Does this describe you?

CEQA and NEPA are exciting environmental laws to you. You might even dub yourself a “CEQA Geek” or “NEPA Nerd.” You love helping clients anticipate issues, avoid or solve problems, and define environmental compliance strategies. You are experienced in effectively managing environmental compliance and planning projects. Owning the responsibility for medium to large, complex environmental documents is in your comfort zone, including quality assurance, client management, schedule and budget management, and team coordination. To keep up with CEQA and NEPA, you follow court decisions and participate regularly in legal and practice updates. Your personal copy of the CEQA statute and guidelines is dog-eared and coffee-stained and the CEQA/NEPA link is pinned to your desktop. You enjoy keeping up on environmental issues, like innovative urban planning, sustainable transportation, water, energy, biodiversity, or climate change. Your skills are excellent for analytical thinking, writing, relationship building, and translating technical material into forms suitable for decision makers and the public. Your past success also includes business development, proposal writing, and networking with prospective clients. Your attitude is positive and your personality is caring.

Would you enjoy this?

If you worked at Ascent Environmental, this week you might:

  • Work with clients on their most important, often complex and challenging environmental planning documents
  • Collaborate closely with Ascent principals, who support you in carrying out projects
  • Team up, shoulder-to-shoulder, with a knowledgeable, interdisciplinary group of Ascent professionals in the Bay Area, Sacramento, Lake Tahoe, or San Diego
  • Brainstorm with your assistant project manager, who helps you coordinate projects
  • Communicate directly with clients, regulatory agencies, subconsultants, and stakeholders to understand and address a broad range of perspectives
  • Prepare budgets and schedules, and carry out project work within agreed time frames and contract price
  • Create, with your team, high-quality environmental and planning documents
  • Provide quality review of documents, with attention to completeness, legal adequacy, technical accuracy, and readability

Here are some other things you may do:

  • Represent Ascent and our clients at public meetings, workshops, and open houses
  • Contribute to and lead business development activities, including proposal preparation and relationship building with existing and prospective clients
  • Participate in professional associations, such as speaking at conferences
  • Help with mentoring and skill development of more junior staff
  • Enjoy social and community service events, and the camaraderie of being an Ascentian

If you're interested, here's a bit more:

We are always looking for a candidate who enjoys environmental planning and impact analysis and has a BS/MS in planning, environmental studies, geography, natural resources, physical sciences, or related field, along with about 7 to 10 years of experience. Professional qualifications include project management, CEQA/NEPA expertise, writing and analytical skills, and engaging interpersonal skills. A record of successful environmental planning projects and working relationships with clients and regulatory agencies are needed. Ascent offers excellent benefits and a supportive, fun, intellectually challenging, and career-growing environment.

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.

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Still Interested?

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