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SWCA Environmental Consultants Senior NEPA Lead Planner in Austin, Texas

About the opportunity

SWCA Environmental Consultants is looking for a Regional Senior NEPA Lead Planner. The selected individual will be part of the Natural Resources and Planning team supporting various projects and proposal pursuits across the United States. The Senior NEPA Lead Planner will be responsible for business development and project-related support working across multiple business lines, with a focus on the Generation (renewables, including Off-Shore Wind), Transmission, Federal, and Transportation Business Lines. The successful candidate should possess strong skills in natural resource consulting and project management; particularly environmental planning and NEPA compliance, as well as excellent business development and leadership skills. The Senior NEPA Lead Planner will work closely with SWCA’s Generation and Federal Business Line Directors as well as the offshore wind business development lead focusing on growing SWCA’s NEPA-related business with Department of the Interior, Department of Energy, and U.S. Department of Agriculture agencies such as the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), United States Forest Service (USFS), National Parks Service (NPS), Surface Transportation Board (STB), and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).

What you will accomplish

This position is a permanent, full-time position and will be responsible for leading interactions with both regulatory agencies and clients, leading interdisciplinary teams, mentoring staff, leading, and performing environmental impact analyses, facilitating public and agency outreach, and providing quality assurance and leadership during the development of EAs and EISs. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Write and manage the preparation of EAs and EISs addressing the development for offshore wind projects, revision of federal land use plans, issuance of rights-of-way, approvals, and/or leases, policy amendments, etc. In addition, this position will help lead, write, and manage the preparation of NEPA documents related to renewables projects managed by federal agencies, or for those that occur on federal lands.

  • Support business line growth objectives and lead the development of EAs and EISs, including NEPA documents, for state and federal transportation projects.

  • Assist teams by providing technical oversight and guidance for the preparation of key aspects of NEPA documents and the NEPA process including Pre-NOI activities and project planning; development of the description of the proposed action and purpose and need; NEPA document structuring and content planning; public scoping; public comment review and response; and Records of Decisions and Findings of No Significant Impact.

  • Mentor early and mid-career staff in the development of the skills in NEPA analysis and document preparation, client and agency interactions, and business development.

  • Lead and perform business development activities including developing capture plans, strategic positioning, maintaining agency and client perceptions of SWCA through regular interactions and marketing outreach, and proposal and cost estimate preparation.

  • Demonstrate excellent leadership behavior and professionalism while providing leadership at the project, team, and office level.

Experience and qualifications for success

We seek a team member who brings with him/her demonstrated experience in NEPA project management, environmental analysis, and agency consultation. We seek the following specific qualities:

  • A minimum of 15 years of NEPA document preparation and project management experience in environmental consulting. Experience should include complex, multi-disciplinary projects; leading meetings with clients and agencies; directing project teams including subcontractors; preparing or directing staff in the preparation of technical studies and NEPA documents; and setting and adhering to project budgets and delivery schedules.

  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in environmental planning, environmental science, biology, environmental science, natural resource management, planning, geology, or another science-related field.

  • A working knowledge of federal and state environmental regulations including NEPA, the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA), the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), Secretarial Order 3355, and the ability to develop project execution plans to satisfy regulatory compliance.

  • A working understanding of agency internal processes and procedures and positive existing relationships with federal land management and regulatory agencies such as the BLM, BOEM, STB, USFS, NPS, BOR, DOE,Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC),Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), and/or U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).

  • Experience with public lands, natural resource issues, offshore wind projects, transportation projects and renewables projects in the Rockies, Midwest, Gulf Coast, and Eastern U.S.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence; attention to detail; and organization, schedule, and budget management skills.

  • Ability to be recognized by clients and agencies as a NEPA project manager that can lead an EIS from NOI to ROD.

  • Experience with business development with federal agencies, renewable energy developers and other non-federal applicants that seek permits or leases from federal agencies (e.g., utilities, mining and timber companies, railroads, etc.).

SWCA Environmental Consultants is a growing employee-owned firm, providing a full spectrum of environmental services. With offices across the United States, SWCA is one of the largest environmental compliance firms and ranks among Engineering News-Record’s Top 200 Environmental Firms.

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EOE - women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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Requisition Number2021-11234

of Openings1

Office LocationUS-TX-Austin | US-TX-Arlington

ProgramEnvironmental Planning/Permitting

Hire TypeRegular