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2022-2023 Environmental Planning Internship

Impact Sciences, Inc., founded in 1988, is a woman-owned environmental planning firm based in California with one purpose in mind: to improve the daily lives of the communities we serve. We take pride in creating lasting partnerships based on trust and the spirit of collaboration. Impact Sciences specializes in all facets of environmental planning and our technical experts offer personalized service and high-level strategic guidance on even the most complicated environmental planning issues. Our primary service areas include California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) compliance; National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance; and Air Quality, Greenhouse Gas, and Noise/Vibration technical services.

Impact Sciences is a growing company seeking emerging professionals to participate in our 2022-2023 Environmental Planning Internship Program, a paid 6-month opportunity to experience direct mentorship from our firm’s most experienced environmental planners, managers, and technical specialists. This program is remote-optional, except to meet demands for project deliverables that require an in-office presence.

Requirements

An ideal candidate must possess effective problem-solving abilities, “can-do” attitude, and strong desire to learn. Knowledge of CEQA and NEPA is preferred, but not necessary. A proactive attitude and the ability to take initiative with minimal direction are essential. A professional interest in CEQA will be factored. While not guaranteed, an internship with Impact Sciences could result in a full-time career opportunity.

Scope of the Internship

This is a 6-month paid internship with a maximum commitment of 20 hours per week and a flexible schedule to accommodate class schedule and other professional commitments. Mentorship and professional development opportunities are provided on a regular basis. Responsibilities will be varied and may include the following:

  • CEQA Services: Research, data analysis, information gathering in support of environmental compliance documents (environmental impact reports, mitigated negative declarations, etc.), data entry, preparation of regulatory and environmental settings, notice postings/filings and other general CEQA-related project work.
  • Technical Services: Coordination of a noise measurement database, which could include an introduction to and hands-on experience with air quality, greenhouse gas, and noise/vibration technical studies.
  • Publications Support: Document production support, including printing, binding, packaging and shipment of CEQA documentation and proposals.
  • Professional Development Program: Participation in internal monthly workshops that cover a wide range of topics pertaining to the preparation of CEQA documents and technical studies.
  • Mentorship: Day-to-day guidance and direction from leaders within the firm.
  • The role may also include providing general support to the principals, project managers, planners, and publications manager, as needed.

Impact Sciences actively promotes diversity and inclusivity within our workplace and through our actions. Our Core Values are an important component of the way we work internally and with clients. Acknowledgment and adherence to our company’s Core Values (provided below) is required: 

  • We do what we say we’re going to do.
  • We work together collaboratively.
  • We talk out problems.
  • We are curious about ideas.
  • We provide tools to succeed.

If you are an aspiring environmental planner with an interest in interning at Impact Sciences, we want to hear from you! Send your resume to careers@impactsciences.com with the following email subject line: 2022-2023 Environmental Planning Internship Program.

Technical Specialist

Impact Sciences is seeking an entry-level or mid-level Technical Specialist to assist in the preparation of air quality, greenhouse gas, and noise and vibration analyses related to CEQA/NEPA implementation.  For an entry-level position, we are looking for individuals with approximately 0-2 years of technical experience, and for a mid-level position we are looking for individuals with 2+ years of technical experience.  Professional experience should include conducting environmental air quality, GHG, and noise/vibration impact assessments related to CEQA/NEPA implementation.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Evaluation of air quality, GHG, and noise and vibration impacts and preparation of technical reports in support of CEQA and NEPA documentation for various public and private projects, including mixed use development projects, transportation infrastructure, institutional, recreation, and specific plans
  • Researching and interpreting air quality, climate change, and noise/vibration legislation and policy
  • Solving quantitative and qualitative problems
  • Preparing scopes of work for proposals
  • Coordination with project managers on schedules and budgets

