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Paid Internship - City of Menlo Park - Planning

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  • Asha Weinstein Agrawal
    CITY OF MENLO PARK, PLANNING INTERN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, PLANNING DIVISION 701 Laurel Street Menlo Park, CA 94025 phone: (650) 330-6702 fax: (650)
    Message 1 of 1 , May 29, 2013
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      701 Laurel Street
      Menlo Park, CA 94025
      phone: (650) 330-6702
      fax: (650) 327-1653


      The City of Menlo Park is located on “The Peninsula,” between San
      Francisco and Oakland on the north and San Jose on the south. The City
      enjoys easy access from both US-101 and Interstate 280, as well as a
      direct connection to the “East Bay” via the Dumbarton Bridge. The City
      borders the communities of Atherton, Redwood City, Woodside, East Palo
      Alto, and Palo Alto, as well as unincorporated San Mateo County lands.
      The City is home to approximately 32,500 residents and 28,500 jobs.
      The City’s residential neighborhoods are complemented by a number of
      active commercial areas, most notably the El Camino Real and Sand Hill
      Road corridors, the central downtown district along Santa Cruz Avenue,
      and the M-2 industrial district near Bayfront Expressway and US-101.

      SALARY: $12-$20/hour, depending on qualifications

      FILING DATE: by 5:00 p.m. on June 13, 2013


      The Planning Division of the Menlo Park Community Development
      Department is seeking a highly motivated undergraduate or graduate
      student for a planning intern position for the summer of 2013
      (approximately 30 hrs./wk). Start and end dates are flexible and can
      be designed around the academic summer schedule. The position would be
      for approximately three months, with the possibility of an extension
      during the academic year depending on performance, the Planning
      Division’s work load, and available funding.
      Local government planning plays a meaningful role in creating
      communities that enriches lives. The intern position provides hands-on
      experience in the public sector and an opportunity to work in a small,
      team-oriented environment. The position will focus on various aspects
      of long-range planning, with a focus on data collection and analysis
      using GIS (Geographic Information Systems). There will also be
      opportunities for involvement with the development review process,
      including plan review for single-family residential projects,
      assistance at the public information counter, and the ability to
      interact with other city departments integral to the planning
      profession. The position can be beneficial in preparing for a career
      in local government or other planning agency. The position reports to
      the Senior Planner and would provide support to Planning staff on a
      variety of activities. The position may include, but is not limited to
      the following activities:
       Advanced Planning and Research: Gathers, organizes, summarizes and
      interprets data on community demographics and properties needed to
      support planning activities. Conducts field surveys, makes
      calculations, takes measurements, and produces maps, charts and other
      graphics necessary for effective evaluation of planning policies.
       GIS: Assists in development and implementation of Geographic
      Information Systems (ArcMap) components for land-based analysis.
       Current Records: Updates planning records and maps to assure
      accurate and up-to-date information. Establishes records of new
      information gained from surveys and special studies, which may require
      work-related database maintenance and report generation. Researches
      records to obtain information needed for studies and/or responding to
       Current Planning: Assists with review of applications for
      conformance with various city ordinances and policies, checks
      development applications and sites, prepares visual aids as needed.
      Performs site inspections of residential and commercial projects.
       Graphics: Assist with the design and development of graphics to
      incorporate into handouts, presentations, and other planning
       Performs other duties as assigned.


      Education and Experience: Prospective candidates will be pursuing a
      Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in urban planning, urban and regional
      studies, geography or related field from an accredited college or
      university, and have an interest in public sector employment.

      Desirable Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities: Ideal candidate will be able
      to collect and analyze data; perform independently when clear
      direction is provided; work in a team environment; have good oral,
      written and interpersonal skills; and be able to clearly document
      procedures, summarize findings, and write reports and correspondence.
      Proficiency with Microsoft Word is required. Knowledge of ArcMap and
      related ESRI products, database management, SketchUp and Adobe
      Illustrator/Photoshop, and/or web page design is highly desired.


      Individuals wishing to be considered must submit a resume and a cover
      letter explaining their interest in the position to:
      Deanna Chow, Senior Planner
      City of Menlo Park
      Community Development Department OR Via e-mail to: dmchow@...
      701 Laurel Street
      Menlo Park, CA 94025

      Questions about the position and/or hiring process should be directed
      to Deanna Chow at (650) 330-6733 or dmchow@....

      Applicants selected as finalists will be interviewed. Finalists will
      be asked to submit a City of Menlo Park job application and a copy of
      a valid driver’s license, which must be submitted prior to
      consideration for hire. All employees must provide evidence that they
      are legally authorized to work in the U.S. without immigration
      sponsorship by the City of Menlo Park. The City of Menlo Park is an
      Equal Opportunity Employer.
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