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Planner I Temporary No Benefits

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Law Department & City Attorney of Austin

$18.83-$23.42 per hour

Austin, TX

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Minimum Qualifications

Graduation with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Planning, Geography, Social Science, Landscape Architecture, or related field.

Experience may substitute for education up to the maximum of four (4) years.

Licenses and Certifications Required: None

Notes to Applicants

The City of Austin’s Historic Preservation Office is building a team to identify potential historic buildings, sites, and districts across Austin as part of a historic building scan. This is a singular opportunity to collect data on historic-age buildings at an unprecedented scale in Austin – we anticipate surveying approximately 54,000 buildings across the city to help direct current and future planning and preservation efforts.

Planner I duties will chiefly consist of fieldwork, including classifying building type, architectural style, and historic integrity for buildings that are 45 or more years old, using smartphones and/or tablets and web-based survey tools. Training will be provided, and staff will work in teams. This is a great opportunity to gain or expand fieldwork experience with a groundbreaking project. This is a full-time temporary position anticipated to begin on or around May 30, 2018 and will extend for 12 weeks or until work is completed. Salary range: $18.83-$23.42/hour, depending on qualifications.

The ideal candidate will have:

- Knowledge of city practice, policy, and procedures

- Interest in helping to shape Austin’s built environment through good planning

- Strong teamwork skills

- Ability to interact with the curious public answering basic questions about the scan




- Conduct historical research at the Austin History Center, other repositories, or online

- Conduct research on heritage tourism or other topics relevant to this project

- Assist with data analysis of scan results

Pay Range

$18.83-$23.42 per hour


Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. Additional hours during evenings and/or weekends may be required based on business needs.

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Type of Posting



Planning and Zoning


Temporary (No benefits)

Grant Funded or Pooled Position

Not Applicable




505 Barton Springs Road; Austin, Texas; 78704

Preferred Qualifications

- Undergraduate coursework in historic preservation

- Graduate coursework in historic preservation, architecture, planning, geography, landscape architecture, or a related field

- Field survey experience

- Valid Texas driver’s license

Duties, Functions and Responsibilities

Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.

1. Researches and reviews urban land development proposals and studies. Provides research information to more senior level planners as requested.

2. Reviews preliminary site plans and prepares comments for zoning, land use, annexation, and variance cases.

3. Meets with members of the public, developers, and other city officials to respond to questions that are relevant to a specific planning area or to planning in general.

4. Provides technical planning assistance to the general public, developers and other city officials.

5. Prepares reports and make presentations at public hearings regarding land use and other planning related initiatives.

6. Reviews subdivision plats and site plans for compliance with local regulations and ordinances.

7. Compiles data/information for reports and cost estimates.

8. Analyzes data to discover patterns and/or discrepancies.

9. Documents data and findings on appropriate forms/logs.

10. Draws plans, diagrams, graphs, tables, charts, and maps using drafting and drawing tools.

Responsibilities – Supervisor and/or Leadership Exercised: None

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

Knowledge of computer mapping and graphics technology.

Knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (


Knowledge of city practice, policy and procedures.

Skill in oral and written communication.

Skill in handling multiple tasks and prioritizing.

Skill in using computers and related software.

Skill in data analysis and problem solving.

Skill in planning and organizing.

Ability to collect, analyze, and interpret applicable research data and presenting it in a clear and concise manner.

Ability to explain and enforce City policies.

Ability to work with frequent interruptions and changes in priorities.

Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with other city employees and the public.

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Law Department & City Attorney of Austin
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The mission of the Law Department is to provide quality legal services to the City of Austin so that it can govern lawfully with the highest level of integrity and serve the community effectively. As the chief legal advisor for the City, the Law Department provides legal advice and representation to the Mayor, City Council, City Officers, City Manager, city departments, boards, and commissions of the City.

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