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s and/or advanced degree in Environmental or other Earth Sciences, Economics, Engineering, Statistics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Chemistry, Physics, or related subjects
  • Experience conducting air quality, GHG, and noise/vibration modeling and technical reporting pursuant to CEQA/NEPA
  • Experience preparing health risk assessments is desirable but not essential
  • Experience evaluating impacts associated with transportation and housing projects in California
  • Understanding of Caltrans, FHWA, and EPA environmental practice and requirements
  • Knowledge, understanding, and experience with noise and vibration computer modeling software, including TNM and RCNM
  • Knowledge, understanding and experience with air quality and climate change computer modeling software and methods (EMFAC, CT-EMFAC, CalEEMod, CALINE-4, AERMOD, HARP, CAL3QHCR, ISCST3, OFFROAD, MOVES, etc.)
  • Knowledge, understanding, and experience with state and federal air quality, GHG, and noise/vibration environmental case law, policy, and regulation (e.g., CEQA, NEPA, FHWA, OSHA, Caltrans, CARB, SCAQMD, Clean Air Act, AB32, SB 32, OEHHA, etc.)

Professional Skills

  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making capabilities
  • Strong quantitative and/or modeling skills are a must
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Must be an organized, detail-oriented manager with ability to multi-task and prioritize projects on tight deadlines
  • Ability to work independently and as a team
  • Sound business ethic

Planner

Impact Sciences is seeking a Planner for our Los Angeles office, with the option to work remotely. Planner levels are based on years of experience. This position will follow a generalist track, primarily to support the preparation of environmental analysis.

Ideal candidates must possess effective problem-solving ability and exceptional writing and editing capabilities as well as experience working with public and private clients in a private consulting firm environment. Knowledge of and experience with CEQA and NEPA compliance is preferred. Qualified candidates should have at least a B.A./B.S. in a related discipline and a minimum of 2 years of experience or a master’s degree and a minimum of 1 year of experience.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Supporting the preparation of environmental documentation
  • Research of CEQA topics
  • Preparing background information for environmental settings of EIRs
  • Preparing notices (e.g., NOP, NOA, and NOI)
  • Preparing exemptions and similar environmental documents
  • Assisting project managers and principals with day-to-day project needs, as requested

Projects may include a wide range of development projects and plans. The ideal candidate should possess the following attributes:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of and understanding with CEQA and NEPA compliance
  • Ability to switch from task to task quickly and efficiently

Senior Project Manager

Impact Sciences is specifically seeking a Project Manager (levels I or II) with a minimum of 5-7 years of experience preparing and managing CEQA/NEPA projects for public- and private-sector clients. The Project Manager will be responsible for oversight of CEQA/NEPA projects; supervision and mentoring of junior staff; leading the preparation and review process of proposals, cost estimates, and reports. An ideal candidate must possess effective problem-solving ability and exceptional writing and editing capabilities, and some experience working with public and private-sector clients in a private consulting firm. Strong knowledge of and experience with CEQA and NEPA compliance is a must. The ideal candidate will also have a robust network of contacts within the industry and an interest in building and expanding on existing relationships.

Job Description

The most important functions of this position include:

  • Managing time (your own and that of junior staff members), budgets, and project schedules
  • Developing and nurturing strong client relationships
  • Ability to critically review CEQA/NEPA documents and support the preparation of technical reports
  • Assist with group administration
  • Manage teams with subcontractors

Capabilities and Credentials

  • High level of comfort with shifting deadlines, client demands, working on multiple projects simultaneously, working within budgets, and contributing to the development of a cohesive document.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Must be able to shift rapidly from project to project (adaptability).
  • Problem solving skills are a must, including the ability to discern which issues need to be elevated to the Managing Principal and which can be resolved without assistance.
  • Attention to detail as demonstrated by the ability to review document sections and reports is also critical.
  • Experience preparing complex CEQA/NEPA documents with senior-level oversight
  • Minimum of 5-7 years of experience in the CEQA/NEPA field (or a related field).
  • An ability to manage several projects simultaneously is essential.

Major Milestones:

Day 1:

  • Prepare CEQA, NEPA, and other environmental compliance documents for a wide range of public- and private-sector clients.

First 2 Weeks:

  • Review master schedule of existing projects.
  • Familiarize self with format of documents as well as current markets.
  • Shadow senior staff to familiarize self with project staff, schedules, and upcoming deliverables.

