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Historic Preservation Planner, City of Orange

Filing Deadline: 11/20/2022 11:59 PM Pacific

Job Posting Link:

Join the City of Orange Community Development Department as the Historic Preservation Planner!

The City hopes to fill this Historic Preservation vacancy at the Senior Planner level; however, may consider hiring at the Associate Planner level depending on the most suitable candidate's qualifications.


HISTORIC PRESERVATION PLANNER (SENIOR PLANNER LEVEL): Under general supervision, the Historic Preservation Planner administers complex current and advance planning activities, including serving as project manager for complex development applications and special projects involving historic resources. Performs a wide variety of activities to identify, preserve and protect historically and archeologically significant structures, sites, districts, and artifacts through various land use planning strategies, governmental programs, and financial incentives (Mills Act); provides information and assistance to City staff, property owners, developers, contractors, and the public related to best practices for the treatment of historic resources; provides complex and specialized professional assistance to Community Development Department management staff, the City Council, Planning Commission, Design Review Committee, and other boards and commissions in areas of expertise; oversees, reviews, and performs a variety of studies and prepares and presents staff reports; conducts internal and external training in the area of historic preservation; and performs related work as required.

ASSOCIATE PLANNER: Under direct and general supervision, performs various professional field and office planning work related to current and advance planning, including review of development and land use applications, zoning, site plans, and environmental documents; provides project management and administration; completes technical assessments and prepares written project analyses; provides environmental review and project analysis for Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) and special projects in advance planning; provides professional advice and assistance to the public on planning, community development, zoning, permits, and environmental review; provides complex professional staff assistance to the Community Development Department management staff, other departments, and the public in areas of expertise; performs a variety of studies and prepares and presents staff reports; and performs related work as required.


Receives general supervision from Community Development Department management staff. May exercise technical and functional direction over and provide training to lower-level staff.

Examples of Duties

Management reserves the right to add, modify, change or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.

Click here for the job description for Historic Preservation Planner (Senior Planner level).

Click here for the job description for Associate Planner.

Typical Qualifications

See the job descriptions referenced above to review the knowledge, skills, and abilities that qualified candidates will possess.

Education and Experience:

Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical and ideal way to obtain the required qualifications would be:


Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in urban planning, community development, architecture, archeology, historic preservation, business or public administration, or a related field; and five (5) years of professional experience in historic preservation, planning, zoning, and related community development activities. Candidates who meet the Secretary of the Interior's Professional Qualifications Standards in the areas of historic architecture, architectural history, architecture, or history are highly desirable.


Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in urban planning, community development, business or public administration, or a related field; and three (3) years of professional experience in planning, zoning, and related community development activities, or two (2) years of experience as an Assistant Planner at the City of Orange.

Licenses and Certifications:

Valid California class C driver license with satisfactory driving record and automobile insurance is required.

Supplemental Information

Physical Demands:

Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer, to inspect City development sites, including traversing uneven terrain, climbing ladders, stairs, and other temporary or construction access points; to operate a motor vehicle, and to visit various City and meeting sites; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person, before groups, and over the telephone. This is primarily a sedentary office classification although standing in work areas and walking between work areas may be required. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator and to operate standard office equipment. Positions in this classification occasionally bend, stoop, kneel, reach, push and pull drawers open and closed to retrieve and file information. Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push and pull materials and objects weighing up to 25 pounds.

Working Conditions:

This position requires regular and reliable attendance and the employee’s physical presence at the workplace. May be required to work various shifts, including, but not limited to, early mornings, evenings, weekends, and holidays, at a variety of City locations.

Environmental Elements:

Employees work in an office environment with moderate noise levels and controlled temperature conditions; but may occasionally work in the field and be exposed to loud noise levels, cold and hot temperatures, inclement weather conditions, road hazards, vibration, mechanical and/or electrical hazards, and hazardous physical substances and fumes. Employees may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures.

Disaster Service Worker:

All employees of the City of Orange are designated by both State law and City ordinance to be “Disaster Service Workers.” In the event of a declared emergency or any undeclared emergency or natural disaster that threatens the life, health and/or safety of the public, employees may be assigned to assist rescue and relief workers. Such assignments may be in locations, during hours and performing work significantly different from the employees’ normal work assignments and may continue through the recovery phase of the emergency.

City Mission, Vision, and Values:

Incumbents in all City positions are expected to exhibit the behavior characteristics reflected in the City's Mission, Vision, and Values statements in the performance of their duties: The City of Orange is committed to excellent service for our residents, businesses, and visitors. As an organization, the City of Orange is the leader in delivering the highest level of service to meet current and future needs of the community. The City's values include Teamwork, Integrity, and Excellence.

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