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Sr. Environmental Planner

Santa Ana, CA 92701

Posted: 05/20/2024 Employment Type: Full Time Category: County Job Number: PPI 003147 Pay Rate: $50 - $75 per hour

Job Description

Project Partners is seeking an Environmental Planner with 10+ years of strong California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) experience to assist our public client in the Santa Ana area. The position will be on-site and full-time (approximately 40 hours per week).

The Senior Environmental Planner duties and responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Analyze proposed projects and prepare environmental initial studies to make California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) determinations.
  • Ensure that the appropriate level of environmental review under CEQA is completed with respect to CEQA guidelines and the client’s CEQA procedures manual.
  • Research and compile information and data and make recommendations on a variety of matters including recommended environmental studies and CEQA documents.
  • Prepare notice of exemptions, initial studies, and negative declarations pursuant to CEQA.
  • Work with CEQA consultant in preparation of environmental impact reports as needed.
  • Confer with and advise staff regarding CEQA procedures, standards, and information needs.
  • Maintain CEQA data and files.
  • Assist with public outreach activities related to CEQA and to educate the community about environmental issues and regulations.
  • Review Board of Supervisors Agenda Staff Reports (ASRs) for CEQA language and recommended actions as appropriate.
  • Create exhibits, reports, and presentations to inform decision makers, state and federal resource agency staff, and other stakeholders
  • Other duties as assigned

Career Advantage:

The selected candidate will gain key public sector experience that can effectively position the candidate to pursue and obtain key, sought-after public sector jobs.

Job Requirements

The Senior Environmental Planner will have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Urban or Regional Planning, Environmental Studies, or closely related field
  • Experience implementing CEQA is a must
  • Experience with environmental risk assessment or environmental liability and planning is a plus
  • Related experience in a municipal agency is a plus
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills
  • Candidates must be legally authorized to work permanently (i.e., without time limitations, without restrictions or without need for work sponsorship in the U.S.)
  • Valid CA Driver’s License and proof of insurance

Technical Expertise
• Principles and practices of CEQA and environmental planning.
• Information sources and research techniques in the field of CEQA and planning.
• Statutes related to general plans, zoning and land divisions.
• Applicable environmental laws and regulations.
• Ability to interpret and understand federal, state, and local legislation, policies, regulations & issues that pertain to the assignment
• Preparation of informational, statistical, scientific, technical and compliance reports
• Ability to read and comprehend technical documents and specifications

Communication/Interpersonal Skills
• Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
• Ability to convey clearly and concisely technical and/or complex information to a diverse work group
• Ability to draft and interpret technical reports and memos
• Demonstrate a high degree of motivation and willingness to learn
• Maintain a professional perspective and objective demeanor when varied situations occur
• Review and handle complex projects involving several functional groups
• Recognize and embrace the value of safety both in the field and in the office

Additional Information

Project Partners is Southern California's public sector civil engineering specialist. Our singular mission is to help engineering professionals advance their careers while providing employers with flexible and cost-effective engineering staff resources.

Project Partners provides professional benefits to its full-time employees. 

  • Project Partners offers medical and dental benefits. You can choose the best plan for you and your loved ones. We pay 80% of employee’s medical premium costs.
  • Paid time off – Start accruing paid time off right away – including vacation, holidays, and floating days off
  • 401(k) and Profit-sharing programs

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