Day 30:

  • Demonstrate ability to navigate internal project management tool (Deltek Vision and/or Vantagepoint) and revise project invoices to understand budgets.
  • Maintain and demonstrate an understanding of emerging regulations and industry requirements.
  • Provide technical expertise during preparation and review of technical analyses and documents, proposals, and/or qualifications information.
  • Contact existing clients (via email/phone) to understand projects.

60 Days:

  • Attended an internal kickoff or debrief meeting to understand common project challenges.
  • Has prepared a schedule and budget and reviewed contract deliverables.

90 days:

  • Manage project(s) with a small team and senior oversight.

6-12 months:

  • Manage client relationships and works with planners and technical staff on analytical approach.
  • Building new client relationships and targeting team revenue goal
  • Manage progressively more complex projects.
  • Lead one internal CEQA workshop or prepare one thought leadership piece/presentation, etc.

Education

Qualified candidates should have at least a BA/BS in a related discipline, a minimum of 7 years of experience; or master’s degree and a minimum of 5 years of experience.

Senior Noise Technical Specialist

Impact Sciences is seeking a Senior Noise Technical Specialist to lead the growth and development of our noise/vibration technical service area. A successful candidate will have 7-10 years of experience evaluating noise/vibration impacts for various public- and private-sector clients in support of California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

Primary Responsibilities

  • Guide junior staff in the evaluation of noise and vibration impacts and technical reports in support of CEQA and NEPA documentation for various public and private projects, including mixed use development projects, transportation infrastructure, institutional, recreation, and specific plans. For complicated projects, the Sr. Noise Technical Specialist may be required to conduct modeling and interpret model outputs.
  • Provide thorough QA/QC review of all noise/vibration technical reports and offer feedback and guidance to junior staff members. Ensure all technical reporting is of the highest quality, consistent with state and local regulatory requirements, and meets client objectives.
  • Manage timelines and budgets for technical studies
  • Engage with clients, people, and organizations in support of business development goals for the noise/vibration practice area and lead proposal process for noise/vibration project pursuits (e.g., preparing project scopes and budgets).
  • Stay up to date with ongoing changes in federal, state, and applicable local regulations plans and court cases affecting noise and vibration analyses
  • Be proficient in communicating with clients and lead agency staff on the most high-profile projects in the firm’s portfolio and projects that are highly complex and technically sophisticated.
  • Support and defend noise analyses during public meetings and be responsible for participating in public hearing presentations and responding to questions from boards, commissions, state and local agency staff, and public interest groups.

Within one month the candidate should:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of Deltek Vantagepoint, managing budgets and schedules, reviewing project invoices, the timely submittal of all relevant project invoices for processing, and proactive and successful assistance in collections where appropriate/necessary.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of current clients and potential new clients.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s and/or advanced degree in Environmental or other Earth Sciences, Economics, Engineering, Statistics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Chemistry, Physics, or related subjects
  • Experience preparing noise modeling and technical reporting pursuant to CEQA/NEPA
  • Experience with transportation projects in California
  • Understanding of Caltrans, FHWA, and EPA environmental practice and requirements
  • Knowledge, understanding, and experience with noise and vibration computer modeling software, including TNM and RCNM.
  • Knowledge, understanding, and experience with state and federal noise and vibration environmental case law, policy, and regulation (e.g., CEQA, NEPA, FHWA, OSHA, and Caltrans)

Professional Skills

  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making capabilities
  • Strong quantitative and/or modeling skills are a must
  • GIS capability encouraged
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Must be an organized, detail-oriented manager with ability to multi-task and prioritize projects on tight deadlines
  • Ability to work independently and as a team
  • Sound business ethic

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS

  • Pet-Friendly office
  • Group Health Care Coverage including:
  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Employee-Assistance Program
  • Group Basic Term Life Insurance
  • Group Long-Term Disability Coverage
  • Flexible Spending
  • Paid-Time Off
  • Vacation Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Floating Holidays
  • Holidays
  • 401(K) Salary Deferral Plan with Company Match

Interested in joining our team? Submit your resume via email to careers@impactsciences.com.