Environmental Planner 

Multi-disciplinary environmental firm in Columbia, MD is seeking an individual with at least 2 years of experience in environmental planning, agency coordination, and technical documentation preparation.  
Straughan Environmental, Inc. (Straughan) is a successful, rapidly growing, woman-owned business that provides high-quality and cost-effective environmental consulting services to a wide variety of clients in the government and private sectors. Straughan’s multidisciplinary environmental services include planning, permitting, design, and policy. Our staff consists of natural, wildlife, and wetland scientists; geomorphologists; civil and environmental engineers; biologists and botanists; planners; foresters; cultural resource specialists; environmental planner; and GIS and CADD technicians. This combination of technical expertise and an understanding of policy makes Straughan a highly competitive firm and a great place to advance your career.

Straughan is currently seeking an Environmental Planner to support an array of upcoming projects in our Planning Department. The qualified applicant will be required to have a basic knowledge of various natural and socioeconomic environmental resources; the NEPA process and its requirements; Federal regulations, policies, and programs; public outreach techniques and practices; and/or Geographic Information Systems. Strong organizational skills and the ability to communicate effectively in both speech and writing are a must. In addition, candidates must be self-motivated and have the ability to work in a multi-disciplinary, environmentally conscious, team environment.

Job Requirements
  • Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Science, Planning, Geology, Engineering, Communications, or related field
  • 2+ years of relevant work experience
  • Ability to conduct research and analysis, complete field investigations, and document findings clearly and effectively
  • Basic knowledge of key environmental regulations and policies
  • Ability to prepare reports to support National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) documents and other Environmental Planning Documents and Environmental Resource Inventories
  • Working knowledge of MS Office computer software
  • Well-developed interpersonal, organizational and communication skills; ability to create effective written reports and documentation

Qualifications (Preferred)
The following qualifications are preferred: 
  • Experience with consulting, including analysis, writing, client support, and presentation
  • Prior experience in researching and writing sections of Environmental Assessments and Environmental Impact Statements including purpose & need statements, alternatives analysis, agency coordination letters, cumulative impacts analyses, Section 4(f) documentation, environmental justice analysis, and/or public outreach documentation  
  • Experience with historical/cultural resources, natural resources studies, noise analysis, stormwater management 
  • Experience in coordinating community outreach activities in connection with infrastructure improvement projects
  • Experience with data creation, editing, and management in an ArcMap environment
  • Experience using the ArcGIS toolbox and performing basic geoprocessing functions (i.e clip, buffer, spatial join, and intersect)
  • Working knowledge of AutoCAD and/or MicroStation
As a condition of employment, hire will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination will need to be submitted as part of the interview/hiring process. 

Department: Planning
This is a full time position

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