Junior Planner

Job Information

Job Category

Land Use, Urban Design

Company Name

City of Vista

Position Level


Job Description

This is the entry level class in the planning series, designed to develop the incumbent to perform more responsible municipal planning assignments. Work is closely supervised while in progress and fits an established structure or pattern. Incumbents work on projects with limited scope and are exposed to many of the professional planner level duties but are given limited independent discretion in matters related to work procedures and methods. This classification differs from the Assistant Planner where the latter is a journey level classification in the professional planner series and performs work which has some variation and allows or requires a limited range of choice in the application of defined methods or procedures.

Required Skills / Experience / Education

KNOWLEDGE OF: The theory, principles and practices of land use planning and community development zoning and subdivision regulations. Applicable Federal, State, and Local laws, ordinances, codes, rules, and regulations including basic CEQA principles. Basic subdivision regulations, development standards, and zoning regulations. General building practices as they relate to plan review. Property description and requirements pertaining to preparation and maintenance of property maps. Appropriate City criteria for acceptable plans such as levels for noise, soils, grading, drainage, and landscape. Mathematical concepts. Site planning and architectural design principles. Mapping techniques and graphic design. Research methods used to collect and analyze land use planning data. Principles of business letter writing and basic report preparation. Principles and procedures of record keeping. Customer service principles and practices. Modern office procedures, methods and equipment, including computers and applicable software applications. ABILITY TO: Properly interpret and make decisions in accordance with state, federal and municipal planning laws, and department policies and procedures. Ability to read and interpret maps, engineering, and architectural drawings. Collect, tabulate and compute planning statistics. Organize and conduct basic simple planning research studies, prepare related reports and recommendations. Assist in preparation of comprehensive reports. Interpret site plans, maps, plot plans, street measurements, and related documents. Operate a computer and use applicable software applications. Maintain accurate records. Establish record keeping systems. Effectively communicate in writing and orally. Operate a vehicle observing legal and defensive driving practices. Understand and carry-out oral and written instructions. Establish and maintain effective relationships with those contacted in the course of work. QUALIFICATIONS Any combination of training, education and experience which demonstrates an ability to perform the duties of the position. A typical combination would include graduation from a four-year college or university with a bachelor’s degree in planning, geography, public administration, architecture, or a related field. Directly related work experience is not required. License or Certificate: A valid Class C California Driver’s License.

US Citizenship Required?


Will security clearance be required?


Salary Range

$5,150.62-$6,260.67 Monthly

Other Benefits

VACATION 85 Hrs. - 1-5 years of continuous service 125 Hrs. - 6-10 years 149 Hrs. - 11-15 years 165 Hrs. - 16-20 years 178 Hrs. - 20+ years SICK LEAVE Full time employees receive 96 hours per year. HOLIDAYS Full time employees working the 9/80 flex schedule receive 99 hours of holiday leave per fiscal year to cover scheduled holidays as wells as one floating holiday INSURANCE Excellent benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance programs. A portion of the employee's and dependent's premiums are paid by the City. WELLNESS PROGRAMMING The City offers comprehensive wellness programming to its employees including onsite wellness facilities and onsite wellness sessions. TUITION REIMBURSEMENT The City's Tuition Reimbursement Plan can assist employees in paying the cost of books and tuition for pre-approved classes which relate to their job. RETIREMENT Depending on eligibility, based on CalPERS criteria, new employees will be provided the 3% @ 60 Plan or newly established 2% @ 62 Plan. Employees currently contribute the entire employee contribution amount of 8%. The City does not participate in Social Security, but employees must be enrolled in the Medicare portion. *Actual benefits will depend on date of hire and may differ from the information listed. Part-time employee benefits may be prorated.

Job Start Date


Position Type

Permanent Full-Time



Primary Language Required


Job Location

Location Address

200 Civic Center Dr
Vista, California

Contact Information

Hiring Contact Name

Maria Reed


[email protected]

Phone Number

(760) 643-5376