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Recruitment #1212PM-02806-01

DATE OPENED:     12/20/2012 10:30:00 AM
JOB TYPE:      Open
FILING DEADLINE:     12/28/2012 11:59:00 PM
SALARY:     $3,386 - $4,118/month
City of San Luis Obispo
DEPARTMENT:     Planning & Building

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Conditional employment offers are based on successful completion of any pre-appointment background investigation, drug testing, and medical/psychological evaluation.

ABOUT THE POSITION: Under general supervision, performs a variety of paraprofessional duties in support of the Planning and Building department; receives, reviews and processes permits and applications; provides information to Planning and Building staff and the public; and performs other related work as required.

The eligible list resulting from this recruitment will be used to fill permanent positions, limited term positions, substitute positions, and/or temporary help positions.   Please be certain to clearly articulate the conditions of employment that you are willing to accept as a candidate.  These conditions of employment are located in section 11 of the employment application.

There are currently two Land Use Technician vacancies that are being filled from this recruitment.  The current vacancies are limited term positions that are funded by a grant from utility companies through June of 2014.  Incumbents will conduct outreach and education on programs related to the marketing component for the Energy Watch Partnership (EWP).  These positions will also support the Innovator Pilot program which is funded by a grant from PG&E.  Experience in marketing and outreach of energy programs is highly desired.  While the eligible list will be initially used for the current two vacancies, it will remain in effect for a minimum of six months to fill possible other vacancies in any Land Use Technician position.


(Not in order of importance)

·         Provides information to builders, architects, engineers, contractors and the public about the construction permit, land use permit and land division application processes as well as construction inspection procedures and fees; directs applicants to appropriate individuals, agencies, or other sources necessary to complete the application process; notifies applicants of application status.

·         Checks land use and land division applications for basic compliance with submittal requirements; coordinates the processing of applications.

·         Reviews construction permit, land use permit and land division application packages for appropriate approvals.

·         Calculates and reviews permit fees, collects fees and issues receipts; issues permits following established guidelines.

·         Completes planning and building review approval process on plot and site plans to ensure code compliance; resolves moderately complex issues of compliance; reviews and approves plans and accompanying documents on over-the-counter permits; routes information to appropriate divisions within the department and outside agencies.

·         Conducts research and provides land use, building and zoning information including land use development, permit history, contractor information and other technical information and data.

·         Provides and interprets information from maps, easements and recorded information.

·         Performs general administrative and technical duties in support of the Planning and Building Department; prepares a variety of written correspondence, reports and other written materials; distributes to departmental staff and various governmental offices.

·         Conducts a range of related document control functions such as file, review, organize, index, scan and electronically archive building and land use permits and other related documents; files and catalogues maps, photos and other planning exhibits and documents.

·         Assists in the maintenance of data in the permit tracking system, website and other information systems in the department; operates standard office equipment including computer and assigned software.


Knowledge of:

·         Methods and techniques of public contact and problem resolution

·         Office operations, including record keeping and general clerical procedures

·         Topographic maps and construction drawings

·         Basic computer software including those applications pertinent to the Planning and Building Department

·         Applicable Federal, State and local laws, codes, regulations, policies, technical processes, procedures, and requirements related to building, engineering, land use, and/or urban planning, sufficient to answer questions and provide information to the public; applicable building codes, zoning and related laws and regulations

·         Business mathematics and basic statistical techniques

·         Planning and Building Department office organization, procedures and standards as well as strategic direction and goals; basic organization, procedures, operation and services of local government

·         Current technological developments and industry trends in area of expertise

·         Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy

·         Oral and written communication skills

Ability to:

·         Understand and explain department policies, procedures, fees and basic planning and building codes and regulations to the public, permit applicants and staff

·         Read and interpret simple construction plans and specifications, site plans and tentative maps

·         Locate property based on legal descriptions or assessor parcel information

·         Understand and apply construction codes and ordinances and land use regulations

·         Calculate square footage, fees and/or penalties from plans, and fees for zoning permit applications

·         Perform detailed, technical and specialized planning and zoning and/or permit support work

·         Perform a full range of office and administrative support duties

·         Operate an automated permit tracking system, including entering accurate application information, completing permit “signoff,” and calculating fees; operate a computer and assigned office equipment

