SWCA Environmental Consultants is expanding our team and actively looking for dynamic individuals who are following their passion in delivering the highest-quality project work. Our Salt Lake City office is looking for a self-motivated Project Environmental Planner - NEPA with attention to detail and strong communication skills. Individuals need to be willing and able to work with peers across various offices and accomplish tasks associated with a variety of projects in any given week. The ability to work directly with clients is imperative. The interest in pursuing new business is also desirable.
This is a regular status, full-time position, reporting to one of SWCA’s Sr. Project Managers out of our Salt Lake City office. Work can be based in the office, in a hybrid work arrangement or remote, for those located in the region.
SWCA Environmental Consultants is an employee-owned company of environmental professionals who specialize in environmental planning, natural and cultural resource management, and regulatory compliance. Our company purpose is to preserve natural and cultural resources for tomorrow while enabling projects that benefit people today.
What you will accomplish
You will be responsible for performing environmental impact analyses, facilitating public and agency outreach, and providing quality assurance and leadership during the development of Environmental assessments (EAs) and environmental impact statements (EISs). Specific responsibilities include:
- Contribute to preparing EAs and EISs addressing the development for a wide variety of projects, revision of federal resource management plans and land use plans, issuance of rights-of-way, approvals, and/or leases, policy amendments, etc. In addition, this position will help lead, write, and manage tasks for the preparation of NEPA documents and other environmental documents related to projects managed by federal agencies or for those that occur on federal lands.
- Support business line growth objectives for business lines that may include land use planning, generation, transmission, mining, and others.
- Support teams in the development of EAs and EISs, and other applications or environmental documents, for business lines that may include land use planning, generation, transmission, mining, and others.
- Assist teams by leading, supporting or providing technical assistance during key steps of the NEPA process, including pre-Notice of Intent (NOI) activities and project planning; development of the description of the proposed action and purpose and need; NEPA document structuring and content planning; public involvement, including preparing public meeting materials, attending and supporting public meetings, and public comment review and response; records of decisions and findings of no significant impact; and decision files.
- Demonstrate excellent leadership behavior and professionalism while providing leadership at the project, team, and office level.
- Provide assistant project manager support to SWCA project managers on complex NEPA projects. Provide project management support on EA’s.
- Provide enterprise-level support by contributing to business development pursuits and proposals.
Experience and qualifications for success
- A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in environmental planning, environmental science, biology, environmental science, natural resource management, planning, geology, or another science-related field.
- A minimum of seven (7) years of NEPA document preparation and experience in environmental consulting. (Experience should include complex, multi-disciplinary projects; participating in meetings with clients and agencies; supporting project teams; preparation of technical studies and NEPA documents; and adhering to project budgets and delivery schedules.
- A working knowledge of federal and state environmental regulations including NEPA, the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA), the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), and the ability to support project preparation of plans to satisfy regulatory compliance.
- A working understanding of agency internal processes and procedures and positive existing relationships with federal land management and regulatory agencies, such as the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management (BOEM), US Forest Service (USFS), National Park Service (NPS), Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), FERC, Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), and/or U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is strongly preferred.
- Experience with public lands, natural resource issues, wind and solar projects, transportation projects, and/or oil and gas projects in the western US.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills; interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence; attention to detail; and organization, schedule, and budget management skills.
- Experience with supporting business development with federal agencies, RMPs, mining, oil and gas, and renewable energy developers or other non-federal applicants that seek permits or leases from federal agencies helpful.
SWCA Environmental Consultants is a growing employee-owned firm, providing a full spectrum of environmental services. With offices across the United States, SWCA is one of the largest environmental compliance firms and ranks among Engineering News-Record’s Top 200 Environmental Firms.
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SWCA is committed to salary equity and salary transparency for all its employees. In alignment with this commitment, SWCA posts good faith pay ranges in all its advertised job postings to promote pay equity and transparency.
An employee in this Salt Lake City, UT-based position can expect an annual salary of $70,200.00 - $91,520.00. Actual pay within this range may depend on experience, qualifications, geographic location, client requirements where applicable, and other factors permitted by law. Regular-status employees are also eligible for performance bonuses. Candidates are also encouraged to consider SWCA’s Total Rewards package, which includes a competitive Benefits package, forward-thinking workplace flexibility, outstanding corporate culture, award-winning career development, and more.