Planning and Sustainability Intern


Under the joint direction of the City Planner and the City of Monona Project Manager, the Planning and Sustainability Intern will perform various office duties and assist with day-to-day operations of both the Planning and Community Development Department as well as promoting the City’s sustainability initiatives. This is a paid internship offering candidates an opportunity to gain valuable workplace skills, an increased understanding of working in a professional office environment, and networking possibilities.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist in preparation for Plan Commission, Sustainability Committee and Landmarks Commission meetings:
    • Draft staff reports on applications for review.
    • Mail and post public hearing notices and agendas.
    • Attend at least one evening committee meeting per month.
    • Prepare meeting minutes.
  • Process sign permits for review by City Planner.
  • Assist staff with website postings, ensuring public access to plans and development information.
  • Coordinate outreach at community events, resident and business education and outreach, product and policy research, maintenance of both the Sustainable Monona webpages and the Sustainable Monona Facebook account.
  • Conduct research on various planning, sustainability and zoning issues as needed.
  • Interact with local Monona businesses and residents, as well as staff from various partners such as counties, cities, the WDNR, and many non-profits.
  • Assist with office file management (paper and digital files).


  • Ideally applicants should be students of a graduate program in planning, public administration, geography, urban studies, real estate, or related field and have an interest in sustainability and environmental conservation.
  • Must be able to work 12-18 hours per week, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. Exact work hours are flexible.
  • Must be able to attend at least one evening committee meeting each month.

Knowledge and Abilities

  • Ability to work productively with indirect supervision.
  • Strong interpersonal and problem solving skills.
  • Clear and concise writing skills.
  • Some knowledge or understanding of local government operations and an interest in working in civil service.
  • Flexibility and desire to work on various sustainability (including field surveys), planning projects and office management and projects.

To Apply

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