Aspen is seeking the following team members:

 

Land Use Planner and CEQA/NEPA Specialist

Location: Agoura Hills, Upland, San Francisco, or Sacramento

Aspen Environmental Group is seeking an experienced and motivated environmental planning professional to support our growing environmental practice in our four major offices in Southern California, Bay Area, and Sacramento.

Required Education and Experience

  • 8+ years of professional experience as an environmental planner or scientist, or land use planner with a good working knowledge of both the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
  • Requires Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, public policy, public administration, natural resources, environmental science, ecology, or related field; A Master’s degree is preferred.
  • Strong writing and communication skills.

Key Responsibilities

  • Support Aspen’s Project Managers by writing sections of CEQA and NEPA documents, including Initial Studies, Negative Declarations, Environmental Impact Reports, Environmental Assessments, Environmental Impact Statements, exemptions and exclusions, and supporting technical studies.
  • Act as deputy Project Manager, or manage smaller projects and associated project environmental documents.
  • Conduct field work necessary to complete technical studies, prepare environmental documents planning and policy documents, or permitting requirements for specific projects as assigned.
  • Have strong writing capabilities to facilitate the writing and critical review of technical studies and analytical documents.
  • Effectively manage writing tasks and/or projects and interact/collaborate with teams of staff, subconsultants, and clients.
  • Support the preparation of proposals and statements of qualifications in response to RFPs and RFQs.
  • Ensure high-quality standards for all project deliverables.
  • Work closely with project team to plan and facilitate compliance, best practices, and permit approval.
  • Assist project team with preparation of public meeting materials and notices as well as in-person or online public meetings.
  • Have some working knowledge of managing project finances and budgets.

Qualifications for Success:

  • Ability to work independently and demonstrate a high level of competence and experience in writing, working with teams, clients, subcontractors, and regulatory personnel.
  • Exceptional detail orientation and attention to quality.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to effectively manage assigned tasks and interact with teams of staff, subconsultants, and clients.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to produce high-quality written work product and verbal presentations.
  • Strong working knowledge and demonstrated work experience in California with both CEQA and NEPA compliance and permitting for:
    • Urban, suburban, and rural land development projects;
    • Power generation or electric transmission projects;
    • Water infrastructure projects;
    • Federal agency land use plan amendments;
    • Public works projects;
    • Projects with utilities, municipalities, cities, and/or counties.
  • Ability to provide support to senior staff in marketing and business development to capitalize on existing client relationships and to expand Aspen’s profile and market share in the regional market.
  • Experience with land use entitlement processes, general plans, master plans, specific plans, city ordinance reviews, and zoning and land use regulations.
  • Client focused, responsive to client needs, and solution oriented.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, especially in Word and Excel, and ideally including familiarity with ArcGIS.

Compensation. Aspen offers a wide range of benefits and a competitive compensation package. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

To apply. Please submit a letter of interest, resume, references, and a recent (no more than one year old) writing sample in which the candidate was the sole author to humanresources@aspeneg.com.  The subject line must state, “Land Use Planner – [NAME]”.

 

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Senior Cultural Resources Specialist

Location: Agoura Hills

Aspen Environmental Group (Aspen) is seeking a highly motivated Senior Cultural Resources Specialist in our Agoura Hills corporate headquarters (Southern California).

Required Education and Experience

  • An M.A. or a Ph.D. in archaeology.
  • Minimum of 6 years of supervisory or management experience in California CRM.
  • RPA certification preferred.
  • Expertise in California archaeology, and extensive understanding of CEQA, Assembly Bill 52, NEPA, and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. Familiarity with U.S. Forest Service Programmatic Agreements, Bureau of Land Management Manuals.
  • Caltrans standards and requirements related to cultural resources would be a plus.
  • Experience working with southern California Native American tribal members is a plus.

Responsibilities May Include

  • Manage and further develop a number of cultural resource projects.
  • Manage cultural/tribal/paleontological resources tasks in coordination with Aspen Project Managers.
  • Manage, supervise, and direct archaeological surveys, site testing and prepare resource evaluation documents.
  • Control and track numerous project and task budgets and delivery schedules with high accuracy.
  • Prepare cultural and/or tribal cultural sections of environmental documents, technical reports, and other compliance and recommendation documents.
  • Conduct Native American consultation support services.
  • Participate in marketing and proposal preparation activities.

