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Assistant Planner

City of Desert Hot Springs

Desert Hot Springs, CA United States

For a complete job description and to apply online please visit our website at www.cityofdhs.org.

Closing Date/Time

Sun. 01/27/19 5:00 PM Pacific Time

Salary $24.25 - $30.72 Hourly
$1,940.00 - $2,457.60 Biweekly
$4,203.33 - $5,324.80 Monthly
$50,440.00 - $63,897.60 Annually >Job Type Full Time


City Hall, 65950 Pierson Blvd., Desert Hot Springs, California


Community Development

Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.


Under the general supervision of the Community Development Director or designee, this position performs a variety of professional work in current and advanced City planning, and assists in the administration of land use regulations and policies and administrative and planning related duties.

Examples of Duties:


Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:


Gathers and analyzes general land use, environmental and statistical data related to planning projects; synthesizes data and makes appropriate recommendations; conducts office and field research and investigations regarding land use, housing, open space, transportation, and parking; develops interpretive maps, charts, and graphs; prepares environmental impact documents and staff reports.

  • Prepares materials and reports for the City Council, Planning Commission, and other Commissions and Committees;
  • Updates and revises entitlement application materials, development promotional materials, and other literature for public dissemination;
  • Reviews site and building plans associated with development projects;
  • Assists in reviewing planning applications, zone changes, variances and subdivision maps;
  • Monitors status of development applications from acceptance to issuance of final permit
  • Acts as a resource person for the public, developers, homeowners, and builders; answers inquiries at the counter, by letter and on the phone regarding zoning, planning policies and permits, application processes, timelines and fees; provide documents and materials such as maps, tracts, and designations as requested;
  • Accepts application submittals at the public counter;
  • Assists in the administration and enforcement of zoning, sign and subdivision ordinances; conducts field inspections of project sites to verify compliance with conditions of approval and code requirements;
  • Researches and provides interpretation of general plan zoning, development policies and standards and special planning related projects; investigates planning problems involving consideration of legal and public relations aspects of planning; presents findings;
  • Prepares and assists in preparation of maps, graphs, models, and reports;
  • Performs field work on project sites about Environmental Assessments; prepares reports about land divisions, site development reviews, site design reviews, conditional use permits, variances, zoning, and general plan amendments;
  • Conducts field inspections of land use projects and construction;
  • Reviews building permit applications for compliance with City Zoning development standards and any applicable conditions of approval by the City Council or Planning Commission during discretionary permit review;
  • Prepares demographic studies, projections and related information; and
  • Performs various related essential duties as required.

Typical Qualifications:


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:

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a degree in urban planning or a closely related field; and one (1) year of urban planning experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


Valid California driver's license with a good driving record at time of appointment

Knowledge, Skills and Other Characteristics:

Knowledge of:

  • Objectives, principles, procedures, standards, practices information sources and trends of municipal urban planning;
  • Implementation of zoning, subdivision, environmental review and other municipal ordinances and policies;
  • Research methods as applied to the collection and tabulation of data affecting land use planning.
  • Application of land use, physical design, economic, environmental, and/or social concepts to the planning process;
  • Statistical analysis and mathematical concepts related to the planning process; and
  • Terminology, symbols, methods, techniques and instruments used in planning and map drafting
  • Graphic illustration and presentation.

Ability to:

  • Research, analyze and summarize planning data both manually and with computer applications;
  • Prepare clear, concise and complete technical documents, reports, correspondence and other written materials;
  • Exercise sound independent judgment within established procedural guidelines;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work;
  • Provide basic project direction to others; and
  • Successfully pass a pre-employment physical including drug test

Supplemental Information:

Office environment, exposure to computer screens; Occasional exposure to weather conditions, including seasonal extreme heat.

Essential and marginal functions may require maintaining physical conditions necessary for sitting for prolonged periods of time.


Experience Level
Entry (0-1 year)
AICP Level
Planning and Land Use Law
Salary Range
$24.25 - $30.72 per hour