Position Description:

PlaceWorks is seeking a full-time, entry-level or mid-level Noise Specialist to become part of the Environmental Team in our Berkeley Office. For an entry-level position, we are looking for individuals with approximately 0 – 3 years of technical experience (such as through a college degree, accreditation program, or internship) conducting environmental noise, acoustics, and vibration impact assessments; experience specifically related to CEQA and/or NEPA is a plus. For a mid-level position, we are looking for individuals with 3+ years of technical experience in engineering acoustics and environmental noise and vibration control/studies as specifically related to CEQA. The ideal candidate is self-starting, outgoing, and passionate about helping shape and improve communities and the environment through their work. We work in a wide array of communities throughout California, and we encourage diverse candidates from non-traditional backgrounds to apply.

The Noise Specialist assists project teams and other technical specialists by conducting noise and vibration impact assessments, modeling, and other technical studies to prepare environmental impact assessments for CEPA/NEPA documentation for a wide array of projects at a variety of scales.

Our environmental practice encompasses a variety of private- and public-sector project work including environmental review of general and specific plans, school facilities, parks, mixed-use development, housing projects, commercial centers (e.g., car washes, drive-thrus), industrial and warehousing centers, and infrastructure projects.

You’re most likely a fit if:

  • You love planning for the future of communities and making a difference with your work.
  • You have experience designing and performing site visits and field work at project locations to measure and characterize existing noise and vibration conditions in project areas.
  • You have familiarity with or experience conducting noise/acoustic modeling for transportation- and construction-related noise and vibration impacts using sound propagation modeling such as: RCNM, TNM, SoundPLAN, CadnaA.
  • You can develop appropriate mitigation measures to reduce noise impacts of a project when necessary.
  • You are familiar with or are genuinely interested in learning the CEQA process, CEQA and NEPA compliance, and technical writing and analysis of environmental documents and impact analysis for initial studies and EIRs. Experience in general (non-technical) CEQA/NEPA review, or in other technical (non-noise) areas such as air quality, greenhouse gases, or Phase I environmental site assessments, is a plus.
  • You have outstanding technical writing, research, and analytical skills with a high attention to detail, and enjoy compiling research and data as required by a project.
  • Multi-tasking is second nature, and you can produce final products by stated deadlines.
  • You're able to travel to and perform outdoor site visits and field work as a project requires (sometimes on weekday nights and weekends) and in a variety of locations, including urbanized areas, industrial areas, rural areas, busy streets, and near schools. You are comfortable with operating and being on a ladder.
  • You're a self-starter who is also a team player, and who can work both independently and in a highly collaborative environment.
  • You have strong mathematical skills and advanced skills with high-level functions in Excel.
  • You have strong verbal communication and interpersonal skills and aren’t afraid to ask questions.
  • You're experienced and proficient with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint).
  • You possess a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree in engineering, physics, acoustics, environmental studies, or a related field.
  • You have a current and valid California driver’s license and acceptable MVR to drive on Company business for site visits and meetings.

For a mid-level candidate, in addition to the above, you’re most likely a fit if:

  • You’re interested in assisting with marketing, business development, and proposal efforts for environmental work.
  • You’re able to coordinate with public agencies and travel to and attend hearings which may occur on weekday nights and weekends.
  • You’re able to train and mentor junior staff in the technical aspects of environmental noise and vibration impact assessment.

To apply, please visit our website at: https://placeworks.com/careers/entry-or-mid-level-noise-specialist/

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