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PlaceWorks is always looking for exceptional people who share our passion for place-making, environmental stewardship, and community involvement. We value problem solving, the creative process, and collaboration with clients and colleagues.
PlaceWorks San Diego, CA, USA
Feb 19, 2018
Full time
Job Description: PlaceWorks is seeking a full-time, mid-level Environmental CEQA/NEPA Planner to join the Environmental Team in the San Diego Office. We are looking for a planner that is passionate about their work, creative in their approach, enjoys working in a highly collaborative environment, and is deeply committed to providing environmental services. The Environmental Team works collaboratively and across disciplines on projects such as, commercial centers, mixed-use development, parks, specific plans, general plans, schools, and infrastructure projects. Our office is fast-paced and planners may work on several projects at a time. The ideal candidate will have 4 – 6 years of environmental planning experience with: preparing and processing environmental documents to comply with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA); preparing and writing Environmental Impact Reports (EIRs); project management for CEQA projects of all sizes; conducting most phases of the CEQA process including project scoping, public noticing, document preparation, public meetings, and community outreach. Project work encompasses a wide-range of public and private-sector projects, such as: 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). The candidate must have: excellent technical writing abilities; solid client communication abilities; the desire to pursue marketing and business development opportunities; and strong public speaking and presentation skills. Responsibilities Include: Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Oversees and coordinates most aspects of project management for CEQA/NEPA projects of all sizes, with minimal or no oversight from Principals. Examples include, but are not limited to: proposal writing, staffing, sub-consultant coordination, scheduling, budget control, client interaction, quality control, and community outreach. Prepares technically sound and legally defensible analyses and environmental impact assessment documentation, including technical writing, in compliance with CEQA and NEPA. Writes technical reports and assessment text which are clear, easy to follow, and tailored for the intended audience. Conducts research and compiles data as required by the project. Analyzes project research/data, spots issues, and synthesizes ideas into meaningful outputs and solutions. Prepares and proofreads proposals, statements of qualifications, marketing materials, and project documents. Public speaking; attends meetings and public hearings, and represents PlaceWorks at interviews for jobs. Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with clients, including public and private sector clients, community organizations, and other firms. Assists with and actively participates in marketing and business development efforts for planning work throughout California. Performs site visits as needed. Supervises and guides staff in project management and technical skills. Coordinates staff work and the review of staff work products. Expands knowledge and keeps up with best practices with respect to the position. Qualifications: Minimum 4-year college degree (Bachelor’s degree). Bachelor’s degree in urban, regional, environmental or natural resource planning; public administration; land use or environmental law; or related field, is preferred. Masters degree in related field is a plus. Minimum of 4 years’ related work experience performing the responsibilities listed above, preferably with a private consulting firm or municipal planning agency. Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint) is required. Demonstrated ability to lead and manage multiple projects within budget and schedule. Strong analytical skills and technical writing skills. Strong public speaking skills and presentation abilities. Ability to work independently and in a highly collaborative environment with other team members such as planners, designers, landscape architects, economists, environmental planners, and other specialists. Application Materials: Cover Letter Resume (PDF) Writing Samples Total e-mail size, including attachments, must not be larger than 10 MB. Send resume and materials to:   careers@placeworks.com Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com
PlaceWorks Ontario, CA, USA
Feb 19, 2018
Internship- Paid
Locations:  Santa Ana - Ontario - San Diego, CA Job Description: PlaceWorks is seeking a Planning Intern (paid internship) to provide support to the Planning Team in our Santa Ana Office, our Ontario Office, and our San Diego Office. We are looking for an intern that is passionate, creative, and energetic, and is deeply committed to providing planning and design services that help shape and improve communities. The Planning Team works collaboratively and across disciplines on projects involving urban infill development, comprehensive planning, visioning, downtown revitalization, transit oriented development, streetscape and parks design, mixed-use development, and large-scale master plans. Our office is fast-paced and planners may work on several projects at a time. The primary role of the Planning Intern is to support Planning Team staff members and project managers on a variety of public and private sector planning projects. This position involves using planning knowledge and technical skills to prepare documents and presentations, research and analyze project issues, prepare studies and reports, write and format sections of proposals, create maps and graphics, and assist with community outreach efforts. The ideal candidate will be enrolled in an undergraduate program or Master’s program related to planning, architecture, public administration, urban design, or related field. This internship provides invaluable work experience and the opportunity to: participate as a member of the Planning Team; work alongside skilled professionals and leaders of the Company; and build skills related to project management, planning, project conceptualization and visioning, proposal and report writing, research, and community outreach. Responsibilities Include: Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Assists with writing, formatting, and proof-reading sections of proposals, statements of qualifications, marketing material, and project documents, with oversight from the project manager or other staff. Uses technical software skills to create graphics and maps that will contribute to the successful completion of project tasks. Edits, lays out, and produces work that effectively convey concepts. Assists in the production of final products, graphics, and presentations. Assists at community meetings by preparing meeting materials, taking notes, and facilitating small group discussions (these meetings may occur on weekday nights and weekends). Conducts research and compiles data as required by the project. Assists with administrative project tasks to contribute to the successful completion of projects. Assists team members with performing site visits, which may include taking photographs, as needed. Qualifications: Currently pursuing a 4-year college degree (Bachelor’s degree) or a Master’s degree in planning, architecture, public administration, urban design, or related field. An undergraduate student with no more than one academic year remaining before earning a Bachelor’s degree; a graduate student during first or second year of the Master’s program. At a minimum, must be able to commit to a 12-week internship. Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint) is required. Proficiency using Adobe Creative Suite is strongly preferred. Knowledge of ArcGIS software, or knowledge of GIS through related coursework is a plus. Demonstrated ability to multi-task with project work and meet stated deadlines. Able to work in a highly collaborative environment with other team members such as planners, urban designers, landscape architects, economists, environmental planners, and other specialists. Application Materials: Cover Letter Resume (PDF) Writing Samples and/or Design Samples Total e-mail size, including attachments, must not be larger than 10 MB. Send resume and materials to:   careers@placeworks.com Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com
PlaceWorks Santa Ana, California 92707, USA
Feb 19, 2018
Full time
Job Description: PlaceWorks is seeking a full-time, entry-level Technical Specialist that has a specific interest in, or experience with air quality, greenhouse gas emissions, and/or noise to join the Environmental Team in our Santa Ana office. We are looking for a technical specialist who is passionate about their work, enjoys working in a highly collaborative environment, and is deeply committed to providing environmental services that help shape and improve communities and protect the environment. The Environmental Team works collaboratively and across disciplines on projects such as, commercial centers, mixed-use development, parks, specific plans, general plans, schools, and infrastructure projects. Our office is fast-paced and technical specialists may work on several projects at a time. The ideal candidate will have 1 – 2 years of technical experience in the fields of air quality and greenhouse gas emissions, and/or in the fields of engineering acoustics and environmental noise and vibration control/studies. This position assists other technical specialists and project teams by conducting air quality and greenhouse gas technical analyses and modeling; environmental noise, acoustics, and vibration impact assessments and modeling; health risk assessments; and other technical studies to prepare technically sound and legally defensible analyses, reports, and environmental impact assessment documentation per the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and/or National Environmental Quality Act (NEPA) for a wide array of public sector and private sector projects. Responsibilities Include: Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Conducts emissions analysis using computer models such as CalEEMod and URBEMIS, and data sources such as EMFAC. Performs dispersion modeling using AERMOD, CALINE4, SCREEN3, and similar tools. Conducts noise and acoustic modeling and investigation techniques for transportation and construction-related noise and vibration impacts, using sound propagation modeling applications such as: FHWA model, TNM, SoundPLAN, CadnaA, FTA model, etc. Prepares health risk assessments. Conducts research and compiles data as required by the project; analyzes/interprets scientific data so it can be translated into a technical report format. Assists in the preparation of technically sound and legally defensible technical analyses, reports, and environmental impact assessment documentation per the CEQA and NEPA. Writes technical reports and assessment text which are clear, easy to follow, and tailored for the intended audience. Generates succinct and informative presentations of technical results in both tabular and graphical formats. Efficiently executes multiple assignments with multiple project managers. Performs site visits and field work at project locations. Candidate must feel comfortable performing outdoor field work in a variety of locations including: urbanized areas, industrial areas, rural areas, busy streets, and near schools. Expands knowledge, and researches and interprets applicable regulations and standards as related to the position. Qualifications: 4-year college degree (Bachelor’s degree) in engineering, physics, acoustics, environmental sciences, or related field is required. 1 year of related experience performing the responsibilities listed above is a plus. General knowledge of, or training with air quality and greenhouse gas emissions analysis, modeling, and impact assessment. General knowledge of, or training with engineering acoustics/noise calculations, and environmental noise and vibration control/studies, modeling, and impact assessment. General knowledge of, or familiarity with CEQA and NEPA compliance and document preparation. Familiarity with, or experience using air quality and GHG mass emission and dispersion modeling programs is a plus. Specialized applications include but are not limited to: CalEEMod, AERMOD, EMFAC, SCREEN3, and URBEMIS. Familiarity with, or experience using sound propagation modeling programs and other specialized applications is a plus. Specialized applications include but are not limited to: FHWA model, TNM, SoundPLAN, CadnaA, and FTA model. Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint) is required. Advanced skills with high-level functions in Excel is required. Strong mathematical skills and analytical skills are required. Excellent verbal communication skills and technical writing skills are required. Demonstrated ability to multi-task with project work and meet stated client-initiated deadlines. Able to work independently and as a member of a highly collaborative environment with other team members such as planners, designers, landscape architects, economists, environmental planners, and other specialists. Application Materials: Cover Letter Resume (PDF) Writing Samples Total e-mail size, including attachments, must not be larger than 10 MB. Send resume and materials to:   careers@placeworks.com Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com