Qualifications for Success

  • Exceptional technical writing skills are absolutely required with high standards for quality written products, including attention to detail.
  • Candidates must have a strong work ethic and be highly motivated.
  • Highly developed organizational skills with attention to both the big picture and attention to detail are a necessity to meet competing deadlines and demands.
  • Comfortable in communicating with a geographically dispersed staff.
  • The candidate would also enjoy conducting site visits in remote or challenging physical environments on occasion.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) required; strong GIS experience and MS Project are beneficial.

Compensation. Aspen offers a wide range of benefits and a competitive compensation package. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

To apply. Please submit a letter of interest, resume, references, and a writing sample of a previously published environmental section in which the candidate was the sole or majority author, humanresources@aspeneg.com.  The subject line must state, “Senior Cultural Resource Specialist – [NAME]”.

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Wildlife Biologist or Botanist

Location: Agoura Hills or Upland

Aspen Environmental Group is seeking a highly motivated Biologist in southern California in its Upland or Agoura Hills office.

Responsibilities

  • Writing and editing technical reports, proposals, CEQA and NEPA impact analyses, and regulatory permit applications. Writing ability is essential to this position and will require the demonstrated ability to prepare high-quality, well written, well organized documents consistent with industry standards.
  • Completing resource area delineations and functional assessments.
  • Preparing permit applications in accordance with State, Local, and Federal guidelines.
  • Assisting with managing project budgets, schedules, and coordinating project work.
  • Participating in interdisciplinary teams for watershed assessment, resource inventory, impact analysis, and natural resource management planning projects
  • Working effectively in both field and office environments.

Education and Experience

  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience.
  • A bachelor’s degree (master’s degree preferred) in biological sciences or a closely related field.

Qualifications for Success

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, particularly the ability to produce high-quality written reports.
  • Demonstrated experience in project permitting, impact assessments, proposal preparation, environmental planning, and biological resource delineation, and mitigation planning.
  • Experience with state and federal regulations and permitting for jurisdictional waters and wetlands.
  • Experience and familiarity with state and federal Endangered Species Act regulations and consultations.
  • Experience with CEQA and NEPA document preparation.
  • Relevant experience with California and southwestern ecosystems and knowledge of local southern California flora and fauna.
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate successful relationships with clients, regulatory agencies and subcontractors.
  • Success in new business development, preferred.
  • Experience with construction monitoring and compliance reporting, preferred.
  • Skills in MS Office, CRAM, ARC GIS, and GPS data collection,
  • Ability to travel regionally as needed. In addition, as this position could involve field work to remote areas, the applicant must be able to travel to and work in rugged terrain during inclement weather.

Compensation. Aspen offers a wide range of benefits and a competitive compensation package. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

To Apply.  Please submit a letter of interest, resume and writing sample to humanresources@aspeneg.com with “Biologist [NAME]” in the subject line.

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Water Resources Specialist

Location: Agoura Hills or Upland

Aspen Environmental Group is seeking a highly motivated Surface and Ground Water Hydrologist in one of its southern California offices (either Agoura Hills or Upland).

Responsibilities

Environmental services are mostly interdisciplinary.  A candidate with a broad knowledge of hydrology who has worked in an interdisciplinary environment is preferred.   May manage or will assist project managers and other scientific leaders on all aspects of surface water and groundwater analysis, project planning and possibly provide assistance on other projects.  Responsibilities include field sampling and data collection, data analysis, cost estimating, subcontractor management, and technical writing. Performs a range of tasks, requiring utilization of basic and specialized technical field and analytical methods. Work is reviewed for application of sound professional judgment.  Will be required to prepare work plans, perform field data collection and prepare technical analysis and written reports summarizing results. A willingness to cross train in other disciplines a plus.

Required Education and Experience

BA or BS degree in hydrology or related field and at least 10 years hydrology-related  experience in a professional position located in California, or MA or MS degree in hydrology or related field and at least 5 years in a similar professional position.

Professional experience should include:

  • Field evaluations such as site assessments for impact analysis or development of hydrologic and hydraulic mitigation measures, and collecting stream cross section, stream roughness, flow and water quality data.
  • Field equipment for basic surveying, water quality sampling and flow measurement data collection preferred but not essential.
  • Calculations and modeling of stream discharges, determination of flood limits and watershed analysis. Groundwater modeling experience is desirable but not essential.
  • Preparation of written surface water and groundwater technical evaluations and development water supply assessments.
  • Preparation of surface water and groundwater impacts analyses for CEQA and NEPA documentation.
  • Experience with the preparation of Jurisdictional Delineation reports addressing federal and state jurisdiction according to US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) policy is desirable.
  • Experience with the preparation of notifications and applications for state and federal authorizations: USACE Clean Water Act Section 404, CDFW Fish and Game Code Lake and Streambed Agreement, and California Regional Water Quality Control Board CWA Section 401 Water Quality Certifications is desirable.
  • Preparation of Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans.

