Teach for Planetizen


  • Planetizen Courses are developed in collaboration with working professionals to provide practical skills that planning professionals use in their work.
  • We are seeking experienced instructors to help us develop and expand our video courses. 
  • Instructors work with with a Planetizen Courses producer to plan and record hour-long courses on a freelance basis.


  • ArcGIS Online
  • Autodesk 3ds Max Design
  • AutoCAD Civil/Civil 3D
  • AutoCAD LT
  • Chaordix
  • Cisco WebEx
  • Citrix GoToWebinar / GoToMeeting
  • CommunityViz
  • Drupal (to build a planning-related website)
  • ESRI City Engine 3D Modeling
  • IdeaScale
  • Land F/X
  • Microsoft Project (managing planning projects)
  • Open Geo Suite
  • Open Trip Planner
  • Rhino 3D and VRay
  • 'R' Statistics & Programing
  • SeeClickFix
  • Social media management software
  • TransCAD
  • UrbanSim
  • URBEMIS & emissions modeling
  • WalkScore
  • WazoKu
  • Wikis (for public participation)
  • WordPress (to build a planning-related website)


  • Minimum 3 years of teaching experience.
  • Minimum 3 years of planning, or related experience.
  • Demonstrated expertise with the topic(s) you propose to teach.
  • Prepared curriculum. (Ideally, you are already teaching the topic, and can deliver a similar course for Planetizen.)
  • If teaching about a software product, the Instructor should have a functional, licensed copy of the software for demonstration.
  • Excellent computer and Internet literacy.
  • Complete fluency in English.


  • Participate in an initial orientation call or Skype meeting.
  • Prepared a course outline in consultation with the Planetizen Courses Producer.
  • Work with the Planetizen Courses Producer to determine appropriate images, video and other materials.
  • Participate in two course planning meetings with the Planetizen Courses Producer.
  • Record video courses at Planetizen's video studio in Los Angeles, California.
  • Prepare multiple choice questions for each course.
  • Courses must be completed within 45 days of the project start date.


  • Compensation is based on a per course hour basis, and based on teaching experience.
  • Instructors receive visibility on the Planetizen Courses website.
  • Instructors can work from any location to plan the courses, but must visit Planetizen's studio in Los Angeles, CA to record the course. 
  • Planetizen provides a travel stipend for instructors outside of Southern California.

To Apply

Please submit the following to Chris Steins, Planetizen Editor, via email, [email protected].

  • Your resume.
  • A one-paragraph summary for each course you propose to teach.
  • A 1-minute audio and video recording of yourself discussing any topic. (This could be recorded using a smart phone or any inexpensive camera. We're not looking for video quality, just your presentation style.)

Thanks for your potential interest in becoming a Planetizen Instructor.