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About PlaceWorks:

PlaceWorks is a California based multi-disciplinary firm of planning, design, and environmental services professionals. Our expertise and services span a broad range of practices including: city planning, urban design, landscape architecture, environmental review, GIS, and community participation. We have a strong commitment to sustainable planning and design and to improving and empowering underserved urban and rural communities and the natural environment. Our work is driven by environmental stewardship and meaningful public participation in the planning and design process. Learn more about the work we do and how we do it at:

PlaceWorks offers employees interesting and diverse project work; training, professional development, and career growth opportunities; work-life balance; and, the chance to work amongst industry leaders, practice area founders, and friendly, supportive, and dedicated colleagues. We offer a competitive salary, generous benefits, and a casual and collaborative work environment.

Title – Position:



Berkeley, CA / Santa Ana, CA

Job Description:

PlaceWorks is seeking full-time, entry-level and/or mid-level Noise Technical Specialists to become part of the Environmental Team in our Berkeley Office or Santa Ana Office. For an entry-level position, we are seeking individuals with approximately 0 – 3 years of technical experience (such as through a college degree, accreditation program, or internship) conducting environmental noise, acoustics, and vibration impact assessments; experience specifically related to CEQA is a plus. For a mid-level position, we are seeking individuals with 3+ years of technical experience in engineering acoustics and environmental noise and vibration control/studies as specifically related to CEQA. The ideal candidate is passionate, energetic, and deeply committed to the environmental services profession, and is engaged in using their skills for the betterment of communities and the environment. The Noise Technical Specialist assists project teams and other technical specialists by conducting noise and vibration impact assessments, modeling, and other technical studies to prepare environmental impact assessment documentation per the CEQA and/or NEPA for a wide array of projects at a variety of scales. Our environmental practice encompasses a variety of private and public sector project work including environmental review of: general and specific plans, schools, parks, mixed-use development, commercial centers, and infrastructure projects.

Responsibilities Include:

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Designing and performing site visits and field work at project locations to measure and characterize existing noise and vibration conditions in project areas.
  • Conducting noise/acoustic modeling for transportation and construction-related noise and vibration impacts using sound propagation modeling such as: TNM, SoundPLAN, CadnaA.
  • Assisting in the preparation of technically sound and legally defensible technical analyses, reports, and environmental impact assessment documentation related to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
  • Preparing technical reports and assessment text which are clear, easy to follow, and tailored for the intended audience.
  • Generating succinct and informative presentations of technical results in both tabular and graphical formats.
  • Conducting research and compiling data as required by the project; analyzing/interpreting scientific data so it can be translated into a technical report format; researching and interpreting applicable regulations and standards.

In addition to the above responsibilities, a senior-level candidate may also have the following responsibilities:

  • Developing appropriate mitigation measures when necessary.
  • Coordinating with public agencies and attending hearings.
  • Preparing proposals in pursuit of future project work opportunities.
  • Training and mentoring junior staff in the technical aspects of environmental noise and vibration impact assessment.


Ideal candidate will possess the following key qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree in engineering, physics, acoustics, environmental sciences, or related field.
  • Minimum of 1-year related experience performing the responsibilities listed above.
  • Excellent technical writing, research, and analytical skills.
  • Strong verbal communication skills.
  • High attention to detail.
  • Strong mathematical skills, and advanced skills with high-level functions in Excel.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.)
  • Familiarity with, or experience using sound propagation modeling and other specialized applications such as: TNM, SoundPLAN, CadnaA, ArcGIS.
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task with project work and meet stated deadlines.
  • Able to work independently and in a highly collaborative environment with other team members.
  • Must feel comfortable performing outdoor field work in a variety of locations including: urbanized areas, industrial areas, rural areas, busy streets, and near schools.
  • Valid CA Drivers License and acceptable MVR.

Application Materials:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Writing Samples

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


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PlaceWorks is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. All employment decisions at PlaceWorks are based on business needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, military and veteran status, physical or mental disability, or any other status covered by applicable federal, state, or local law.

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