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Contract Planner | Rincon Consultants

Contract Planner | Rincon Consultants

Job Location: Various locations available including Ventura, CA; San Luis Obispo, CA; Santa Barbara, CA; and other locations

Job Type: Full-Time/Regular 

Job Description

Rincon Consultants, Inc. is a highly qualified professional consulting firm comprised of environmental scientists, geologists, biologists, planners, soil scientists, wetland scientists, GIS professionals, architectural historians, LEED accredited professionals, and visual information specialists. We provide a wide range of services in environmental impact assessment, urban planning, soil and groundwater assessment & remediation, and biological & cultural resources, focusing on California's unique and challenging regulatory and policy environment.

Recognized as a 'Best Places to Work' in 2015, we invest in our employees through competitive salaries, benefits and incentive programs designed to further the professional development of each employee in line with the firm's business goals and needs.

We are seeking dynamic, self-motivated, creative, and detail-oriented contract planning professionals interested in joining our Environmental Planning and Sustainability team. Our contact planners currently provide current and long-range planning services for government and private industries throughout California. We are specifically looking to fill contract planning positions immediately in our downtown Oakland, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, and downtown Los Angeles offices.  

The Contract Planner will provide contract planning services for government agencies and/or for private individuals or corporations, with emphasis on providing temporary current and/or long range planning services, assist private clients with alcohol permitting within select municipalities, and provide assistance preparing high quality CEQA/NEPA documents.

  • Prepare environmental assessments, technical studies, and land use planning documents for government clients or private individuals or corporations 
  • Assist in company outreach/marketing and business development efforts in the southern California region 
  • Conduct field work necessary to complete high quality technical studies, CEQA/NEPA documents, project proposals, and general land planning studies for specific projects as assigned 
  • Attend meetings and public hearings as part of contract planning and/or CEQA/NEPA services as required to serve existing and potential projects 
  • Coordinate and consult with federal, state, and local regulatory agencies

Perform all other duties as assigned by your supervisor(s)

Experience and Skills

Qualified candidates should hold a BA/BS degree or higher in environmental science, urban planning or a related discipline, with between 3 and 10+ years of experience in municipal planning, environmental impact assessment, land development/entitlements, and/or urban design.  Strong development plan review, communication, critical thinking, writing, presentation skills, and an understanding of land use policy and zoning regulations are required.  Experience with preparing CEQA documents is also required.  AICP certification, experience in coastal development planning, and experience in architectural/design review is also preferred. 

Additional Information

  • Job Level: Mid Career (2+ Years)
  • Number of Openings: 1
  • Years of Experience: 2 – 5
  • Level of Education: BA/BS
  • Starting Date: ASAP

Apply for this position at rinconconsultants.com

Environmental Planner (Entry-level 17-15) | RECON Environmental

Location: Goleta, CA


RECON Environmental is an employee-owned company of ‘specialists’ representing one of the largest and most established environmental consulting service firms in the Southwest.  Founded in 1972 with the emergence of the National Environmental Policy Act and the California Environmental Quality Act, we have provided more than four decades of continuous service to our valued clients in the federal, public and private sectors. 

RECON is currently recruiting for an entry-level environmental planner to join our Central Coast Team located in Goleta, CA.  Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, Urban Planning, or related field and 1 year of related experience (including internships).  A Master’s degree is desirable and would be considered towards the requisite experience.  Requires knowledge of the principles of California Land Use Law as well as CEQA and NEPA environmental review.   Must have excellent communication and writing skills, have the ability to prioritize and handle multiple assignments, and be a team player.   The ideal candidate should be enthusiastic to learn, be results oriented, and willing to take initiative while working with clients and other team members.

Candidates are asked to submit their resume to maranibar@reconenvironmental.com. RECON offers a generous compensation and benefits package including PTO and Sick Leave, medical & dental, life insurance, long-term disability, and flexible spending accounts, a 401(k) profit sharing plan, and employee stock ownership. 

 RECON Environmental Inc. is an EOE/Minority/Female/Disability/Vets.

Land Use Fellow Position | Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Brownstein is looking for a bright and energetic Land Use Fellow for a two year position based in our office in Santa Barbara, California.  The Fellow will be mentored and trained by two Senior Land Use Planners and by many land use, real estate, and natural resources attorneys. 

