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Assistant Planner


Under direct supervision to perform a broad range of professional planning and technical assignments supporting the development review, long-range and special projects programs of the city. This position is assigned to the Miscellaneous Bargaining Unit for labor relation purposes and is subject to overtime assignments.


This is the entry level class in the professional planning series. This class is distinguished from the Associate Planner by the performance of more routine tasks and duties assigned to positions within the professional planning series, which require the application of fundamental planning principles. Since this is an entry level class, employees in this class may have only limited work related experience and are expected to carryout assignments with a greater degree of supervision.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (Duties may include but are not limited to the following:)

  • Provides information to the public via telephone, front counter and/or Internet.
  • Conducts research projects concerning land use, transportation, zoning, population, and the economy.
  • Assists in the compilation, analysis and presentation of data.
  • Assists in the drafting and administration of ordinances and policies related to the cityís planning program.
  • Prepares and presents reports to the Planning Commission and other bodies, from time to time.
  • Presents and explains projects, programs and planning related issues at public meetings.
  • Prepares graphics, charts and other illustrative materials.
  • Works as part of a team assigned to various projects.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Ability to:

  • Review, collect, analyze and interpret data pertaining to planning.
  • Understand governmental structures and current policy issues affecting the city.
  • Prepare clear and concise verbal and written reports.
  • Complete work assignments in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Maintain effective working relationships with co-workers and the public.
  • Use personal computers generally and word processing programs (MS Word) specifically.

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices applying to city planning.
  • Basic statistical measurements and methods of analysis.
  • Engineering/architectural drawings and site plans.

Education & Experience:

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the listed knowledge and abilities would be:

  • Education: Equivalent to a Bachelorís Degree in City or Regional Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Civil Engineering, Public Administration, Economics, Geography or a related field.


Completion of an accredited certificate program in land use planning approved by the City of Turlock may be substituted for the Bachelorís Degree requirement.


  • Experience: 2 Years of experience working for a governmental or quasi governmental or private agency related to land use issues. A Masterís Degree in Planning, Public Administration, or a related field may be substituted for some work experience.

Drivers License:

Applicants must possess (or be able to obtain, if currently residing out of state) and maintain a valid California Drivers License as a condition of continued employment.


Bilingual (Spanish)


Vision adequate to operate vehicles and office equipment, read instructions and follow directions; hearing adequate to converse on the telephone and in person; body mobility adequate to drive and perform required office duties including reaching and bending for files and related office items; use of hands and fingers adequate for operating vehicles, writing, typing, computer, copier, and fax machine and related functions; ability to lift office files, binders and small office equipment, as needed.

          For questions about City employment, please contact:

          Human Relations
          156 S. Broadway, Ste. 235
          Turlock, CA 95380-5454
          (209) 668-5150

          Monday - Friday, 8AM - 5PM

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