Intern - Planning and Development - Temporary

City Hall, 555 Walnut Street, Abilene, Texas, United States of America Req #673
Friday, May 26, 2023


Under immediate direction of the Director of Planning and Development Services, and/or the Assistant Director, Assists in the performance of numerous phases of City planning and zoning work. This is an opportunity for a current college student or recent college graduate to receive knowledge and training within the planning scope throughout the City. May provide support to all departments within the organization as projects and needs cross departments. This position assists professional staff in the preparation of planning research, surveys and projects.


This position is an internship position and does not function as a supervisor.


Work on numerous special projects within the Planning and Development Services Department.

Work on infill development initiatives, including compiling property inventories, improvements, analyses, and zoning and condition assessments of existing residential and commercial properties for potential infill development opportunities.

Develop complex spreadsheets and databases of information and statistics on residential and commercial properties. Research, collect, and prepare information as assigned for analysis.

Gain and utilize professional knowledge and understanding of code and permitting requirements in the Planning and Development divisions to assist, greet, advise and direct the public as well as answer questions.

Continuously observe and participate in the methods, practices, problems, and principles related to professional assignments.

Review, organize and maintain files/documents. Recommend improvements to procedures and processes for efficiency.

Participate and assist with job activities as assigned, which may include outdoor activities.

Gain experience in ethical professional conduct.

Gain municipal/local government compliance understanding and knowledge by reviewing the Abilene City Charter.


Perform other job related duties and responsibilities as assigned.


Knowledge of:

A variety of computer software applications, especially Excel and Word.

Office administration procedures.

Skill to:

Function with a high level of interpersonal skills to handle sensitive and confidential situations and documents.

Attention to detail in composing, typing and proof-reading materials,

Establish priorities and meeting deadlines.

Operate computer equipment and software.

Use basic mathematical skills including percentages and means.

Ability to:

Communicate both orally and in writing.

Operate standard office equipment.

Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work, both internally and externally.

Follow and embrace the City of Abilene Core Values – Respect, Integrity, Service Above Self, and Excellence in All We Do.

Perform as a team member in a manner that accomplishes the Division’s mission and treats team members and the public with dignity, courtesy, and respect.

Experience and Training Guidelines:


This is an internship position and no previous experience is required.


Graduation from High School or GED certification is required.

Must be a currently enrolled college undergraduate or graduate student.

License or Certificate:

A valid Texas driver’s license, the ability to obtain one within 90 days of employment, or a military waiver is required.

Special Requirements:

The position requires the ability to work in both a standard office environment

and has the possibility of working outside in extreme temperatures.

Essential duties require the following physical skills and work environment:

With or without accommodation, the “X” indicates the overall strength demand of the position during a typical workday:

­­___ Sedentary – lifting of no more than 10 pounds

___ Light – lifting no more than 20 pounds; carrying up to 10 pounds

_X_ Medium – lifting no more than 50 pounds; carrying up to 25 pounds

___ Heavy – lifting no more than 100 pounds; carrying up to 50 pounds

___ Very Heavy – team lifting over 100 pounds; carrying more than 50 pounds

Physical Demand Codes: The following describes whether or not the position is expected to exert the physical demands listed during a typical workday as well as the overall frequency of the task:

Codes for how often:

N = No

E = Extensive (100 – 70% of the time)

M = Moderate (60 – 30% of the time)

I = Infrequent (20 – 10% of the time)

A = Almost Never (<10% of the time)

Code / Task

_M_ Standing

_M_ Sitting

_M_ Walking

_M_ Lifting

_M_ Carrying

_I__ Pushing/Pulling

_I__ Overhead Work

_M_ Fine Dexterity

_M_ Kneeling

_I__ Crouching

_I__ Crawling

_M_ Bending

_M_ Twisting

_A_ Climbing

_I__ Balancing

_E_ Vision

_E_ Hearing

_E_ Talking

_N_ Other: _____________________

Other details

  • Job Family Intern - Planning and Development - TE
  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Min Hiring Rate $14.93
  • Max Hiring Rate $18.29
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  • City Hall, 555 Walnut Street, Abilene, Texas, United States of America