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Senior Environmental Planner

Vanasse Hangen Brustlin
Watertown, Massachusetts, US
Closing date
Oct 23, 2021

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Consultancy/Private Sector
Conservation science
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Full time
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VHB is seeking a Senior Environmental Planner to join our Watertown, MA office. Our environmental planning team strives for a culture in which team members are excited about their work, supported professionally and personally, encouraged to be creative and innovative, and have opportunities to contribute to and learn about the diverse markets in which we work. Consistently named among the "Best Civil Engineering Firms to Work For" by CE News magazine, VHB is committed to providing a challenging, dynamic and rewarding work environment.

About Us

WE ARE VHB-a passionate team of engineers, scientists, planners, surveyors and designers tackling exciting challenges in the transportation, real estate, institutional, applied technology, and energy industries-serving a range of public- and private-sector clients. At VHB, we are dedicated to improving mobility, enhancing communities, and balancing development and infrastructure needs with environmental stewardship.

We are creative problem-solvers

We work hard, and we give back

We like our colleagues, and we love Mondays (really)

We are diverse, caring, welcoming, and fun!

VHB has consistently been rated one of the top AEC firms to work for across our 30+ offices on the East Coast. We're growing, and we hope you'll join us!

About the Position

Senior Environmental Planner | Watertown, MA

VHB is hiring a senior professional who has experience in preparing environmental review documentation in accordance with the federal-level National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and state-level Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA), as well as other environmental studies for a diverse set of clients. Prior experience and interest in environmental justice, Title VI, transportation equity, socioeconomic analysis, and/or environmental permitting are a plus.

VHB's overall environmental team provides a wide range of integrated services such as environmental permitting, sustainability and resiliency planning, urban planning, comprehensive master planning, solid waste management, air quality and noise studies, natural resource management, water conservation and water quality projects, historic resource planning, and community engagement. We are looking for applicants that have a strong understanding of and interest in supporting our full range of environmental services.


Conduct technical analyses in accordance with NEPA and MEPA regulatory requirements.

Review environmental studies and work prepared by others.

Prepare environmental documentation and presentations.

Manage and execute environmental scopes and budgets amongst a diverse range of technical resource groups.

Facilitate stakeholder meetings, public workshops, and public hearings.

Maintain highest level of quality assurance and control expected by VHB and our clients.

Build relationships with clients, project managers, colleagues, and sub‑consultants.

Support business development activities including preparing scopes of work, fee estimates, and schedules

Skills & Abilities

Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills

Strong technical writing and presentation skills

Ability to solve problems and think creatively

Detail-oriented and highly organized

Capable of coordinating and performing multiple tasks independently, and also within a fast-paced team environment

Strong time-management skills

Demonstrated leadership, coaching and/or mentoring skills are desired

Ability to travel in the future (with consideration of current COVID-related travel restrictions)


BS/BA in environmental planning, urban planning, environmental science, or a related field (MS/MA degree a plus)

5+ years of professional experience in environmental consulting or related field

Experience with environmental and sustainability regulations, policy, and practice

Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP), LEED, or WELL certification a plus

Writing samples and references required

Please submit applications with online.

New employees will be onboarded virtually and begin their employment from home. We are in the process of planning for a safe return to the workplace in alignment with government and CDC guidelines.

VHB is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status, age or any other federally protected class.

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