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Planning Intern at City of Pico Rivera

Planning Intern

City of Pico Rivera Pico Rivera, CA Full-Time

Planning Intern

Temporary Internship Opportunity

No benefits; Not to exceed 28 hours/week

Not to Exceed Twelve (12) Months

The City of Pico Rivera's vision and values are to safeguard the public's trust through open and transparent business practices that consistently maintain our credibility of strong ethical stewardship of all resources. We strive to provide responsive and consistent customer service to the community and our employees; who we trust to always own the problem and solution of all our business challenges. We recognize that we must engage our workforce in productive and respectful dialogue as our success internally hinges on the dynamic and interdependent partnerships within; thus improving our chances of external success.

The goal is to positively impact our community by optimizing and engaging our workforce to improve the human experience and quality of life in the City of Pico Rivera. The City is committed to forging a model of 21st Century government to better serve the community and its employees.

The Department

The Community and Economic Development Department is comprised of the Economic Development, Planning, Building and Safety, Housing, Emergency Services, Code and Parking Enforcement Divisions. The Economic Development Division strives to provide retail opportunities, create diverse job opportunities, and assists in the fiscal stability of the City. The Planning Division is responsible for reviewing proposed development for compliance with the City's Zoning Ordinance and General Plan and planning long range strategies. The Building and Safety Division ensures safe construction practices are followed according to federal, state, County and local standards. The Housing Division includes the federal Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Program and administration of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). The Emergency Services Division staff ensures proper Emergency Operation Center (EOC) training and that the City is prepared for natural or man-made disasters. The Code Enforcement Division is responsible for enforcing the municipal codes that relate to residential and business property maintenance standards. The Parking Enforcement Division enforces all parking laws in the California Vehicle Code and Municipal Code.

The Position

Under the direction of the Deputy Director of Community & Economic Development or other appropriately designated staff, this position will perform entry-level work pertaining to Zoning Code application and interpretation. The successful candidate will be expected to assist with Planning Division counter activities and special projects while becoming experienced with plan reviews and the processing of ministerial applications. Exposure to a wide range of entry and journey-level Planning and related activities can be expected. This position is a temporary part-time paid internship, not to exceed one (1) year.

City Hall is open Monday through Thursday, 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM. Employees work a 4/10 schedule from 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM. This position could also be required to work non-traditional hours including nights, early mornings, weekends, and holidays based on the needs of the department.

Essential Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to:

* Assist the Principal and Assistant Planner(s) with professional and/or specialized services.
* Answer telephone inquiries and assist general public at the Planning counter with planning-related issues.
* Interpret and explain Zoning Code and General Plan policies to the business community and general public.
* Conduct surveys, research and compile data for special studies.
* Assist in maintaining the GIS system, temporary use permits, zoning consistency reviews, verify zoning and scanning.
* Design, ink, trace, and letter charts, graphs, maps, plans, etc. as necessary.
* Perform mathematical calculations to determine lot and building square footage, and lot coverage percentage.
* Prepare and update zone maps and other publications as necessary.
* Process Certificates of Occupancy applications and Home Occupation Permits.
* Review plans and related applications for compliance with City regulations.
* Perform related duties as assigned.


* Knowledge of terminology, methods, practices, and techniques of planning and drafting.
* Ability to perform arithmetic calculations; compose clear and grammatically correct correspondence.
* Utilize drafting equipment and prepare graphic displays.
* Utilize and interpret General Plan and Zoning Ordinance regulations with appropriate assistance.
* Review development plans and related applications.
* Exhibit effective customer service skills.
* Review over-the-counter applications; conduct surveys, and research and compile data for special studies.
* Process planning applications (certificates of occupancy, temporary use permits, fence permits, home occupation permits, etc.


Applicants must be currently enrolled in a recognized undergraduate or graduate level Planning degree program, and remain enrolled throughout the course of employment. (Applicants must submit proof of enrollment with application materials or via email to [ Email address blocked ] - Click here to apply to Planning Intern.)


* Experience in Planning or a related field and/or Municipal experience are desired.
* Bilingual in Spanish and work experience in a professional environment are also desired.


Position requires prolonged sitting, standing, walking, kneeling, squatting, and stooping in the performance of daily activities. The position also requires repetitive hand movement and fine coordination in preparing reports using a computer keyboard. The position also requires both near and far vision in reading written reports and work related documents. Acute hearing is required when providing phone and personal service. The nature of the work also requires the incumbent to drive motorized vehicles. The need to lift, drag and push files, paper, and documents weighing up to 25 pounds is also required.

