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ESA seeks a highly motivated CEQA/NEPA Planner to join us in Northern California. We are looking for team members with 6+ years of work experience, who have the intellectual curiosity and proactivity to support a variety of analyses and evaluations related to the environmental review of a wide range of water resources and water infrastructure projects throughout Northern California. This is a mid-level opportunity in our ever-growing team of professionals, focusing on CEQA and NEPA-related projects. This opportunity places a high value on collaboration, delivery, and desire to learn and grow.

Who We Are


ESA is a 100% employee-owned environmental consulting firm delivering work that matters.

We plan, design, permit, mitigate, and restore—for projects across our communities, infrastructure systems, open spaces, and wildlands.

Our scientists, planners, historians, archaeologists, engineers, designers, and technical specialists provide critical thinking, in-depth analyses, and committed follow-through to guide successful policy development and project planning and deliver enduring multi-objective solutions.

At ESA, we believe every employee has a unique combination of knowledge, skills, and experience that contributes to our success.

We value diversity and inclusion and celebrate the differences that make each of us unique. Our culture is built on mutual respect, recognizing that the collective sum of our individual differences and life experiences fosters our continued success and achievement for our employee-owners and our clients.

Collaborating with colleagues from a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives leads to better solutions and opportunities for everyone. We celebrate the differences—age, color, physical ability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, language, national origin, race, religion, veteran status, and other characteristics—that make each of us unique.

Who You Are


You are mid-level professional with a strong desire to grow and advance your career and to develop your project management skills.

You hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree with major course work in environmental planning, policy, and/or science; urban or natural/water resources planning; geography; or a related interdisciplinary field.

You have a minimum of 6 years of professional experience, at least some of which working in a consulting environment, with responsibilities including conducting research, analyzing impacts, and writing sections of reports. Experience as part of a management team and/or substantial technical analysis experience with the California Environmental Quality Act, National Environmental Policy Act, similar state/federal regulations, or preparation of resource-related permit applications is required.

You have experience working as a deputy project manager or project manager on some projects and work collaboratively with clients and interdisciplinary teams to deliver your projects on time and within budget and have tracked scopes, schedules and budgets.

You are known for preparing sections and documents that are clear, concise, well-written and supported and for your ability to present information understandably and speak persuasively about topics to colleagues, clients, agency staff, teaming partners, other project stakeholders and the general public.

You are an effective team member and communicator who contributes constructively and inclusively to solve project or team issues while working collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary environment. You are curious and interested in understanding your teammates, and your clients, needs and motivations.

You ideally have experience preparing analyses and evaluations related to the environmental review of water resources and water infrastructure projects in California.

What You Will Do for ESA


You will serve as project manager, deputy project manager, task manager, and/or contributing author for CEQA and NEPA documents for water resources and water facility -related projects in urban, suburban, and rural settings.

You will be responsible for coordinating, or assist in coordinating, tasks and project delivery schedules, handling project logistics, disseminating and maintaining related information and resources, assisting with budget tracking and invoicing, meeting with team members to gauge progress toward task completion, serving as the point person for team member or client questions, preparing or directing project research and analysis, supporting or leading public outreach efforts relating to environmental review, and delivering project assignments on time and within budget.

You will also consistently demonstrate your solid writing and attentive listening skills contributing to complex environmental reports. You will participate in and/or lead client meetings, and present information understandably and speak persuasively about complex topics to clients, agency staff, teaming partners, other project stakeholders and the general public.

You will lead or assist marketing and business development for selected tasks and/or projects of moderate complexity. These efforts will include having the responsibility for preparing scopes of work and budgets for proposals, providing technical input, and participating in interviews.

You will provide mentorship and support for more junior staff, including reviewing their work for accuracy and clarity, providing constructive feedback, career development guidance, and actively identify opportunities to highlight and celebrate the efforts of more junior staff. You may also serve as direct supervisor for more junior staff, based on your interest and experience in staff supervision.

You will thrive in a fast-paced, challenging environment and be able to manage multiple responsibilities and deadlines, while working on a team or independently.

What ESA Will Do for You

Joining ESA means becoming part of a close-knit team of environmental professionals who contribute to outstanding projects, improve environmental stewardship, and advance a more sustainable and resilient future for our communities and wild places.

