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Paid internship - City of Menlo Park - Planning

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  • Asha Weinstein Agrawal
    ... From: Chow, Deanna M Date: Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 10:13 AM Subject: Planning Intern position - City of Menlo Park PLANNING INTERN
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      From: Chow, Deanna M <DMChow@...>
      Date: Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 10:13 AM
      Subject: Planning Intern position - City of Menlo Park



      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: $18/hour, depending on qualifications

      FILING DATE: Open Recruitment; First Screening September 23, 2013


      The Planning Division of the Menlo Park Community Development Department is
      seeking a highly motivated individual for a planning intern position for
      the fall of 2013 (approximately 24 hrs./wk). Start and end dates and
      hours/days are flexible. The position would be for approximately three
      months, with the possibility of an extension 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 documents.

      � Performs other duties as assigned.


      Education and Experience: At a minimum, prospective candidates will be
      pursuing or have 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 and Excel 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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