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Emergency Services Planner

Salary: $22.62-$27.61 hourly / $3,934-$4,803 monthly / Range: 5586

DEFINITION: Under general direction, prepares and revises emergency response plans for the County; responds to emergencies and coordinates emergency response efforts of participating agencies; designs and delivers related training support for County emergency service workers, community groups, private industry, and volunteers relative to local jurisdiction plans; and performs other related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Emergency Services Planners work within assigned programs that include: All Risk, Hazardous Materials, Oil and Gas, and Public Education. They work closely with other public and private agencies in their program areas and act with considerable independence within the Office of Emergency Services. Assignment within a program may depend on an incumbent's specialized knowledge and abilities.


1. Researches, develops, and revises County emergency response plans; analyzes local hazards and emergency preparedness; coordinates emergency services planning and program development within local public jurisdictions; responds in the event of disasters or other emergencies and coordinates emergency support requirements and resource allocation; assists local agencies with emergency response and training activities.
2. Monitors pertinent federal and state legislation and analyzes impact on county and city jurisdictions; reviews and determines impact of federal and state emergency plans and modifies local plans to ensure coordination.
3. Advises and assists local businesses, oil and gas industry, volunteer groups, schools, hospitals and special districts in emergency planning; researches, develops, and presents training on emergency preparedness planning and emergency services to emergency services workers, community groups, private industry, and volunteers; coordinates planning and response with local emergency response agencies; coordinates and implements public information and awareness programs as directed.
4. Develops emergency checklists and procedures manuals and maintains other records; prepares various narrative and statistical reports.
5. Acts as public information/staff duty officer on a rotational basis; serves as staff to County Emergency Operations Center as required.


1. One year of professional experience related to research, planning, administration, or operation of emergency planning and management activities, including responsibility for developing written plans and making policy recommendations to decision-makers; or,
2. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to the employment standard listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Additional Qualifications: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License and availability for emergency response are required.

Knowledge of: local government general responsibilities, goals and functions related to emergency management; types of hazards and their potential effects on the community and sensitive habitats; techniques of emergency response; basic principles of program planning and administration; methods of communication, publicity techniques, and media utilization; standard English usage and grammar.

Ability to: analyze complex information, draw conclusions, and make sound recommendations; read and interpret relevant local, state, and federal legislation; build effective working relationships with people within and outside the County organization; work with significant independence; communicate effectively in both oral and written formats to technical and lay personnel; make public presentations; understand and apply federal, state, and local emergency services regulations and procedures; effectively perform assigned tasks under conditions of considerable stress; represent the County with tact, diplomacy, and professionalism.

Desirable Qualifications: A bachelor's or associate's degree in geology, fire science, public administration, urban planning, natural resource management, or other related field is highly desirable; a certificate in emergency management, or its equivalent, issued by the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) or comparable, recognized association; the ability to speak fluently in English and Spanish.

Specializations: Within this classification there are three specializations: All Risk planning, Hazardous Materials planning, and Oil and Gas planning. Placement within a specialization may be dependent on related experience and education within the specialized field.

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