CEQA Planner, Project Manager

Office Location US-CA-San Luis Obispo
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About the opportunity

SWCA Environmental Consultants has a need for an CEQA Planner, Project Manager to manage the full spectrum of CEQA projects including preparation of CEQA documents.


SWCA’s San Luis Obispo’s office is well known on the Central Coast for having a positive and attractive office culture and for having practiced CEQA on the Central Coast for over 30 years.  We offer a supportive, team-oriented work environment, competitive wages, and a competitive benefits package, including an employee stock ownership plan (retirement).


Do you thrive in the pursuit of ensuring excellence in environmental consulting services? SWCA Environmental Consultants is expanding their team and looking for dynamic individuals who are following their passion in delivering the highest-quality project work.


What you will accomplish

As a CEQA Planner and Project Manager, you will accomplish the following:

  • Serve as project manager for CEQA documents prepared for a variety of projects;
  • Manage multidisciplinary teams of SWCA staff and sub-consultants;

  • Write various sections of CEQA documents and review/edit other sections prepared by technical specialists;

  • Manage and coordinate complex CEQA documents;

  • Conduct business development, including client outreach, preparing proposals, and conducting interviews and presentations;

  • Ensure CEQA project quality, schedule, and budget objectives;

  • Make client and public presentations of CEQA documents;

  • Take initiative, resolve problems, and identify improved procedures to assure client needs are met effectively;

  • Work closely with project managers, directors, and principals throughout the company to promote SWCA’s business interests in adherences to its mission, vision, and values; and,

  • Contribute to expanding SWCA’s professional reputation in environmental consulting.

Experience and qualifications for success


The following are requirements for the position:

  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental planning or a related field. Master’s degree a plus.
  • A MINIMUM of five (5) years of applicable experience preparing CEQA documents.
  • Of the five years of applicable experience, a MINIMUM of two of the five years must be managing CEQA projects and CEQA project teams.
  • Excellent written, logic, organizational, oral, analytical, and document management skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Ability to travel as needed for projects throughout California.
  • Willingness to learn, have fun, and grow into increased management responsibilities.

PLEASE NOTE:  If your qualifications exceed those listed above, you are strongly encouraged and welcome to apply.  Depending on qualifications, the compensation range is considered flexible and can be adjusted upward if warranted. 



SWCA Environmental Consultants is a growing employee-owned firm, providing a full spectrum of environmental services. If you would like to contact SWCA regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the online application process due to a disability, please email accommodations@swca.com or call 800-828-8517. This contact information is for disability accommodation requests only. All other inquiries will not receive a response. 


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


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