Full Time

Compensation – commensurate with experience

Wynn Coastal Planning is seeking an Environmental Planner for Private Consulting Firm located in Fort Bragg California, a small town coastal area of Mendocino County, located in Northern California. The firm handles both private, commercial and public agency clients as a permit facilitator, advisor, and advocate for quality development.

We are seeking a full time, Assistant or Junior Planner (Planner I or Planner II), who could be described as either entry-level within their professional planning career, or a near or full journey level professional who can “hit the ground running” to assist in a growing practice. Applicants must be up for the challenge of navigating the complexities of the California Coastal Zone regulations, which includes easing the anxieties of clients required to comply with such regulations.

Our small firm is casual but professional. We maintain levity and a work/life balance, but always focus on delivering the utmost quality of service to our clients for projects both within Mendocino County and beyond.

Typical Functions

Planner II (includes Planner I Functions)

  • Assists private clients (and some government agencies) in seeking permit entitlements for land development
  • Interprets and applies applicable state, county and local codes, ordinances and regulations
  • Prepares development permit applications for a wide variety of projects including residential, commercial, and civic projects
  • Assesses codes, standards and requirements to facilitate development projects
  • Conducts extensive research in specific or general project areas including assessment of project needs such as supporting reports and analysis of development impacts
  • Writes, interprets and/or presents formal and technical reports, working papers, and correspondence in support of such projects
  • Recommends priorities, schedules, and strategies in the permit process

Planner I Functions

  • Reviews or assists in the review of moderately difficult development proposals and
    site plans for conformance with codes, plans, and regulations
  • Evaluates or assists in the evaluation of rezonings, ordinance amendments, site
    plans, special use permits, variances and other client proposals
  • Prepares development permit applications and submittals for a wide variety of
    projects including residential, commercial, and civic projects
  • Assists in resolving client issues
  • Oversees the work of consultants, technicians and interns
  • Conducts field evaluations and assessments
  • Attends meetings, both private and public to advance projects, sometimes in the

Typical Knowledge

Planner II (includes Planner I Knowledge)

  • Well-developed knowledge of planning principles and practices
  • In-depth knowledge of environmental planning
  • Knowledge of or experience in relevant Local, State and Federal law and programs
  • Knowledge of computer hardware and software programs, which includes Microsoft
    Office, Internet applications; econometric or transportation modeling, database
    management, and/or GIS a plus

Planner I Knowledge

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of planning
  • Knowledge of a relevant specialization such as transportation, land use, or affordable
    housing is desired
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of research and data collection
  • Knowledge of effective writing techniques
  • Statistical, algebraic, or geometric knowledge and ability to apply such knowledge in
    practical situations
  • Knowledge of computer hardware and software programs, which may include
    Microsoft Office, Internet applications, and GIS

Typical Skills

Planner I & II

  • Oral communication and interpersonal skills to present research findings to clients
    and various boards and committees
  • Creative problem-solving skills to gather relevant information to solve vaguely defined
    practical problems
  • Ability to review plans and apply provisions of the ordinances and codes to determine
    compliance with such regulations and to apply regulations to field conditions
  • Ability to create graphic designs, development strategies, and render site plans via
    sketches and/or computer graphics highly desirable.
  • Ability to work on several projects or issues simultaneously and be cognizant of due
    dates and time lines
  • Ability to work independently or in a team environment as needed
  • Ability to attend to details while keeping big-picture goals in mind

Minimum Qualifications

The Planner II/Junior position requires a requires a master’s degree with two years of experience in the planning, land use and/or environmental planning profession; alternatively, a bachelor’s degree and four years of professional planning experience.

The Planner I/Assistant Planner position require a bachelor’s degree in planning, land use and/or environmental planning in addition to one year of planning experience.

A successful candidate should demonstrate the ability to adapt to new situations, including interpretation and counterpoint positions in a variety of areas. This position also requires an ability to demonstrate the ability grow professionally and to learn. It is also fundamental to have a sense of humor and perspective to look for bottom line advantage.


Commensurate with experience. Please inquire.


Send your resume, references, along with a narrative describing how you fit our needs and why you think you would enjoy working with us to: No phone calls, please.