Environmental Planner 5-CEQA/NEPA


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Job Description

-With general direction, gathers, compiles, and analyzes data across a broad range of disciplines for purposes of conducting environmental impact assessments under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and/or the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
-Utilizing land use, economic forecasting, population growth, and other related data to create basic to high complexity modeling and forecasting for Water Resources, Air Quality, and Environmental Impact studies and plans.
-Conducts basic to high-complexity analysis for CEQA and NEPA documents, other technical studies, and plans. Reviews analysis conducted by junior staff or sub-consultants' existing models and recommend improvements/changes as necessary.
-Performs or oversees field investigations, surveys, studies, or other research to compile and analyze data on environmental impacts of prospective land uses or development/infrastructure proposals.
-Collaborates with engineers, designers, clients, and sub-consultants to research, analyze, or resolve complex environmental impact-related design project issues.
-Reviews land use plans for compliance with applicable local, state, and federal environmental and conservation laws.
-Escalates any legal compliance issues as necessary.
-Prepares, or assists in preparing, CEQA and/or NEPA documents, including environmental impact reports or environmental impact statements; negative declarations/mitigated negative declarations or environmental assessments; categorical exemptions or categorical exemptions; and other related CEQA and/or NEPA documents, notices, and other materials.
-Assists in public outreach, including preparation of project information materials, presentations, and public meeting/workshop materials.
-Provides technical guidance and training to more junior staff. Mentors more junior staff and develops them for future growth within the discipline and firm.
-May create, or work with a team to create, a poster or other presentation material for a conference.
-Collaborates with sales staff to create and develop proposals in response to current and potential client requests for proposals (RFPs).
-Reviews draft proposals for adherence to firm, industry, state, local, and federal regulations and best practices.
-Meets with current and potential future clients to review their current and future CEQA/NEPA compliance design needs.

Minimum Qualifications

-Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering, Urban, Community or Regional Planning or related discipline.
-AICP, PTP, PE, CEP or approved certification in a related field. Or Master's degree in Civil Engineering, Urban, Community or Regional Planning or related discipline.
-7 years of related experience with Bachelor's degree or 6 years of experience with Masters's degree.
-Domestic and/or international travel may be required. The frequency of travel is contingent on specific duties, responsibilities, and the essential functions of the position, which may vary depending on workload and project demands.
-Equivalent additional directly related experience will be considered in lieu of a degree.

EEO Statement

We attract the best people in the industry, supporting their efforts to learn and grow. We strive to create a challenging and progressive work environment. We provide career opportunities that span a variety of disciplines and geographic locations, with projects that our employees plan, design, build and operate as diverse as the needs of our clients. CDM Smith is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, disability, citizenship status, genetics, protected veteran status or any other characteristics protected by applicable law.

Background Check and Drug Testing Information

CDM Smith Inc. and its divisions and subsidiaries (hereafter collectively referred to as "CDM Smith") reserves the right to require background checks including criminal, employment, education, licensure, etc. as well as credit and motor vehicle when applicable for certain positions. In addition, CDM Smith may conduct drug testing for designated positions. Background checks are conducted after an offer of employment has been made in the United States. The timing of when background checks will be conducted on candidates for positions outside the United States will vary based on country statutory law but in no case, will the background check precede an interview. CDM Smith will conduct interviews of qualified individuals prior to requesting a criminal background check, and no job application submitted prior to such interview shall inquire into an applicant's criminal history. If this position is subject to a background check for any convictions related to its responsibilities and requirements, employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation including criminal history. Criminal history will not automatically disqualify a candidate. In addition, during employment individuals may be required by CDM Smith or a CDM Smith client to successfully complete additional background checks, including motor vehicle record as well as drug testing.

Agency Disclaimer

All vendors must have a signed CDM Smith Placement Agreement from the CDM Smith Recruitment Center Manager to receive payment for your placement. Verbal or written commitments from any other member of the CDM Smith staff will not be considered binding terms. All unsolicited resumes sent to CDM Smith and any resume submitted to any employee outside of CDM Smith Recruiting Center Team (RCT) will be considered property of CDM Smith. CDM Smith will not be held liable to pay a placement fee.

Additional Compensation

All bonuses at CDM Smith are discretionary and may or may not apply to this position.