Licenses and Certifications

* Must possess a valid California Class C Driver's License throughout the course of employment. City employees are registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles, Employee Pull Notice Program.
* Proof of car insurance (to be eligible for mileage reimbursement).

Veteran's credit will amount to 10 points to be added to the interview score. Proof of honorable discharge must be submitted with the application materials in order to be eligible for veteran's credit. Veterans who wish to utilize this credit must have served on a full-time basis (not reserve or auxiliary) in the armed forces for a minimum of six months (180 days).

TESTING: Written Exam - Qualifying; Oral Interview - 100%

Candidates must pass a qualifying test(s)/exercise(s) with a minimum passing score of 70% in order to proceed to the oral interview. Depending on the number of successful candidates, the City may consider only the top-ranking candidates for the oral interviews.

Oral Interview Examination: Will evaluate the candidates' experience, training, education, and abilities in relation to those factors which are essential for successful performance on the job.

Candidates must achieve a passing score in every component of the selection process in order to be placed on the eligible list.

FINAL FILING DATE: This recruitment will close by 11:59 p.m., Thursday, November 3, 2022.


All application materials must be submitted online prior to the final filing date. Based on a review of application materials, those applicants who are determined to be the best qualified will be invited to participate in the testing and selection process to further evaluate their job-related experience, education, knowledge, skills and abilities. Resumes will be accepted in addition to, but not in lieu of, the required application materials (such as a copy of high school diploma, G.E.D. equivalent, and/or typing certificate, if applicable). This is a competitive process; therefore, be thorough in your responses. All statements made on the application are subject to verification. False statements will be cause for disqualification, removal from the Eligibility List, or discharge from employment.

For more information regarding this recruitment, please email Human Resources, at [ Email address blocked ] - Click here to apply to Planning Intern.

Employees in this position are regularly scheduled to work up to 28 hours per week and are not eligible for inclusion in the regular, permanent employment service of the City and do not receive fringe benefits. Such employees serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority and are classified as at-will employees. The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provision contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice.

COVID Vaccination Requirement

To ensure the safety and well-being of our community the City of Pico Rivera requires that all employees and interns are vaccinated or have been approved for a qualifying medical or religious exemption and provide a weekly negative COVID-19 screening test result.

Physical/Background Check

Upon conditional offer the selected candidate will be subject to background and reference checks and will be required to satisfactorily complete a post offer physical examination including a drug screen at the City's expense. Not applicable for Promotion.

At-will Classification

Members in this job classification are considered at-will employees and serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority. The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provision contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice.

Emergency Disaster Worker

City employees are registered as an Emergency Disaster Worker and must take an oath. In the event of a declared emergency, City employees shall initially remain at work, or if recalled, shall report to work after completing critical personal and family emergency responsibilities.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The City of Pico Rivera is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, disability (mental and physical), legally protected medical condition (genetic characteristics), marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or any other bases protected by federal law (including but not limited to Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990) state or local law. The City of Pico Rivera does not discriminate or any other basis protected by law, in its employment policies or practices.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance

The City of Pico Rivera provides reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals under ADA, considering each situation on an individual basis. Individuals with qualified disabilities who need reasonable accommodation during the selection process must specify the accommodation needed, in writing, for the application and/or interview phase. If you have questions, please contact the Human Resources Department staff: [ Email address blocked ] - Click here to apply to Planning Intern.

City of Pico Rivera Human Resources, 6615 Passons Blvd., Pico Rivera CA 90660

Retirement - Hourly employees will be enrolled in the Nationwide 401(a) Plan. The City matches the employees' contribution of 3.75%. CalPERS members will be enrolled as a CalPERS member under the State of California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) at the 2% at 60 formula for current CalPERS members and 2% at 62 for new CalPERS Public Employees' Pension Reform Act (PEPRA) members, as defined by AB340. Effective July 1, 2022, PEPRA members pay 6.75% of the employees' portion to CalPERS. Current CalPERS members (Tier II) pay 7% of employee's portion to CalPERS. PERS determines whether an employee is a Classic or New PERS member.

The City of Pico Rivera does not participate in the Social Security system.

Sick Leave - 24 hours under the California Paid Sick Leave Law for employees working for at least 30 days within a year and satisfying a 90-day employment period.

Credit Union - Credit Union membership is available.

The City of Pico Rivera is an equal opportunity employer and supports workforce diversity.

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