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Ontario, CA

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.

Job Description:

PlaceWorks is seeking a full-time, entry-level Geologist or Environmental Scientist to become part of the Environmental Team in our Ontario Office. We are seeking individuals with approximately 0 – 3 years of professional experience (such as through an internship) related to geology and/or environmental site assessment projects. The ideal candidate is self-motivated, passionate, creative, energetic, and deeply committed to the environmental services profession, and is engaged in using their skills for the betterment of communities and the environment. This position provides the proper experience and support in becoming a Professional Geologist.

Under the guidance of project managers and other senior staff, this position assists project teams and other staff members by performing site visits/field work to collect, analyze, and process data to contribute to the successful completion of projects at a variety of scales. Our environmental practice encompasses a variety of private and public-sector project work including environmental review of: 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).

Responsibilities Include:

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Traveling to various project sites to perform site visits, field work, and physical site assessments.
  • Providing field support and technical assistance to other team members during site visits.
  • Collecting data through methods such as logging soils, collecting soil samples, overseeing drilling, and performing groundwater sampling.
  • Contributing to the preparation of environmental site assessment reports and technical proposals through research, compiling data, reviewing, analyzing, and writing documents. Preparing technical reports and assessment text which are clear, easy to follow, and tailored for the intended audience.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Assessing site characteristics utilizing desktop GIS, aerial imagery, and online mapping tools such as ArcGIS Online and Google Earth.


The ideal candidate will possess the following key qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in geology; environmental science; environmental engineering; environmental or natural resource planning; or, related field.
  • Strong technical writing, research, and analytical skills with high attention to detail.
  • Strong verbal communication skills.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint), with an emphasis on Microsoft Excel.
  • 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.
  • Able to lift 50 lbs and work in an outdoor environment. Must feel comfortable performing outdoor field work in a variety of locations including: urbanized areas, industrial areas, rural areas, busy streets, and near schools.
  • Willing to travel and perform site visits and field work. Travel up to several weeks at a time may be required. The amount of fieldwork varies, potentially up to 50% – 90% of the time. Occasional weekend and evening work may be required.
  • Have a current and valid driver’s license, proof of automobile insurance, acceptable MVR, and a personal vehicle (to perform site visits).
  • OSHA 40-Hour HAZWOPER training (current) is a plus.

Application Materials:

Please submit your cover letter, resume, and a writing sample as a single PDF.

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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