Job Posting: Permit Analyst/Planner

CA Coastal Commission

Permit Analyst/Planner

$5,652.00 - $7,079.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

This is a full-time position that is being offered for a limited-term duration (i.e., 12 months initially). It is possible that the limited-term duration could be extended (i.e., up to 24 months), or that the position is made permanent and it would no longer be duration-limited.

The California Coastal Commission is seeking a talented addition to its North Central Coast District Office team located in San Francisco. The North Central Coast District covers the coastal zone from Sonoma though San Mateo Counties, a distance of nearly 300 miles occupied by seven local cities and counties. The Coastal Commission is a small State agency that is charged with protecting coastal resources and managing coastal development in California. The mission of the Commission is to implement the Coastal Act and to provide for the balanced use of the coastal zone and to protect, restore, and enhance coastal resources for the continuing benefit of current and future generations. Employees at the Commission enjoy working on a broad range of issues to plan for and manage coastal land and water uses while protecting important coastal resources, including wetlands, habitats that support rare and endangered species, scenic landscapes and public views, and public shoreline access and recreation opportunities. The Commission’s staff includes dedicated planners, scientists, attorneys, biologists, engineers, and administrative staff.

  • Review coastal development permit applications for conformity with California Coastal Act requirements
  • Analyze coastal land use plans and zoning ordinances prepared by cities and counties in the coastal zone for conformity with California Coastal Act requirements
  • Prepare written recommendations to the Commission on permit applications and other matters
  • Review permittee compliance with the terms and conditions of previously approved coastal permits
  • Monitor the coastal regulatory and planning programs of assigned cities and counties, and participate in local processes through means such as commenting on proposed developments under review at the local level and assisting local government planners in interpretation of California Coastal Act and Local Coastal Program (LCP) policies
  • Provide information to permit applicants and members of the public regarding the Commission’s regulatory and planning programs
  • Take a proactive approach to identifying and solving problems of LCP interpretation and implementation
  • Perform miscellaneous other tasks, including analyzing the environmental impacts of projects in the coastal zone; interpreting aerial photographs and mapped information; visiting the sites of coastal projects; and attending meetings with local, state, and federal government agencies
  • Support public participation and public outreach
  • Prepare and present effective oral presentations
  • Work on grant-funded projects

Note that some travel and fieldwork is required, and duties will be adjusted commensurate with the level at which the position is filled.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Additional Documents

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Permit Analyst/Planner
$5,652.00 - $7,079.00
$3,800.00 - $4,318.00 A
$3,921.00 - $4,672.00 B
$4,701.00 - $5,885.00 C
# of Positions:
Work Location:
San Francisco County
Job Type:
12 Month Limited Term - Full Time

Department Information

The Coastal Commission values diversity at all levels of the organization and is committed to fostering an environment in which employees from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive. We believe the diversity of our employees and their unique ideas inspire innovative solutions to further our mission of protecting and enhancing California’s coast and ocean for present and future generations.

Application Instructions

Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.
Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

CA Coastal Commission
Attn: Human Resources
455 Market St. Suite 228
San Francisco, CA 94105

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

CA Coastal Commission
Human Resources
455 Market St. Suite 228
San Francisco, CA 94105
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Resume is required and must be included.
  • Statement of Qualifications -

    discussing how your knowledge, skills, and abilities align with the qualifications of this position (2 pages or less);

  • Other -

    a writing sample (5 pages or less if possible)

  • Other -

    a minimum of three professional references

Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

Desirable Qualifications

In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:
  • Knowledge of the California Coastal Act, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), current state planning law, and principles and practices of land use planning
  • A background in planning, law, environmental studies, resource management, or closely related fields
  • Experience with environmental justice and tribal consultation
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to research and creatively explore complex coastal resource issues
  • Rigorous issue identification and pro-active problem-solving skills
  • Effective writing and verbal communication skills, and the ability to work both independently and as a team member
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with local, state and federal agency officials


Benefit information can be found on the CalHR website and the CalPERS website.

Contact Information

The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Human Resources Contact:
James McCunn
(415) 904-5432

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
Melanie Wong
(415) 904-5433
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.


This is a 12-month limited term position with the possibility of extension becoming permanent..

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.