Environmental Planner

Michael Baker International
September 8, 2020
Oakland, CA
Job Type


Michael Baker International is a global leader in Planning, Engineering, Architecture, Environmental and Consulting professionals dedicated to developing and implementing innovative solutions to the world’s infrastructure and environmental challenges. Supported by more than 3,000 employees in nearly 100 locations across the United States, we provide a full continuum of engineering and consulting services, including design, planning, architectural, environmental, construction and program management. Our clients include U.S. federal, state and municipal governments, foreign allied governments, and a wide range of commercial clients. Michael Baker is committed to delivering a standard of excellence that fosters a culture of innovation, collaboration and technological advancement to help solve our clients' complex challenges.

We create, integrate, visualize and communicate planning concepts as they move from the initial vision through implementation. Our planning professionals build strong client partnerships, working with residents, businesses, developers, educational and medical organizations, state and local governments, the military and other federal agencies to successfully plan the future of their communities or institutions. At Michael Baker International, we focus on people and places, improving communities and creating more sustainable, convenient, equitable, healthful, efficient, and attractive places.

Seeking a Mid-level Planning professional to join our team in our Oakland or Rancho Cordova office.  Candidate should be interested in all aspects of planning from conceptual design to environmental studies. The position requires knowledge, experience and enthusiasm for preparing experience in preparing or participating in California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and/or National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents for energy, infrastructure, industrial, land development, transportation, aviation or similar projects.  Duties shall include conducting research and performing analysis in order to prepare concise environmental impact sections.  Candidates should be detail-oriented and have the capability to identify, understand, and solve complex issues such as project development and natural resources management.

We are looking for an individual who will collaborate with his/her counterparts at our other regional offices to provide expanded, high quality planning services to clients across California. Our Planning Services Line includes environmental planning, short and long term comprehensive planning, housing, hazard mitigation planning, federal planning, resiliency/sustainability, zoning and land use studies and more. 

Position requires excellent written and verbal communication skills.  Must be a self-starter with the flexibility to work both independently and within a team environment with the ability to build and maintain positive relationships with staff and clients.  Presentation skills with clients and public outreach activities a plus.

•Contribute to growth of Planning and other service lines with proof of technical capabilities and processes that align and support the quality standards of Michael Baker.
•Help seek out opportunities with existing and new clients.
•Coordinate with Michael Baker’s West Region Planning team.
•Contribute to strategic planning for Planning in Northern California counties focused on opportunities with the state, local agencies, and private markets. 
•Contribute to management and delivery of the Planning project portfolio, client engagement, and growth strategies.

•4 years related experience
•Four-year degree in Planning, Urban Studies, Environmental Sciences, or related field, Master’s degree preferred

•Candidate must have demonstrated success with preparing environmental assessment documents (e.g., CEQA and NEPA) with a varied background matching that of our primary business sectors, such as Transportation, Water, Power, and the Public Sector.
•Candidates must have ability to perform planning related tasks in accordance with Company policies and applicable laws.
•Familiarity with Environmental Planning, Community Planning, Land Use Controls, Transportation Planning, GIS/Asset Management, federal, state, and applicable local laws and regulations.
•Demonstrated client engagement experience.
•Effective communication skills, strategic thinker with initiative to help advance our multi-disciplined services.

•AICP preferred but not required

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