Senior Environmental Planner

Posted Date 8 months ago(8/29/2023 11:08 AM)
Job ID
# of Openings
Job Location
US-CA-Long Beach
Relocation Assistance
Service Line

Job Description

Dewberry is currently seeking a Senior Environmental Planner to join our Long Beach, CA office.  This is an excellent career opportunity for an enthusiastic and talented individual to join our team of outstanding professionals. The successful candidate will have technical, project management, and marketing responsibilities in order to lead environmental projects related to the transportation and alternative energy industries. Personnel with a background in CEQA/NEPA clearance for transportation projects, especially with the Caltrans process, are highly encouraged to apply.


Dewberry is a leading, market-facing professional services firm with more than 50 locations and 2,000 professionals nationwide. What sets us apart from our competitors are our people. At Dewberry, we seek out exceptional talent and strive to deliver the highest quality of services to our clients. Whether you’re an experienced professional or a new graduate, you’ll have the chance to collaborate with the best and brightest and work on innovative and complex projects at the forefront of the industry. Our commitment to excellence stems from our personal integrity and from other defining attributes, which we call “Dewberry at Work,” that have inspired our employees to be successful for more than a half-century.



As a senior level Environmental Planner/Project Manager you will:

  • Lead or direct multi-faceted planning projects in collaboration with scientists, engineers and other specialists on larger and more complex projects.
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of project management principles and practices and be responsible for the development of environmental compliance and planning documents in accordance with applicable guidelines and requirements, while delivering assignments within budget and schedule.
  • Serve as a planning specialist, preparing and managing complex environmental analyses and coordinating with key team members, including senior staff, subconsultants, and clients.
  • Produce technical work and written products that are clear, concise, and well Consistently demonstrate your solid writing skills, attentive listening skills, and participate in and/or lead client meetings, present at or provide support at community workshops and public hearings effectively presenting complex technical information clearly and concisely.
  • Lead the preparation of proposals for midsized projects and assist with proposals for larger projects, providing technical input, contributing to proposal writing, identifying opportunities, and engaging with proposal/interview teams. These efforts will include having the responsibility for preparing scopes of work and budgets.
  • Lead and direct marketing and business development pursuits including developing capture strategies.
  • Provide mentorship and support for junior staff, including reviewing their work for accuracy and clarity and providing constructive feedback and career development guidance while working on projects together.
  • Thrive in a fast-paced, challenging environment and be able to manage multiple responsibilities and deadlines, while working on a team or independently.

Required Skills & Required Experience


An experienced Environmental Planner with a minimum of 10 years of experience in leading or directing the development of high-quality environmental analyses including CEQA and NEPA documentation and client deliverables for both public agency and private sector clients. You have prepared and have comprehensive knowledge of policy planning, related regulatory permitting, and relevant regulatory and environmental regulations and processes in California. You are an effective team member and communicator who proactively identifies and contributes constructively to address broad project or team issues, providing mentoring and coaching to more junior staff to foster teamwork. You are a planner who has significant experience working on CEQA and NEPA documents and permits for transportation-related projects such as those associated with federally funded projects with Caltrans oversite. Work with power generation, renewable energy and other infrastructure (e.g. water) projects is helpful. You possess excellent oral and presentation skills and have led and directed marketing and business development pursuits including developing capture strategies, and leading proposals, interviews and presentations.  You have a bachelor’s degree in environmental science, engineering, planning or related field.  You have the following skills and experience:

  • Able to work in adverse weather conditions
  • Ability to travel
  • Proficiency in project management and marketing experience.
  • Possess strong communication skills.
  • Comfortable working on multiple project assignments concurrently.
  • Capability to work and interact with clients, maintain project budgets and schedules.
  • Ability to provide technical expertise to design staff is essential.
  • Desire and ability to work in a team environment.
  • Ability to manage time effectively and meet accelerated deadlines.
  • Posses strong technical writing and editing skills.
  • Firm understanding of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
  • Firm understanding of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
  • Experience with Caltrans and FHWA, LA Metro and FTA a plus.


Must have a valid driver’s license, good driving record and ability to pass a driving record background check.


Don’t meet every single requirement? At Dewberry we are dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive workplace for our employees. So if you’re excited about this role, but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the position description, we encourage you to apply anyways. You may just be the right candidate for this or other opportunities.


The projected range for this position is $102,000-$137,000 annually. Depending upon other factors, i.e., skills, experience, location, market conditions, the range may vary slightly.


*At this time, Dewberry will not sponsor a new applicant for work authorization.


*Dewberry is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation.


*Only recipients of an offer of employment from Dewberry, will be required to submit to a background screening which may include, but is not limited to, employment verification, educational and other credential verification, driving record check, criminal background check, and an investigative consumer report. These screenings will be conducted by Dewberry’s background vendor of choice and will be conducted in compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local law.


Notice to Third Party Recruiters:  Dewberry only compensates job placement recruiters that have a valid Dewberry-approved written agreement in place for recruiting services. Dewberry does not compensate third party recruiters for unsolicited job placement candidate information.


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