·         Effectively prioritize workload in an environment of regular interruption

·         Maintain record keeping and filing systems

·         Establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, county staff, property owners, developers, architects, engineers, contractors and the public

·         Accurately perform basic mathematical and statistical calculations

·         Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing

·         Embrace and follow the Planning and Building department’s policies, goals, guiding principles and Mission-Vision-Values Statements

·         Foster a spirit of teamwork and support when interacting with staff and others

·         Maintain a safe and orderly work area


Either A: Two (2) years of clerical level experience in planning, building, public works, construction, and/or a closely related field; OR B: Two (2) years of closely related coursework (60 semester units or 90 quarter units) at an accredited college or university; OR C:  Any combination of the abovementioned experience or college level coursework that equals two years.  (Possession of a current International Code Council (ICC) Permit Technician Certificate may substitute for one year of the required education/experience).

LICENSES/CERTIFICATES:  A valid driver license may be required at the time of application.  When a driver license is a condition of employment, a valid CALIFORNIA driver license is required at the time of appointment and must be maintained throughout employment.

IN ADDITION:  This class specification generally describes the duties and responsibilities characteristic of the position(s) within this class. Duties of a particular position within a multi-position class may vary from the duties of other positions within the class. Accordingly, the essential functions of a particular position (whether it be a multi-position class or a single-position class) will be identified and used by medical examiners and hiring authorities in the selection process. If you have questions regarding the duties or the working conditions of the position, please contact the Human Resources Department.

AGENCY SHOPEmployees hired into the Public Services, Supervisory and Clerical bargaining units represented by SLOCEA labor contracts are covered by Agency Shop provisions which require that new employees become SLOCEA dues paying members or pay an agency shop service fee in lieu of dues.

NOTIFICATION:  Applicants will be notified 2-4 weeks after the final filing deadline.

However, some recruitments may take less or more time depending on the type of exam and number of applicants. Notifications will be posted on-line on the Applicant Status Board for each phase of the recruitment process and will be sent by US mail and/or email.  Therefore, notify the Human Resources Department of any mailing or email address changes for all applications submitted.

SELECTION PROCESSThe examination process will include a competitive examination consisting of an evaluation of job-related education and experience through one of the following methods of testing:  A) competitive application rating, based solely on application information presented OR B) oral board rating as determined by an interview panel OR C) application screening and an oral board rating OR D) any combination thereof.  In any case, the evaluation will be weighted 100% in determining a candidate’s placement on the eligible list.  Applicants are urged to submit sufficiently detailed information in their application materials for proper qualification evaluation.   The hiring department will be provided a list of the top nine ranks of eligible candidates and one additional rank for each vacancy. The hiring department may hire any of the candidates certified to the department.  Veterans and disabled veterans preference points will be assigned when applicable. Please note: any part of this selection process may be waived or changed as deemed appropriate by the Human Resources Department at any point during the recruitment. Eligible lists may be used to fill regular, limited term or temporary positions.

PENSION BENEFIT INFORMATIONEffective January 1, 2013 the Public Employees' Pension Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA or AB340), makes substantial changes to public employee pension plans. PEPRA impacts the pension benefits of current employees (employees hired on or before 12/31/12) and all future hires (those hired on or after 1/1/13).  Please refer to our website for additional information including summary of impacts and FAQs at:

Should you have additional questions, please contact Human Resources staff at 805.781.5959 or

Note:  Those employees with reciprocity who are returning or entering into SLO County employment within a 6 month break in service, may be eligible to enter into the SLO County pension plan that was in existence for new hires as of December 31, 2012 for that bargaining unit.  Contact Pension Trust (805.781.5465 or for specific questions related to reciprocity.   All other questions should be directed to HR.

OTHER PROVISIONSNew employees are required to complete an INS Employment Eligibility Verification form to certify citizenship or legal residency and authorization to work. Essential functions of a job for purposes of the Americans with Disabilities Act will be determined prior to the filling of each vacant position. A reasonable effort will be made to accommodate the needs of the disabled and the religious needs of an applicant. If you require special arrangements to participate in the recruitment process, you must inform the County Human Resources Department in writing of the type and extent of accommodation no later than the final filing deadline.