At ESA, we spend our days helping to keep the environment in balance, and we want to help keep your life in balance too—by providing benefits such as medical, dental, and vision insurance (paid at 70% for you AND your family), a 401(k) plan with company match, an employee stock ownership program, and paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays, to name a few.

No matter what stage you are at in your career, we provide opportunities for continued growth, development, and recognition. Whether you want to further your technical expertise, sharpen your business acumen, or help lead the next generation of employee-owners, we want to support you in reaching your career goals, and we believe these efforts will not only benefit you, but will also benefit all ESA colleagues and clients. Specific programs we offer include tuition reimbursement, professional development bonuses, and attendance at conferences.

What’s Special About Our Northern California Water Team


Protecting precious water resources is more important and challenging than ever for today’s communities. The Northern California Water Team partners with clients to thoughtfully navigate these complexities. Our team provides integrated, enduring solutions for the supply and conveyance of treated and recycled water, as well as wastewater reuse, watershed management, and flood control.

We work with clients to address aging dams, reservoirs, and other infrastructure systems to keep up with demand of a growing population’s residential and agricultural needs. Our team makes resilience planning in the face of climate change—including historic weather events, drought conditions, flood control, and sea level rise considerations—a top priority for dependable, long-lasting investments to critical infrastructure improvements.

We value creative thinking, teamwork, and multi-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary engagement and integration. To read about some of the exciting projects we have recently completed, check out these links: LOS VAQUEROS PROJECT –, Pure Water Soquel


In accordance with ESA’s duty and responsibility to provide and maintain a safe workplace that is free of known hazards and to minimize the exposure to potential hazards, any employee who works from an ESA office or conducts any other in-person ESA work-related activity is required to submit their proof of vaccination status or have received an approved exemption and accommodation.


ESA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment. (EOE M/V/F/D)

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Mono County – Housing Opportunities Manager

Mono County, California (which has some of the most spectacular scenery in California) is conducting a nation-wide search for the position of Housing Opportunities Manager. The dynamic individual chosen for this position will work under the County Administrative Officer and is responsible for developing, implementing, and administering affordable low and moderate income, workforce, multi-family, single-family and homeless/special needs housing units in Mono County.  Core functions include initiating, developing, planning, organizing, directing, coordinating, implementing, and managing County housing projects and programs, initiated by the County or, when appropriate, by other public entities, non-governmental organizations, and private developers.  The ideal candidate is far more than a housing advocate. It is expected to produce tangible results relative to developing and championing realistic housing development and program proposals for consideration by the Board of Supervisors.

A Bachelor’s degree in public administration, business administration, urban planning, or a closely related field of study is required. This position requires a minimum of 5 years of increasingly responsible professional level experience involving affordable housing programs and/or similar development activities.  Mono County is offering a competitive salary of $99,950 – $121,004, DOQE.

This recruitment is open until filled.  For optimal consideration, interested candidates should apply by February 4, 2022 to Ralph Andersen & Associates by sending a compelling cover letter and a comprehensive resume to For confidential inquiries contact Doug Johnson at (916) 630-4900. Detailed brochure available at

Housing Program Manager

Are you looking for an exciting opportunity to make a real impact? Do you want to be part of a team working to make significant contributions to the local economy and quality of life? If yes, consider applying to be the Town of Truckee Housing Program Manager!  Please click here to view the recruitment flyer.

Workforce housing availability and affordability is one of our community’s biggest challenges. The Town of Truckee is leading the way with innovative housing solutions to address this challenge. The Housing Program Manager will oversee the administration and growth of the Truckee’s housing programs and work collaboratively to develop new programs, policies, and strategies.

The Town of Truckee is looking for a Housing Program Manager with experience in affordable housing, land-use planning, program management or a related field. The successful candidate will have exceptional creativity, enthusiasm, communication and project management skills. We are looking for someone who enjoys building positive, collaborative relationships with other Town departments and community partners to address our community’s housing needs.

Please click here for a complete job description.

What is great about being part of the Truckee Team.

The Town of Truckee offers great benefits including competitive pay, CalPERS retirement, health, dental, and vision, life insurance, vacation, sick leave, and thirteen paid holidays.  Please click here for a benefits summary.  Truckee is working hard to ensure that our staff are offered the best work environment including flexible work schedules, in-office dogs, and casual dress. Having the ability to enjoy your career with us, while making sure you have time to hit the slopes or kayak down the Truckee River is imperative to the Town of Truckee’s success!

