CA; Carlsbad, CA; Oakland, CA; or Portland, OR
(Posted 6/29,2021)

GEI Consultants, Inc. is seeking an outstanding mid-level (3-8 years of experience) environmental professional to join our growing environmental team. The position involves executing work on projects located throughout California and the Pacific Northwest in the water, energy, environmental, climate change, habitat conservation and restoration, and other sectors. The position has tremendous short- and long-term growth opportunities for your career within GEI. As part of our multidisciplinary project teams and working/learning under a senior project director and project manager, you will have an important role in executing projects; interfacing with existing and new clients to ensure their environmental compliance needs are met; conducting and coordinating environmental analyses for California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and other environmental regulations; and working as part of our team to solve an array of problems critical to our most important environmental challenges. The position is a regular, full-time role.
To apply, please visit the posting on GEI’s website here.

GEI is an employee-owned, leading consulting engineering and environmental firm ranked #88 in the ENR top 500 (2020). Get to know us better by visiting GEI’s website at

Senior CEQA Project Manager

ESA, Sacramento
(Posted 6/18/2021)

ESA seeks a highly motivated Senior CEQA Project Manager to join us in Sacramento. We are looking for a team member with 10 or more years of experience, who has the intellectual curiosity and proactivity to lead a variety of analyses and evaluations related to the environmental review of a wide range of development and planning projects throughout Northern California. This is a senior-level opportunity in our ever-growing team of professionals focusing on CEQA-related projects. This opportunity places a high value on collaboration, delivery, leadership, and desire to grow.

Planner Positions

Mintier Harnish, Sacramento
(Posted 6/14/2021)

Mintier Harnish is hiring at least two planners to work with cities and counties throughout California. This is a rare opportunity for aspiring planners to work with a highly skilled team of planners on cutting edge contemporary planning challenges including general plans, zoning codes, housing elements, climate change, environmental justice, social equity, and healthy communities. Because we are a small firm, motivated self-starters will excel and find professional fulfillment with us. Project management and public outreach experience, creativity, and analytical aptitude are highly desirable. Critical thinking is essential. We are looking for people who can step into a position of responsibility and play an important role on major planning projects, whether as a project manager or planning support.

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Urban Planner

(Posted 6/14/2021)

ESA seeks a highly motivated Urban Planner to join us in one of our California offices. We are looking for a team member with 3–7 years of experience who has the intellectual curiosity and proactivity to continue the advancement of our established team of community planners and environmental consultants. This is a mid-level opportunity in our ever-growing team of Community Development professionals. This opportunity is focused on collaboration, delivery, and client service.

What’s Special About Our Community Development Team

Our Community Development team has built a legacy of success providing environmental compliance, clearance, and advancement. We combine our firm’s technical depth in natural resources science and environmental planning with deep knowledge of local regulatory practices and procedures, including the most current legislation and case law, to create value-added, cost-effective, and legally defensible solutions for our clients.

ESA is unique in that we have a deep scientific, technical, and regulatory expertise, which we apply to our planning and environmental review projects. We keep project approval and implementation at the forefront, balancing long-term planning, community attributes, stakeholder objectives, and cost. Our focus is on comprehensiveness and clarity, and the result is that our planning, CEQA, and NEPA documents are frequently recognized by professional organizations with awards for creative approach and quality.

ESA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment. (EOE M/V/F/D)

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Assistant Planner/Associate Planner/Senior Planner

County of Plumas Planning Department
(Posted 6/4/2021)

The County of Plumas is recruiting to fill one vacant flexibility allocated Full Time position with the Planning Department.

ASSISTANT PLANNER: entry and first working level in the professional Planner class series. Incumbents receive relatively close supervision while performing basic planning assignments. This class differs from the next higher level of Associate Planner in that Associate level incumbents have greater decision-making latitude and more independent responsibilities in performing job assignments. An incumbent at the Assistant Planner level who demonstrates sound work habits and the ability to perform independent assignments may expect promotion to the Associate Planner level, when the requisite experience has been gained.

ASSOCIATE PLANNER: experienced working level in the professional Planner class series. Incumbents perform a variety of professional planning work with minimal guidance and supervision. Incumbents have greater decision-making latitude and work independence than Assistant Planners. However, they do not have the lead and work coordination responsibilities of a Senior Planner.

SENIOR PLANNER: most advanced working and lead level in the professional Planner class series. Incumbents perform a variety of the most complex and specialized professional planning work with minimal guidance and supervision. They also provide lead direction and work coordination for other staff. An incumbent may be assigned to represent the Planning and Building Department on standing committees.


  • Assistant Planner: Equivalent to graduation from a four (4) year college or university with major work in planning, or a closely related field. Previous experience performing technical planning support assignments is desirable.
  • Associate Planner: Two (2) years of responsible experience in public planning work (equivalent to an Assistant Planner).
  • Senior Planner: Two (2) years of responsible experience in public planning work (equivalent to an Associate Planner).


  • Assistant Planner: $19.17/hr - $23.33/hr
  • Associate Planner: $23.30/hr - $28.33/hr
  • Senior Planner: $25.68/hr - $31.23/hr

Open Until Filled.

Plumas County Job Application:

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