9910 Public Service Trainee

Equity, Environmental Justice and Cultural Heritage Work Support

Recruitment #TEX-9910-902741


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.

Internship Period
This position is for a maximum of 1040 hours.  Applicants must be available to work a minimum of 16-20 hours a week.  At the end of the internship period, there is no implied offer of extension.

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 intern 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 www.sf-planning.org.


Cultural Heritage:
The Planning Department has been engaged for the last decade in collaborating and supporting historically marginalized cultural groups by assisting in the development of safeguarding and sustainability strategies. This work aims to stem the displacement of vulnerable cultural groups from the city and retain its diverse character. The newly launched Cultural District and Legacy Business Registry programs are aspects of this work. The Department is concurrently developing a draft Heritage Conservation Element of the General Plan that will provide policy direction for this new aspect of the Department’s work plan in addition to the more traditional historic preservation work supporting architectural heritage. The Heritage Element work in 2019-2020 includes policy development, existing conditions reporting, identification of dependencies with other projects, and public outreach planning.

Equity and Environmental Justice:
As the City of San Francisco prepares to launch its Office of Racial Equity, the SF Planning Department develops its Racial and Social Equity initiative, and environmental conditions continue to degrade in some areas of the City with accelerating climate change, environmental justice (EJ) has emerged as a key challenge and priority for the SF Planning Department. With the passing of the Planning for Healthy Communities Act or Senate Bill (SB) 1000 in 2016, cities and counties in California are now mandated to adopt Environmental Justice goals, objectives, and policies into their General Plans. As the Planning Department updates each of its General Plan elements, San Francisco has an opportunity to meet and exceed this requirement while addressing ongoing injustices and developing strategies to ensure that marginalized communities have access to healthy, resilient, and prosperous environments.

Internship Description

The Citywide Planning Division is seeking an intern to support the following Planning Department projects:

1)      Heritage Element Policy Assessment and Research: Support project staff with policy research and development, existing conditions report, identification of dependencies with other projects, and public outreach planning.

2)      Data Collection and Analysis for Cultural Districts Strategic Plans: Intern may be asked to support information and analysis staff with the identification of data sources; help compile, organize and interpret/analyze data; write summary documents; create charts, tables, graphs, maps and other graphical display of information; and potentially produce GIS maps.

3)      Legacy Business Registry Administration: Generally support staff in the review of applications, development of staff reports, and hearing preparation.

4)     Equity and Environmental Justice Policy Assessment and Research: Support project staff in implementing the recommendations of the “Integrating Environmental Justice in the General Plan” report prepared by Environmental Justice Summer 2019 intern, and related Racial & Social Equity amendments to the General Plan. Tasks may include policy research, helping conduct internal and external focus groups with the goal of developing a framework, objectives and policies for inclusion in the General Plan. Work will include participating in the development and execution of community engagement processes.

5)      Community Engagement: Generally support the Community Equity team in the development and implementation of community stakeholder and public meetings for the projects, in particular the Heritage Element. This could include meeting facilitation, note taking, writing meeting summaries, and logistical support.

If interested in this position, please submit a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this position along with a description of your experience.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:

Requires completion of three years (equivalent to 90 semester units or 120 quarter units) of education from an accredited college or university leading to a Bachelor’s Degree in Planning, Architecture, Urban Studies, or a related field.   Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.

Desirable Qualifications:

The desired candidate will be enrolled in or have completed a master’s program in city planning, public policy, historic preservation, environmental science, or a related field with a demonstrated interest in cultural heritage and environmental justice policy; or enrolled in a bachelor’s program in a related field and possess 1-2 years of experience in a position that involves research, policy, community engagement, and data analysis.

The candidate should have some experience or strong interest in both Historic Preservation or Cultural Heritage studies, in Social and Environmental Justice as well as in community engagement. Candidates should be able to work independently, must have excellent organization and written and oral communication skills; have proficiency in Microsoft Office; and preferably will have some familiarity with GIS.

How To Apply

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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 following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org, @famsf.org, @ccsf.edu).

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.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the human resources analyst, Susan Chu, by telephone at 415-575-9149, or by email at susan.chu@sfgov.org.


Selection Plan

Applications will be reviewed for qualifying experience and education. Only those applicants deemed best qualified will be invited to participate in the selection process. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview. Additional screening mechanisms may be implemented in the selection process.

Selection Procedures


Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at http://sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=456

Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

Conviction History

As a selected candidate for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a selected candidate. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are a selected candidate, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


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Copies of Application Documents:
Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

Right to Work:
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Reasonable Accommodation Requests:

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Micki  Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: TEX-9910-902741

Issued:  January 17, 2020




All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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