The Land Use Fellow will work as independently as possible on various tasks, ranging from assisting private property owners through the application and permitting process at various local, state, and federal agencies; providing due diligence analysis and advice to potential buyers of property; and assisting in litigation related to land use entitlements and the California Environmental Quality Act.  The firm also represents a number of public agency clients, so the Land Use Fellow will assist with preparation of environmental analyses, staff reports, findings, and conditions of approval.  The Land Use Fellow will work on projects in Santa Barbara County and throughout California.


  • Assists applicants during agency review of development applications;
  • Analysis of applicable federal, state, and local policies, ordinances, specific plans, general plans, permits, conditions of approval, and state and federal regulations;
  • Coordination with experts on various environmental topics associated with land development and environmental review;
  • Abstracts information from aerial photographs, subdivision maps, census reports, planning and building permits, etc., for analysis in planning studies;
  • Analyzes geographic information systems data and creates maps;
  • Assists in the preparation of plans, maps, graphs and other visual aids;
  • Participates in field inspections to gather data relevant to planning projects and the development review process;
  • Analyzes and comments on documents such as staff reports and environmental documents prepared to comply with California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) such as Exemptions, Negative Declarations, or Environmental Impact Reports;
  • Conducts in-depth property specific research including the review of deeds and other legal documents;
  • Assists with outreach to community groups, government agencies, developers and the public;
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • Research and data collection methods;
  • Principles and practices of planning and zoning administration;
  • State and local laws and regulations associated with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Clean Water Act, National Historic Preservation Act, Coastal Act, Williamson Act, and Endangered Species Act;
  • Relationship of land use planning to the requirements of other County departments such as Fire Department and Environmental Health;
  • Principles of effective internal and external client service;
  • Effective writing and presentation techniques;
  • Statistics and math applicable to planning and property development;
  • Common computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheet, internet, and geographic information systems.


  • Learn the principles, concepts and techniques related to planning and zoning administration;
  • Learn to review project descriptions, plans or field conditions and apply policy and code provisions to determine conformance;
  • Interpret the zoning ordinance and other policy documents;
  • Collect and analyze data;
  • Prepare clear and concise reports;
  • Communicate rules and procedures tactfully and effectively;
  • Work on several projects or issues simultaneously;
  • Work independently or in a team environment;
  • Build relationships and work respectfully, tactfully and creatively with the public, agencies and staff;
  • Speak and write effectively.

Please send cover letter & resume to Jamie Olberding, Director of Attorney Recruiting & Integration, at jolberding@bhfs.com.


Planner or Intermediate Planner | Raimi + Associates

Location: Berkeley, CA or Riverside, CA

Application Deadline: March 27, 2017

RAIMI + ASSOCIATES provides a range of planning, public health, and research consulting services to create healthy, equitable, and sustainable communities. The level of the position can be either Planner or Intermediate Planner, depending on qualifications and level experience.

The ideal candidate should be an independent self-starter who enjoys a casual and fun work environment, but can multi-task and remain organized and focused within the fast-paced demands of consulting. The position offers the opportunity to take on a range of responsibilities, including policy writing, physical planning, GIS and technical analysis, graphic design, urban design, community engagement, proposal writing, and business development.

People of color and candidates with diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. If you are interested in joining our team, please submit a cover letter, resume, and relevant work products (10 pages max) as soon as possible to jobs@raimiassociates.com. The application deadline is March 27.

Anticipated Responsibilities

  • Writing, research, and policy development for planning documents
  • Data analysis
  • GIS analysis and map-making
  • Assisting with public outreach and participation, including workshops and social media
  • Graphic design
  • Administrative tasks such as updating project web sites
  • Writing and organizing proposals and other business development activities
  • Project management (may vary depending on level of experience)

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Commitment to health, equity, and sustainability
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Intermediate or advanced ArcGIS
  • Graphic design, document layout, and infographics skills, including ability to use Adobe Creative Suite
  • Previous experience in community planning, urban design, zoning, or community development at a planning consulting firm, local government, community-based organization, or advocacy organization
  • Bachelors or Master’s degree in Planning or closely related field
  • Quantitative and qualitative analysis skills
  • Experience writing proposals, grants, or other business development activities
  • Knowledge of California land use planning including General Plans, Specific Plans, zoning codes, CEQA
  • Fluent in spoken and/or written Spanish

 Salary and Benefits

Generous benefits package includes a competitive salary; fully paid medical, dental, and vision; vacation and sick days; retirement account and company-sponsored contributions; and time and resources for professional development. Raimi + Associates is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to hiring a diversified workforce. Selection is based on merit without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, age, gender, national origin, political affiliation, disability, sexual orientation, marital or family status, or other differences.