How to apply

Please apply online at

About us

CivicMakers is a strategic consultancy and community of practitioners that believes in the power of inclusive, collaborative design. We envision a world where every person has the tools, skills, and capacities to advance collaborative decision-making, and every community has what they need to co-create solutions.

Our team of pragmatic optimists partners with governments, nonprofits, and mission-driven companies to unearth human insights and co-create solutions to public challenges. We specialize in strategic planning, community engagement and program and service design.

CivicMakers began as a way to bring people together around shared opportunities and challenges in the civic space, and has grown to be a leading human-centered design consultancy in the Bay Area and across California. With decades of interdisciplinary work with the public sector, our team approaches even the stickiest problems with thoughtfulness, rigor, and an open mind, building lasting relationships along the way. We know that when diverse voices are meaningfully engaged in decision-making, everyone benefits.

Our team is a small group of bright, curious, cross-disciplinary, super fun humans. We hold firm to the values of inclusion and equity, empathic listening, learning by doing, collaboration, and transparency. We are able to work fully remote in compliance with local public health guidelines, and have an office in San Francisco’s sunny Mission District.

Job Description

We are seeking a self-directed, detail-oriented, civically-minded individual who wants to apply their communications, marketing and graphic design skills to improve public outreach and engagement.

The Communications & Engagement Associate will work closely with the core team on the development and execution of communications, marketing, and outreach campaigns, both for our clients and for our company. You will also support community engagement for a number of client projects, such as coordinating online workshops, administering digital engagement platforms, and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data. This is an excellent opportunity for someone with a strong communications or marketing background looking to do meaningful work at the leading edge of civic innovation while expanding their skills in community outreach and engagement.

What you will do

You will apply your skills in two primary areas:

  • Communications and engagement for CivicMakers to further our growing community of civic innovators and to promote our work as a consulting firm.
  • Communications, outreach & engagement for our Clients to support complex, inspiring projects in the public sector (around the Bay Area and beyond).

Below is a sampling of the kinds of tasks you can expect. These are subject to change and evolve, just like the nature of our field.

Communications & Marketing for CivicMakers

  • Co-create communications and marketing campaigns
  • Copy-edit, proofread, and revise marketing, outreach, and thought leadership communications (case studies, white papers, newsletter content, blog posts, etc.)
  • Produce marketing and outreach collateral
  • Design and implement targeted/automated marketing and social media campaigns
  • Manage the production of our twice-monthly newsletter “LINKS,” which is sent to an audience of over 3,700 civic professionals
  • Administration of CMS (e.g., WordPress), including updating web content for
  • Help manage relationships with clients, partners and our community through our CRM (Zoho) and other tools
  • Set up and analyze marketing metrics
  • Support event production for CivicMakers events, including Eventbrite setup, promotion, and coordination

Outreach & Engagement for Client projects

  • Co-create outreach campaigns, including copywriting, editing and creating collateral (e.g., graphic design, video production, etc.)
  • Execute and manage outreach campaigns, including creating project websites, sending emails and newsletters via MailChimp, posting to social media, securing paid advertising, and coordination with promotional partners (such as City departments and community-based organizations)
  • Assist with the coordination and production of community meetings (e.g., community workshops, open houses, focus groups, etc.), including Eventbrite setup and administration, Zoom setup, presentation design, in-meeting activity design (e.g., polls, worksheets, mural boards), and more
  • Support production of online community meetings (e.g. workshops, open houses, focus groups, etc.) including note taking, Zoom administration, (poll, breakout room and Q&A management, etc.)
  • Co-design, build and manage online surveys (e.g., SurveyMonkey, Google Forms, etc.) Manage digital engagement tools (e.g., SurveyMonkey, EngagementHQ, CoUrbanize etc.), including content development, community management, and reporting
  • Create translation documents and coordinate professional translations
  • Synthesize and summarize findings from community engagement efforts, including both qualitative and quantitative data analysis
  • Write and produce reports

Other Internal Work

  • Contribute to the production/design of sales proposals
  • Contribute to CivicMakers strategic projects
  • Attend conferences, trainings, webinars and other industry events

Compensation & Benefits

This is a full time exempt position at 40 hours per week, with a salary range of $55,000-$65,000 based on experience.

