Associate Environmental Planner

RICK Engineering Company
San Diego, CA
Added: March 7, 2024
RICK is an award-winning, multi-disciplinary planning, design, and engineering firm with a 68-year history of enriching communities throughout San Diego and the western United States. With more than 400 employees, RICK offers a full range of services from initial planning through concept development, final designs and plans, and implementation. We pride ourselves on growing with the times, staying true to our fundamentals, and evolving with technology paradigm shifts and sustainable design. RICK fosters a close-knit, people-focused culture that yields an 85% employee retention rate.

Seamless Integration of Engineering, Planning, and Environmental Solutions

Our Engineering, Planning, And Design Teams Understand The Importance Of Working Seamlessly To Design And Develop Resilient And Sustainable Projects. The RICK Team Brings In-house Expertise In Urban Planning, Environmental Planning, Landscape Architecture, Land And Water Resource Management, And Infrastructure Development. We Also Understand The Complex Nature Of CEQA/NEPA And Permitting Review, Which Allows Us To Execute Projects Effectively And Efficiently. RICK’s Interdisciplinary Approach And Our Ability To Prepare Legally Defensible CEQA/NEPA Documents Allows Us To Offer Clients Comprehensive Environmental Planning And Compliance Services, Including The Following

  • CEQA/NEPA Documentation
  • Feasibility Studies and Alternatives Analysis
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Public Outreach & Scoping
  • Regulatory Permitting

RICK is seeking an environmental planner to join our San Diego office as part of the Environmental Planning Group. This individual will prepare CEQA/NEPA documents for a wide range of project types throughout the region including infrastructure and land use development.


Our Ideal candidate will have the following experience:

  • BA/BS degree in Environmental Planning, Urban Planning, Environmental Studies, Sustainability Studies, Natural Resources, Environmental Science, or related field
  • Mid-Level (3-5 years) of relevant work experience preparing CEQA documents, NEPA experience a plus
  • Strong knowledge of impact assessment methods and the CEQA process as well as other relevant state and federal environmental laws including climate change environmental policy.
  • Familiar with land use planning and geographic information systems, strong analytical, computer and writing skills are a must
  • Daily assignments involve multidisciplinary teams and work products include written documents/reports and presentations; thus effective writing and verbal communication skills are essential
  • Willing to learn and develop expertise in environmental regulations and CEQA Project Management

A good driving record is a must.

Key responsibilities

  • Prepare and manage CEQA and/or NEPA documents, including site assessments, impact analysis, report preparation, and supporting agency coordination
  • Conduct comprehensive research on regulation, policies, and best practices to inform project decisions
  • Collaborate with RICK partners of biologists, archaeologists, paleontologists, air quality/greenhouse gas specialists, and noise specialists to identify project requirements and develop solutions to meet federal, state, and local environmental regulations

What We Offer

  • Generous Benefits Package
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, Profit Sharing, 401K, Life and Disability Insurance and Personal Leave
  • Holiday Parties, Team Building Activities and RICK Events
  • Alternative Work Schedule

At RICK you will find an abundance of opportunities for mentorship, growth, and (of course) fun! Learn more by visiting

RICK Engineering Company is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer

RICK employees are protected by laws designed to protect employees from discrimination based on race, religion, color, sex, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, parental status, national origin, age, disability, family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, or any other non-merit-based factor. These protections extend to all management practices and decisions, including recruitment and hiring practices, appraisal systems, promotions, and training and career development programs. RICK employees are also protected against retaliation if they engage in a protected activity, whistleblowing, or the exercise of any appeal or grievance right provided by law.