HIRING: Junior Planner at the City of Sacramento

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In a training capacity, to perform beginning professional duties in the compilation, analysis, and reporting of data for planning purposes.

The Junior Planner is the trainee level in the professional Planner series. The class provides on-the-job training for incumbents with no previous professional planning experience. Incumbents are expected to assume progressively more responsible duties. Upon completion of a twelve-month training period, incumbents will be advanced to the next level of Assistant Planner if their training period is successful or dismissed (terminated) if performance is unacceptable.

Immediate supervision is provided by higher level departmental personnel.

Depending upon assignment, duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Collect and compile data on a varied range of urban planning matters.
  • Present data in the form of written or graphic reports.
  • Assist in the review and analysis of proposed development projects for conformance with adopted City plans, applicable codes and ordinances, and other regulations.
  • Perform research on the environmental effects of proposed projects and assist in the preparation of environmental documents.
  • Prepare drafts of reports necessary for Federal and State grants.
  • Conduct on-site investigations of proposed development projects or community areas.
  • Respond to inquiries by the general public.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.
Knowledge of:
  • Basic research of statistical methods.
  • Basic principles of urban planning.
Ability to:
  • Communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing.
  • Collect, compile, analyze, and report data.
  • Understand legislation that relates to planning.
  • Prepare graphic material.
Experience and Education:

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

Equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in urban planning or a closely related field.


Two years of paraprofessional planning experience as a Planning Technician II with the City of Sacramento.


Four years of paraprofessional planning experience.
Should the combination of experience/education you are using to qualify for this position include education, then proof of said education in the form of college transcripts, certificates, and degrees must be submitted to the City of Sacramento Employment Office in person, as an attachment(s) to the online application, faxed to (916) 596-1556, or emailed to employment@cityofsacramento.org by the final filing deadline. If submitting in person or via fax/email, please include your name and Job # 017004-19 on your documents. Unofficial documents and/or copies are acceptable. 
An applicant with a college degree obtained outside the United States must have education records evaluated by a credentials evaluation service. This evaluation must be submitted by the final filing deadline. 

Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License at the time of appointment. Loss of the Class C License is cause for discipline. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to physical disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Employees must complete twelve (12) months of probation at a satisfactory performance level prior to gaining permanent status.
Please note, the City of Sacramento's preferred method of communication with applicants is via e-mail. As such, please ensure you verify the e-mail address on your application, and check your e-mail frequently, including your spam and junk folders. All e-mail notifications can also be accessed through the governmentjobs.com applicant inbox. 
1. Application: (Pass/Fail) – All applicants must complete and submit online a City of Sacramento employment application by the final filing deadline; 
  • Employment applications must be submitted online; paper applications will not be accepted.  
  • Employment applications will be considered incomplete and will be disqualified:  
  • If applicants do not list current and/or past job-related experience in the "Work Experience" section. Note: Qualifying experience is based on 40 hours per week (pro-rated if less than 40 hours/week).  
  • If "see resume" is noted in the "Work Experience" section; a resume will not substitute for the information required in the "Work Experience" section.  
  • Proof of required education, certification, and/or degree equivalency must be submitted online with your application, delivered in person, or sent to the Employment Office by email/fax or mailed by the final filing deadline. 
  • If you're requesting Veteran's credit, a copy of your DD214 must be submitted online with your application, delivered in person, or sent to the Employment Office by email/fax or mailed by the final filing deadline. Information regarding the use of Veteran's credit can be found in the Civil Service Board rules under rule 4.9C 
2. Screening Committee: (Pass/Fail)– Human Resources will evaluate employment applications for the minimum qualifications stated on the job announcement. 
3Training and Experience Test: (Weighted 100%) – The Supplemental Questionnaire located at the end of the application is the Training and Experience Exam. Only the applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will become candidates and their supplemental questionnaire will be rated and scored. This exam will evaluate the relevance, level, and progression of a candidate's education, training and experience. Therefore, your responses to the supplemental questionnaire should be thorough and complete because the exam score will determine your ranking on the eligible list for this job. When completing the supplemental questionnaire, please note: 
  • Responses to the supplemental questionnaire?must?be submitted online; paper questionnaires will not be accepted.  
  • Incomplete supplemental questionnaires will not pass the review process; omitted information cannot be considered or assumed.  
  • A resume will not substitute for the information required in the supplemental questionnaire. 
4. Eligibility: Candidates who pass the Training and Experience Test will be placed on the eligible list. The hiring department may contact candidates for interview at any time during the life of the one-year list. 
5. Conditional Hire: Upon receipt of a conditional offer, the selected candidate must complete and pass LiveScan/fingerprinting. If applicable, candidates may also need to pass a pre-employment medical exam, controlled substance and/or alcohol test, and possess any required licensure or certification prior to receiving a start date from the Department. Failure to meet these prerequisites will be grounds for withdrawal of your conditional offer of employment. 

For questions concerning this job announcement and the application process:  
  • Visit the Human Resources Department at Historic City Hall, 915 I Street, Plaza Level, Sacramento, CA 95814.