Annual bonus, contingent on performance and profit

401k with CivicMakers contributing an additional 3% of your salary (eligible after 1 year of employment)

Unlimited paid vacation days (with one month advanced notice and supervisor approval (eligible after 3 months of employment)

12 paid holidays

Unlimited paid sick days

  • Medical/Dental:
    CivicMakers pays 73% of your medical insurance
  • CivicMakers pays 50% of your dental insurance

Professional Development:

  • Conferences
  • Certifications/Trainings/Courses – up to $500/year


  • MacBook Air
  • $500 workspace setup stipend
  • We provide you with a company laptop and the necessary tools to do your job effectively and comfortably from the office or remotely


This will be a remote position to start and in alignment with public health guidelines. However, you will eventually work out of our San Francisco office (at least part-time) and need to be available to travel to client locations throughout the Bay Area and beyond.

Equal Employment Opportunity & Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging
CivicMakers is committed to building a culture that reflects our values of inclusion and equity. We actively encourage women, people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, ethnic minorities and others from diverse backgrounds of all types to apply. Reasonable accommodations will be made for candidates with disabilities.


All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.


The Bare Minimum

  • Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent work experience
  • Experience either working with a consulting firm or working directly with a public agency, such as a city, county or state agency
  • You are located in the Bay Area, you can commute to San Francisco (post-COVID), and you are able to travel to client locations around Northern California and beyond
  • At least two years of relevant experience in communications and marketing
  • Excellent written communication skills, including proofreading written content, writing and editing for various contexts (e.g., community flyers, social media, white papers), and translating complex information into accessible content
  • Experience reaching targeted audiences through a variety of online and offline methods
  • Experience using email marketing systems, preferably Mailchimp
  • Experience using event promotion tools, preferably Eventbrite
  • Experience setting up and administering Zoom meetings
  • Experience using graphic design software, such as Affinity Designer, Canva or Adobe Suite
  • Familiarity and expertise with social media, both creating and sharing content
  • At least some experience using content management systems (CMS), preferably WordPress
  • At least some experience using constituent relationship management systems (CRM), preferably Zoho CRM
  • Excellent computer skills, including proficiency with Google Workspace (Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, etc.)


  • Native fluency (verbal & written) in a language spoken by communities we commonly engage (e.g., Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese or Filipino)
  • Experience working with historically under-invested communities
  • Familiarity with human-centered design or design thinking
  • Skilled at taking quick and thorough digital notes
  • Excellent people skills, such as coordinating multiple project team members, greeting people at events, and maintaining a professional rapport with clients
  • Comfortable speaking in public in front of small to medium-sized audiences
  • Experience with quantitative and qualitative data analysis and synthesis
  • Experience with Google Analytics and basic web analytics reporting
  • An active listener with excellent verbal communication skills


Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger, LLP is looking for an experienced planner with relevant experience to join our dynamic practice.

About Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger, LLP

Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP is a law firm specializing in government, land use, renewable energy, and environmental law. Since 1980, the firm has provided public agencies, non-profits, tribes, and community groups with the highest quality representation, offering an array of litigation, regulatory, counseling, and planning services. While SMW is a private law firm, it has a public interest mission: to serve non-profit and community-based organizations, public agencies, and tribal governments to advance progressive environmental, land use, and good governance values/outcomes.  You can read more about the firm at

SMW’s planners prepare and review complex environmental and land use documents; manage technical experts; prepare comment letters for consideration by public officials; work directly with staff and volunteers for local community groups; interact with staff at regulatory agencies, and testify at public hearings.

Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger is committed to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in our workplace and in the work that we do. For us, diversity means the differences in people’s backgrounds and identities—including their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, disability, and religion—that result in varied perspectives and knowledge. Inclusion means nurturing a sense of belonging and a culture of respect within our firm, the legal profession, and within our communities, especially by listening to and amplifying the voices of people who have been traditionally ignored or silenced, and supporting people in achieving their potential. Equity means the redistribution of opportunities, resources, and power to promote justice.  We aim to bring these values to bear in all firm decisions, including hiring.

