Senior Air Quality and Climate Change Specialist

Impact Sciences is seeking a Senior Air Quality and Climate Change Specialist for our downtown Los Angeles office. Primary responsibilities include management and oversight of air quality and greenhouse gas emissions technical reports as well as inventories and mitigation, climate action planning and health risk assessments to support CEQA and sustainability practices.

The ideal candidate will have a thorough understanding of the current regulatory and technical air quality and climate change environment. The Senior Air Quality and Climate Change Specialist will coordinate with clients, key regulatory agencies, and internal and external technical staff to develop sound and novel approaches and solutions for environmental compliance, environmental documents, and supporting technical analyses.

Key Responsibilities
  • Provide technical direction in air quality planning and compliance, ranging from strategic advice to tactical solutions
  • Provide training and peer review for junior-level staff
  • Research and interpret air quality and climate change legislation and policy
  • Solve quantitative and qualitative problems
  • Conduct presentations on technical topics for clients and internal staff
  • Interact with clients
  • Support business development efforts by consistently generating new ideas, leveraging resources, and identifying new business opportunities
  • In the first 30 days, demonstrate a clear understanding of the company services, operating procedures and core values.
  • Within 60 days demonstrate knowledge of existing clients and identify new markets
  • Within three months, conduct one “Lunch & Learn” (internal)
  • Each year, meet or exceed annual contract award goal of $400,000.
  • Bachelor’s and/or advanced degree in Environmental or other Earth Sciences, Economics, Engineering, Statistics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Atmospheric Science/Meteorology, Chemistry, Physics, or related subjects
  • Minimum of seven years of experience preparing climate action plans, greenhouse gas inventories, air quality and climate change impact analyses pursuant to CEQA/NEPA
  • Experience preparing health risk assessments
  • Experience with transportation projects and/or large program-level documents in California
  • Understanding of Caltrans, FHWA, FTA, and EPA environmental practice and requirements
  • Advanced 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, AP-42)
  • Advanced knowledge, understanding, and experience with state and federal air quality and climate change environmental case law, policy, and regulation (CEQA, NEPA, AB 32, SB 32, Clean Air Act, General and Transportation Conformity)
  • Experience with noise analyses is a plus, but not required.
Professional Skills
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making capabilities
  • Strong quantitative skills
  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task, and the ability to work under strict deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Sound business ethic

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, medical, 401k, and a collaborative work environment. These are our core values: 

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

Interested? Send your resume to



Senior Project Manager (Oakland or Los Angeles)

Do you have an entrepreneurial spirit and a group of clients that rave about you? Are you tired of working in a corporate culture?

Impact Sciences, a women-owned small business, is an environmental planning and consulting firm with offices in downtown Los Angeles and Oakland. Our primary service area is California Environmental Quality Act / National Environmental Policy Act (CEQA/NEPA) compliance. Impact Sciences is a growing company seeking professionals to further our vision and mission.

Impact Sciences is specifically seeking Senior Project Managers for our Los Angeles and Oakland offices. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience managing CEQA projects for public and private sector clients and an excellent reputation for maintaining and building client relationships.

The ideal candidate will be responsible for the oversight of CEQA projects; supervision and mentoring of staff; preparation and review of proposals, cost estimates and reports. Responsibilities include preparing documentation for a wide range of development projects and plans. An ideal candidate must possess effective problem-solving ability, exceptional writing and editing capabilities as well as experience working with public and private clients in a private consulting firm. Strong knowledge of and experience with CEQA compliance is a must.

Job Description

This is a leadership position and one that we expect to be a long-term partnership. The three most important functions of this position include:

  • Managing time (your own and junior staff), budgets and project schedules
  • Developing and maintaining client relationships
  • Ability to critically review CEQA documents and supporting technical reports

The ideal candidate should also have experience dealing with shifting deadlines, client demands, working on multiple projects, working within budgets and creating a cohesive document.

Capabilities and Credentials
  • 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 technical reports is also critical.
  • Experience preparing CEQA documents for large plans and/or tiered documents is desirable.
  • Minimum of 7 years of experience in the CEQA field.
Major Objectives

First Week

  • Familiarize self with existing projects and format of documents as well as current markets

2nd Week

  • Has reviewed master schedule
  • Shadow Principals to familiarize self with project staff, schedules and upcoming deliverables
  • Comfortable navigating internal communication/planning systems and company/project protocols

30 Days

  • Able to navigate and utilize Vision Deltek and has reviewed project invoices to understand budgets
  • Has contacted existing clients (through emails/call) to understand projects

60 Days

  • Has attended a kickoff or debrief meeting to understand common project challenges
  • Has prepared a schedule and budget, reviewed contract deliverables

6-12 months

  • Manages client relationships, works with planners and technical staff on analytical approach
  • Building new client relationships and targeting annual revenue goal
  • Manages progressively more complex projects
  • Leads one CEQA workshop (internal)

Impact Sciences offers competitive salaries and generous benefits, including health and dental insurance, retirement and financial, wellness and other work/life plans. Impact Sciences is also committed to diversity, wellness and work-life balance. We work a modified 9/80 schedule with every other Friday off.

