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Bay Area, Sacramento

Mid-Level Planner

PlaceWorks is seeking a full-time, mid-level planner in Northern California to join our Planning team. We are looking for a planner with at least 4 – 6 years of professional planning experience, ideally with experience in general plans, specific plans, housing, zoning, transportation planning, and community outreach.

Job Description

PlaceWorks is seeking a full-time, mid-level planner in the Bay Area or Sacramento area to join our Planning team. We are looking for a planner with at least 4 – 6 years of professional planning experience, ideally with experience in general plans, specific plans, housing, zoning, and community outreach. Additionally, having an interest/experience in transportation planning would be a plus. The ideal candidate is creative, self-starting, outgoing, collaborative, and passionate about helping shape and improve communities. Supporting project managers and other senior staff, the Associate Planner will support the Project Manager and/or Principal-in-Charge with research, report writing, analysis, and public outreach to contribute to the successful completion of projects at a variety of scales, often working concurrently on more than one project. The Associate Planner will also manage projects or tasks within a larger project. The person in this position would report to Principals in our Berkeley or Folsom offices and work with other team members around the state. We work in a wide array of communities throughout California, and we encourage diverse candidates from non-traditional backgrounds to apply.

You’re most likely a fit if:

  • You love planning for the future of communities and making a difference with your work.
  • You thrive in collaborative environments. You’re a team player.
  • You have strong verbal communication and interpersonal skills and aren’t afraid to ask questions.
  • You have excellent writing, formatting, and proofreading skills and are detail-oriented.
  • Engaging with the public excites you, and you’re willing to jump in to help with outreach efforts. You may be asked to coordinate meetings, prepare and assemble materials/supplies, present, and/or facilitate discussions at workshops.
  • You’re able to attend community workshops which may occur on weekday nights and weekends.
  • You have the professional acumen to cultivate working relationships with clients, community organizations, and other firms.
  • You’re a skilled researcher and enjoy analyzing and compiling research and data as required by a project.
  • Multi-tasking is second nature and you can produce final project documents and products by stated deadlines.
  • You’re interested in assisting with marketing, business development, and proposal efforts for planning work.
  • You are proficient with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint), Adobe Acrobat, and InDesign.
  • You have a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree in urban or regional planning, or a closely related field.
  • You have a current and valid driver’s license, proof of automobile insurance, and acceptable MVR to drive on Company business for site visits and meetings.

To apply submit cover letter, resume, and writing samples and/or design portfolio in a single PDF under 10MB. Specify office location desired.

About PlaceWorks:

Based in California, PlaceWorks is one of the premier planning, design, and environmental services firms in the U.S. The firm’s expertise and services span a wide range of practices, including city planning, urban design, landscape architecture, environmental review, GIS, and community participation. Our interdisciplinary, holistic approach integrates sustainability, economic vitality, community goals, and collaboration with our clients in the planning and design process.

To our employees, we offer interesting and diverse project work; a casual, collaborative, and flexible work environment; training, professional development, and career growth opportunities; a comprehensive benefits package (for full-time employees); and the chance to work amongst industry leaders, practice area founders, and friendly, supportive, and dedicated colleagues.

PlaceWorks is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. All employment decisions at PlaceWorks are based on business needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, military and veteran status, physical or mental disability, or any other status covered by applicable federal, state, or local law.