Position Summary

SMW is a great place to work. SMW’s planners work on a wide variety of exciting projects in a collaborative and supportive environment. Our two current planners have been with the firm for 20 and 33 years, respectively. One of our planners is retiring soon, so we are recruiting to fill one position. We are looking for candidates who are highly motivated and excited to learn and to take on increasing responsibility with our clients. The ideal candidate will have professional work experience in urban and/or environmental planning, and experience with CEQA, NEPA, and California’s Planning and Zoning Law. Direct experience working for municipal planning departments or in a community group or non-profit is a plus.


  • Serving as project manager for complex and controversial projects
  • Preparing CEQA and NEPA compliance documents for municipal clients
  • Analyzing environmental documents for compliance with CEQA and NEPA
  • Interpreting technical reports for the assessment of air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, climate change, geological hazards, hydrological issues, noise, and transportation
  • Working with attorneys and clients to prepare comment letters and support testimony on proposed projects, environmental review documents, and technical reports
  • Managing technical experts and consultants
  • Keeping up to date on environmental and planning related issues

Desired Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Urban Planning or a related field or a Bachelor’s degree with equivalent related work experience
  • Five years urban planning and/or environmental planning experience
  • Solid knowledge of and experience with the procedural requirements of CEQA, NEPA, the Planning and Zoning Law, and other state and federal regulations related to planning
  • Solid understanding of zoning and other planning policies and regulations, and the typical local planning approval process
  • Excellent and detail-oriented research, analytical, and proofreading skills
  • Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communication skills
  • A self-starter who likes a fast-paced environment and has the ability to both work independently and be part of a collaborative team
  • Effective and efficient problem-solving capabilities with the ability to work proactively to develop creative solutions to meet client needs
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to work under tight timelines
  • A positive and collaborative attitude

Compensation and Benefits

  • Competitive salary, commensurate with experience, plus discretionary annual bonus
  • Generous medical, dental, vision, and disability insurance coverage and vacation/sick/parental leave policies
  • 401(k) plan with employer contribution and discretionary profit-share
  • Commuter, cell-phone, and technology subsidies

 Partially Remote Work

Ideally, candidates would be local to the Bay Area and able to work in our San Francisco office and attend in-person meetings. Because of COVID-19 this position may be a combination of remote and in-office work. We are willing to consider flexible or hybrid approaches.

Application Process

To apply and be considered, please email a cover letter and resume to Janessa Cooks ( with “Planner Application” in the subject line.  Please attach a single PDF file that includes both your cover letter and resume. In your cover letter, express why you are interested in SMW and are a great fit for this position. No phone calls please.

Thanks, and we look forward to reviewing your application.

City of Berkeley – Deputy Director of Planning

Visit our website for more information and to apply.

The City of Berkeley has an opening for a Deputy Director of Planning.  Under the general direction of the Director of Planning and Development performs complex, difficult operation, administrative, information systems, statistical and other management analyses in support of activities and functions; makes recommendations for action and assists in policy, procedure and information systems development and implementation; may direct the activities and programs of the codes and inspections, advanced or current planning division; performs related work as assigned.

The Deputy Director of Planning has responsibility for planning, developing, administering and evaluating operation program plans, policy, budgets and schedules for all planning programs in collaboration with Planning operating divisions and other Planning staff. This class works directly with the Division Directors to implement management systems. The incumbent is also responsible to assure that all Planning programs are managed and that resources are utilized efficiently. The Deputy Director of Planning must coordinate with the Director of Planning on issues concerning programs and reviews.

The Deputy Director of Planning has division level responsibilities for the overall direction and administration of one of the City’s planning functions, i.e., codes and inspections, current or advanced planning. Incumbents will be expected to demonstrate skills and knowledge particular to that function. The incumbent is responsible for formulating policy, developing goals and objectives, supervising staff, planning, developing and administering the assigned division’s budget and directing day-to-day operations. The Deputy Director of Planning is distinguished from the Planning Director in that the latter has overall management responsibility for all aspects of physical planning, including zoning, code enforcement, transportation and capital improvement planning, and administration.

Planner Series

The County of Santa Cruz is currently recruiting for Planner I, II, III & IV.  Are you an experienced planner seeking new, exciting opportunities?  If so, please keep reading!

Paid holidays, excellent benefits and CalPERS retirement!

The County of Santa Cruz offers a generous benefits package which includes annual leave, paid holidays, medical, dental, vision and retirement benefits!

