Environmental Planner/Visual Resources Specialist

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US-AZ | US-NV-Las Vegas | US-NM-Albuquerque | US-AZ-Flagstaff | US-AZ-Phoenix | US-AZ-Tucson
Environmental Planning/Permitting
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About the opportunity

Do you thrive in the pursuit of ensuring excellence in environmental consulting services for your clients? SWCA Environmental Consultants is expanding our environmental planning/ visual resource team and is looking for a dynamic individual interested in following their passion in delivering the highest-quality project work. SWCA Consultants has an opportunity for an Environmental Planner/ Visual Resources Specialist to join us.  This position can sit in any of the following offices:  Flagstaff, Phoenix or Tucson, Arizona, Las Vegas, Nevada or Albuquerque, New Mexico.  While you could potentially do this role remote (anywhere in the western United States) you must be able to travel to project sites.   In this role you will support the environmental planning team in the development of analytical products related to visual resources and findings for environmental documents for local, state, and federal agencies

What you will accomplish

  • Serve as an environmental planner and visual resource specialist assisting in the inventory and analysis of visual resources and impacts associates with proposed projects following local, state, and federal guidance.
  • Prepare and produce visual impact assessment technical reports and visual sections of permit documents and permit applications for federal, state, local agencies, and jurisdictions.
  • Work with visualization specialists to develop photographic simulations, visualization graphics and 3D visualizations to support visual resource assessment for permitting documents and public outreach materials.
  • Travel to project locations to conduct visual resource inventories and assessments.
  • Ensure project quality, schedule, and budget objectives.
  • Take initiative, resolve problems, and identify improved procedures to assure client needs are met effectively.
  • Work closely with resource teams, project managers, and senior leadership throughout the company to promote SWCA’s business interests in adherences to its mission, vision, and values.
  • Willingness to learn, have fun, and grow into increased management responsibilities.

Experience and qualifications for success

  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental planning, environmental science, landscape architecture, or other related field applicable to visual impact assessment.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible and applicable experience in environmental planning; landscape architecture or planning with emphasis on visual impact assessments of large-scale infrastructure projects such as solar, wind (onshore and offshore) and transmission lines.
  • Demonstrated experience in technical writing to support the development of environmental permitting documents for NEPA and state and local permitting.
  • Practiced understanding of environmental permitting regulations and requirements including National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other state and local siting/permitting regulations.
  • Prior applicable experience preparing NEPA documents.
  • Team oriented with a “can-do” spirit that is adaptable to learning new topics and supporting a multi-faceted team.
  • Proficiency in orienteering skills using a compass and GPS equipment; reading and interpreting aerial imagery, topographical maps, and design drawings to interpret spatial relationships.
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills, with the ability to take a logical approach to tasks.
  • Excellent communication skills including written, verbal, and graphic.
  • Clean driving record required.
  • Ability to travel as needed for projects throughout the western U.S.


Preferred qualifications:

  • Training and experience applying Bureau of Land Management Visual Resource Management techniques or other applicable methodologies to projects on federal and private lands.
  • Bureau of Land Management Visual Resource Management 5-Day Training Course completion
  • Experience working with local, state, and federal agencies; understanding of federal agency visual resource programs and manuals.
  • Experience conducting visual impact assessments for renewable energy, transmission, mining, and transportation projects.
  • Experience interpreting and evaluating visual simulations


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.


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 480-581-53787. 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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