Associate Planner

Job Information

Job Category

Land Use, Urban Design

Company Name

City of San Marcos

Position Level


Job Description

The City of San Marcos is currently recruiting for a qualified Associate Planner to join the Planning Division of the Development Services Department. This is an exciting time to be a part of the City of San Marcos which is historically one of the fastest growing cities in San Diego County. The Planning Division  is part of purposefully shaping this emerging community and you will help guide this  legacy.    The City of San Marcos is currently undertaking a number of new and exciting projects, which the Planning Division is helping to accomplish. Come join and lead the team during this impactful time:
  • We are currently working on an update to the City’s General Plan. San Marcos has experienced rapid growth, while maintaining our small-town atmosphere and values. The General Plan Update will address a range of important community topics like land use, housing, economic development, transportation, parks and recreation, community health, public safety, environmental justice, and more.
  • Related to the General Plan Update, City staff is in the process of initiating a comprehensive update to the San Marcos Creek Specific Plan (SMCSP). The SMCSP parallels San Marcos Boulevard and encompasses the San Marcos Creek. The area will provide additional housing, shopping and recreational opportunities for the region.
  • The City is processing a number of entitlements within the University District Specific Plan (UDSP) Area. The UDSP was adopted in 2009 with the intent of creating a vibrant, urban, and pedestrian friendly downtown area centrally located within San Marcos adjacent to Cal State University San Marcos.
  • The City is currently processing several entitlements throughout the City including a number of infill developments for higher density housing, and various civic, commercial and industrial discretionary permits.
  • The Planning Division is also implementing various Sustainability focused initiatives to implement its  Climate Action Plan.  These include efforts such as adoption and implementation of Transportation Demand Management Ordinance,  and administering EV chargers Rebate Program among others.
Public Service Serving the public is paramount to all that we do at City of San Marcos. We are driven to serve the more than 95,000 residents who count on us every day. Our Associate Planner must be responsive, tactful, collaborative, and accountable to our community and customers. This includes working with our residents and other stakeholder groups to deliver projects that make a positive impact. The Right Perks
  • Earn a competitive salary,
  • Our 9/80 work week means you'll have every other Friday off.
  • Eligible for the City's remote work policy after successful completion of probationary period.
  • Generous health benefits for you and your family (all medical premiums employer paid at 90%, including family plans). Benefits effective the first of the month after hire date.
  • Ample time off: 13 paid holidays, 96 hours of sick leave and beginning at 80 hours of vacation leave annually.
  • Family focused benefits - 4 weeks of city paid maternity / paternity leave for new parents welcoming a new family member and 1 week of city paid grandparent leave for employees expanding their extended family.
  • Participate in the CalPERS retirement system (Classic members 2% @ 55, New members 2% @ 62), and Social Security.
  • Enhance your career by taking advantage of our Tuition Reimbursement Program - up to $1,500 per fiscal year which can also be used towards student loan repayment.
Recruitment Timeline Application period closes: 4pm on Friday, March 8, 2024 First Interview: Thursday, March 21st, 2024 - Virtual Second Interview: TBD - In person Please click here to read the full job description.

Required Skills / Experience / Education

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be: Education/Training A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in urban planning, community development, geography, public administration, or a related field. A Master’s degree is highly desirable. Experience Three years of increasingly responsible city or regional planning experience at a level comparable to an Assistant Planner with the City. LICENSE OR CERTIFICATE Possession of an appropriate, valid driver’s license with satisfactory driving record.

US Citizenship Required?


Will security clearance be required?


Salary Range

$74,304.23 - $96,950.14 Annually

Job Start Date


Position Type

Permanent Full-Time



Primary Language Required



Local Government

Job Location

Location Address

SAN MARCOS, California

Contact Information

Hiring Contact Name

Cristiane Davies


[email protected]

Phone Number

(760) 744-1050