Salary Range:
Planner I: $5,267 – 6,668 / Month
Planner II: $6,203 – 7,852 / Month
Planner III: $6,838 – 8,656 / Month
Planner IV:  $7,932 – 10,034 / Month

The eligible list established from this recruitment will be used to fill current vacancies in the Planning Department as well as future vacancies during the life of the eligible list.

REQUIREMENTS: Vary by position. Please visit for more information and to apply online.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to provide suitable transportation, which is approved by the appointing authority.

Live and work in beautiful Santa Cruz County!

The County’s natural beauty spans from its coastal beaches to its redwood forests. The County also has excellent shopping throughout the local communities and features a lively downtown area in the City of Santa Cruz.

APPLY NOW! Please visit

2022 Summer Planning Intern (9910)

Position Description

The San Francisco Planning Department is currently looking for seventeen (17) bright and enthusiastic interns to work full-time with staff on a variety of planning projects this summer (June 6, 2022 thru Aug. 26, 2022). This will be a rewarding and valuable experience for those interested in the planning field and desire introductory work experience or college credit. Interns will conduct research, collect, and analyze data, and prepare draft documents for planning work related to housing, historic and cultural resources, social and racial equity, community engagement, urban design, climate change, and many other issues.


  1. Four-Plex Prototypes Intern
    The Intern will develop architectural prototypes for four typical lot typologies by considering recent legislation that allows for the construction of fourplexes.  Ideally this would result in reference designs that would illustrate the basis for related code, policies, and design standards, and potentially be developed to approvable prototypes for the purpose of site permits.
  2. Public Art & Statues Historic Context Statement Intern
    The Intern will research and write a historic context statement on Public Art & Statues that identifies and evaluates the significance of San Francisco’s public artworks, murals, statues, artists, sculptors, and muralists.  The Intern will identify, and survey public art created over different periods of development and draft biographies of known artists who have contributed to the public art of the city.
  3. SFCCRS – Jewish Historic Context Statement Intern
    The intern will research and write a historic context statement documenting the history of the Jewish community in San Francisco. The context statement will identify key people, buildings, sites, and events associated with this theme and aid with the evaluation of potentially significant sites related to Jews in San Francisco.
  4. SF Cultural Association & Historic Resource Finding Audit Intern
    The Intern will identify properties eligible for landmarking that are associated with marginalized and underrepresented communities.  The intern will analyze existing information from past historic resource determinations to identify buildings and neighborhoods with potential cultural associations, develop metrics on evaluation findings related to cultural associations, and identify gaps in priority geographies and underrepresented communities.
  5. Landmark Recognition & Interpretation Intern
    The intern will examine the current landmark plaque program, research historic recognition programs in other cities, research new technologies for recognizing historic buildings and sites, and recommend a strategy to ensure consistency in recognizing San Francisco’s landmarks.
  6. ADU Program Communication and Outreach Intern
    The Intern will identify, develop, and assist with process improvements for the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) permitting and outreach procedures to pro-actively advance equity in the Department’s external work as it relates to community planning, community engagement, and process improvements.
  7. Public Resources for Commercial signage and Residential building standards Intern 
    The Intern will create informational manuals about commercial signage and development standards for residential buildings. Tasks of this internship are reviewing existing regulations, conducting field work, interviewing staff, updating existing materials, and writing easily understandable summaries and instructions.
  8. Equity Map of Resources Intern
    The Intern will build on the existing Environmental Justice Framework to help residents, planners, and community-based organizations understand the complex resources and needs by geography across the city. The Intern will develop community profiles that will include demographic, land use, and employment information along with qualitative data on community priorities and concerns, cultural and language needs, and past and existing projects.
  9. Community Engagement Public Information and Process Improvement Intern 
    The Intern will produce public informational material to inform project applicants about community engagement requirements and recommended best practices.  The Intern will also create internal materials to support Department staff in reviewing and administering outreach efforts of project applicants.
  10. Housing Element 2022 Update Intern 
    The intern will conduct policy research, create a plan for ongoing outreach, and assist with current engagement efforts related to the Housing Element 2022 Update.  Other responsibilities may involve data analysis for the Housing Element and other related work.
  11. Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Intern
    This intern will update various greenhouse gas  (GHG) related documents.  The intern will also identify recent local, state, and federal policies and legislation that could affect San Francisco’s GHG emissions and assess the progress in meeting greenhouse gas reduction targets.
  12. Environmental Planning Racial and Social Equity Intern  
    The intern will assist in analyzing past appeals of California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) determinations by examining who typically participates in appeals, topics of concern raised in appeals, staff hours spent, and outcome of appeals.  The Intern will then conduct a racial and social equity impact analysis on related environmental topics.
  13. Environmental Monitoring Team Intern
    The intern will assist the environmental monitoring team on researching past and current projects with mitigation requirements, creating a modern tracking system, and developing monitoring procedures and site visit tools.
  14. Railyards Redevelopment and General Plan Transportation Element Intern
    The Intern will provide support to the Railyards Redevelopment project and the new Transportation Element of the General Plan. The intern will develop a communications strategy for the Transportation Element, participate in public outreach events associated with the Transportation Element Update and the development of the 4th and King Railyards, and analyze existing travel behavior in the city.
  15. Streetscape Design Advisory Team Intern
    The Intern will assist with several interdepartmental initiatives related to the advancement of safe, dynamic, and engaging streets. The Intern will  collaborate with various agencies to develop design typologies for alleyways that need to accommodate both pedestrians and commercial trucks; and designate ideal truck routes in coordination with existing and planned bicycle routes.
  16. Small Multifamily Strategies Research Intern
    Expanding small multifamily housing (sometimes called “missing middle” housing) can add housing choices in areas that have been limited to single family homes and that are currently too expensive for many residents. The Intern will research approaches to support existing homeowners in adding housing by provide information and education about financing and other incentives.
  17. SF Young Planners Program Intern
    This position will assist the Internship Coordinator in managing a group of 16 high school students as part of the summer high school internship program.  This includes content development related to the field and career of city planning, information presentation, project creation, intern supervision, field trip chaperone, and liaison with employment partners.

