There are three sub-disciplines within which a Planner III may work:
1) current and advance land use planning,
2) groundwater and water resources planning, and
3) sustainability planning.
Napa County is currently seeking applicants for a Planner III assigned to the Groundwater sub-discipline to perform the following duties:
Assist Natural Resources Conservation Manager with the oversight of the Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) and associated watershed monitoring.
Assist with on-going improvements related to groundwater and watershed resources by assisting with data collection activities of other departments, divisions, agencies and outside consultants to inform and guide the implementation of recommended Projects and Management Actions (PMAs) identified in the Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) and to support required annual reporting to the State and the public.
Assist with natural resources communication, outreach and engagement efforts.
Assist in implementation of the Groundwater Sustainability Plan.
Prepare Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for consulting services and program implementation to provide cost effective solutions, program resources and services. Review proposals and assist with recommendation of selection of consultants.
Develop and administer contracts for professional services in a public agency setting.
Seek out relevant grant opportunities and prepare, submit and administer grant applications including development of budgets and schedules, monitoring of grant funds, and development of invoices and reports to granting agencies as required.
Monitor and evaluate performance of contractors and consultants. Provide oversight and contract management for technical consulting staff to ensure the overall quality of work products.
The Planner is a flexibly staffed job series performing a full range of professional activities within the Planning, Building and Environmental Services Department. Planners may be assigned to the Planning, Code Compliance, Water Resources and Sustainability Divisions or disciplines within the Department. The difference in Planner levels depends on the complexity of the assignments and degree of independent judgment and responsibility required. The Planner II is the journey level of the series and works under general supervision, while performing difficult, varied and complex professional planning assignments. As experience, knowledge, skills and abilities are acquired, and increased proficiency consistently demonstrated, an incumbent may be promoted to a Planner III when there is an associated need. The Planner III is the advanced journey level class in the professional planning series. This class is distinguished from the Planner II level by the successful completion, on a regular and continuing basis, of the more complex planning assignments. This position is expected to perform the full range of planning duties with a significant degree of independent judgment and responsibility. Positions assigned to this class may also apply specialized and advanced level knowledge, skills and abilities in the area to which they are assigned and may serve as a lead worker to lower level planning staff.
The Recruitment Process
1. This recruitment will be open until filled. The first review of applications will be on May 6, 2022.
3. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will have their supplemental responses scored by subject matter experts the week of May 9, 2022.
4. Oral Panel Interviews are tentatively scheduled to take place in May, 2022. At the discretion of the hiring department. Only the most qualified candidates from the interview process will be placed on the eligibility list and may be considered to fill positions for up to one year.
The Human Resources Department reserves the right to change the recruitment process at any time.
EXAMPLE OF DUTIES
The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following: (In addition to the duties assigned to Planner II): Prepares draft ordinances and Department policies. Prepares reports and policy recommendations. Provides lead supervision for other planning staff, which may include assigning, scheduling and prioritizing work, as well as provide training to less experienced staff. Serves as the subject matter resource for Departmental personnel regarding policy, procedures and processes. Represents the Department as needed at meetings, commissions, committees, boards and public hearings.
Completes complex assignments, either individually or as member of a team.
Coordinates and facilitates public meetings related to specific projects as well as countywide planning issues and community policy development. Provides technical information and policy interpretation regarding zoning ordinances, legislation and County regulations to the public, contractors and other County staff. Performs related duties as assigned.
A Planner III assigned to the Planning Division may perform the following duties:
Prepares findings and recommendations for action on petitions for zoning changes and specific and/or general plan amendments. Conducts research, compiles and analyzes potential project environmental/ecological and economic aspects of varying degree of complexity; prepares and/or coordinates the preparation of Negative Declarations (ND), Mitigated Negative Declarations (MND) or Environmental Impact Reports (EIRs).
Recommends alternate enforcement actions to complex zoning compliance issues.
Reviews and identifies impact of proposed zoning ordinances and resolutions.
A Planner III assigned to Sustainability may perform the following duties:
Develop, prepare, negotiate, and monitor grants; ensure compliance with grant stipulations and funding agency reporting requirements.
Serves as subject matter expert for County departments, Board of Supervisors, external stakeholders, community groups, and the general public.
Develops and manages contracts for consultant support services related to marketing, community outreach, and technical support.
