(Series Specification)

Class Code:

TM4, TM6, TM8, TM/9



Date Originated:


Date Revised:




Under direction, reviews land development applications for conformance with environmental and general plan policies; conducts resource and environmental planning studies; assists in administering environmental, resource related grant programs, construction projects, and cannabis registration and licensing application analyses; and to do other work as required.


This class series is distinguished from the professional planning series by specialized assignments and by required scientific knowledge and training.

Resource Planner I is the trainee level for the professional resource planner series. Incumbents initially work under general supervision and, as experience is gained, they perform a broader range of duties and are expected to advance to the Resource Planner II level within one year.

Resource Planner II is the journey level class in the resource planner series. Incumbents independently perform professional environmental and resource planning assignments with limited supervision. This class differs from Resource Planner I in the complexity of work and level of independence in completing assignments which generally include the evaluation of biologic, geologic and related environmental issues.

Resource Planner III is the senior or advanced journey level in the resource planning series. Positions in this class are responsible for complex long-range environmental and resource planning studies, analyses or project review in the fields of watershed management, water quality, water resources, solid waste management, geology, flood control, erosion control or related disciplines.

Resource Planner IV is the department resource and specific subject area expert in the Resource Planner series. Incumbents work under general direction to perform the most controversial and technically complex environmental and resource planning assignments; ensure quality assurance standards are maintained for resource planning studies; track, monitor and advocate legislation; develop policy; and may serve as project leader on multifaceted programs. Incumbents in this class receive administrative supervision from a Supervising Planner or Principal Planner. They receive technical supervision from a Principal Planner because of their technical expertise and responsibility for the most controversial and technically complex assignments.




Resource Planner I

Some knowledge of the laws, ordinances and regulations relating to resource planning.

Resource Planner II


Resource Planner III

Working knowledge of laws and regulations related to resource planning and environmental protection. Resource Planner IV

Ability to:

Resource Planner I

Resource Planner II

All of the above plus:

Resource Planner III

All of the above plus:

Provide leadership to team efforts.

Resource Planner IV

All of the above plus:

Training and Experience: Any combination of training and experience, which would provide the required knowledge and abilities, is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Resource Planner I Two years experience in a public or private land use agency/firm plus completion of 12 semester units of college coursework in an above field or a closely related field. 


Possession of a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with a major in natural, physical or environmental sciences or a closely related field.

Resource Planner II One year of demonstrated professional resource planning experience equivalent to a Resource Planner I at Santa Cruz County. 


Possession of a Master in Science Degree from an accredited college or university with a major in natural, physical or environmental sciences or a closely related field. A degree program that includes an internship in a public planning agency in highly desirable.

Resource Planner III One year of journey level resource planning experience equivalent to a Resource Planner II at Santa Cruz County.

Resource Planner IV One year of journey level resource planning experience equivalent to a Resource Planner III at Santa Cruz County.


Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to provide suitable transportation which is approved by the appointing authority