Shape the future of San Francisco as Planner I

Appointment Type
Temporary Exempt (TEX).  TEX position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive civil service examination pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section 10.104 and shall serve at the discretion of the Appointing Officer.
The duration of this position is two years, with an opportunity to extend the duration for up to three years. The extension may be possible contingent upon City budget conditions and demonstrated competence and professionalism in the first year of employment.
The San Francisco Planning Department plays a central role in guiding the growth and development in our City. The Department works with other City agencies and the community to help achieve great planning for a great city.
Our mission, under the direction of the Planning Commission, shapes the future of San Francisco and the region by: generating an extraordinary vision for the General Plan and in neighborhood plans; fostering exemplary design through planning controls; improving our surroundings through environmental analysis; preserving our unique heritage; encouraging a broad range of housing and a diverse job base; and enforcing the Planning Code.
The Department serves a broad range of constituents, including the citizens of San Francisco, community organizations, elected and appointed policymakers, builders, architects, property owners, tenants, and advocacy groups. All rely on the City’s General Plan and the Planning Code to achieve the City’s development goals.
This is an opportunity to work in a dynamic, inter-disciplinary, and innovative department and share in our vision to make San Francisco the worlds’ most livable urban place – environmentally, economically, socially and culturally. For more information about the San Francisco Planning Department, please visit
Project Information 
Citywide Cultural Resources Survey Project: Working under the Cultural Resources Survey and Landmark Designations Team the Planner I will conduct fieldwork and follow-up research and support for the documentation of historic and cultural resources within San Francisco as part of the Citywide Survey.
The Citywide Survey is a multi-year effort to systematically identify and record information on properties and neighborhoods that reflect San Francisco’s architectural, social, and cultural history.
The specific deliverables for this project:
  1. Provide greater certainty to planners, property owners, neighbors, and community groups regarding the presence of important historic properties to preserve and/or character-defining features to protect during rehabilitation efforts.
  2. Provide a vital component of emergency planning and disaster recovery.  In the event of a disaster, the survey will help expedite response in the wake of a disaster.  When a property is identified as eligible, either individually or a part of a district, the properties are also eligible for certain federal and state tax credits, grants-in-aid, exemptions in the National Flood Insurance Program, and must be given consideration during any FEMA-funded post-disaster mitigation projects including construction, demolition, relocation, etc.
  3. Inform the City’s Landmark Designation Program in identifying historic and cultural resources to stimulate the local economy, improve the overall quality of the public realm, and for educational and enjoyment purposes.
  4. Streamline the current California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review procedures and greatly reduce a project’s review time within the Planning Department.
The Planner I performs entry level planning work in the collection, analysis, interpretation and presentation of city planning data, specifically the documentation of historic and cultural resources within San Francisco.
Essential duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Conducting survey fieldwork
  • Conducting archival research on neighborhoods and individual properties
  • Assisting in the development and maintenance of the data collection application for the survey

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