Associate Land Use/Environmental Planner | Rincon Consultants

Monterey, CA

Job Description

Rincon Consultants, Inc. is a highly qualified multi-disciplinary environmental science, planning, and engineering consulting firm with offices in Carlsbad, Fresno, Los Angeles, Monterey, Oakland, , Sacramento, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz and Ventura, California. Rincon was founded in 1994 and is currently staffed by more than 165 arborist, archaeologist, architectural historians, botanist, engineers, environmental scientist, geologist, GIS professionals, LEED accredited professionals, paleontologist, planners, restoration ecologist, soil scientist, visual information specialists, wetland scientist and wildlife biologist. In addition to our broad range of services and staff qualifications; one of our key strengths is our active involvement in projects from 'inception-to-implementation'.


We have an immediate opening and excellent professional growth opportunity for an Associate Land Use/Environmental Planner in our Monterey, CA office.

The Associate Land Use/Environmental Planner will:

  • Perform research for complex municipal planning projects and private land development projects
  • Assist with the preparation of all levels of CEQA/NEPA documents
  • Assist with the review of development proposals for compliance with state regulations, zoning code standards, and comprehensive plan policies
  • Assist with the preparation of General Plans, Specific Plans, Community Plans, and other comprehensive planning documents
  • Interact with various members of public agency and private client staff on matters related to land use planning, CEQA/NEPA compliance, and land development/entitlements
  • Promote a culture of teamwork, engagement, quality service, and customer satisfaction to our public and private clients
  • Enhance Rincons professional reputation and demonstrate the ability to be creative and innovative with these tasks while representing Rincon in a professional manner
  • Work closely with Rincon Principal(s) and Managers to promote our business interests in adherence with the company's mission, vision, and values


Experience and Skills

Candidates should hold a BA/BS degree or higher in environmental science, urban planning or a related discipline. The successful candidate will possess 3-5 years of professional experience in environmental impact assessment, land use planning, land development/entitlements, and/or urban design. Strong communication, writing, and presentation skills are also required. Professional experience with preparing CEQA and/or NEPA documents is required. AICP certification is a plus.


Additional Information

Job Level:   Mid Career (2+ years)

Number of Openings:   1

Years of Experience:   2 - 5 Years

Level of Education:   BA/BS


Starting Date :   ASAP


Apply for this position online at Rincon Consultants

Rincon Consultants,Inc.  is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer that considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religious belief, color, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identification, gender expression, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic characteristics, family care, marital status, military and veteran or qualified disabled veteran status, or any other classification protected by law. Rincon Consultants, Inc. participates in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's E-Verify Program to ensure that all employees hired are legally able to work in the United States.

Senior Planner | RRM Design Group

The Senior Planner, working under the general supervision of our Planning Manager, is responsible for: preparing development applications for private sector clients and processing the application through entitlements. This includes evaluating proposals and ensuring consistency with applicable codes, polices, law; interacting with agency staff; managing consultants; preparing and making oral presentations to decision makers and clients, facilitating public outreach/community meetings; reviewing and commenting on staff reports and environmental documents. Other duties would include writing documents such as zoning ordinances; specific plans, master plans, strategic plans, feasibility studies, site and master planning; and contract planning for agencies.

The Planner will have project management duties including directing support staff, client management, and schedule and budget management. Travel for business may be required for project work and interoffice coordination. This position is expected to be able to effectively delegate assignments, direct and manage research of code requirements, laws and ordinances, and official records, and ensure quality control in document and plan preparation.

  •  Position Requirements
    • A minimum of 5 to 7 years of planning experience equivalent to the class of an Associate Planner.
    • A Bachelor’s degree in urban and regional planning, environmental studies, or life, physical, or social 
sciences, or other related field. 

    • Knowledge of California Planning and Development Law and CEQA. 

    • Proficiency in the following required: Microsoft Office and Adobe Suites.
  • Desired Qualifications
    • Professional certification or licensing. 

    • An understanding of other graphic software programs (e.g. GIS, AutoCAD, etc.). 

    • Experience in both the public sector and a private consulting firm setting.

RRM Design Group was established in 1974. We are a collaborative team comprised of Architects, Planners, Landscape Architects, Civil and Structural Engineers and Surveyors. We have four offices in California: San Luis Obispo, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Barbara and San Leandro. We work in both the Public and Private sector. We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package including full medical, 
 dental, vision, 401(k) and Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP). If you would like to be a part of a collaborative and innovative team that is professional and fun, then RRM is the place for you! To apply for the position, please follow the link provided: www.rrmdesign.com/careers


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