Hiring: Entry-level Planner

We are seeking a collaborative and creative planner.

Are you passionate about helping communities grow, develop, redevelop, and preserve natural systems? Do you want to craft innovative planning and design solutions that lead to improving the physical, social, environmental, and economic health of a neighborhood, downtown, community, or region? Do you want to work in an environment that places a high value on collaboration with other planners, designers, civil engineers, economists, and other leaders?

If so, we are looking for someone like you to join our team.

We are currently seeking an entry-level staff planner with 0-3 years of professional planning experience. This position will work closely with planning staff on a variety of project assignments including collecting and organizing project background information for use in reports, computer rendering of maps and drawings, site visits, data collection, participation in public outreach and community engagement methods, writing, and preparing presentations and documents for clients. We’re seeking a planner who will collaborate with planning, landscape architecture, and urban design professionals in a project team setting, on a range of complex, multi-disciplinary projects. This position provides an opportunity to gain exposure to a broad range of responsibilities required of a professional planner and presents an opportunity for advancement as a project manager at the firm. This position requires strong technical and organizational skills, excellent customer service rapport, and application of energy and creativity to innovative and unique projects.

A day in the life of a Entry-level Planner at REA: Collaborative. Steward.  Deliberate. Ideate.  

As an Entry-Level Planner, you will assist the project manager and project team in support of management and completion of multiple projects of varying size and complexity, primarily in the State of Indiana and surrounding region.  The work entails working closely with the project team to research various aspects of a project, develop maps, graphics, and working papers; assisting with development of presentations and presentation boards, conducting in-person and online public engagement, and assisting with writing and developing concepts for work products.  You are exposed to the various aspects of the business by providing support to many different project teams at REA.

Our planning group works on a wide range of projects, at a variety of scales, all over the region, and across the U.S. Our award-winning work includes comprehensive plans, neighborhood plans, ordinances, transportation and corridor plans, resiliency plans, redevelopment plans, downtown plans, mixed use & innovation districts, and everything in between. We are known for our strong approach to equitable planning and inclusive community engagement. The planning group works closely with the urban design and landscape architecture practices within the firm.

We believe in developing realistic plans that are implementable and achievable for our clients. We believe that interdisciplinary collaboration advances our work and the communities we serve. Our planning, urban design, and landscape architecture practices work together on each planning project to strongly incorporate both design and policy into every plan we create. Our community engagement techniques are on the forefront of the profession. While we often partner with consultants, we typically lead engagement efforts in-house with our team. We employ a variety of software platforms, including ArcGIS mapping software, CommunityViz, and CommunityAnalyst, and other innovative engagement techniques.

We work closely with our clients and are frequently meeting in their communities. Regular day travel and evening meetings are required as well as limited overnight trips.

Qualifications / Skills Required

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Urban Planning, Urban Design, or related field from an accredited program
  • 0 to 3 years of experience in the planning field
  • Strong written and verbal skills
  • Ability to thrive in a collaborative, team-oriented environment 
  • Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office programs(Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Adobe Creative Suite, ArcGIS, and Google Sketchup
  • Knowledge of AutoCAD is a plus
  • Demonstrated commitment to planning and improving local communities
  • Broad knowledge base in planning and urban design, along with specific knowledge and/or interest in policy, land use, site analysis, and zoning which are essential components of REA's work
  • An interest in becoming an AICP Candidate or Certified Planner is preferred
  • Fluency in Spanish is a plus

What We Offer

  • Competitive salary and comprehensive benefits
  • Flexibility in the workplace and your schedule, including equipment to work from home 1-2days a week
  • Opportunities for professional development through internal and external trainings, mentorship and professional associations
  • Ability to work from our offices in Indianapolis, IN

About REA

REA (Rundell Ernstberger Associates) is an interdisciplinary urban design, planning, and landscape architecture firm with a history of over 40 years providing innovative planning and design. We’re committed to making our world a better place. That starts with celebrating the unique identity, culture, and history of each community. We make space for connections, for building new relationships and deeper engagement – and for improving the health of people and the planet. Our work reflects who we are and what our communities can become.

How to Apply

If you would like to be considered as a potential candidate for this position, please send an email with a cover letter stating your interest and qualifications, a resume, work samples, and contact information for three references. All materials should be in PDF format and the total size of all files should not exceed 9MB. REA is committed to diversity, inclusivity, and collaboration. We encourage those from underrepresented communities (women, people of color, LGBTQIA+, immigrants, and those with disabilities) to apply. REA is an equal opportunity employer(EO/AA/VEV/Disabled employer). Email responses to: careers@reasite.com. Please indicate the position you are applying for in the subject line.