Senior Environmental Planner


Who is Michael Baker International? Why would I want to work there?

Michael Baker International provides engineering, planning and consulting services for government, private and commercial partners, assisting in planning, architectural, environmental, construction and program management. Our employees demonstrate a world-class ability to solve complex problems. As a company, We Make a Difference.

Why do we do what we do; why is it important?
For most of us, our work enables us to have a direct and meaningful impact on the communities and environment in which we live and serve. Across the continuum of our expertise and projects, our work: transforms the world; enables economies; creates healthier and more engaging cities and neighborhoods; and engineers, plans and designs the very infrastructure that sustains and improves our world. Simply stated, the work we do everyday matters. We Make a Difference every day with every engagement.

So what does a Senior Environmental Planner at Michael Baker International do?
Michael Baker is seeking a seasoned CEQA practitioner to draft environmental analyses and to manage or assist with environmental planning projects of varying complexity in northern California. Responsibilities include: lead planner on environmental documents (initial studies, environmental impact reports, etc.), task manager on large or very complex projects, project manager on smaller projects, and a variety of scheduling, billing, and other tasks for the team. Some work on small proposals with senior support, and possibility of supervising junior staff. We are seeking candidates with 5-10 years of progressively responsible experience on CEQA projects. The ideal candidate will be capable of working with the team and able to work on multiple projects. Strong writing skills are a must.

Can you walk me through a typical day of a Senior Environmental Planner?
•The best part of being a Senior Environmental Planner at Michael Baker is that no two days will be the same. You will face different challenges every day as you manage and/or assist with complex environmental planning efforts.
•You will work on a variety of projects – infill housing, mixed use, school expansions, specific plan EIRs, infrastructure, and others.
•Managing and preparing all sorts of CEQA/NEPA documents for clients specifically in the San Francisco Bay area.
•Team coordination, some business development pursuits and working both with our local professionals and the other offices of Michael Baker International are all in a day’s work.
•You will feel a sense of pride in knowing that you are helping Michael Baker International provide innovative solutions to environmental planning challenges, big and small, and Making a Difference for the clients and communities we serve!

What can I expect for a career path, and where might this role take me?
•We are committed to the growth of our internal personnel and we support this with world class learning and development, including internal training that leads to career advancement.
•As a Senior Environmental Planner within our organization there are several routes for continued professional growth and increased responsibility within and outside of the Bay Area geography.

Could you be the Senior Environmental Planner we are looking for?
•You’ll need a minimum of Bachelor Degree in Natural Resources Management, Environmental Science, Biology, Urban Planning, Ecology or a related field, a Master’s degree is desirable, and a minimum of 5 years of experience, ideally, but not necessarily, including technical analysis experience in CEQA and/or NEPA document preparation.
•To be successful, you’ll need to be bright, organized, and determined; you’ll also need to be able to build relationships with a wide variety of people.
•Of course, you’ll have excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as strong analytical skills and the ability to work independently as well as in multi-disciplinary teams.
•A desire to produce first-class work products is essential; you’ll need a demonstrated personal commitment to accuracy and quality.
•You’ll need to be able to quickly get up to speed on our policy, procedures and relevant software while acquiring an understanding of the company’s service offerings, and the standards relevant to your projects.
•You’ll need to have a sense of humor. Sometimes things go sideways, but there is always someone there to help put things right.

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