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Senior Environmental Planner
Senior Environmental Planner
Fort Collins, Colorado (remote considered for the right candidate)
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.
Our Environment and Planning Division seeks an experienced environmental planner based in our Fort Collins, Colorado office. The candidate will act as the permitting lead, deputy project manager, or project manager for wind, solar, battery, and transmission projects located on private and federal lands throughout the Mountain West (CO, WY, MT, NM, AZ, NV, ID). In addition, this position will serve as a permitting lead in collaboration with ICF’s Energy Advisory Division to complete environmental due diligence reviews on behalf of renewable energy developers looking to acquire or sell projects across the country. This position requires a strong understanding of permitting requirements and technical studies required for renewable energy and transmission projects at the local, state, and federal levels. The candidate must have the ability to easily navigate and research project permitting needs, understand the requirements of all local, state, and federal permit applications for proposed renewable energy and transmission projects, and direct a team of technical staff to ensure all required work is completed to client satisfaction. This position requires an understanding of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Endangered Species Act (ESA), Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (BGEPA), and current Department of Interior policies under these statutes with the ability to facilitate negotiations with permitting agencies on behalf of clients. Successful candidates will have a strong technical background in siting, permitting and evaluating environmental impacts of renewable energy and transmission projects. Our ideal candidate will have pre-existing client relationships within the renewable energy and utility market. Occasional travel is required to conduct project site visits and to attend project and agency meetings.
What You Will Do
The candidate must demonstrate interest in renewable energy and transmission markets, leadership and initiative to drive projects to success, possess clear written and oral communication skills, and have the ability to empower staff and work within a team environment. They will need to communicate complex technical information and approaches to clients, non-technical staff, and the public.
The candidate will work with a team to develop applications for county conditional use permits, state siting permits, plans of development, and NEPA documentation (EIS or EA) for clients through technical writing and overseeing work products of technical staff. They may need to provide testimony at public hearings for state siting and Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) permits for projects they lead.
This position will serve as the primary environmental permitting lead in collaboration with ICF’s Energy Advisory Division to complete environmental due diligence reviews on behalf of renewable energy developers looking to acquire or sell projects across the country. They will need to advise renewable energy developers of any potential adverse risks to obtaining permit approvals or restrictions that could hinder project operations based on a review of technical documents provided for each project. Candidate will need to possess the understanding of renewable energy and transmission projects to communicate data needs and project risks with developers and engineers.
The candidate will serve as a project and task manager on multiple projects concurrently to develop technically sound and complete permit documents in compliance with relevant regulatory agency policy. Examples of candidate’s responsibilities include: oversight of technical staff and review of work completed to develop a client-ready product for county, state, and federal permit applications; working with a team to prepare county conditional use permit applications, state siting permit applications, plans of development, and EIS/EA documentation; identification and direction for fieldwork needs or technical studies required by permitting agencies; designing and overseeing environmental impact analyses for multiple disciplines with best available data; designing, overseeing, and analyzing data from technical studies to address key data gaps; and interpreting models (often GIS-based) to assess environmental constraints and compatibility for proposed projects.
The candidate will participate in business development though building relationships with clients and regulatory agency staff. They will support business development activities throughout the Mountain West including client meetings, proposal preparation, interview participation, and strategic business planning.
What You Must Have
Education Requirements: BA/BS degree (MS preferred) or equivalent combination of education and experience in environmental planning, environmental policy, environmental sciences, urban/regional planning, and/or related field.
Technical Background: 10+ years professional experience, preferably working in environmental consulting or for a utility or renewable energy developer. Knowledge of environmental permitting requirements for local, state, and federal permitting entities throughout the Mountain West, familiarity with excel-based and/or GIS-based analysis, and experience with CUPs, state siting permits, and NEPA. A history working with private, public sector clients, and regulatory agencies. Previous renewable energy or transmission project permitting experience is strongly preferred.
Project Management: 5 years in a project management or management support role for projects that involve local, state, and federal permit applications. Must be able to oversee, direct, and mentor junior staff to meet technical, financial, and schedule goals. Experience with developing and maintaining project schedules, budgets, and clearly communicating with technical staff, subcontractors, clients, and permitting agencies.
Communication Skills: Excellent organizational, decision making/problem solving, analytical, communication, time management, and writing skills are essential; ability to work independently and with a team; and ability to be responsive to changing project needs and roles. Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, MS Project, MS Teams).
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.
In accordance with the EPEWA, based on the qualifications and experience required, the annual salary range for this position is $90,000 – $100,000 per year. For more information regarding our benefits, click here.
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. If you’re seeking to make a difference in the world, visit www.icf.com/careers to find your next career. ICF—together for tomorrow.
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Fort Collins, CO (CO13)