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CEQA Planner - Project Manager

Yorke Engineering, LLC
Irvine, California, US
Closing date
Sep 28, 2022

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Consultancy/Private Sector
Conservation science
Salary Type
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Full time
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We are looking for an experienced and sharp CEQA Project Manager to join our team in Southern CA. We are a well established, highly respected environmental and air quality consulting firm based out of Orange County, California. We work on a wide variety of environmental and air quality assessment, permitting and compliance projects, across a diverse range of California industries and locations.

We offer a friendly, high performance, team-oriented work environment where professionals can grow amongst their respective peers. This is a great opportunity for someone looking to expand their professional development in a challenging yet rewarding growth-oriented environment.

This is a full-time position which can be based in any one of our Southern CA offices (San Juan Capistrano, Diamond Bar, Long Beach, Ventura, Riverside, Los Angeles). We offer a full benefits package including Paid Time Off, Holidays, Full Medical/Dental/Vision, along with a 401k with company match.

Position Summary:

At Yorke, the CEQA/NEPA Project Manager performs creative professional scientific work of considerable analytical difficulty as well as supervises and manages CEQA/NEPA services for the company, especially developing and producing technical studies and reports for various CEQA/NEPA documents. Responsibilities include directing and preparing all or portions of Initial Studies/Negative Declarations (IS/ND), Mitigated Negative Declarations (MND), Environmental Impact Reports (EIR), Environmental Assessments (EA), and Environmental Impact Statements (EIS). Yorke's CEQA/NEPA practice currently focuses on preparing the Air Quality, Greenhouse Gas (GHG), and/or Noise Technical Reports and/or sections of MNDs and EIRs, but we are expanding our services to prepare CEQA/NEPA studies which encompass the full range of CEQA topics where the need for field surveys are not required. Excellent writing and communication skills as well as experience and the ability to conduct several projects concurrently in a teamwork setting are essential.

This is an experienced level position and would be expected to be a part of the Yorke leadership team in the CEQA practice. Professionals at this level are assigned to perform the more complex and sensitive duties in the occupational field. The employee in this position may be assigned to train other employees and/or monitor work produced by other employees.

The candidate qualifications we are looking for include:
  • Minimum 10-15 years of project management, permitting, and compliance experience in the environmental industry particularly related to:
  • CEQA/NEPA Air quality, odor, and GHG/climate change studies and reports;
  • Noise analyses and integration of traffic study results; and
  • Preparing MND/EIR/EA/EIS analyses, reports, and chapters (preferably in a consulting environment).
  • Preparing technically sound and legally defensible analyses and environmental impact assessment documentation, including technical writing, quantitative analysis, review, and quality control, in compliance with CEQA and NEPA;
  • Strong technical and regulatory working knowledge of CEQA/NEPA assessment criteria, air district rules and regulations, and state and federal regulatory programs;
  • Highly skilled in composing, writing, and editing CEQA/NEPA documents and proposals in a professional manner;
  • Perform engineering calculations for the purposes of evaluating project emissions compared to ambient air quality standards and conducting health risk assessments;
  • Proven track record of successful compliance work in dealing with various lead and regulatory agencies;
  • Experience in project management on large and/or complex CEQA/NEPA projects;
  • Ability to manage multiple clients and projects at any given time without losing focus of quality;
  • Highly motivated to continue working in the environmental field, expand knowledge and experience, and develop appropriate solutions for clients.

Job Requirements:
  • B.S. degree or higher in Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Science, Chemistry or any other relevant technical degree from an accredited university (minimum GPA of 3.0);
  • CEQA Project Management experience and/or experience in supporting CEQA project teams;
  • Working knowledge of emissions and modeling applications for CEQA air and/or noise studies such as CalEEMod, EMFAC, OFFROAD, etc. (Yorke has in house staff than can handle the air dispersion modeling and HRAs);
  • Analysis, interpretation, and application of rules, guidelines and statutes, and regulations towards practical solutions;
  • Capable of working independently;
  • Ability to think critically and develop creative solutions;
  • Advanced computer applications, data processing/management, and strong Microsoft 365, SharePoint, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Access abilities;
  • Strong speaking skills for presentations and meetings;
  • Ability to travel to client offices/sites and agency meetings.
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