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Senior Environmental Planner/Senior Planner

The Altum Group
San Diego or Palm Desert, CA
United States
Professional Areas: 
Civil Engineering
Community Development
Regional Planning
Urban Design
Experience Level: 
AICP Certification: 
Dependent upon qualifications

The Altum Group is seeking a Senior Environmental Planner/Senior Planner, Project Manager, and/or Planning Manager (depending upon qualifications) whose duties will include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Help direct, manage and implement The Altum Group’s growing practice throughout southern California.
  • Market existing and new clients and make strong contributions to sales of new CEQA/NEPA, and/or planning services on an annual basis.
  • Identify and develop new clients and opportunities.
  • Prepare effective technical proposals.
  • Take an active leadership role in the development of new business with new and existing clients.
  • Develop and expand client relationships that generate repeat business.
  • Direct and prepare CEQA/NEPA documents including initial studies, negative declarations/mitigated negative declarations, environmental impact reports, environmental assessments, environmental impact statements, mitigation monitoring and reporting programs, exemptions/exclusions, and supporting technical studies.
  • Direct and prepare a variety of planning documents (e.g., Specific Plans, Precise Plans, General Plan Amendments, Community Plan Amendments, etc.).
  • Manage Planning Entitlements for multi-disciplinary projects, oversee multiple projects simultaneously within scope/budget/schedule expectations and ensure quality standards on project deliverables.
  • Provide leadership in managing staff performance, recruiting and retention, and mentoring personnel for overall success of staff.

The Altum Group is seeking a candidate who is self-motivated and demonstrates the following experience, education, and skills:

  • 6-15 years of environmental planning and permitting experience successfully coordinating and managing CEQA/NEPA document preparation and environmental permitting;
  • 6 – 15 years of planning experience successfully managing urban planning, land development entitlements, short-range and/or long-range planning projects; 
  • A minimum of a BA/BS degree in environmental science, ecology, planning, natural resources, public policy, or a related field;
  • Master’s degree in environmental science, ecology, planning, natural resources, public policy, or a related field is desired but is not a requirement;
  • Experience on a variety of project types is desired, including, but not limited to urban land development, infrastructure (transportation, water, wastewater), mining, power generation, and/or renewable energy;
  • Strong working knowledge with CEQA/NEPA compliance and demonstrated discretionary permitting including the following:
    •    Section 7/Section 10 Consultations (US Fish and Wildlife Service)
    •    Clean Water Act permitting Sections 404 (US Army Corps of Engineers) and 401 Water     Quality Certifications (Regional Water Quality Control Board)
    •    Streambed Alteration Agreements (CA Department of Fish & Wildlife)
    •    Incidental Take Permits (CA Department of Fish & Wildlife)
    •    CUP/MUP Permit Application Process Experience with cities and counties.
  • Background in urban planning, land development entitlements, short-range and/or long-range planning and/or urban design are skill sets that are desired but are not minimum requirements for the position;
  • Background in public outreach and/or facilitating and organizing public meetings are skill-sets that are desired but are not minimum requirements for the position;
  • Proven business development experience for small to large-size projects/programs/contracts and client relationships supported by repeat business, including established contacts in the Southern California area;
  • Successful experience as a Project Manager of small to large environmental planning and/or planning projects; 
  • Proven effective communication, both orally and in writing;
  • Customer focused, to understand and appropriately respond to client’s business needs;
  • Demonstrated effective resource planning, results delivery, and staying current with relevant technology and innovation;
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite;
  • Excellent analytic and organizational skills;
  • Strong attention to detail;
  • Ability to problem-solve;
  • Proven ability to work successfully in a team environment;
  • Effective leadership qualities; and
  • Positive attitude.

Salary will be commensurate with experience coupled with opportunity for growth.  Compensation will include a comprehensive benefits package (vacation, sick, health insurance, vision/dental insurance, life insurance, long term care and 401(k)).

To Apply:  Email your cover letter, resume, and professional job references (3 to 5 references)  

Published on:
July 7, 2020 - 7:49am
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