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Senior Environmental Planner

The Senior Environmental Planner is a leader in the field and oversees the analytical and technical work associated with a variety of noise studies on a variety of project types.

Works on projects/matters of limited complexity in a support role under the supervision of appropriate Project Managers or Senior Project Managers.

This position reports to the Principals Group.

This position is a Non-exempt position.

Responsibilities and Duties

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

  • Oversees multidisciplinary teams of professionals, including but not limited to architectural, engineering, air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, geology, land use, noise, traffic and transportation, recreation, and water resources.

  • Uses working knowledge of topics related to air, land, and water to devise measures to mitigate environmental impacts.

  • Integrates self into project and leads project team through project development and completion. Participates as technical lead on projects.

  • Serves as a technical resource to other Meridian staff by advising on the approach and implementation of project work.

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

  • Communicates independently with clients, business associates, subconsultants, and public agencies.

  • Understands regulatory requirements with respect to applicable local, State, and federal laws.

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

  • Coordinates and monitors compliance with project budgets and schedules.

  • Assists principals and other senior staff in the development of client proposals, making presentations, and conducting business development activities consistent with maintaining and growing our markets.

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

Required Skills

  • Direct experience completing a variety of environmental documentation projects related to urban development and infrastructure projects throughout California.

  • Understanding of the environmental and planning industry, and basic CEQA/NEPA understanding preferred. Understanding of other federal, State, County and local laws and ordinances pertaining to the environment beneficial.

  • Understanding of other regulatory agency requirements, such as those for the USFWS (United States Fish and Wildlife Service), CDFW (California Department of Fish and Wildlife), CARB (California Air Resources Board), SCAQMD (or other air districts), USACE (US Army Corps of Engineers), SWRCB (State Waters Resource Control Board), and others as appropriate.

  • Proven working experience in project management.

  • Excellent client-facing and internal communication skills.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Solid organizational skills including attention to detail and multitasking skills.

  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Office 365.

  • Project Management Professional (PMP) / PRINCE II certification is a plus.


  • Minimum of 4 years of industry experience in either the private or public sector; prior work in the environmental consulting field a plus.


  • Bachelor's degree in environmental science, urban planning, or a related discipline.

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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