Senior Environmental Planner

Michael Baker International
Oakland, California, US
Jun 17, 2021
Jun 19, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Michael Baker International is a global leader in Planning, Engineering, Architecture, Environmental and Consulting professionals dedicated to developing and implementing innovative solutions to the world's infrastructure and environmental challenges. Supported by more than 3,000 employees in nearly 100 locations across the United States, we provide a full continuum of engineering and consulting services, including design, planning, architectural, environmental, construction and program management. Our clients include U.S. federal, state and municipal governments, foreign allied governments, and a wide range of commercial clients. Michael Baker is committed to delivering a standard of excellence that fosters a culture of innovation, collaboration and technological advancement to help solve our clients' complex challenges.

We create, integrate, visualize and communicate planning concepts as they move from the initial vision through implementation. Our environmental planning professionals build strong client partnerships, working with residents, businesses, developers, educational and medical organizations, state and local governments, the military and other federal agencies. Our Planning Services Line includes environmental planning, short- and long-term comprehensive planning, housing, hazard mitigation planning, federal planning, resiliency/sustainability, zoning and land use studies and more. The Michael Baker International Environmental team consists of Environmental Planners, Project Managers, Biologists, Archaeologists, and other specialists who support the client in all aspects of environmental planning, permitting, and compliance. At Michael Baker International, we focus on people and places, improving communities and creating more sustainable, convenient, equitable, healthful, efficient, and attractive places.

Michael Baker is seeking a Full Time Senior Planner/Project Manager to join our team in our Walnut Creek, Oakland or Rancho Cordova office. The successful candidate will have the flexibility to work remotely at times. Candidate should be interested in all aspects of environmental planning from initial scoping to construction compliance. The position requires knowledge, experience and enthusiasm for preparing or contributing to California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and/or National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents for energy, infrastructure, industrial, land development, transportation, aviation or similar projects. Candidates should be well versed in the full suite of California environmental regulations, have a keen understanding of nexus, and experience working with regulating agencies. Additionally, candidates should be experienced in fieldwork activities such as training crews, prescribing and implementing resource and permit avoidance measures, and/or monitoring construction or other activities for compliance with avoidance measures or permit conditions. Duties will include conducting research and performing analysis in order to prepare concise environmental impact sections of CEQA/NEPA documents, defining permitting and avoidance strategies, supporting technical experts in obtaining regulatory permits and construction/operation environmental compliance activities. Candidates should be detail-oriented and have the capability to identify, understand, solve complex issues, and leverage the knowledge and expertise of the full environmental team.
Strong emphasis will be placed on entitlement planning, transportation or utility experience, regulatory permitting, CEQA experience, technical writing, business communications skills, quality of work, and the ability to successfully manage project budgets and schedules. Candidates for this position will be motivated self-starters who can work both independently, and as part of a team. The best part of being a Senior 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 feel a sense of pride in knowing that you are helping Michael Baker International provide innovative solutions to planning challenges, big and small, and making a difference for the clients and communities we serve. Due to our volume of work and multi-disciplinary approach, growth opportunities are high.

  • The management and preparation of technical documents, entitlement/regulatory applications, Initial Studies, EIRs, joint documents, and other CEQA/NEPA documents for clients
  • Team coordination, marketing, business development pursuits and working both with our local professionals and the other offices of Michael Baker International
  • Contribute to management and delivery of the Environmental Planning project portfolio, client engagement, and growth strategies.
  • Contribute to strategic planning for the Environmental Planning Practice in Northern California counties focused on opportunities with the state, local agencies, and private markets.
  • Coordinate with Michael Baker International's West Region Planning team.
  • Help seek out opportunities with existing and new clients, with the support of Michael Baker International leadership.
  • Contribute to growth of Environmental Planning service line and support other service lines with proof of technical capabilities and processes that align and support the quality standards of Michael Baker International

  • Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Science/Studies, Biology/Natural Resources, Planning, Ecology or a related field is required (Master's degree is preferred)
  • 8 or more years of experience is preferred
  • Demonstrated success with preparing/contributing to environmental assessment documents (e.g., CEQA and NEPA) matching that of our primary business sectors, such as Transportation, Water, Power, and the Public Sector.
  • Knowledge/experience of the Caltrans Standard Environmental Reference and/or CPUC General Order 131-D preferred.
  • Experience with project management, client relations, and business development
  • Able to build relationships with a wide variety of people is required
  • 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 is required
  • A desire to produce first-class work and the ability 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 is required
  • AICP License preferred.


Michael Baker International is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Michael Baker International provides equal employment opportunity for all persons, in all facets of employment. Michael Baker International maintains a drug-free workplace and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing and background checks. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply for any open position for which they feel they are qualified and all will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship status, marital status, genetic information, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.

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