Qualifications for Success

Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to produce high quality written reports and verbal presentations. Candidates must have a strong work ethic and be highly motivated, and able to meet and manage deadlines and budgets.  Highly-developed organization skills with attention to both the big picture and attention to detail are a necessity to meet competing deadlines and demands.  Should be familiar with regulatory requirements, permitting processes,  and regulatory agencies associated with construction of major infrastructure projects. This position requires field work and travel throughout California, Arizona and Nevada. Must be able to obtain security clearance as applicable for project site access. Able  to resolve conflicts and provide solutions in a professional manner. Knowledge of MS Word and Excel. GIS experience is a plus. Ability to perform year-round fieldwork in all types of weather, including extreme weather conditions. Experience working in remote locations as well as urban and suburban areas is a requirement. Must possess a valid Driver License.

Compensation. Aspen offers a wide range of benefits and a competitive compensation package. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

To apply. Please submit a letter of interest, resume, references, and a writing sample in which the candidate was the sole or majority author to humanresources@aspeneg.com.  The subject line must state, “Water Resources Specialist – [NAME]”.

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Wildlife Biologists, Botanists, and Regulatory Specialists

Location: Sacramento

Aspen Environmental Group is expanding our footprint in Northern California and is looking for motivated biologists to join our Team. A variety of positions are available and are open to field biologists, regulatory experts, and technical writers.  Are you looking to join and grow an office in the Sacramento area? If so, please contact us. Aspen is working on exciting projects across the State.

Required Education and Experience

Entry Level

  • A bachelor’s degree (master’s degree preferred).
  • Minimum of two (2) years’ experience.
  • Relevant experience with California flora and fauna.

Required Education and Experience

Mid or Senior Level

  • A bachelor’s degree (master’s degree preferred).
  • Minimum of five (5) years’ experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in project permitting, impact assessments, proposal preparation, environmental planning and biological delineation/mitigation.
  • Demonstrated experience with local, state and federal wetland permitting programs.
  • Demonstrated experience with CEQA and NEPA document preparation.
  • Relevant experience with California flora and fauna.
  • Demonstrated successful client relationships and experience working with subcontractors and regulatory agencies.

Responsibilities May Include

  • Completing resource area delineations and functional assessments.
  • Preparing permits in accordance with State, Local, and Federal guidelines.
  • Preparing reports and proposals.
  • Managing project budgets and coordinating project work.
  • Writing and editing technical reports and regulatory applications
  • Participating in interdisciplinary teams for watershed assessment, resource inventory, impact analysis, and natural resource management planning projects
  • Managing teams of biologists
  • Mentoring junior staff on technical, project management, and career development
  • Working effectively in both field and office environments.

Qualifications for Success

  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to produce high quality written reports and verbal presentations.
  • Candidates must have a strong work ethic and be highly motivated.
  • Highly-developed organization skills with attention to both the big picture and attention to detail are a necessity to meet competing deadlines and demands.
  • Demonstrated success in new business development, preferred.
  • Experience with construction monitoring and compliance reporting, preferred.
  • Skills in MS Office, CRAM. ARC GIS and GPS data collection,
  • Ability to travel regionally.  In addition, as this position could involve field work to remote areas, the applicant must be able to travel to and work in rugged terrain during inclement weather.

Compensation. Aspen offers a wide range of benefits and a competitive compensation package. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

To apply. Please submit a letter of interest, resume, references, and a writing sample in which the candidate was the sole or majority author to humanresources@aspeneg.com.  The subject line must state, “Senior Biologist – [NAME]”.

 

Aspen is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer committed to diversity and an inclusive work environment.  Aspen considers all qualified applicants without regard to race, ancestry, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status.

 

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Career Opportunities

Aspen Environmental Group is a dynamic, interdisciplinary environmental services firm that provides impact analysis, permitting, and compliance services for a wide variety of public and private clients. Aspen specializes in providing expert compliance services for complex, multi-faceted infrastructure and public works projects. Aspen has about 60 dedicated and enthusiastic employees located mainly across four offices in California. We maintain a collaborative work environment that promotes multi-disciplinary collaboration and rigorous applied science. We pride ourselves on shaping careers in a way that provides a healthy rhythm of work and life responsibilities. Success at Aspen will include a blend of motivated initiative, business acumen, technical expertise, commitment, flexibility, and teamwork.