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Technical Specialist

Impact Sciences is seeking a Technical Specialist with a focus on air quality and climate change. Primary responsibilities include preparing air quality and greenhouse gas emissions analyses and mitigation, climate/adaptation planning, health risk assessments, environmental impact analysis and report preparation in support of CEQA/NEPA projects. A thorough understanding of the current regulatory and technical air quality and climate change environment is essential. The Technical Specialist will coordinate with internal and external technical staff to develop sound and novel approaches and solutions for environmental compliance, environmental documents, and supporting technical analyses.

Key Responsibilities

  • Preparing air quality and greenhouse gas technical reports
  • Researching and interpreting air quality and climate change 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, Atmospheric Science/Meteorology, Chemistry, Physics, or related subjects
  • Experience preparing air quality and climate change impact analyses 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
  • 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, Climate Action Plans, General and Transportation Conformity)
  • Organized and detail oriented
  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task

Professional Skills

  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making capabilities
  • Strong quantitative and/or modeling skills a plus
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task, and the ability to work under strict deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work independently and as a team
  • Ability to work with all levels of internal staff, as well as outside clients and vendors
  • Sound business ethic

2021 Environmental Planning Internship 

Impact Sciences is seeking emerging professionals to participate in our 2021 Summer Internship Program, an opportunity to receive direct mentorship from our firm’s experienced environmental planners and technical specialists.

Responsibilities will be varied and may include research, data analysis, and information gathering in support of environmental compliance documents (environmental impact reports, mitigated negative declarations, etc.). The role may also include providing general support to the principals, project managers, and production staff, needed. In short, duties will be varied. A day could include writing thought leadership content for the website or assisting technical staff in the field taking noise measurements.

We actively promote diversity and inclusivity within our workplace and through our actions.

Requirements

An ideal candidate must possess effective problem-solving ability and a “can-do” attitude. Knowledge of CEQA and NEPA is preferred, but not necessary. A proactive attitude and the ability to take initiative with minimal direction are essential.  

Rotating Focus Areas

This is a three-month commitment with a rotation of the following focus areas and mentorship opportunities:

  1. General Planning: Notice postings and general CEQA related project work
  2. Project Management Skill Building (budgeting, scheduling, project management software)
  3. Technical Services (an introduction to air quality, greenhouse gases, and/or noise technical studies)
  4. Business Development of the Environmental Consulting Firm

Acknowledgment and adherence to Impact Sciences’ Core Values is a must: 

  • 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.

Are you 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.

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.

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.
Requirements:

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.

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS

  • 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 careers@impactsciences.com.