Job Description

Overall Job Objective



Performs professional current and/or advanced planning work, including conducting planning studies; collects and presents data and prepares reports; provides information and advice to the public in person and over the telephone.


This is the entry level in this professional planning series. This class is responsible for providing assistance to higher level planners in the areas of research, data collection and preparation of reports and for staffing a public counter and providing a variety of information regarding planning and zoning codes and issues. Assignments are intended to provide background in the fundamental principles and practices of municipal planning prerequisites for professional level work in the planning field. Incumbents initially work under close supervision and are expected to become increasingly knowledgeable and carry out assignments with increasing independence. This class is distinguished from Senior Planner in that the latter is responsible for conducting research and analyses for varied current, advanced or specialized planning projects and functions.

This examination will establish an Open Competitive and Promotional list to fill current and/or future vacancies that may occur within the next six (6) months or may be extended as needed by the Office of Human Resources.



Education and Experience: Bachelor's Degree with major course work in city, regional, environmental, transportation or urban planning or related field. Some practical experience related to the planning profession at a sub-professional or professional level and/or appropriate advanced degree desirable. Directly related full-time experience in an area of planning that has provided the knowledge and skills required at this level may be substituted for the education on a year-for-year basis to a maximum of two (2) years.

Working Conditions: Attend meetings outside of normal working hours.

Licensing and Certification: Specified positions must possess a valid Nevada Class C Driver's License at time of appointment.

Background Investigation: Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation. Periodically after employment background investigations may be conducted.

Pre-Employment Drug Testing: Employment is contingent upon the results of a pre-employment drug examination.


Receives and processes applications for variances, rezoning, specific plan amendments, subdivision maps, annexations, use permits, and related zoning/planning and regulation items. Interprets, explains and enforces provisions of County codes, applicable laws and regulations, and other policies and standards to potential applicants and the public; answers telephone and counter inquiries regarding County and local governmental ordinances and requirements. Reviews construction plans and business license applications for conformity to codes and regulations; processes routine plans and applications, variances, use permits, and business licenses. Monitors status of development applications from acceptance to issuance of final permit. Researches and reviews plans for ordinance regulations; provides specific information to engineers, architects, contractors, developers, property owners, etc. regarding codes, regulations and procedures in area of expertise. Uses computers and software programs for various technical planning projects and studies. Prepares a variety of written communications, including analytical reports, correspondence; directs the preparation of graphic materials. Makes field surveys and investigations related to planning and zoning projects or requests. Makes oral and graphic presentations or prepares materials for presentation to Boards and commissions and community groups; answers questions and provides information and assistance to the public in person, on the telephone and in writing. Contributes to the efficiency and effectiveness of the unit's service to its customers by offering suggestions and directing or participating as an active member of a work team. Uses standard office equipment, including a computer, in the course of the work; specified positions may drive a motor vehicle to attend off-site meetings and inspect property sites.


Mobility to work in a typical office setting, use standard office equipment, and to drive a motor vehicle or arrange for transportation in order to attend meetings and inspect development sites; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person or over the telephone. Accommodation may be made for some of these physical demands for otherwise qualified individuals who require and request such accommodation.

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