Job #53

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San Diego

Job Description:

PlaceWorks is seeking a full-time, mid-level Environmental CEQA/NEPA Planner to join the Environmental Team in the San Diego 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.

The ideal candidate will have 4 – 6 years of environmental planning experience with: preparing and processing environmental documents to comply with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA); preparing and writing Environmental Impact Reports (EIRs); project management for CEQA projects of all sizes; conducting most phases of the CEQA process including project scoping, public noticing, document preparation, public meetings, and community outreach. Project work encompasses a wide-range of public and private-sector projects, such as: new and modified developments (schools, industrial, commercial, mixed-use, residential), policy planning projects (specific plans, general plans), and public facilities and infrastructure projects (drainage channels, parks). The candidate must have: excellent technical writing abilities; solid client communication abilities; the desire to pursue marketing and business development opportunities; and strong public speaking and presentation skills.

Responsibilities Include:

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Oversees and coordinates most aspects of project management for CEQA/NEPA projects of all sizes, with minimal or no oversight from Principals. Examples include, but are not limited to: proposal writing, staffing, sub-consultant coordination, scheduling, budget control, client interaction, quality control, and community outreach.
  • Prepares technically sound and legally defensible analyses and environmental impact assessment documentation, including technical writing, in compliance with CEQA and NEPA.
  • Writes technical reports and assessment text which are clear, easy to follow, and tailored for the intended audience.
  • Conducts research and compiles data as required by the project. Analyzes project research/data, spots issues, and synthesizes ideas into meaningful outputs and solutions.
  • Prepares and proofreads proposals, statements of qualifications, marketing materials, and project documents.
  • Public speaking; attends meetings and public hearings, and represents PlaceWorks at interviews for jobs.
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with clients, including public and private sector clients, community organizations, and other firms.
  • Assists with and actively participates in marketing and business development efforts for planning work throughout California.
  • Performs site visits as needed.
  • Supervises and guides staff in project management and technical skills.
  • Coordinates staff work and the review of staff work products.
  • 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.
  • Masters degree in related field is a plus.
  • Minimum of 4 years’ related work experience performing the responsibilities listed above, preferably with a private consulting firm or municipal planning agency.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint) is required.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and manage multiple projects within budget and schedule.
  • Strong analytical skills and technical writing skills.
  • Strong public speaking skills and presentation abilities.
  • Ability to work independently and in a highly collaborative environment with other team members such as planners, 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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