Job #51

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Santa Ana

Job Description:

PlaceWorks is seeking a full-time Planner with a specific interest in environmental planning and environmental analysis, to work on the Environmental Team in the Santa Ana Office. We are looking for a planner that is passionate about their work, creative in their approach, enjoys working in a highly collaborative environment, and is deeply committed to providing environmental services. The Environmental Team works collaboratively and across disciplines on projects such as, commercial centers, mixed-use development, parks, specific plans, general plans, schools, and infrastructure projects. Our office is fast-paced and planners may work on several projects at a time.

This is an entry-level position. The ideal candidate will have 0 – 1 year of experience (such as through an internship) related to planning. Specific experience related to environmental planning is a plus. The Planner will assist with researching, reviewing, analyzing, and writing documents related to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA); and processing data and impact analysis for initial studies and environmental impact reports (EIRs). The candidate must be detail-oriented, and possess excellent writing and analytical skills.

Responsibilities Include:

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Executes multiple assignments with multiple project managers.
  • Conducts research, compiles data, reviews, analyzes, and prepares technical writing of CEQA/NEPA documents.
  • Coordinates and produces final products and presentations.
  • Assists at community meetings by preparing meeting materials, taking notes, and facilitating small group discussions (these meetings may occur on weekday nights and weekends).
  • Analyzes project research/data, spots issues, and synthesizes ideas into meaningful outputs and solutions.
  • Performs site visits as needed.
  • Expands knowledge and keeps up with best practices with respect to the position.


  • Minimum 4-year college degree (Bachelor’s degree). Bachelor’s degree in urban, regional, environmental or natural resource planning; public administration; land use or environmental law; or related field, is preferred.
  • Master’s degree in related field is a plus.
  • 1 year related experience performing the responsibilities listed above is a plus.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint) is required.
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task with project work and meet stated client-initiated deadlines.
  • Able to work in a highly collaborative environment with other team members such as urban planners and designers, landscape architects, economists, environmental planners, and other specialists.

Application Materials:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume (PDF)
  • Writing Samples

Total e-mail size, including attachments, must not be larger than 10 MB.


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