Location: Fresno, California

Planner III

Professional Areas: Community Development, Community Engagement, Land-Use Management, Management, Public Policy, Public/Nonprofit Administration, Zoning Administration

Experience Level: Mid-Level

Salary: $5,453 - $6,606 Monthly

The City of Fresno is currently recruiting for a Planner III in the Long Range Planning Division of the Planning and Development Department. With a population of 520,000, Fresno is the 5th largest city in California and 34th most populous in the United States. Its beautiful location in the agricultural heartland of the state and at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountain range makes it an ideal location for those who enjoy great food and outdoor recreation. A historic Downtown, walkable pre-war neighborhoods, and manicured contemporary neighborhoods offer living arrangements for every taste. In recent years Fresno has been a leader in urban planning in California, instituting an infill-oriented General Plan, innovative form-based codes, streetscape improvements, 19 miles of Bus Rapid Transit service, and an effective Downtown revitalization strategy.

Planner III is the advanced working class in the professional planning series of the Development and Resource Management Department. Development and Resource Management is responsible for coordinating the preparation of final project reports of survey and planning activities, including preliminary engineering design and cost estimates, and planning analyses and proposals. Incumbents in this class perform the most complex planning duties including population estimates, social statistics, land use, and economic growth. Incumbents may also provide lead direction and training to subordinate Planners. The class differs from Supervising Planner in that incumbents of the latter have full supervisory responsibility of a section within the department. Under general supervision, compiles, analyzes, and interprets data related to the more complex social, economic, population, and land use trends; prepares written reports on the most complex planning matters and elements of the General Plan; and may provide lead direction and training to lower level employees.


  • Compiles, analyzes, and interprets complex data related to social, economic, population, and land use trends.
  • Prepares written reports on a variety of complex planning matters and elements of the General Plan.
  • Participates in the preparation of graphic materials, comprehensive reports, or special reports concerned with planning issues and elements of the General Plan.
  • Prepares information and provides assistance to governmental agencies and individual citizens on matters relating to planning issues, property use regulations, and other planning functions.
  • Conducts special studies of land use, land economics, urban design, and other factors related to planning or zoning.
  • May provide lead direction and training to subordinate employees.
  • May attend meetings of the Planning Commission and City Council to advise, observe, present testimony, and assist in their deliberations.
  • Conducts research and studies leading to the preparation of reference standards and criteria for environmental controls, site utilization, urban growth, and the provision of urban services.
  • Works with citizen groups in the development, review, and implementation of Community Plans and planning policies.
  • Performs related duties as required

TO QUALIFY, an applicant must have: 

EDUCATION: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in urban planning, architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, geography or related field;


EXPERIENCE: Three (3) years of experience equivalent to a professional planner within a planning agency. Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.