City of Ventura
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Job Description

The City of Ventura Community Development Planning Division is looking for two (2) Assistant Planners/Associate Planners with a well-developed knowledge of planning principles to join the team!  If you are a candidate who can utilize your advance communication skills to work with the public, commanding attention which creates aligned and sustained motion on key projects, we are looking for you. New team members will utilize their intellect to identify neighborhood issues that can be mitigated through better planning and engages strategies to promote economic, development and land use meeting common goals of the community.

Currently, there are two Assistant/Associate Planner full-time positions available. Positions are flexibly staffed and can be filled at either level depending on qualifications.

What You’ll Do

Reporting to the Principal Planner, the Assistant/Associate Planners will work in a team of 11 Planning staff in assisting citizens. These planners are responsible for professional planning work involving land use planning, environmental analysis, historic preservation, design review, public policy and ordinance development, economic development, green technology in economic development, CDBG/HOME program implementation or related areas. The Assistant/Associate Planners operate with less immediate supervision in preparation of specific reports and plans, allowing for the opportunity for independent judgment in planning work, analysis of municipal code and general plan policies and making technical determinations.

Who You Are

You are an innovative, forward-thinker interested in being a passionate team of planning professionals, providing the highest level of customer service to citizens of the City of Ventura! 

Through education, training and/or experience you can:

  • work independently or in a team environment with on multiple projects or issues simultaneously
  • use creative problem-solving skills to gather relevant information to solve less well- defined practical problems clearly communicate rules and procedures using diplomacy and tact
  • pay attention to details while keeping the BIG picture in mind


For additional information on the duties and responsibilities of the position, refer to the job descriptions located on the City’s Career Page at www.cityofventura.ca.gov/jobs or by clicking here ASSISTANT/ASSOCIATE PLANNER.

Position Qualifications

A combination of education, training, and experience equivalent to a bachelor's degree in City Planning, Architecture, Environmental Studies, Economics or closely related field, and depending on assignment, qualifying experience as described below, in the following areas: land use planning, economic development, environmental analysis, historic preservation, design review, general plan policy and ordinance development, green technology in economic development, or CDBG/HOME programs.

Assistant Planner: One year of responsible professional planning experience or project management experience in assigned area.

Associate Planner: Three years of increasingly responsible professional planning experience or project management and program development experience in assigned area. A related master's degree is highly desirable. Prior experience in historic preservation, urban design, and working with community councils and advisory boards is highly desirable.

License: Depending on assignment, possession of a valid California Class C driver's license may be required

Certificate: AICP certification is desirable.

Salary and Benefits

The City offers a total compensation package that includes both a generous salary and other benefits!


Assistant Planner: $74,301.55 - $99,564.82 Annually DOQ

Associate Planner: $82,015.44 - $109,900.75 Annually DOQ

BENEFITS: Refer to the benefits tab on the job posting for specific information on City benefits.

How to Apply

To be considered for this exciting opportunity, please complete an online City Job Application and supplemental questionnaire now! 

The filing deadline is Monday, March 25, 2024, at 5:30 pm 

Go to www.cityofventura.ca.gov/jobs and Apply!  EEO/ADA

salary plus 6 Medical options, CalPers Retirement, Dental, Vision, FSA, 457