For complete description of the available internships, please visit:


Minimum Qualifications

Requires completion of two (2) years (equivalent to 60 semester units or 90 quarter units) of education from an accredited college or university to a Bachelor’s Degree in Planning, Architecture, Urban Studies, or a related field specific to the internship.

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at

Falsifying one’s education training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

Additional Information

The Department of Human Resources (DHR)’s office (located at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103) is currently closed to the general public. If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Human Resources Analyst listed on this announcement.

Additional Information Regarding Employment with the City and County of San Francisco:

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Michael Eng, by telephone at 628-652-7522, or by email at

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:  All City and County of San Francisco employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment.  For details on how it is applicable to your employment, please click here.

The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.

Planner I, II, & III – Time-Limited

Planner I, II, & III – Time-Limited

$5,054 – $8,524/Monthly*

Grow your career in land use planning with the County of Sonoma!


Depending upon experience and level of the position, starting salary up to $49.01/hour ($102,289/year), a cash allowance of $600/month, and a competitive total compensation package!*

As a Planner, you will process and coordinate complex planning applications as well as research, prepare, and create planning projects, studies, and reports regarding economic development, environmental compliance and protection, solid waste planning, and related land use topics.

As our ideal candidate, you bring to Permit Sonoma your:

  • Experience accurately creating, reviewing, and maintaining records and reports
  • Ability to interpret title reports; and review legal documents, market data, blueprints, and maps
  • Experience creating technical guidance documents, and employing data visualization techniques
  • Ability to provide effective customer service support and skillfully communicate and work well with others
  • Sound judgment, and strong analytical and organizational skills

What We Offer

When you join Permit Sonoma, you become part of a challenging and rewarding work environment where you gain the satisfaction of knowing that you are working to better your community. You can also look forward to a competitive total compensation package, including*:

  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance of up to $500 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • A significant portion of health care premiums paid by the County and access to several health plan options
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment
  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range
  • With time and good performance, the opportunity for advancement to Planner III ($40.32 – $49.01/hour)

Permit Sonoma is currently recruiting to fill a Planner – Time-Limited position at either the I, II, or III level that is currently funded through June 30, 2024. If you are interested in applying at either level of this opportunity, you must apply to the separate recruitments being conducted for those levels.

*Salary is negotiable within the established range and benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. For more information, including minimum qualifications, & to apply, visit, or call 707-565-2331. The County of Sonoma is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity and we are committed to having a workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. Apply by 02/21/22