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Sacramento Area

Entry-level Park Planner/Tribal Affairs Support

PlaceWorks is seeking a new staff member to become part of our Park Planning Team. We are seeking individuals with 3 or more years of professional experience (such as through an internship) related to park planning and/or design, tribal affairs, and/or program administration. In addition, this team member must have a strong interest in working with tribal communities in California.

Job Description

PlaceWorks is seeking a new staff member to become part of our Park Planning Team. We are seeking individuals with 3 or more years of professional experience (such as through an internship) related to park planning and/or design, tribal affairs, and/or program administration. The ideal candidate is passionate, organized, creative, energetic, detail-oriented, personable and deeply committed to using their skills for the betterment of communities and the environment. In addition, this team member must have a strong interest in working with tribal communities in California.

The Planner selected for this position will have the exciting opportunity to support tribal engagement, park planning, and education/interpretation programs under the guidance of a project manager and other senior staff as well as the direction of California Department of Parks and Recreation Cultural Resources Division. While the position would be primarily remote, the staff member will need to be available to work up to three days a week from California Department of Parks and Recreation’s offices in Sacramento. Based on performance and project needs, the position may grow to include other types of planning and design projects which PlaceWorks specializes in.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Perform a variety of administrative assignments to meet program objectives, deadlines and deliverables.
  • Organize and manages project meetings.
  • Provide programmatic planning, reporting, and tracking (e.g., MS Excel) for tribal outreach and consultations administered as part of the program.
  • Develop, maintain and update reports to keep management informed about the program, tribal consultation efforts, and project status.
  • Facilitate statewide communications with California Indian tribes.
  • Serve as field representative in complex consultations with tribes.
  • Assist with written reports and draft tribal land acknowledgments.
  • Analyze information and makes recommendations on improvements to program and project delivery.
  • Support outreach and engagement, including online and in-person activities.
  • Attend meetings and trainings.
  • Maintain necessary records, ensuring records are handled per policy.
  • Prepare administrative paperwork required to meet operational needs.

You’re most likely a fit if:

  • You can work both independently and in a highly collaborative environment.
  • You are able to accommodate intermittent travel throughout the State and occasional irregular work hours.
  • You can manage your time to produce final project documents and products by stated deadlines and can work effectively on multiple projects at once.
  • You have a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree in relevant field (e.g., Native American Studies, Ethnic Studies, History, Education, Public Administration, etc).

We work in a wide array of communities throughout California, and we encourage diverse candidates and candidates from non-traditional backgrounds to apply.

The pay range for this position is $31.00 - $38.00 per hour, dependent upon experience and other relevant factors.

To apply submit cover letter, resume, and writing samples and/or design portfollio 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.