We’re Recruiting Talented Professionals- Join Us in Houston!

Urban Planner IV+, Urban Planner I/II, Geospatial Analyst, GIS Analyst, & Graphic Designer

Office Location: Houston-Clear Lake, Texas

Welcome to Houston! We are seeking professionals who are committed to planning safer, more resilient, more sustainable communities. Join our professional team, working on direct engagement with community leaders, cutting edge technologies, and award winning projects. The 2019 Texas state legislative session budgeted $6.8M in funding for Texas A&M Extension Service to assist communities with resiliency planning and disaster recovery. Our planning team in Houston, as a member of that larger effort, is hiring multiple positions as we expand our GIS program (CHARM) and related planning projects. The planning team is housed within the Texas Community & Watershed Partners (TCWP) program, a small, independent(ly minded) office of 12 staff in Houston, TX. The new hires will be working as part of an existing team on a range of planning projects in partnership with community stakeholders, elected leadership, state agencies, and federal programs. Positions are full-time, salaried, non-academic positions in the Texas A&M University System. Our office culture is fun, hardworking, motivated, and always learning. All positions will be open until filled.

PDF of position descriptions (08/16/2019)

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+ To apply

Attach via email addressed to our hiring coordinator, mljones@tamu.edu, the following: 1) A cover letter including which position you are applying for; 2) Your resume, with professional references; 3) A three-page sample of your writing. Hires must supply professional references and pass a detailed background check.

+ Urban Planner IV(+) (4-8 Yrs. Exp.)

Houston, TX. Planning/GIS Team. Full Time, Salaried, Non-academic Position. August 14, 2019. Open until filled.

Position Background

This position is for people with a passion for improving community well-being through engagement and a strong, long-term professional interest in public planning. Our planning outfit is focused on how communities grow, use land, reduce risks, and sustain their natural resources. We believe that deep public participation and collaboration technologies are critical to connecting the dots on multiple levels and addressing wider goals for resiliency, sustainability, and quality of life. We are seeking people who thrive on working with others to make a difference on these fronts. Stakeholder management, community dialogue and facilitation are among the valued soft skills for this position. The hire will work as a member of the planning team to steer projects to success, sustain a fun and productive team culture, and see to it that the program’s goals are achieved. The annual salary is commensurate with applicant’s qualifications and years of experience. Benefits include paid vacation, paid sick leave, generous medical insurance package, and retirement program options.

General Qualifications

• A specific planning specialty is not required, but backgrounds in comprehensive planning, land use, natural resource management, or hazards is highly beneficial.

• Candidates will have demonstrated knowledge and technical skills in planning methods, analyses, and research.

• Effective skills in writing, communication, and public engagement are non-negotiable requirements for hiring.

• Experience with project development, budget development and grant writing is welcomed.

• Candidates should be highly comfortable with public presentations and facilitating public meetings and committees.

• Basic GIS experience is a strong plus.

• Hires must be able to travel overnight for project work and planning meetings.

• The hire may be required to supervise staff and interns.

• AICP and CFM certifications are valued.

• The ideal candidate will have a master’s degree in urban planning or allied discipline.

• Ideally we are seeking 5-8 years of experience, with progressively advancing work responsibilities, including staff supervision. A minimum of 4 or more years of relevant planning experience is required.

+ Urban Planner I/II (0-2 Yrs. Exp.)

Houston, TX. Planning/GIS Team. Full Time, Salaried, Non-academic Position. August 14, 2019. Open until filled.

Position Background

This is a position is for people with a passion for improving community well-being through engagement and a strong, long-term professional interest in public planning. Our planning outfit is focused on how communities grow, use land, reduce risks, and sustain their natural resources. We believe that deep public participation and collaboration technologies are critical to connecting the dots on multiple levels and addressing wider goals for resiliency, sustainability, and quality of life. We are seeking people who thrive on working with others to make a difference on these fronts. Stakeholder management, community dialogue and facilitation are among the valued soft skills for this position. The hire will work as a member of the planning team to steer projects to success, sustain a fun and productive team culture, and see to it that the program’s goals are achieved. The annual salary is commensurate with applicant’s qualifications and years of experience. Benefits include paid vacation, paid sick leave, generous medical insurance package, and retirement program options.

General Qualifications

• A Master degree and zero years’ experience or a Bachelor’s degree and 2 years planning related experience is required for this position

• The candidate will have a degree in urban planning, resource management, or allied discipline.

• A specific planning specialty is not required, but backgrounds in comprehensive planning, land use, natural resource management, or hazards is highly beneficial.

• Candidates will have demonstrated knowledge and technical skills in planning methods, analyses, and research.

• Effective skills in writing, communication, and public engagement are non-negotiable requirements for hiring.

• Experience with project development, budget development and grant writing is welcomed.

• Candidates should be highly comfortable with public presentations and facilitating public meetings and committees.

• Basic GIS experience is a strong plus.

• Hires must be able to travel overnight for project work and planning meetings.

+ Geospatial Analyst (3-5+ Yrs. Exp.)

Houston, TX. Planning/GIS Team. Full Time, Salaried, Non-academic Position. August 14, 2019. Open until filled.

