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Orange County

Mid-Level Noise Specialist

PlaceWorks is seeking a full-time, mid-level Noise Specialist to become part of the Environmental Team in our Orange County (Santa Ana) office. We are looking for an individual with 3+ years of technical experience in engineering acoustics and environmental noise and vibration control/studies as specifically related to CEQA.

Job Description

PlaceWorks is seeking a full-time, mid-level Noise Specialist to become part  of the Environmental Team in our Orange County (Santa Ana) office. We are  looking for an individual 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 self-starting, outgoing, and passionate about helping shape and improve  communities and the environment through their work. We work in a wide  array of communities throughout California, and we encourage diverse  candidates from non-traditional backgrounds to apply.

The Noise Specialist assists project teams and other technical specialists by  conducting noise and vibration impact assessments, modeling, and other  technical studies to prepare environmental impact assessments for  CEPA/NEPA documentation 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, school facilities (e.g., stadiums), parks, mixed-use  development, housing projects, commercial centers (e.g., car washes, drive- thrus), industrial and warehousing centers, and infrastructure projects.

You’re most likely a fit if:

  • You love planning for the future of communities and making a  difference with your work.
  • You have experience designing and performing site visits and field  work at project locations to measure and characterize existing noise  and vibration conditions in project areas.
  • You have experience conducting noise/acoustic modeling for  transportation- and construction-related noise and vibration impacts  using sound propagation modeling such as: RCNM, TNM,  SoundPLAN, CadnaA.
  • You can develop appropriate mitigation measures to reduce noise  impacts of a project when necessary.
  • You have experience with the CEQA process, CEQA and NEPA  compliance, and technical writing and analysis of environmental  documents and impact analysis for initial studies and EIRs.  Experience in other technical (non-noise) areas such as air quality,  greenhouse gases, or Phase I environmental site assessments, is a plus.
  • You have outstanding technical writing, research, and analytical skills  with a high attention to detail, and enjoy compiling research and data  as required by a project.
  • Multi-tasking is second nature and you can produce final products by  stated deadlines.
  • You’re able to travel to and perform outdoor site visits and field work  as a project requires (sometimes on weekday evenings and weekends)  and in a variety of locations, including urbanized areas, industrial  areas, rural areas, busy streets, and near schools. You are comfortable  with operating and being on a ladder.
  • You’re able to coordinate with public agencies and travel to and attend  hearings which may occur on weekday nights and weekends.
  • You’re interested in assisting with marketing, business development,  and proposal efforts for environmental work.
  • You’re able to train and mentor junior staff in the technical aspects of  environmental noise and vibration impact assessment.
  • You’re a self-starter who is also a team player, and who can work both  independently and in a highly collaborative environment.
  • You have strong mathematical skills, and advanced skills with high- level functions in Excel.
  • You have strong verbal communication and interpersonal skills and  aren’t afraid to ask questions.
  • You’re experienced and proficient with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel,  Outlook, and PowerPoint).
  • You possess a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree in engineering,  physics, acoustics, environmental studies, or a related field.
  • You have a current and valid California driver’s license and acceptable  MVR to drive on Company business for performing site visits and  attending meetings.

The pay range for this position is $75,000 - $110,000 per year, dependent upon experience and other relevant factors.

To apply submit cover letter, resume, and writing samples in a single PDF under 10MB.

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.

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.

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.