Assistant Planner

Job Information

Job Category

Environmental, Land Use, Parks Planning, Urban Design

Company Name

City of Signal Hill

Position Level


Job Description

The City of Signal Hill is seeking an Assistant Planner to join the Community Development team! Under general supervision, the Assistant Planner demonstrates a basic knowledge of municipal zoning codes, performs professional land use and urban planning work, including review of development and land use applications, zoning, site plans, and environmental documents; completes technical assessments and prepares written project analyses; provides professional advice and assistance to the public on planning, community development, zoning, permits, and environmental review; acts as project planner for smaller development projects, including soliciting project review comments from other departments; prepares and presents staff reports; and performs related work as required. DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS This is the journey level class within the professional Planner series.  Incumbents of the Assistant Planner classification initially perform routine and professional planning work under close supervision.  However, as experience is acquired, incumbents are expected to progress to a journey level and perform a full range of planning duties with ever-increasing independence.

Required Skills / Experience / Education

The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor's degree in urban or regional planning, geography, architecture, or related field and one (1) year recent paid experience performing responsible urban planning, preferably in a municipal agency. LICENSE/CERTIFICATION: Valid Class C California driver license, acceptable driving record, and evidence of insurance are required.

US Citizenship Required?


Will security clearance be required?


Salary Range

$67,738 - $86,452 plus 2% COLA effective July 1, 2024

Other Benefits

96 hours of vacation leave annually 96 hours of sick leave annually with buy-back program 10 paid holidays per year (80 hours) 36 hours personal holiday leave per year 2% @ 60 retirement formula - Employees contribute 7% of the required employee contribution. Average of final three years retirement calculation. This retirement formula is available to those candidates who currently work for a PERS agency or a PERS reciprocal agency or have worked for a PERS agency or a PERS reciprocal agency within the last six (6) months. 2% @ 62 PERS retirement formula - Employees contribute 7.75% of the normal cost of the benefit . There will be no Employer Paid Member Contribution. Average of final three years retirement calculation. This formula is provided for all new PERS members and those who have been separated from a PERS agency or a PERS reciprocal agency for more than six (6) months. Medical insurance - The City participates in the CalPERS health benefit program and contributes up to $1,200 per month toward medical premiums. An additional $700 is available for individuals with health, dental and/or vision premiums not fully covered with the $1,200. 75% of any monies remaining (of the $1,200) after medical premiums are paid may be applied toward optional benefits including: vision, dental, or deferred compensation plan. No cash pay-out in lieu of benefits Dental - City contribution of $70 per month Vision insurance - Employee premium paid by City Based on years of City service, qualified retirees may be eligible for City contribution to retiree health premium. Employees contribute 1% of their salary towards their future retiree health benefit. $50,000 Life Insurance Policy Short & Long Term Disability Plans Social Security Participation Deferred Compensation Plan Flexible Benefits Program Tuition Reimbursement Program

Job Start Date


Position Type

Permanent Full-Time



Primary Language Required



Local Government

Job Location

Location Address

2175 Cherry Avenue
Signal Hill, California

Contact Information

Hiring Contact Name

Patricia Ahumada


[email protected]

Phone Number

(562) 989-7307