Project Associate – Planning Project Associate

Full Time

We are seeking an entry-to-mid-level Planning Project Associate to join our team of professionals in our Pasadena, CA office. 
MIG supports a hybrid work-from-home/remote and in-office schedule and encourages in-person work for learning and team-building opportunities.


  • Collaborative Teammate: You will work as part of a supportive, cross-office, cross-discipline team that plans and designs with communities of all sizes across the United States for public and private-sector clients.
  • Project Work: You will support a team of planners, designers, and project managers in all aspects of project design and implementation, including support with community engagement and meeting design, preparation, logistics, and facilitation; research and analysis; technical and policy writing; creation of highly visual materials, reports, and/or summaries; content analysis; project administration; and client interaction.
  • Project Types: The range of projects you will work on is exciting and broad reaching, including comprehensive plans, specific plans and master plans, downtown and corridor plans, zoning codes, and park and recreation system master plans, among others. All work will involve engaging with the local community and using modern tools for mapping and analysis.

MIG works on projects nationwide; some travel, evening, and weekend work will be required for community engagement, site evaluations, client meetings, or to meet deadlines. MIG encourages a sustainable and healthy work-life balance, and these excess hours can be offset during the week when possible.




To accomplish these responsibilities, you will be able to manage multiple tasks and deadlines, think critically and creatively, work as part of a collaborative team in an open environment, and maintain a sense of humor and camaraderie. In addition, you are expected to have some combination of the following qualifications: 

  • A Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, public policy, or a related field. (A Master’s degree in one of these or a complementary field is a plus.)
  • Relevant work experience (internships OK) in land use planning, urban planning, urban design, policy, community engagement, master planning or a closely related field with an understanding of and commitment to quality, inclusive, community centered planning and design.
  • Ability to produce high-quality work products, including but not limited to planning documents, graphics, maps, and charts.
  • Excellent skills in research, writing, analysis, document presentation, and written and verbal communication. Graphic design proficiencies are a plus.
  • Knowledge and demonstrated interest in the intersection of design, planning, and equity and an ability to develop collaborative, productive, and respectful relationships with community members, organizations, and partners. MIG values and respects both lived experience as part of a non-dominant group (e.g., gender identity, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity, ability, etc.) and experience gained through study and work. We strongly believe in building a team that authentically represents the diversity and backgrounds of the communities we work with. We strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of non-dominant groups. 
  • Knowledge about the principles and practices of land use planning at the city, county, regional, and state level.
  • Software proficiency in Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite is required. Experience in ArcGIS Pro and/or SketchUp is a plus. 
  • Willingness and initiative to pitch in, adapt, and collaborate as a teammate.  
  • Confident presentation and public speaking skills in both small and large group discussions.
  • Local or willing to relocate to the Pasadena area to participate in work directly with our teams and clients. 
  • A plus, you are bilingual with Spanish or other non-English language skills.