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Senior Lead Environmental Planner

Los Angeles CA

Minimum Experience: 10+

Required Education: Bachelor's Degree


WSP USA seeks a Senior Lead Environmental Planner

Be involved in projects as an active member of the Environmental Team for the Southern California District, and be a part of a growing organization that meets our client’s objectives and solves their challenges.

At WSP, we are driven by inspiring the right people to be part of our future-focused business objectives. Our devotion to teamwork has allowed us to build communities and expand our skylines. Here at WSP, anything is within our reach- and yours as a WSP employee. Come join us and help shape the future!

WSP is currently initiating a search for a Senior Lead Environmental Planner for our Los Angeles, California office.


Duties and Responsibilities:

Serve as Project Manager or Environmental Task Manager on CEQA/NEPA compliance projects for a variety of sectors (e.g., transportation, aviation, water, land use) in the greater Southern California region

Prepare and/or review of environmental analyses and documentation prepared pursuant to NEPA and CEQA

Coordinate with technical staff, engineers, and project management teams to advance projects

Prepare and monitor scope, fee, and project schedules

Serve as technical lead on multi-disciplinary projects and pursuits throughout the greater Southern California region

Monitor and engage in regular meetings with major clients, including OCTA, SBCTA, RCTD, the City of Los Angeles, Caltrans, and others to gather information on current and pending future programs or projects

Assist in broader office-wide activities around major project pursuits and strategies

Develop and nurture client relationships to grow business opportunities

Work as part of the Planning & Environmental team in the Orange, San Diego, or Los Angeles office to promote and provide for a vibrant, collaborative and enriching office environment

Mentor junior staff

Other duties as assigned


Talent is the essence of meeting our client’s objectives, goals and challenges. If this sounds like a fit for you, we’d love to have that first discussion of you joining our team.


Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Planning, Environmental Sciences, Urban Planning, Architecture or related field

Outstanding professional communication and management skills, highlighting a track-record of leading and coordinating activities of multiple staff in complex team environments

10+ years of experience managing and leading teams in the delivery of high quality environmental and planning projects

A core understanding of the role of environmental principles and practices in the broader development and delivery of multi-disciplinary projects within a variety of market sectors, particularly major urban transportation and infrastructure projects

Experience coordinating with federal, state, and local agencies

A positive attitude and a proven ability to exude calm under pressure

Interest in mentoring and managing junior staff

Ability to travel out of the immediate area and to work outside of regular work hours if needed

Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Excel, Access, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Scheduling software (Microsoft Project and/or P6)


Preferred Qualifications:

Master’s degree in City Planning, Environmental Planning, Urban Planning, Public Policy or related field

Experience working with public agencies in the greater Orange County/Inland Empire/Los Angeles/San Diego regions

Experience working with the Federal Transit Administration

Affiliation with national professional organizations such as AEP, APA, WTS or similar



WSP USA is the U.S. operating company of one of the world's leading engineering and professional services firms. Dedicated to serving local communities, we are engineers, planners, technical experts, strategic advisors and construction management professionals. WSP USA designs lasting solutions in the transportation, buildings, energy, water and environment sectors. With nearly 9,500 people in 150 offices across the U.S., we partner with our clients to help communities prosper. www.wsp.com/usa

WSP provides a comprehensive suite of benefits including medical, dental, vision, disability, life, and retirement savings focused on a providing health and financial stability throughout the employee’s career.

At WSP, we want to give our employees the challenges they seek to grow their careers and knowledge base. Your daily contributions to your team will be a key piece in our meeting client objectives, goals and challenges. Are you ready to get started?


The selected candidate must be authorized to work in the United States.



Posted December 31, 2020

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