Manages development, implementation, coordination, and evaluation of BayREN, Green Business and sustainability programs/projects.
Develops written reports and recommendations for BayREN, regional agencies and others.
Serves as staff and/or a representative of the County on boards, committees and community groups.
Manages programs and projects related to sustainability.
A Planner III assigned to Water Resources/Groundwater may perform the following duties:
Assists Natural Resources Conservation Manager with the oversight of the Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) and associated watershed monitoring.
Assists with on-going improvements related to groundwater and watershed resources by assisting with data collection activities of other departments, divisions, agencies and outside consultants to inform and guide the implementation of recommended Projects and Management Actions (PMAs) identified in the Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) and to support required annual reporting to the State and the public.
Assists with natural resources communication, outreach and engagement efforts.
Assists in implementation of the Groundwater Sustainability Plan.
Prepares Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for consulting services and program implementation to provide cost effective solutions, program resources and services. Reviews proposals and assists with recommendation of selection of consultants.
Develops and administers contracts for professional services in a public agency setting.
Seeks out relevant grant opportunities and prepares, submits and administers grant applications including development of budgets and schedules, monitoring of grant funds, and development of invoices and reports to granting agencies as required.
Monitors and evaluates performance of contractors and consultants. Provide oversight and contract management for technical consulting staff to ensure the overall quality of work products.
In addition to the qualifications for the Planner II:
Planner III – Planning Division
General principles, practices and theories of land use planning, general plan development, zoning ordinance development, local regulations and code compliance and monitoring mechanisms. Procedural requirements of the California State Planning Act, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), California Subdivision Map Act and other state and federal regulations that are directly related to rural and urban planning. Principles of leadership, supervision and employee training.
Planner III - Sustainability
Principles, practices, trends, and technical information in the areas of energy efficiency and decarbonization.
California Climate policy.
Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.
Planner III – Water Resources/Groundwater
Principles and practices of water resources, groundwater and natural resources conservation, management, planning and related environmental policies.
Pertinent Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations related to water and natural resources conservation, management and planning including the California Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) and SB 552.
Manage numerous projects simultaneously to meet multiple deadlines. Plan workloads, schedule assignments, prioritize tasks, and assign projects; train other employees.
Demonstrated ability to work independently, meet deliverables and deadlines, and juggle competing priorities.
Planner III – Planning Division
Analyze potential environmental impacts; prepare necessary documents required for complex or large development or research projects, general plan amendments, zoning and ordinance revisions. Coordinate consolidated efforts with other County departments and land use agencies to ensure soil erosion, water supply, sensitive habitats/resources, historical preserves and the public interest are represented when large, complex or controversial developmental plans are reviewed, approved and implemented.
Prepare amendments to General Plan, specific plans or required elements thereof for assigned complex projects which are difficult or high priority.
Planner III - Sustainability
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of individuals at all levels including those from government, business, private and non-profit agencies, community groups, and the public.
Translate technical topics for professionals and elected officials, and communicate across multiple disciplines.
Research and develop grant applications and other project funding solutions.
Research and analyze information/data to formulate findings and recommendations.
Interpret laws, regulations and data.
Track and monitor compliance with pertinent mandates, laws, codes, rules, regulations, and agreements.
Planner III – Water Resources/Groundwater
Assist with the management of a natural resources and groundwater conservation and management program.
Track appropriate annual and five-year milestones in the Groundwater Sustainability Plan to achieve and maintain groundwater sustainability.
Work independently with a minimum of supervision.
EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION
Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills, and abilities would be:
Three years of responsible professional experience in the planning, natural resources, water resources, sustainability/energy field or related field. (A Master's degree in a related field may be substituted for one year of the required experience.)
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in urban, regional, land use or environmental planning, environmental policy, environmental science, hydrogeology or related field.
License or Certificate*
Possession of a valid California Driver's License.
Member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) preferred for land use planning positions, but not required.
*Any license, certification, or registration required for this position shall be maintained (i.e. active and in good standing) at all times during employment with Napa County. For continued employment with Napa County, you must maintain such license, certification, or registration to meet the minimum qualifications of this position.
Applicants requiring accommodation during the application and/or selection process pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact County of Napa Human Resources at (707) 253-4303.
Napa County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.