Associate or Senior Planner – Part-Time

Job Information

Job Category

Parks Planning, Rural Planning

Company Name

City of Morro Bay

Position Level


Job Description

$37 - $53 Hourly Depending on education and experience. Up to 29 hours per week Morro Bay is a beautiful coastal city located in San Luis Obispo County, California, with a picturesque harbor and estuary, iconic Morro Rock and attractive uncrowded beaches. It is an exciting time for the City’s Community Development Department. The Department has just completed a full update of the City’s General Plan and is in the final stages of completing a comprehensive update to the Zoning Code. New Department initiatives in progress include a new Master Plan for the Morro Bay Power Plant property, development of a Downtown Design District, update of the City’s Climate Action Plan and update of the City’s Waterfront Master Plan. The ideal candidate will be a leader who demonstrates a strong work ethic, self-motivated, team-oriented advanced professional with technical planning experience, thrives in a collaborative and fast paced environment, and is motivated to meet established goals, initiatives, and deadlines. Candidates possessing all of these qualities are invited to apply for the part-time Associate/Senior Planner opportunity in the City of Morro Bay Community Development Department! This recruitment is to fill a part-time vacancy as either an hourly Associate or Senior Planner. Under general administrative direction from the Planning Manager and Community Development Director, the successful candidate will be asked to perform a variety of complex administrative and technical work in current and long-range planning programs related to the development and implementation of land use and related municipal plans and policies; and perform related work as required. Furthermore, the duties of this position will include review of site development plans; interpret general plan/local coastal plan; evaluate proposals for environmental impact; interpret and enforce regulations related to the zoning ordinance; perform field inspections; and present reports and recommendations to Planning Commission, City Council, and other public entities. DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS What you will do:
  • Interpret laws, codes, and ordinances underlying general plans, zoning, and land divisions.
  • Analyze and compile technical and statistical information and prepare reports.
  • Analyze site design, terrain constraints, circulations, land use compatibility, utilities and other urban services.
  • Research, analyze, and recommend modifications to existing plans.
  • Prepare and analyze technical and administrative reports, statements and correspondence.
  • Participate in a variety of public meetings by making presentations and recommendations on various aspects of the planning program.
  • Administer and evaluate contracts with outside consultants.
  • Respond to public requests and inquiries in a timely and professional manner.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships.
  • Supervise, train and evaluate assigned staff on a limited basis.
What you will be great at:
  • Knowledge of highly complex principles and practices of urban planning and development.
  • Research methods and sources of information related to urban growth, development, and planning.
  • Current practices related to municipal planning, urban growth and development and program administration.
  • Methods and techniques of effective technical report preparation and presentation.
  • Familiarity with applicable laws, codes, ordinances, and regulations including laws underlying general plans, zoning, and land divisions.
  • Modern office methods, procedures, and computer equipment.
  • Site planning and architectural design.
  • Computer systems in relation to planning functions.
  • Skilled communicator with ability to clearly answer questions and provide information to the public regarding zoning, land use and the general plan; investigate planning-related complaints and recommend corrective action.
Special Requirements: Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
  • Associate Planner: two years of planning experience including project management.  Some Coastal Zone experience is preferred
  • Four years of professional municipal planning experience, including project management and some supervisory experience. Some Coastal Zone experience is preferred.
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in land-use planning, urban planning, or closely-related field.
BENEFITS: This position is an hourly position with limited benefits. This includes 40 hours or 5 days of sick leave accrual per year effective January 1, 2024. APPLICATION PROCESS: Individuals can apply through the City website at APPLICATION DEADLINE: This position is open until filled with the first review of applications on Monday, 12/18/23. The City of Morro Bay is an Equal Opportunity employer. We embrace diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

US Citizenship Required?


Will security clearance be required?


Salary Range

$37.00 - $53.00 Hourly

Job Start Date


Position Type

Temporary Part-Time



Primary Language Required


Job Location

Location Address

595 Harbor St.
Morro Bay, California

Contact Information

Hiring Contact Name

Skyler Onaga


[email protected]