Hi, Iím a planner working in Sydney, Aus, and was thinking of seeing if I could get some experience in the States. I was actually born in the US, so I can legally work and stay as long as I want, and theoretically if I enjoyed it I would probably just stay, but it did seem a little aimless to just fly over and start a job in some unknown town. I was wondering if there are any sort of agreements where a company or council, or university even, would be willing to take on someone in my position for the short to medium term (6 - 12 months).
Ideally Iíd like to work somewhere that undertakes some sort of research or looks at more left-field planning solutions/ projects (I can't pretend to know the country that well, but I've heard that Portland's quite progressive).
I donít have any American relatives. The closest connection Iíve got is some family friends in Seattle, and some friends on Van Island, so maybe somewhere in Washington would best suit, but Iíd be willing to look beyond this.
My experience is a mix of private sector and local government, mainly of statutory planning/ development control, with some minor strategic work. I have considerable planning experience in Australia (approx. 6 years), which I realise wonít be directly relevant, but Iíve got a good grasp of planning principles and am prepared to learn.
I hope that made sense, it's still just a tentative idea at this stage. Let me know if you've got any suggestions. Thanks - steve.