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Environmental Planner, Arcadis

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At Arcadis we focus on attracting, retaining and developing people who share our passion and commitment to improve quality of life. In return we offer you the opportunity to transform your world and the world around you, that could be through client work, upskilling yourself, championing equality and inclusion or getting involved in charity work, to name just a few. Our people value different perspectives, they care about the sustainability of our planet and dare to shape the future.


One of our core values is ‘people first’, and supported by our Lovinklaan foundation, we invest in you for the long term, to ensure you reach your full potential. You’ll have the opportunity to own your career and work on industry-defining projects, finding solutions to real challenges that make a difference to people’s lives. You’re encouraged to have a growth mindset and are given the space to develop personally and professionally, building a flexible career that works for you.


Role description:


Arcadis is currently seeking an Environmental Planner to support environmental planning efforts, for utility infrastructure in the California (Concord, CA, Roseville, CA, Irvine, CA, San Luis Obispo, CA, or Los Angeles, CA). This full-time position will require strict adherence to health and safety procedures, strong work ethic, excellent written and verbal communication skills and a passion for high quality workmanship.


Role accountabilities:

  • Under supervision of senior-level staff, support and coordinate a regionally-focused multi-disciplinary team of scientists (i.e., biologists, cultural resources specialists, etc.), to develop project implementation and permitting strategies to achieve specifically defined project goals and objectives in conjunction with land rights specialists, and customer relations and government relations professionals.

  • Effectively and efficiently managing desktop environmental assessments using GIS and other available methods to address potential permitting requirements

  • Conducting field reviews and site visits with other technical specialists, engineers, and construction personnel

  • Maintaining electronic file systems and record keeping

  • Periodic travel (up to 40 percent of the time)

  • A firm understanding of state and federal permit threshold requirements

  • Ability to understand elementary land rights (easements, process to acquire temporary rights, etc.) information and issues

  • Exhibit solid, practical skills in Microsoft Office applications [spreadsheet (Excel), word processing (Word), scheduling (Project)]

  • Valid driver’s license

  • Willingness to travel overnight in California from 2 to 4 times per month

Qualifications & Experience:


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Environmental Planning, Urban Planning, Geography, or related field

  • 2 years of experience in the environmental field

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of California and federal permit requirements

  • Three (3) years of experience in the environmental field AND/OR advanced degree in environmental science or similar

  • Previous experience in the planning, permitting, and/or supporting the construction, reconstruction or maintenance of electric or gas transmission facilities, or other similar type of infrastructures (i.e., water, sewer, oil and gas, etc.)

  • Experience with evaluating project compliance with state and federal laws and environmental and regulatory processes - federal, state and local regulators such as PUC, PSC, FERC, BLM, USFS, USFWS, USACE, as well as experience with CEQA and NEPA

  • Previous experience with linear utility infrastructure programs

  • Experience working with interdisciplinary teams to develop comprehensive reports/permit applications

Why Become an Arcadian?


Our work with clients has a direct impact on people’s lives and on the planet. We make moving, living and belonging in cities safer, more resilient and more sustainable. By partnering with our clients as responsible custodians of our earth's resources, we can create a sustainable planet.


We continue to think of new ways to make positive impacts and create better experiences for people; data driven and digital solutions have become part of the Arcadis DNA. Working together with clients and using techniques like design thinking, we can get to the heart of our clients’ most pressing challenges and work together to solve them.


As a global business, we have committed to support five of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals to ensure that our projects contribute to a better and more sustainable future for all. But it’s not just the work that we do on client projects that benefits communities and our planet. As a global business, we are committed to making a positive impact to society by supporting local communities where we operate.


To help protect our planet, we monitor and measure non-financial information to inform business decisions and reduce our own environmental impact as part of our commitment to be net zero carbon as a global company by 2030.


Our Commitment to Equality, Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging:


We want you to be able to bring your best self to work every day which is why we take equality and inclusion seriously and hold ourselves to account for our actions. Our ambition is to be an employer of choice and provide a great place to work for all our people. We are an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. We are dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship status, disability, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by law.


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