ERM is seeking a Senior Consultant—Landscape & Visual Impact Assessment Specialist to develop and lead visual impact assessment efforts for capital infrastructure projects. The successful candidate will lead visual impact assessments for wind energy, solar energy, electric transmission, and midstream oil and gas projects. A broad range of experience on large-scale projects in the power and oil and gas sectors is preferable. The location of the position is flexible. In this role, you will contribute your leadership and technical consulting skills to support the growth of ERM’s global Impact Assessment & Planning (IAP) technical team to share multi-disciplinary resources and best practices across the industry. This is an excellent opportunity for a mid to senior professional looking to advance their career level with a global environmental leader.
The key responsibilities associated with the role will be:
- Preparation of Visual Impact Assessment (VIA) sections for Environmental Impact Statements and state utility licensing applications for projects at a variety of scales.
- Preparation of standalone Seascape/Landscape & Visual Impact Assessment (SLVIA) or VIA reports to accompany planning applications for various types and scales of projects.
- Carrying out and/or managing site visits, fieldwork, and photography to inform SLVIAs and VIA reports and analyses.
- Report writing and assisting with inputs for SLVIA/VIA reports.
- Working with in-house field, graphic, and mapping technicians in the preparation of technical photographs, viewshed analyses, and photographic simulations to inform SLVIA/VIA reports.
- Providing expert witness testimony at evidentiary hearings.
The key requirements of the post will be:
- A degree in Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture, or related fields that give the candidate the necessary skills to complete the role.
- Minimum of 8 years of practical experience in the field of Landscape & Visual Impact Assessment and environmental permitting.
- Experience in fulfilling similar functions or in a similar role.
- Familiarity with the major federal agency regulations and guidelines regarding visual impact analysis. Familiarity with the SLVIA methodology (in addition to US-based methodologies) is preferable.
- Good working knowledge of CAD, GIS, and photo-editing software.
- Excellent presentation and report writing skills and attention to detail.
- A confident and creative approach to the assessment process.