Are you a noise and planning nerd?

You have a t-shirt that reads, “It’s Not Noise If You Like It.”  You know why 50 dB + 50 dB = 53 dB and you know that nobody will notice. You excel at Excel. Logarithm is the dance of your people. Devising how to apply a noise standard in a planning context is fun. You can perform complex calculations and clearly write the story about the results. You can readily explain CNEL, Leq, Lmax, CEQA, EIR, and MND to your non-noise/planner nerd friends. You know the difference between sound and noise. You know that 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. is a sensitive time. You’re curious, caring, collegial, collaborative, career-oriented, and committed to quality.

What working at Ascent would be like:

Ascent is seeking a Noise Specialist/Environmental Planner to join our San Diego-based environmental practice. You will be working as part of the Air Quality/Noise/Climate Change services team to: 
  • Author analytical sections of CEQA and NEPA documents for a wide variety of projects throughout California.
  • Review, interpret, and apply noise standards established by local noise ordinances.
  • Calculate noise levels associated with proposed development and infrastructure projects using a range of computation tools.
  • Collect noise level measurements in the field using sound level meters.
  • Explain concepts of noise exposure to planning officials and the public.
  • Team tackle a broad range of planning issues, including leading-edge thinking, with project managers, principals, and other resource specialists.
  • Discuss project impact, mitigation, and planning ideas with recognized leaders in noise, planning and CEQA.
  • Enjoy social times with co-workers at group lunches, themed events, Halloween parades, and Pi Day Pie Contests. 

If this could be a fit for you, please read a bit more about our Noise Specialist / Environmental Planner position:

We are seeking a candidate with a passion for planning and noise impact issues who would conduct technical analyses; computation of noise levels; community planning; and writing of technical report sections. Assignments may include analyses for CEQA and NEPA documents, sound level measurements, community plans, and noise reduction strategies.

Qualifications include a BS or higher degree in acoustics, engineering, planning, environmental science, math, environmental policy, sustainability, or a related field with 2 or more years of relevant experience. Strong analytical, computer, and writing skills are a must. Spreadsheet and calculation software skills are also desired. The successful candidate will be hard working, conscientious, interpersonally skilled, and team-oriented. Air quality, greenhouse gas, and/or traffic analysis experience is a plus.

Ascent offers a supportive, fun, and intellectually challenging workplace environment and excellent benefits. We invest in our employees’ careers and welfare and strive to provide high-quality outcomes for our clients. We offer flexible hours, teamwork participation on important and challenging projects, opportunities to contribute to and join in service events for our local communities, and regular performance recognition.

Ascent provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Still Interested?

Please e-mail a letter of interest and your resume to: