Environmental Planner

Join the Environmental Planner role in Sacramento, CA with ICF. Contribute to energy projects in a collaborative and diverse team environment.

Sacramento, United States  UTC-08:00   Hybrid   Full Time   10000+   USD 80k–135k   23 days ago

We are the Environment & Planning Division of ICF. We are enthusiastic about doing what is right for our clients, our people, the communities where we live and work, and the environment. We are planners, scientists, program managers, communicators, economists, technologists, and strategists. We are collaborative, curious, and committed to excellence—these are qualities we value that make us who we are and inspire us to grow. If you perform well in a fast-paced, engaging, and collaborative environment, and would like to collaborate with a diverse team of industry professionals, we encourage you to learn more about ICF ( and consider applying to join our team.

ICF is seeking an Environmental Planner with a desire to grow into a Project Manager position supporting our Energy clients. You will be a well-versed professional with the ability to work independently on projects, lead tasks and interface with clients in a client-facing setting. The successful candidate will be a well-organized individual with effective communication skills, ability to excel in a fast-paced environment, and the desire to advance toward a Senior Project Manager position. Projects requiring immediate support are in northern, central, and coastal regions of California and sites visits will be required. This role is based in Northern California with the opportunity to work a hybrid arrangement or full-time remote.

Job Description

The primary duty of this role is to lead the development and implementation of environmental and regulatory compliance documents for utility-related projects with a focus on energy projects. This person will work directly with clients, engineers, construction team members, to support environmental assessments, regulatory permitting, construction compliance, and construction implementation activities.

A strong working knowledge of environmental compliance processes (including the California Environmental Quality Act [CEQA] and National Environmental Policy Act [NEPA]) and experience working directly with local, state, and federal agencies, as well as private sector clients such as California-based utilities, renewable energy developers, and commercial/residential/industrial developers, and engineering companies preferred. At a minimum, the position requires experience preparing environmental or local development related permit applications, drafting technical reports and deliverables, managing, and tracking multiple projects concurrently, and collaborating effectively with external clients.

Key Responsibilities

  • Serve as a task manager as appropriate for environmental compliance of development projects, infrastructure projects, and land use plans, overseeing the preparation of documents, reports, presentations, technical memoranda, public notices, forms, and other work products.
  • Conduct research; write proficiently; and manage multiple project schedules with competing deadlines and budget constraints.
  • Interface directly with key clients and help build and maintain great relationships.
  • Lead and author deliverables.
  • Be a collaborative member of an integrated project team of engineers, scientists, planners, regulators, and other stakeholders.
  • Clearly communicate timelines and gather data from individuals across multiple lines of business and departments and follow up, as necessary.
  • Participate in regular team meetings with the potential for occasional travel to client offices and remote project sites.
  • A desire to move towards a position that allows you to lead internal teams of staff and subconsultants to exceed client expectations in an environment that fosters growth, collaboration, and clear communication in a fast-paced setting with competing demands.
  • In a team setting, contribute to business development efforts, including proposal efforts within subject matter expertise.


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in environmental science, biology, transportation/transit planning, communications, or related field.
  • 5+ years of environmental planning and/or professional-related experience in a consulting or team-based environment.

Additional Skills/Experience

  • Experience preparing and managing high-quality CEQA and NEPA documents for federal, state, and local government agencies; and/or experience preparing and managing high-quality CEQA documents for private sector clients and engineering firms.
  • Experience obtaining environmental permits and reviewing technical studies such as those addressing biological resources, cultural resources, air quality, noise, traffic, and hydrology.
  • Proven success in working well independently and operating collaboratively on a team to resolve challenges in a neutral fashion
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with experience interfacing with internal staff, external clients, members of the public, and government officials.
  • Commitment to overseeing the preparation of high-quality work within established budgets and schedules.

This is an outstanding opportunity to work with talented and enthusiastic individuals and to your career with a firm that believes in nurturing talent and developing long-term career success. ICF is a purpose-driven company with a strong culture and underlying values that prize diversity, opportunity, equality, and respect. Our core values include Embracing Differences, and we seek candidates who are passionate about building a culture that encourages, embraces, and hires dimensions of differences.

Working at ICF

ICF is a global advisory and technology services provider, but we’re not your typical consultants. We combine unmatched expertise with cutting-edge technology to help clients solve their most complex challenges, navigate change, and shape the future.

We can only solve the world's toughest challenges by building an inclusive workplace that allows everyone to thrive. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to hiring regardless of any protected characteristic, such as race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability status, or military/veteran status. Together, our employees are empowered to share their expertise and collaborate with others to achieve personal and professional goals. For more information, please read our EEO & AA policy .

Reasonable Accommodations are available, including, but not limited to, for disabled veterans, individuals with disabilities, and individuals with sincerely held religious beliefs, in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an accommodation please email and we will be happy to assist. All information you provide will be kept confidential and will be used only to the extent required to provide needed reasonable accommodations.

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Pay Range - There are multiple factors that are considered in determining final pay for a position, including, but not limited to, relevant work experience, skills, certifications and competencies that align to the specified role, geographic location, education and certifications as well as contract provisions regarding labor categories that are specific to the position. The pay range for this position is:

$79,643.00 - $135,392.00

Sacramento, CA (CA82)

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About the role

Jun 21, 2024

Full Time


Dec 11, 2024


USD 80k–135k


Sacramento, United States

5+ years


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