Associate Planner or Assistant Planner

Job Information

Job Category

Environmental, Land Use, Urban Design

Company Name

City of Carmel-by-the-Sea

Position Level


Job Description

The Opportunity: The City of Carmel-by-the Sea is recruiting for a Planner at the Assistant or Associate level to perform professional planning duties in current and advanced planning. In this role, you will be responsible for protecting the authentic and unique architectural character of the Village by processing development applications for remodels and new construction. You will also research, introduce and update land use policies that help preserve the City’s character and quality of life as well as shape future development in an equitable and sustainable way. The City will select the candidate with the best combination of work experience, qualifications and alignment with the City’s values. The Assistant Planner, under direct supervision, will:
  • Prepare analyses of residential development projects to ensure compatibility with the City’s General Plan, local Coastal Program, Municipal Code and Residential Design Guidelines, which emphasize protecting the City’s character;
  • Prepare and present reports, and recommendations, for and to the Planning Commission, City Council, and other boards and commissions;
  • Perform necessary research and assist with reports for Municipal Code amendments, and other advanced planning projects and plans;
  • Respond to public inquiries at the counter, by phone and email;
  • Prepare and process documents pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and;
  • Assist in continuously improving development review and administrative procedures to facilitate efficient project review, and a high level of customer service.
The duties of the Associate Planner include:
  • The duties described above under Assistant Planner, with a greater degree of complexity and autonomy.
Assistant Planner: This Assistant Planner is the entry level position in the Planner classification series. Under direct supervision, the Assistant Planner usually performs most of the duties required of the Associate Planner level, but are not expected to function at the same skill level and usually exercise less independent discretion and judgment in matters related to work procedures and methods. Employees are expected to have limited, but directly-related, work experience. As experience is gained, assignments would be performed with greater independence and advancement to the next classification can take place. Associate Planner: The Associate Planner is the mid-level position in the Planner classification series. The Associate Planner performs professional and technical planning work in both current and long-range/advanced planning activities. Associate planners work independently with occasional instruction or assistance as new or complex situations arise. About the Community Planning and Building Department: The Community Planning and Building Department strives to provide excellent customer service to the public and is responsible for preserving community character while fostering a vibrant community and a high quality of life for its residents, businesses, and visitors. The Department includes the Planning, Building, and Code Compliance divisions. About Carmel-by-the-Sea: World-renowned Carmel-by-the-Sea is tucked along the central coast in Monterey County, California that is 120 miles south of San Francisco and is rich in natural beauty. The City prides itself on the preservation of character – white sand beach, verdant forest, natural parklands and roadside greenbelts. First incorporated as a City in 1916, this unique and quintessential coastal community was founded by artists and writers – among them: Jack London, George Sterling, Mary Austin and Robinson Jeffers. The City is one square mile in area, and has an involved and dynamic populace of 4,000. A five-member City Council governs Carmel-by-the-Sea with one common priority of ensuring the splendid quality of life and unique character of the area is protected and maintained. Chip Rerig, the City Administrator oversees the day-to-day management of approximately 93 highly capable full-time City staff and works with the City Council to carry out its policies. Carmel-by -the-Sea provides an extremely high level of service to its residents and visitors with an annual operating budget of approximately $23 million. How to Apply: To be considered for this career opportunity, you must submit a complete online application through the City’s website and answer the supplemental questionnaire. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a complete online application. Incomplete applications and/or supplemental questionnaire will be rejected. Applications will be screened in relation to the criteria in this job announcement. Applicants with the most relevant qualification will be invited to interview.  

Required Skills / Experience / Education

Typical Qualifications The ideal candidate for the Assistant/Associate Planner position is an individual who values customer service, and has an interest in both current and advanced planning. The ideal candidate will bring collaborative, team-centered qualities to the Department; be self-motivated, detail-oriented, and self-assured with the ability to exercise a high degree of common sense and sound judgment. The candidate will possess: Knowledge of planning and zoning functions and California State laws, CEQA, architectural and site design review. Effective communication skills with all project members, including contractors, architects, special consultants, applicants, and coworkers; Effective presentation skills; Basic to advanced computer skills (GIS skills are also desirable); and, A proven ability to navigate land use conflicts. Education and Work Experience Assistant Planner: A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in urban planning, environmental planning, public or business administration or a related field, and one year of professional planning experience. A Master’s degree in planning or related field is desirable. Associate Planner: A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in urban planning, environmental planning, public or business administration or a related field, and three (3) years of professional planning experience. A Master’s degree in planning or related field is desirable.

US Citizenship Required?


Will security clearance be required?


Salary Range

$72,904.00 - $101,816.00 Annually

Other Benefits

The City offers competitive salaries and benefit packages, including participation in the California Public Employees Retirement System (Cal PERS); health, dental, and vision insurance; and leave. The annual salary range for the Assistant Planner is $72,904-$91,309.09, and for the Associate Planner is $83,740.80-$101,816.

Job Start Date


Position Type

Permanent Full-Time



Primary Language Required


Job Location

Location Address

City of Carmel-by-the-Sea City Hall
Monte Verde Street between Ocean and 7th
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

Contact Information

Hiring Contact Name

Vilcia Rodriguez


[email protected]

Phone Number

(925) 886-9488