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A Planner for Meridian Consultants has a broad-based science- and/or planning-related background, and experience with city, county, and local (special districts/school districts) governments and private development-oriented projects.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Possesses effective problem-solving ability, excellent writing skills, and the ability to work with a team and project managers.

  • Manages a variety of projects that have a high degree of complexity; require substantial client interface and nurturing; or have significant public visibility and controversy.

  • Maintains a working knowledge of CEQA and NEPA.

  • Plans, prepares, and monitors environmental research and evaluates the potential impacts of assigned projects.

  • Participates in multidisciplinary teams of professionals across a wide range of disciplines, including but not limited to architectural, engineering, air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, geology, land use, noise, traffic/transportation, recreation, and water resources.

  • Uses substantial working knowledge and expertise of selected topics such air, land, and water to devise measures to mitigate environmental impacts.

  • Integrates self into project team through all aspects of project development through completion. Participates as technical lead on selected topics.

  • Serves as a resource to other Meridian Consultants staff and project teams by identifying and providing recommendations to improve technical approaches to project activities and work scope.

  • Exercises independent judgment while regularly advising senior management as needed.

  • Communicates as needed and assigned with clients, business associates, subconsultants, and public agencies.

  • Maintains an understating of regulatory requirements with respect to applicable local, state, and federal laws. Ensures environmental projects follow appropriate state and federal regulations.

  • Demonstrates familiarity with a variety of the concepts, practices, and procedures related to planning and environmental analysis. Relies on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Exercise of a wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected.

  • Assists in the preparation of proposals, with solicitation of new and prospective clients, and in general business development activities.

  • Represents Meridian Consultants at meetings, business activities, and other industry functions. Makes presentations at industry and trade meetings regarding innovative projects and new approaches to achieving regulatory and technical needs.


  • Minimum of 1-3 years of industry experience

  • One year of direct project management experience encouraged

  • Preferable direct experience completing a variety of environmental documentation projects related to urban development and infrastructure projects throughout southern California

  • Understanding of CEQA and NEPA

  • Understanding of other regulatory agency requirements, such as those for the USFWS, CDFW, CARB, SCAQMD (or other air districts), USACE, SWRCB, and others as appropriate


  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, urban planning, or a related discipline. A master’s degree is preferred.

Compensation and Benefits

Meridian Consultants offers competitive salaries and benefits, including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. We maintain profit sharing and 401k programs, and have opportunities for ownership participation. Compensation is determined at the time of hiring and will be commensurate with experience.

Please fill out our online application by clicking on the button below. Be sure to include a cover letter along with your resume.

Meridian Consultants is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an EEO/AA employer. We invite resumes from all interested and qualified candidates including women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

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