Senior Environmental Planner

· Columbia, Maryland
Employment Type Full Time
Compensation $85k -130k a year

Straughan Environmental, Inc. is a successful, rapidly growing, woman owned business that provides high quality and cost-effective consulting services to a wide variety of clients in the governmental and private sectors. Straughan is committed to sustainable design. We are experts in environmental planning, design, assessments, and policy. Our staff consists of wildlife and wetlands scientists; geomorphologists and hydrologists, civil and environmental engineers; inspectors; biologists and botanists; planners; cultural resource specialists; and GIS and CAD professionals. This combination of technical expertise and an understanding of policy make Straughan a highly competitive firm and a great place to advance your career.


Job Purpose


Straughan is currently seeking an experienced senior-level project manager with a technical background in leading and conducting environmental or community planning studies and analyses with special emphasis on NEPA analysis and documentation to join our Planning Team as Deputy Director – Environmental Planning. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Duties & Responsibilities

  • Departmental Management Support
    • Staff management/development/mentoring
    • Staff allocation to projects and tasks
    • Track department revenue
    • Forecast revenue
    • Review invoices
  • Business Development and Marketing
    • Actively pursue business development opportunities.  
    • Preparing and pricing proposals.     
    • Play an active part in business development and marketing activities.
  • Program/Project Management
    • Manage a portfolio of infrastructure (roadway, transit & energy) projects that require compliance with the NEPA and other environmental compliance.
    • Managing NEPA document preparation to include categorical exclusions, environmental assessments, or environmental impact statements.
    • Manage other related environmental studies including Purpose & Need, Section 4(f) Evaluations, Natural and Socioeconomic Analyses, Environmental Justice, Farmland Impacts, etc.
    • Completing project management activities such as data management, analysis and interpretation; report preparation, preparation of environmental approval applications and other general tasks.
    • Attending client and regulatory agency meetings.
    • Prepare public involvement resources and materials.
    • Interacting and communicating effectively with multi-disciplinary teams, regulatory agency staff, and clients.
  • All other duties as required and assigned.




Bachelor’s Degree in Planning, Engineering, Public Administration, Transportation, Urban Studies, Natural Resources, or a related field.



  • Minimum of 8 years of relevant experience is required.
    • A Master’s Degree may be substituted for one year of relevant experience.
    • AICP certification and/or PE license is preferable, but not required. Otherwise, expectation that candidate will achieve certifications/licensure within 1 year.
  • Demonstrated management ability including experience independently managing multiple projects and supervising technical staff.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to communicate effectively in both speech and writing are a must. In addition, candidates must be self-motivated and can work in a multi-disciplinary, environmentally conscious, team environment.
  • Experience preparing CEQ/NEPA documents for state and federal clients, and in leading/conducting associated studies (i.e., natural and socio-economic studies, environmental justice analysis, air quality and noise studies, 4(f) (impact evaluation, historical/cultural resource investigations, hazardous assessments).
  • Planning related community outreach experience.
  • Business development and marketing experience for technical services.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) required.
  • Good working knowledge of ProjectWise required.
  • Good working knowledge of ArcGIS, AutoCAD and/or MicroStation desired.
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Ability to pass background check

Physical Requirements


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential function of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position as required by applicable law.

  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds at a time
  • Must be able to traverse various types of terrain for extended periods of time
  • Physical ability to perform outdoor field work and in unpleasant field conditions
  • Physically able to conduct inspections and carry equipment used for inspections


As a condition of employment, Straughan employees will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 except those for whom are legally entitled to an accommodation. Proof of vaccination will need to be submitted as part of the interview/hiring process. 

Thank You

Your application was submitted successfully.

  • Location
    Columbia, Maryland
  • Employment Type
    Full Time
  • Compensation
    $85k -130k a year