Airport Planner

Website Sacramento County Department of Airports

The position reports to a Senior Airport Planner in the Planning and Environment Section. The Airport Planner serves in a lead role in developing comprehensive plans and programs and specified technical studies for utilization of land and physical facilities by the Department of Airports.  The Airport Planner serves as project lead on a variety of projects, and exercises initiative, technical proficiency, and judgment while working with staff form across the organization.  This position has both strategic and operational responsibilities to ensure the success of the Sacramento County Department of Airports. The Board of Supervisors recently approved an update to the Airport Master Plan for Sacramento International Airport, and this position will be directly involved in bringing Master Plan projects forward for implementation.  The Department of Airports is updating its Sustainability Management Plan and this position will support that priority task as well.

Planning and Environment Section

The  Planning and Environment Section of the Sacramento County Department of Airports is responsible for development and updating of airport master plans, airport layout plans, airport land use compatibility plans, passenger and operations demand forecasts and coordinates with other sections on the Department’s annual Capital Improvement Program and the annual submission to the FAA of the Airport Capital Improvement Program for consideration for federal and state grants.  The section is also responsible for project environmental review under  state and federal environmental regulations, sustainability planning and program coordination, noise management  and hazardous wildlife management.  Airport Planners will have the opportunity to work in a variety of planning, environmental and sustainability disciplines.


Applying principles, practices and techniques of airport planning and local, state and federal laws and regulations relating to airport development, operation and environmental compliance and sustainability.

Monitoring and incorporating current trends and statistics affecting airport planning.

Collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and evaluating data relating to planning for airport development and airspace capacity.

Coordinating with staff or consultants to appropriately consider environmental review and sustainability requirements for planning projects.

Communicating effectively in writing and orally with private and public officials and consultants on a variety of technical topics.

Prepares comprehensive reports and presentations on airport planning issues.

Provide technical support and/or coordination with the Senior Airport Planner and to other airport sections as needed.


Two years experience in the class of Airport Technical Assistant in Sacramento County service.


Four years of experience in airport or transportation planning.


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