Napa County
Job Category
Work Schedule
Job Closing Date
Job Open until Filled
Job Description



$83,699.20 - $115,481.60 Annually



Napa, CA


Job Type

Full Time


Job Number




Planning, Building & Environmental Services


Opening Date



Closing Date

2/9/2024 5:00 PM Pacific


Napa County is home to 140,000 residents who share a strong sense of community and a legacy of preserving and protecting our rich agricultural heritage.


Located in the heart of California's preeminent wine region, the Napa Valley is also part of the dynamic San Francisco Bay Metropolitan Area. With its sunny Mediterranean climate and proximity to the mountains and ocean, the Valley offers residents easy access to virtually unlimited shopping, dining, cultural and recreational opportunities.


The Napa Valley's strategic location, natural and cultural resources, history of responsible land use planning and attractive quality of life provide the ideal mix of small town living and big city amenities.


Napa County as an Employer


As an organization, Napa County is dedicated to improving the lives of our citizens and reflecting the best of the community's values: Respect, Accountability, Dedication, Integrity and Innovation. Learn more https://www.countyofnapa.org/721/Working-for-Napa-County.


The Position


The Department of Planning, Building, and Environmental Services (PBES) serves our community by enforcing a fair, efficient, and open process that balances the diverse needs of agriculture, the economy, health and safety, and the environment. As a member of PBES you will work alongside employees from the following PBES Divisions: Planning, Building, Code Enforcement, Engineering, Environmental Health, Natural Resources, Parks, and Staff Services.


Learn more about PBES https://www.countyofnapa.org/589/Planning-Building-Environmental-Services.


About the Position


The Planner is a flexibly staffed job series performing a full range of professional activities within the Sustainability Division of the Planning, Building and Environmental Services Department. The difference in Planner levels depends on the complexity of the assignments and degree of independent judgment and responsibility required. The Planner I works under close supervision and perform the para-professional and less complex professional planning assignments. The Planner II is the journey level of the series and works under general supervision, while performing difficult, varied and complex professional 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 planning level staff.


Specific duties to be performed by selected candidate for the “Planner I/II – Sustainability” position include: Participates in regional committees to develop and execute strategies for implementing the Bay Area Regional Energy Network’s (BayREN) single-family, multi-family, commercial, codes & standards, municipal zero net energy, and green labeling programs. Assists with the development, implementation, coordination, and evaluation of BayREN, Green Business and sustainability programs/projects. Assists in the preparation of reports and recommendations on opportunities within BayREN (for example: electrification vs energy efficiency for moderate income residents). Plans and facilitates informational workshops for residents, property owners, business owners and managers, municipal staff, real estate professionals, and other stakeholders both online and in person related to energy efficiency, electrification, and rebates for the public. Provides outreach and technical information to the public, contractors, elected officials and staff. Develops content for a wide range of communication platforms including reports, social media, websites, videos, business letters, brochures, fliers, and other outreach tools. Monitors and evaluates effectiveness of comprehensive outreach activities, including websites, surveys, public education, training, and media activities. Serves as a representative of the County on boards, committees and community groups. Assists with research and preparation of work plans and grant applications including budget estimates and timeframes. Develops relationships with community partners such as community-based organizations, real estate professionals, home contractors, and others to expand opportunities for collaboration.


The ideal Candidate


Strong analytical skills and proficient in conducting research, data analysis and utilizing tools to evaluate and interpret data.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills to effectively convey planning concepts and present findings.

Ability to work collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams.

Strong problem-solving abilities to identify issues, propose creative solutions, and evaluate the planning initiatives.

Strong organizational skills to manage multiple projects, meet deadlines, and prioritize tasks effectively.

Detail oriented and ability to analyze data accurately.

This recruitment is being conducted to fill one full-time vacancies in the Planning, Building, and Environmental Services Department. The list established by this recruitment may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, limited term, and extra help vacancies for up to one year.




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:




$40.24 - $48.09 Hourly

$3,219.20 - $3,847.20 Biweekly

$6,974.93 - $8,335.60 Monthly

$83,699.20 - $100,027.20 Annually


Option 1


Graduation from an accredited college or university with bachelor's degree in city, regional, land use or environmental planning, or related field.


Option II


Two years of the experience providing planning information to the public and processing administrative permits such as sign permits, temporary trailer permits, home occupations, event permits and ABC compliance checks.





Graduation from an accredited college with an associate's degree in city, regional, land use or environmental planning or possession of a planning certification from an accredited college or professional planning association.


Option III


Four years of the experience providing planning information to the public and processing administrative permits such as sign permits, temporary trailer permits, home occupations, event permits and ABC compliance checks.




$46.39 - $55.52 Hourly

$3,711.20 - $4,441.60 Biweekly

$8,040.93 - $9,623.47 Monthly

$96,491.20 - $115,481.60 Annually




Two years professional experience in the planning, natural resources, water resources or sustainability/energy field.




Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in city, regional, land use or environmental planning, environmental policy, environmental science, hydrogeology or related field.


License or Certificate for Planner I & II:


Possession of a valid California Driver's License.


The Recruitment Process


Application Deadline 5:00 pm (PST) on February 9, 2024

Application Screening By February 12, 2024

Supplemental Questions Scoring By February 16, 2024

Supplemental questions will be scored by the subject matter experts. Only the most qualified applicants from the scoring of the supplemental questions will be invited for an Oral Panel Interview.

Oral Panel Interview Week of February 26, 2024 (Tentative)

Establish Eligibility List By March 4, 2024

Only the most qualified candidates from the oral panel exam 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

To view the full job description, including the example of duties, please click Planner I or Planner II.


Napa County employees automatically become Disaster Service Workers. This means that when Napa County experience emergencies (earthquakes, wildfire, power outage, etc.) you may be asked to pivot from your regular duties to provide critical services to those affected by the emergency (Cal. Gov. Code § 3101.)



Learn more about the benefits package for this position HERE.


ADA Accommodation

Applicants requiring accommodation during the application and/or selection process pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Act should contact County of Napa Human Resources at (707) 253-4303.


Napa County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.