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Irvine, California, United States of America
JOB #R2202199

Noise Specialist

Noise Specialist

Southern CA

We are the Environment & Planning Division. We are passionate about doing what’s 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. 

Job Description

To support our growth, we are seeking a Noise Specialist to contribute to the development of innovative, accurate, timely, and high-quality products and services, typically working on multiple projects with all levels of staff. The position is available for entry level candidates, or for professionals with up to 5 years of experience. An applicant for the Noise Analyst position will work with current ICF noise staff to conduct noise and vibration analyses for development and transportation projects in support of ICF’s southern California Region.  A Noise Analyst at ICF will have the opportunity to apply their academic and/or professional knowledge, gain exposure to major projects, build their project management skills, interact with experts and clients in the field, while building content knowledge and consulting skills. Our southern California offices provide environmental planning, transportation, and energy-related professional services to public and private clients throughout the state of California. The position is based out of our Irvine, CA office however the option to work remotely within Southern CA will be considered.

Key Responsibilities

  • Assist with data collection and impact analysis for noise and vibration projects

  • Quantify construction, traffic, and operational noise levels and construction vibration levels using computer models and spreadsheets. Computer models include the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Traffic Noise Model (TNM), rail noise modeling using Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) models, construction noise modeling using the FHWA Roadway Construction Noise Model (RCNM), and general noise modeling using SoundPLAN.

  • Assist senior noise staff with the creation of written noise technical reports for transportation, industrial, commercial development, and construction projects primarily under CEQA and NEPA.

  • Lead noise and vibration impact analyses for land use development, infrastructure, and roadway projects, as appropriate.

  • Research and interpret local noise ordinances and general plan policies to identify applicable thresholds for analyses in different jurisdictions

  • Coordinate and conduct field work related to noise analyses for various types of projects with a variety of sound level meters

  • Help prepare written Noise Study Reports (NSR) and Noise Abatement Decision Reports (NADR) consistent with the requirements of 23CFR772 and the Caltrans Traffic Noise Analysis Protocol.

  • Solve quantitative and qualitative problems

  • Interact effectively with other staff and stakeholders/clients.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in acoustics, physics, engineering, environmental science or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience in noise analysis.

  • Competency in Microsoft Office (Word and Excel).

  • Ability to conduct outdoor fieldwork, including lifting and carrying up to 30 lbs. on occasion.

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.

  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making capabilities

  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task under strict deadlines.

  • Ability to take initiative and work well independently and within a team.

  • Ability to work with all levels of internal staff, as well as outside clients and vendors

  • Must have a valid driver’s license, with willingness to travel locally for fieldwork and meetings, and occasional overnight travel as necessary.


  • 1 to 5 years of experience preparing CEQA/NEPA analyses for any resource topics. (Experience specifically preparing noise and vibration impact analyses pursuant to CEQA/NEPA preferred).

  • Strong quantitative and/or modeling skills.

  • Basic or advanced understanding of TNM, SoundPLAN, or similar noise modeling software.

  • General understanding of NEPA and CEQA guidelines.

  • Working understanding of Federal or State guidelines such as 23CFR772, or Caltrans Traffic Noise Analysis Protocol and Technical Noise Supplement (TeNS).

  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate with project managers and senior noise staff. 

  • Experience with developing and maintaining project schedules.

This is an outstanding opportunity to work with talented and passionate individuals and to grow 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

Working at ICF means applying a passion for meaningful work with intellectual rigor to help solve the leading issues of our day. Smart, compassionate, innovative, committed, ICF employees tackle unprecedented challenges to benefit people, businesses, and governments around the globe. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication, and opportunity for growth.

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.

COVID-19 Policy: New or prospective U.S. employees must provide proof of complete vaccination on the date of their commencement of employment. If selected for employment, you will provide proof of your full vaccination status, defined as vaccinated two weeks after receiving the requisite number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved or authorized for emergency use by the FDA.

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. Read more about non-discrimination:  EEO is the law and  Pay Transparency Statement.

Irvine, CA (CA79)


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A global consulting services company with approximately 8,000 people across 75+ countries, but we are not your typical consultants.

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ICF is growing, and we add new open roles to our site regularly. If you're waiting for that perfect opportunity at ICF or want an inside look at what it's like to do world-changing work, join our talent network to stay updated.