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    [Resending, with improved formatting and complete contact info] CITY OF MENLO PARK, PLANNING INTERN ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION The City of Menlo Park is located
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      CITY OF MENLO PARK, PLANNING INTERN

      ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION

      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



      POSITION DESCRIPTION



      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
      inquiries.

      • 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 documents.

      • Performs other duties as assigned.



      JOB-RELATED QUALIFICATIONS



      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.



      SELECTION PROCESS



      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

      701 Laurel Street

      Menlo Park, CA 94025



      OR Via e-mail to: dmchow@...



      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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