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Principal Planner

San Joaquin County
(Posted 10/12/21)

The Principal Planner assists the Deputy Director in planning, coordinating and initiating planning activities. This management level position supervises the staff of the Planning/Development Services Division, participates in special or advanced planning projects, and may represent the Director of Community Development in planning matters as assigned. For a detailed description of typical duties associated with this position, please click here.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate is expected to model a strong work ethic and leadership skills, including accountability to oneself and others while demonstrating the ability to be a collaborative and innovative problem solver. The candidate will possess exceptional communication skills and a working knowledge of the planning and development services projects, programs and activities in a government setting with a proven ability to effectively build and manage teams, utilizing superior interpersonal and analytical skills with a high level of integrity combined with an ethical and fair philosophy.

Candidates must have the ability to leverage the technical expertise of internal and external resources while managing competing demands with well-developed organizational and decision-making skills that demonstrate innovation and fiscal responsibility.

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Mintier Harnish, Sacramento
(Posted 10/12/2021)

Working as part of Mintier Harnish’s collaborative planning team, the ideal candidate will actively engage in critical thinking, balance project requirements and deadlines, display good writing and editing skills, conduct research and analysis, prepare detailed reports and project deliverables, as well as support senior and mid-level colleagues without timidity. At Mintier Harnish we cultivate an environment that allows for free expression of opinions and ideas to better serve our clients and communities.  Planners need to be able to work in team environments with colleagues, community members, and clients. The ability to articulate planning strategies to a variety of audiences is imperative. If you are enthusiastic, ambitious, a self-starter, and eager team member, and looking to start with a company that addresses planning challenges throughout California, look no further than Mintier Harnish, where we “Plan Tomorrow Today”.


  • 0-3 years relevant experience


  • Bachelor’s Degree in planning or closely-related field (accredited program desired)


  • Desirable 4x10 work schedule
  • 401K option with employer matching
  • Competitive compensation and benefit package


Please send your resume and any relevant work samples to: Judy Harnish, Mintier Harnish, 1415 20th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. No phone inquiries please.


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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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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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.

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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