Park Planning Technician

County Of Sonoma   Santa Rosa, CA   Full-time     Other
Posted on August 5, 2022
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Starting salary $25.65/hour ($53,534/year), plus a cash allowance of $600/month, and a competitive total compensation package!*   

County of Sonoma's Regional Parks include more than 50 parks, trails, and beaches from Petaluma to Gualala and Sonoma to Bodega Bay. Many offer wild landscapes while others feature sports fields, playgrounds, campgrounds, boat launches, and an environmental education center. Regional Parks also offers a range of recreation, education, and natural resource programs that enhance the quality of life and well-being of individuals, families and communities. Please visit to learn more about the various programs and resources offered by the Regional Parks Department.  

As a Park Planning Technician, you will:

  • Assist in park planning studies and the design of parks and park facilities, including assisting with conceptual plans, feasibility studies, design details, grading, and drainage
  • Inspect park and trail construction and work closely with contractors and permitting agencies
  • Conduct park planning research and field investigations
  • Gather data and present analysis in written or graphic formats
  • Respond to public inquiries and attend public meetings and other parks planning events

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Some experience in landscape architecture and planning, which included preparing construction cost estimates and public construction bidding documentation
  • Proficiency or significant experience in AutoCAD, Geographic Information System, Microsoft Word suite, Adobe products, and other software
  • Some knowledge of codes, zoning, and permitting regulations impacting public construction initiatives and programs
  • The ability to coordinate multiple assignments, timelines, and meet tight deadlines
  • A desire to join an interactive team of self-motivated individuals
  • A passion for improving the use of our natural parks and recreation areas

What We Offer

When you join the County of Sonoma, you become part of a challenging and rewarding work environment where you gain the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better your community. You can also look forward to excellent benefits* including:

  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range
  • County paid 100% premium contribution for the majority of employee-only and employee + family health plan options
  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $500 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment

*Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can found in the Service Employees International Union Local 1021 Memorandum Of Understanding (SEIU MOU)

The Sonoma County Regional Park's Department is currently recruiting for a Park Planning Technician position. This employment list may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra-help (temporary) positions as they occur during the active status of the list. Qualified county employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitmentThe Civil Service title for this position is Planning Technician. 




Minimum Qualifications


Education: Any combination of education and training which would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, academic course work in land use planning, economics, geography, landscape architecture or architecture, environmental studies, and/or closed related courses, would provide this opportunity.

Experience: Any combination of work experience and training which clearly demonstrates possession of the required knowledge and abilities. Normally, some experience in a public or private agency performing activities related to land use planning or park planning, would provide this opportunity.

License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including necessary special endorsements, as required by the State of California may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


Knowledge of: the principles and practices concerning basic statistical and analytical research and report writing; the operations and functions of county government; zoning and subdivision ordinances, environmental review requirements and procedures, application procedures and requirements to complete related forms; park planning principles, techniques and terminology; written and oral communications, including language mechanics, syntax and English composition; the use of electronic information equipment and systems and programs related to land use and park development.

Ability to: plan, organize and carry through research projects effectively; perform research and basic analysis of various land use planning; utilize electronic information systems and analyze and interpret such information; analyze and interpret a wide variety of data; understand, interpret and apply rules, regulations and ordinances, including federal and state and legislation; follow oral and written instructions; establish and maintain effective working relationships with management, co-workers and the general public; understand elementary map drafting and aerial photographs and maps.


Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying


  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application and should be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.