Associate Environmental Planner

QK, formerly Quad Knopf
Bakersfield, CA
United States
Professional Areas: 
Community Development
Land-Use Management
Real Estate Development
Urban Design
Experience Level: 
Entry Level
AICP Certification: 
Not required
$50k - $70k DOE

Associate Environmental Planners determine the best way to use land and resources. Associate Environmental Planners assist more senior planners in plotting out the best use of land and geographic resources in urban and rural areas. They plan out infrastructure construction and use over time and must learn to think analytically about the best way to use and develop urban resources, maintain the health of communities and work to protect the environment from serious hazards. This position is a professional position with responsibility for compiling and interpreting complex data, then utilizing the information to prepare technical documents including General Plans and Specific Plans. This position is one of a team member who works with direction from his/her supervisor, and expresses a higher level of independence than an Assistant Environmental Planner by performing more complex tasks with less direct oversight


  • Conduct and oversee research and documentation in support of NEPA and CEQA document preparation, and technical planning studies 
  • Perform environmental analysis and coordinate permitting and other issues with agencies 
  • Perform various planning tasks which may require interpretation or coordination of complex components (i.e., policy interpretation, habitat restoration, client specifications, etc.) 
  • Develop recommendations affecting environmental issues associated with land use. Provide input and creative solutions to assist in solving those issues that may conflict with the client’s initial project plans 
  • Provide input on EIRs, EAs, and other technical documents 
  • Interpret, compose, and review Categorical Exclusions, EAs, EIRs, and other documents 
  • Draft maps, utilizing GIS, in support of NEPA and CEQA documents 
  • Assist in preparing noise, air modeling, land use, and socio-economic studies 
  • Prepare drafts of technical memoranda, meeting minutes, transmittals, presentations, and other written materials 
  • Research local, county, state and federal ordinances and regulations 
  • Compile, analyze, and prepare data and other materials for proposals and proposal presentations


  • Ability to learn to develop plans for utilization of land and physical facilities of cities, counties, and metropolitan areas, applying planning principles and practices 
  • Ability to develop creative solutions to project issues 
  • Ability to take direction and use initiative to complete tasks without direct supervision 
  • Ability to organize, collect, and analyze data, generate and evaluate alternatives, reach logical conclusions, and formulate consistent recommendations as necessary 
  • Ability to learn to compose project reports and other technical documents 
  • Knowledge of GPS and GIS applications 
  • Proficient in MS Word and Excel 
  • Quantitative analysis skills 
  • Ability to work in a team environment 
  • Critical thinking skills 
  • Technical writing skills 
  • Ability to sit and stand for long periods 
  • Strong ability to communicate well (in writing and verbally) with other staff, clients, and agencies to accomplish team goals 
  • Visual acuity and manual dexterity Repetitive wrist and hand motions required 
  • Ability to travel to field sites and walk long distances may be required on occasion


  • Desire to be helpful to internal and external clients 
  • Ability to create strong relationships, including one of a mentor/protégé capacity 
  • Able to remain flexible with the ever-changing workload, working conditions and project/agency requirements 
  • Ability to drive one’s own career path, develop relationships with mentors, and seek opportunities for growth 
  • Well organized and unafraid to work against a deadline 
  • Proven self-motivation


  • Bachelor’s degree in land use, urban, regional, or city planning, community planning, landscape architecture, geography, or related field. AICP preferred 
  • Knowledge of basic purposes and functions of planning division, methods in designing research studies and identifying and utilizing data sources 
  • Knowledge of title reports, tentative maps, and entitlements strongly desired
  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental planning, natural resources management, or environmental science. AICP preferred 
  • Knowledge of title reports, tentative maps, and entitlements a plus 
  • Knowledge of NEPA and CEQA requirements and implementations


Published on:
February 12, 2018 - 9:22am
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