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

Does this sound like you? Reach out or send your resume to

Principal – Transportation

Impact Sciences is specifically seeking a Principal – Transportation for our Los Angeles office. The Principal will focus on projects in Southern California and across the state. The ideal candidate will focus on developing a CEQA/NEPA transportation practice within Southern California and will have experience successfully leading projects to completion.

As a leader in the organization it is expected that the Principal will have good business awareness and acumen. The candidate is expected to possess a competent understanding of project/program management fundamentals and have a firm understanding of the relationship between project scope, cost, schedule and quality.

Key Responsibilities

This leadership position will maximize strengths in strategic consulting, technical consulting, and project management/delivery of environmental planning, and compliance projects and company business aspects, as follows:

  • Participate and develop internal and external execution strategies, including staffing (e.g., retention, reward, succession planning), company/client policies and procedures/processes, for planning and permitting projects.
  • Identify, pursue, and win CEQA/NEPA projects throughout California.
  • Direct, manage, and/or assist with the preparation of CEQA, NEPA and other environmental compliance documents for a wide range of public and private clients.
  • Support and undertake successful management and delivery of environmental documents, including applications, technical studies, NEPA/CEQA documents, mitigation plans, compliance documentations, and restoration/mitigation documentation to grow the company brand and increase opportunities to receive follow-on work.
  • 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.
  • Supervise project managers and technical staff.
  • Develop and mentor staff’s understanding of project delivery/management.
  • Develop teaming agreements for project pursuits.
  • Prepare proposals, lead interview teams, and bring in work to support the Impact Sciences team.
  • Bring project schedules, budgets, and scopes of work to successful completion.
  • Identify program and project staffing needs.
  • Be a visible leader within the firm and the industry.
Your Capabilities and Credentials
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal. Public speaking skills are desirable.
  • Energetic, conscientious and self-motivated leader who works well in a team setting with limited oversight and direction; capable of establishing and achieving goals and ideals.
  • Ability to plan, direct, and monitor all aspects of large, multi-discipline projects, medium-sized projects with a high degree of technical complexity, and small projects with minimal environmental constraints.
  • An ability to manage several projects simultaneously is essential.
Education and Experience

A minimum of 15 years of experience in progressively responsible positions.

Project Manager

Primary responsibilities include leading the CEQA  process and preparing documentation for a wide range of development projects and plans, managing project teams including sub-consultants; mentoring staff; and assisting with overall group administration. The role involves direct client interaction, proactive business development, and the preparation of competitive proposals in response to RFPs/RFQs.


An ideal candidate must possess effective problem-solving ability and exceptional writing and editing capabilities. Strong knowledge of and experience with CEQA and NEPA compliance is a must. Experience in effectively managing project budgets and timelines is also necessary. Experience working with public and private clients in a private consulting firm is also necessary. Qualified candidates should have at least a BA/BS in a related discipline, a minimum of 4 years of experience; or Master’s degree and a minimum of 2 years of experience.

Staff Planner

Responsibilities include collecting data, conducting surveys, and performing project research regarding environmental impact reports and other environmental documentation. Our Staff Planners conduct general field assessments including, but not limited to, noise and air modeling, land use studies, socio-economic studies, and historical/archaeological studies. Other responsibilities include:

  • Interpreting and composing Categorical Exclusions, Environmental Assessments and Environmental Impact Reports and other technical reports as needed.
  • Gathering and preparing materials and data for proposal presentations.
  • Performing site studies and preparing and assessing environmental impact studies.
  • Contributing to alternative recommendations.
  • Attending meetings both inside and outside the firm pertaining to existing and potential projects (e.g., public awareness groups and regulatory agencies).
  • Coordinating and consulting with federal, state and local regulatory agencies on scope and impact of a project.
  • Assisting with various projects and/or assignments, as needed.

Candidates will have the ability to formulate and conduct technical planning studies in a timely and efficient manner while producing results in a concise, well-written document. Qualified candidates should have at least a BA /BS in environmental studies, earth science, planning, or a related field and experience from 0-2 years.


  • Modified Work Schedule (9/80)
  • Pet-Friendly office
  • Group Health Care Coverage including:
  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Employee-Assistance Program
  • Group Basic Term Life Insurance
  • Group Long-Term Disability Coverage
  • Voluntary Life Insurance
  • Incentive Compensation
  • 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

Oakland 510-267-0494

Camarillo 805-437-1900

Los Angeles 213-935-1901

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