Job #96

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Los Angeles, CA

About PlaceWorks:

Based in California, PlaceWorks is one of the premier planning, design, and environmental services firms in the U.S. The firm’s expertise and services span a wide range of practices, including city planning, urban design, landscape architecture, environmental review, GIS, and community participation. Our interdisciplinary, holistic approach integrates sustainability, economic vitality, community goals, and collaboration with our clients in the planning and design process. We are passionate about our work and together with our clients, will continue to create great places. To learn more about the work we do, please visit our website:

To our employees, we offer interesting and diverse project work; a casual, collaborative, and flexible work environment; training, professional development, and career growth opportunities; a comprehensive benefits package (for full-time employees); and the chance to work amongst industry leaders, practice area founders, and friendly, supportive, and dedicated colleagues.

Job Description:

PlaceWorks is seeking full-time, environmental/CEQA planner to lead the Environmental Team in our Los Angeles Office. We are seeking an individual with a minimum of 10 years’ professional experience preparing CEQA/NEPA documents and managing CEQA projects. In addition, an ability and interest to train, mentor, and guide team members is a must. Our Environmental Team works in a cross-disciplinary, collaborative environment and across multiple office locations. Typical work of our environmental planning 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.

This is an Associate Principal-level position. Associate Principals of our firm are perceived as leaders (or emerging leaders) in the industry. Associate Principals also have a demonstrated ability to successfully lead, manage, and oversee staff, projects, presentations, marketing, business development, and client relations—all of which are qualities and skills the ideal candidate must possess. The Associate Principal position recognizes the individual’s potential to become a full Principal at PlaceWorks.

You’re most likely a fit if:

  • You are a creative problem solver, outgoing and can maintain a sense of comradery, and passionate about environmental services work and using your skills for the betterment of communities and the environment.
  • You’re a self-starter who can work both independently and in a highly collaborative environment, including a virtual, work from home environment when needed.
  • Managing multiple projects is second nature and you have successful experience overseeing and coordinating major components of CEQA/NEPA projects of all sizes within budget and schedule. You must have at least 10 years of project management experience. Project management responsibilities include, but are not limited to, proposal writing, staff and sub-consultant coordination, staff oversight, scheduling, budget control, contract review, status reports, client interaction, quality control, and community outreach.
  • You have excellent technical writing skills and are experienced with preparing technically sound and legally defensible analyses and environmental impact assessment documentation in compliance with CEQA and NEPA.
  • You are experienced with processing data and writing impact analysis for initial studies and environmental impact reports (EIRs).
  • You are current on changes and judicial actions relative to environmental compliance, CEQA, and NEPA.
  • You have strong verbal communication and interpersonal skills, and solid client communication abilities. You communicate with the general public, staff members, clients, and others in a professional and courteous manner.
  • You are experienced in marketing, business development, and proposal writing efforts.
  • You have professional acumen to cultivate working relationships with clients, community-based organizations, government agencies, and other firms.
  • You are genuinely interested in working with junior staff and allow others to share in the success of projects. You’re able to supervise and guide staff in all areas of project management and technical skills, effectively delegating work, providing clear direction, and timely feedback.
  • You have strong leadership and management abilities to grow, mentor, and lead staff members.
  • You’re comfortable with public speaking and presenting—you’ll be expected to represent PlaceWorks at job interviews and to coordinate and conduct presentations at community workshops.
  • You’re able to coordinate, travel to, and attend client meetings and community workshops which may occur on weekday nights and weekends.
  • You possess a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree in urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning; land use or environmental law; or related field.
  • You have a working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint).
  • You have a current and valid driver’s license, proof of automobile insurance, and acceptable MVR to drive on Company business for performing site visits and attending meetings.

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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