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Assistant Planner

Indian Wells, CA, USA
The City of Indian Wells, with just over 5,100 full-time residents, is a premier resort destination located in the heart of the Coachella Valley. The community features top tier retail options, restaurants and services more common to highly urban areas. Yet, the Valley offers a cost of living far lower than other areas in California. The result – a great opportunity to enjoy a high quality of life at a more affordable price. The school districts are recognized under the State’s Gold Ribbon Schools Awards Program, California Distinguished Schools Program, and as one of “America’s Healthiest Schools.” Indian Wells is within a 20-minute drive of Palm Springs International Airport, and two hours to Los Angeles and San Diego.

The City organization operates under a contract model with 28 full-time employees who manage contracts for many of the high-quality services provided to residents. The City is a Council/Manager City with five Council Members elected at large. This model provides fiscal stability and enables the City to respond quickly to change. An operating budget of approximately $40 million annually is
backed by $65 million in reserves, allowing Indian Wells to implement exciting projects and events.

The employee culture of Indian Wells is focused on developing employee excellence to match the demands of a community with high expectations. Staff follows a city-wide team dynamic and shares ideas to develop solutions to special projects. Significant resources are available to support employee training, and participation in professional association is encouraged to both enhance
employee capability and ensure identification of best practices to be implemented in the City. The City is committed to information technology and leverages software to create efficiency and provide a high level of customer service.

The Assistant Planner performs a variety of professional, technical, and routine to complex planning activities including review of development and land use applications, zoning, use permits, and environmental review. The position provides assistance to the public regarding regulations, standards, and the development review process; in addition to preparing written
project analysis, staff reports, makes presentations to the Architecture and Landscape Committee and Planning Commission, and assists with the preparation of City resolutions and ordinances.

This position requires a Bachelor’s degree with a major in urban and regional planning or closely related field and one (1) year of professional public planning experience. Knowledge and use of Geographic Information System (GIS) software is highly desirable. For full job description, visit


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City of Indian Wells
44950 Eldorado Drive
Indian Wells, CA, 92210 USA
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