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Environmental Planner Bakersfield

Bakersfield CA

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Your Opportunity

Stantec is seeking an Environmental Planner to join our Impact Assessment, Permitting, and Compliance Practice in Southern California. The position is to be based out of our Bakersfield, California office. Stantec offers flexible work locations, flexible work hours and a robust compensation and benefit package.

As an Environmental Scientist/Regulatory Planner, you will provide environmental science and land use planning knowledge to help with public and private projects including Oil and Gas, Transportation Infrastructure, or Renewable Energy. Diversified experience with other business sectors such as Water, Community Development, and Mining are also desirable. You will provide support for environmental impact statement, biological and cultural assessment, CEQA/NEPA assessments and land use planning for environmental projects. Additional experience that encompasses regulatory compliance and permitting experience including with but not limited to the U.S. Clean Water Act, U.S. Endangered Species Act, Federal Land Policy and Management Act, California Endangered Species Act, California Fish and Game Code, and Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act are also desirable.

In this position, you will serve as a team member working with scientists, engineers, project managers, and junior project staff. Each day, as an environmental professional, you will contribute to multi-disciplinary project teams in all phases of the execution and delivery of projects. You should be a self-motivated professional and should also have a desire to grow personally as well as professionally with each project.

This position requires strong skills as a self-starter, with ability to participate on multiple projects simultaneously. This role will also include support to project management teams on dynamic projects.


Your Key Responsibilities

Capable of managing staff and projects

Demonstrate success with research, analysis, and reporting.

Are a self-starting, team-oriented professional with excellent written and communication skills.

Are familiar with review and analysis of scientific data, maps and drawings.

Provide support in delivering high quality work products to Stantec’s multi-disciplinary project teams.

Ability to identify opportunities and build relationships with clients.


Your Capabilities and Credentials

Basic Qualifications

Environmental consulting experience is a requirement.

Experience working directly with clients.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Experience leading and contributing to environmental impact evaluation and environmental permit applications, including, resource and impact evaluations, preparation of NEPA/CEQA analysis and documentation.

Experience leading environmental permitting of energy facilities, pipelines, and/or other linear projects in the western United States including: USACE 404 wetland permitting, CDFW 1600 Agreements and CESA permitting, RWQCB 401 certifications, and other environmental permitting.

Demonstrated technical competence and project experience in natural resource fields applicable to environmental permitting of infrastructure projects, both public and private.

Must have a good driving record and valid Driver's License.

OSHA HAZWOPER 40 certification preferred or ability to obtain prior to employment.

Prior to employment, this position will require the successful passing of a pre-employment physical and drug screen.


Preferred Qualifications

Direct experience with California independent power producers, utilities, and relevant California regulatory agencies.

Experience serving on and leading teams of staff for permitting facilities in California.

Established relationships with local, state, and federal permitting agencies.

CEQA experience.

NEPA experience.

General understanding of geographic information systems.

Ability to work independently, as well as in teams ranging from 2 to 60 staff.

Ability to direct staff technicians regarding data collection, preparation of figures and maps, and report production.

CPUC and/or CEC experience a plus


Education and Experience

BA/BS degree in Urban, Regional or Environmental Land Use Planning, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies or a related field. 5 to 8 years of experience.

This description is not a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that may be required of the employee and other duties, responsibilities and activities may be assigned or may be changed at any time with or without notice.


Stantec is a place where the best and brightest come to build on each other’s talents, do exciting work, and make an impact on the world around us. Join us and redefine your personal best.



Posted February 4, 2020

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