5382 Student Design Trainee III, Arch, Engr, & Planning

Planning and Development Intern

Recruitment #TEX-5382-060111


The Port of San Francisco is seeking a student trainee for a position in the Planning & Development Division. The selected student will be hired on a part time basis (10 -20 hours/week) during the school year and on a full-time basis for approximately 10-12 weeks during the summer.  Exact starting dates and number of hours may depend on college schedules.

The Port is an enterprise agency of the City and County of San Francisco responsible for overseeing waterfront commercial, maritime and public access facilities that are held in public trust for the people of California.  The Port's jurisdiction covers approximately 7½ miles of waterfront land from Heron’s Head Park near Hunter’s Point in the southern part of San Francisco to Fisherman’s Wharf in the northern part of the City.


Description of Duties:

The Student Planning Trainee will provide support to Port planning & development staff currently working on a variety of projects that implement the Port’s Waterfront Land Use Plan.  Duties may include, but are not limited to the following: conduct research, prepare graphics for planning & development projects, develop and maintain GIS based databases; prepare materials for public meetings and community outreach; architectural drafting, assist in the evaluation of projects for consistency with Port design policies and the secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties, assist in facilitating and providing support for public meetings; writing tasks, and assist in developing and maintaining the Port’s web site.

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants must be currently enrolled in an accredited college or university with four (4) semesters completed towards a Baccalaureate degree in Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Land Use Planning, Cultural Resources Management, Historic Preservation, Urban or Environmental Design,  or Geography.


Applicants must be currently enrolled in a two or three-year graduate program at an accredited university leading to a Master’s Degree in City or Regional Planning, Architecture or Landscape Architecture, Geography or similar related field.


Applicants must be returning to their academic program in Fall 2013.

Applicants must be a US citizen or have an alien registration (green) card, or a foreign student with legal work permit prior to filing application.



Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

The Port desires an individual with skills in Adobe graphic products and/or AutoCAD, or an interest in learning such programs.

·         Architectural and landscape design as well as historic preservation principles and practices.

·         GIS knowledge or experience

·         Independent analytical and writing abilities; and

·         Comfortable working both in team settings and independently with appropriate supervision.

How To Apply

Interested applicants must submit the following documents:


  • City and County of San Francisco Employment Application
  • College or university transcripts (unofficial is acceptable)
  • Resume
  • Cover letter

    Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are being accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

    • Select the desired job announcement
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    Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

    Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter.  To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com).

    Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file.  Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records.  Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

    All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline.  Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

    Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

    Please contact Suzette Love at (415) 274-0569, or by email at suzette.love@sfport.com  if you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process. 

    Selection Plan


    Verification of the minimum qualification(s) may be required at any point in the selection process.  Failure to submit verification documentation, if requested, may result in rejection of application or ineligibility for employment.  All statements made in the selection process may be subject to verification.

    The selection process will include the evaluation of applications and assessment of candidates' relative job-related knowledge, skills and abilities by oral interview.  Only those applicants who most closely meet the needs of the Port will be invited to participate in the interview process.  Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed an invitation to interview. 

    Applicants are encouraged to keep copies of all documents submitted.  Submitted documents become a permanent part of the examination records and will not be returned.  The hiring department may require applicants to submit the same document(s) and/or additional documents at a later date.  

    All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States. 

    Applicants with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodation for this process may contact the examination analyst by telephone at (415) 274-0569 (voice) or if hearing impaired (415) 557-4810 (TDD) or in writing (specify #5382) to Port of San Francisco, Human Resources Office, Pier 1, San Francisco, CA 94111 as soon as possible. 


    Micki Callahan, Human Resources Director

    Department of Human Resources

    Announcement #060111

    Issued:  March 29, 2013

    Port/SL (415) 274-0569         

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