March 12 2014

Top 10 Job Boards for Urban Planners

If you love cities and want to make them better, stay right where you are. Global Site Plans searched through the web to find the best sources for urban planning job listings. We then used Alexa International Rankings to compile our list and present you, the reader, with the Top 10 Job Boards for Urban Planners. Several of the sites were highly ranked on 2013’s Top 10 Urban Planning Websites, including Planetizen, American Planning Association and Urban Land Institute. Opportunities await, so take a load off and find out where urbanists are finding work.

1. Planetizen / http://www.planetizen.com/jobs / @planetizen

Planetizen

Planetizen has become a frequent presence on our lists, having ranked highly in both Top 10 Urban Planning Websites lists for 2012 and 2013. One reason for their popularity may be their comprehensive list of jobs, which features career opportunities from around the world, covering all facets of the urban planning field. You can also advertise your own jobs on the site, with several billing options, or post 300-word internship opportunities for free. Stay updated with the new listings by subscribing to the JobsWire.

2. American Planning Association / https://www.planning.org/jobs / @APA_Planning

APA American Planning Association

American Planning Association is another popular site on our lists. The large membership-based organization has an impressive database of jobs in planning. There are over 100 jobs listed on the site, in cities around the United States. Employers can search through resumes and post a job, if they have an account. The site even provides job posting tips to help employers get applicants quickly.

3. Urban Land Institute / http://uli.selectleaders.com / @UrbanLandInst

ULI Urban Land Institute

This large, international nonprofit has also been on both of our previous lists of Urban Planning Websites. In addition to being a highly respected source of information and news in the fields of planning and real estate, Urban Land Institute also provides tremendous career opportunities. Use their Career Center page to search for urban planning-specific jobs. Users will also find tips on writing resumes and useful articles to help you in the search.

4. Cybrurbia / http://www.cyburbia.org/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=60 / @cyburbia_forums

cyburbua

Cyburbia creates a community for urban planners. Their jobs board forum provides a list of opportunities from all over the United States. You can search for positions through a variety of categories, all related to the planning field. Take a look at their FAQ page to get a thorough understanding of all the site’s features. If you want to be an active user of the site, register for an account!

5. Planning Magazine / http://jobs.planningresource.co.uk / @PlanningMag

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Planning jobs is brought to you by Planning Magazine, an “independent information hub for planning professionals” based out of the United Kingdom. Their database provides anything and everything an urban planner seeking a job could want. Browse jobs by function, speciality and sector. See who’s hiring, find advice and look at their ads. If you really want to specify your search, set up your own email alert.

6. Planning Institute of Australia / http://www.planning.org.au/employment/employment-directory / @pia_planning

planning institute australia

Planning Institute Australia helps build better communities by guiding planning professionals through education, outreach and professional development. Their employment directory provides job positions located around Australia, amongst other resources. See who’s hiring, find sponsorship opportunities or advertise positions.

7. Canadian Institute of Planners /
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canadian institute of planners

Find employment opportunities located throughout Canada on the Canadian Institute of Planners’ website. The membership-based institution strives to advance the field of urban planning in the nation and beyond. On the site, you’ll find a link to post jobs in both English and French, which can be done through a simple online form.

8. The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning / http://www.acsp.org/jobs/jobs.html

association of collegiate schools of planning

If you want to pursue a career in urban planning academia, this is the site for you. The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning strengthens the role of planning education in universities across the United States. Their long list of jobs includes positions for both professors and research associations, all specific to planning. The jobs bank offers numerous faculty positions, in addition to other resources helpful to PhD students and those looking to improve their resume.

9. TownPlanningJobs / http://www.townplanningjobs.com / @TownPlanningUK

town planning jobs

TownPlanningJobs is a website run by planners devoted strictly to advertising planning jobs. On their jobs board, you can search for positions by location, job type, salary and category. Submitting a job only takes a few easy steps. If you’re on the job hunt, join the network and sign up for an account for free.

10. GeographyJobs.comhttp://www.geographyjobs.com/Urban_Planning_Jobs.html

geographyjobs.com

Completing our list is GeographyJobs.com, a site devoted to helping users find jobs in the field of geography. Fortunately, that includes a thorough list of positions for urban planners. Most of the positions are focused in the southern states of the United States. Other related fields on the site include jobs in GIS, transportation, geospatial analysis and engineering. If you’re an employer, post your job here. Finally, receive email alerts by entering your information here.

There are a lot of sources out there for urban planners and city lovers alike to find jobs. Did we miss any on our list? Let us know in the comment section below!

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Robert Poole

Robert Poole recently graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Anthropology and a minor in City and Regional Planning. He grew up in San Diego but now resides in San Francisco. He is intrigued by, yet concerned with the large discrepancies in socio-economic development within the Bay Area. He currently works at a non-profit organization in San Francisco that advocates for new housing development in the City through policy and legislation. As he continues his work, he hopes to gain a more in-depth understanding of the city’s public process in order to develop solutions that create more affordable housing options for the City's low to middle-income residents.

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3 Responses to “Top 10 Job Boards for Urban Planners”

  1. Dan Malo Says:

    great list!

    It’s also good to check the websites of companies for unlisted jobs or opportunities to submit your resume.

  2. James Gardner Says:

    I’d love to see a top 10 for RFPs and/or Bids! Any chance of you putting that together?

    Thanks

    James Gardner
    Gardner Planning Associates, LLC

  3. Robert Poole Says:

    Thanks Dan! Yes, that’s a great approach. I’m sure there a ton of companies that are not listing jobs and internships on public job boards.

    James, that’s an interesting idea. I’ll look into how we can search for that. Our next list, which will be Landscape Architecture jobs, will be posted in two weeks. I’ll see what I can come up with for RFPs after that. Thanks for the suggestion!

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