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Early Career Environmental Planner

  • Job
    Entry Level / Graduate
  • Sustainability
  • $55.7K - $83.5K
  • San Diego

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  • You need a bachelor's degree in environmental planning or related field, good communication skills, ability to follow directions, basic tech skills, and authorization to work in the US. Preferred: enrolled in a relevant master's program, experience with ArcGIS and Adobe Illustrator, volunteer or leadership experience, and ability to travel for projects.
  • You will learn environmental planning principles, prepare documents, assist with research and data collection, manage tasks, make ethical decisions, and complete training in this role.


  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited Environmental Planning, Urban or Regional Planning, Environmental Policy, Environmental Science, or related, Undergraduate program.
  • Demonstrated interest in environmental policy and planning, or related field, and have a strong desire to advance skills related to WSP’s work and projects.
  • Competent interpersonal and communication skills when interacting with others, expressing ideas effectively and professionally to technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Capable of taking direction from leadership and managers to execute assignments.
  • Basic proficiency with technical writing, office automation, software, spreadsheets, technology, and tools.
  • Proven track record of upholding workplace safety and ability to abide by WSP’s health, safety and drug/alcohol and harassment policies.
  • Authorization to work in the United States.
  • Preferred Qualifications:
  • Actively enrolled in an accredited environmental planning, urban or regional planning, or environmental policy master’s or PhD program.
  • Experience using ArcGIS and Adobe Illustrator.
  • Prior volunteer or leadership involvement on or off-campus.
  • Experience working with public agencies is a plus.
  • Strong research, analysis, and writing skills.
  • Strong critical, strategic, and creative thinking skills to reach conclusions from survey results and data collection.
  • Ability to identify the most effective solutions to accomplish objectives of assigned projects.
  • Occasional travel may be required depending on project-specific requirements.


  • Learn basic principles of environmental planning with the goal to develop technical, social, and ethical skills.
  • Prepare planning studies, technical studies, and environmental documents in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and California Environmental Policy Act (CEQA).
  • Assist with project research, data collection, preliminary analysis, and presentations to internal teams, management, and clients.
  • Assist in managing small to medium task assignments, preparing materials for dissemination to technical teams and clients, compiling data, presenting findings, and completing project documentation.
  • Complete training on assigned tasks.
  • Exercise responsible and ethical decision-making regarding company funds, resources and conduct, and adhere to WSP’s Code of Conduct and related policies and procedures.
  • Perform additional responsibilities as required by business needs.
  • Please note that there is no relocation or housing assistance associated with this position.


What kind of projects will I be working on as an Early Career Environmental Planner?

As an Early Career Environmental Planner, you will have the opportunity to work on a variety of local and regional projects across different business sectors such as Buildings, Water, Transportation, and Infrastructure. Projects may include program planning, local development, stormwater management, complete streets, carbon capture, general plan updates, infrastructure improvements, and environmental bridging documents.

What skills or experience are preferred for this position?

Ideal candidates for this position will have experience, or an interest in growing their skills, in areas such as Environmental Policy, Local, State, and Federal Environmental Regulations, Infrastructure Funding, Environmental Justice and Equity, Sustainable Practices, and Resiliency Planning.

Where is the office located for this position?

This position is based out of our San Diego office.

What is the main focus of the Environmental Planning Team?

The main focus of the Environmental Planning Team is to work on a variety of projects that promote sustainable practices, environmental justice, and resiliency planning across different business sectors.

Will I have the opportunity for professional growth and development in this position?

Yes, this position provides an opportunity for entry-level environmental planning consultants to grow their skills and experience in a variety of environmental planning projects.

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Mission & Purpose

At WSP in the U.S., our expertise lies at the intersection of the infrastructure and the skylines we have helped to shape from coast to coast. We can meet your needs with cross-disciplinary services across multiple sectors and markets including: advisory; buildings; water and environment; energy; and transportation & infrastructure. Our professionals have planned, designed and managed the construction of some of the most iconic high-rise buildings, bridges, highways, tunnels and transit and rail systems across the United States. Some of our most notable projects include major expansions of the New York and Los Angeles transit systems, as well as iconic buildings such as One World Trade Center and 432 Park Avenue in New York City, the Salesforce Tower in San Francisco, and the U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C.