Position Background

We are seeking a GIS professional who thrives on applying GIS to real world, community challenges. The hire will be a key member of the GIS team, the engine of our CHARM program. CHARM is an interactive, GIS-based, sim-city style platform for helping non-planners understand development options, risks to their community, and planning strategies. The recipe for our program’s success is a mix of highly methodical data handling and a knack for translating complex technical data for non-technical users. This approach allows us to spin-up highly localized and detailed CHARM decision-support models for community leaders across Texas and beyond. By joining us, you will work as part of a team to shape and improve the CHARM platform though the use of new data sets, new mapping exercises, and new analytical tools. The hire must be able to balance individual work with team based collaboration. The hire may be required to supervise junior staff and interns. The hire will bring highly skilled working experience with multi-phased GIS projects, together with a creative mind-set about analysis and cartographic solutions for improving the user experience. The annual salary is commensurate with applicant’s qualifications and years of experience. Hires must be able to occasionally travel overnight for project work. Position is full time, and benefits include paid vacation, paid sick leave, generous medical insurance package, and retirement program options.

General Qualifications

• We expect you to be skilled in advanced ArcGIS tools and methods, to use scripts to streamline workflows, and to have advanced knowledge of geodatabases.

• Any experience with CommunityViz software is valued but not required.

• You’ll be working with GIS data sets of all types, at all scales.

• Hires must be able to quickly interpret data formats, attributes, and their properties to support the development of new GIS-based decision-support tools.

• Knowledge of data source methods, projections, scale, domains, and definitions is requisite.

• Be highly organized in all aspects of GIS work.

• Any subject matter background in natural hazards, hydrology, urban planning, and natural resources is highly beneficial and preferred.

• Strong communication and writing skills are expected.

• GISP credentials are valued.

• Ideally, the candidate will have a master’s degree in geography, planning, natural resources, or allied discipline.

• We are seeking a candidate with 5 or more years’ experience; a minimum of 3 years’ experience required.

+ GIS Analyst/Extension Associate (0-2+ Yrs. Exp.)

Houston, TX. Planning/GIS Team. Full Time, Salaried, Non-academic Position. August 14, 2019. Open until filled.

Position Background

We are seeking a talented GIS professional, quick learner, and someone who thrives on applying GIS to real world, community challenges. The hire will join our urban planning-GIS team, the engine of our CHARM program. CHARM is an interactive, GIS-based, sim-city style platform for helping communities understand development options, risks to their community, and planning strategies. The recipe for our program’s success is a mix of highly methodical data handling and a knack for translating complex technical data for non-technical users. This approach allows us to create highly localized, detailed decision-support tools for community leaders across Texas and beyond. By joining us, you will work as part of a team to shape and improve the CHARM platform though the use of new data sets, new mapping exercises, and new analytical tools. You will be working to enhance our mapping library, assist with spinning up new planning models in GIS, and developing solutions to streamline geoprocessing workflows. Hires should enjoy being part of a team whose goals are to help communities develop and grow resiliently and sustainably. Benefits include paid vacation, paid sick leave, generous medical insurance package, and retirement program options.

General Qualifications

• Qualified candidates will have strong skills in advanced ArcGIS tools and methods.

• The candidate will have a master’s degree in geography, planning, natural resources, or allied discipline. Although zero years of professional experience is required, ideally we prefer 0-2.

• The hire will be working with mapping data of all types, at all scales.

• We expect hires to be able to quickly interpret data formats, attributes, and their properties.

• Knowledge of data source methods, projections, scale, domains, and definitions is requisite for being effective in this position.

• Be highly organized in all aspects of GIS work.

• Strong communication and writing skills are expected.

• The candidate need not have a specific subject matter background, but some subject matter knowledge of community planning, land use, hydrology, natural resources, natural hazards, or disaster management is highly beneficial.

• Hires must be able to occasionally travel overnight for project work and planning meetings.

• The annual salary is commensurate with applicant’s qualifications and years of experience.

+ Graphic Designer (3+ Yrs. Exp.)

Houston, TX. Planning/GIS Team. Full Time, Salaried, Non-academic Position. August 14, 2019. Open until filled.

This position focuses on supporting the design and visual communication needs of a team of urban planning professionals as they help Texans plan and build safer, more sustainable communities. Our outfit sustains a variety of outreach and professional products, all of which can benefit from creative design talent and editing skills. We also seek guidance and thoughtful insights about better utilizing visual communication. Your design work will directly support our planning efforts, professional reports, events, trainings, and importantly, our online resources. You will be member of our office team, balancing individual work with team collaboration, while sustaining a fun and productive office culture.

General Qualifications

• The position requires a bachelor’s degree in graphic design, fine arts, web development, marketing, or related discipline. A masters’ degree is ideal.

• Three or more years of professional design work experience is preferred.

• The new hire will be responsible for a mix of creating and editing web pages, visuals, photos, illustrations, and print media.

• Any professional experience with design and illustration work related to urban planning, architecture, or landscape architecture is welcomed

• The hire will bring professional experience with big picture items such as collaborative workflows, creative design work, and content creation.

• We also expect the successful candidate to be technically skilled with prepping, photo editing, illustrations, and document design and proofing.

• You will also assist in developing and fulfilling our program’s strategy for web design and content. We utilize both Squarespace and WordPress platforms.